WordPress 5.0 and the Gutenberg Editor Are on the Way — Are You Ready?

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WordPress has quickly become one of the most popular web building programs in the world, thanks in large part to its easy-to-learn interface and wide range of features. But as with any other program, updates and changes are inevitable to improve usability, fix bugs, and streamline features.

WordPress is about to undergo a major change with its 5.0 update, with the most notable improvement being the inclusion of the Gutenberg Editor as a standard feature. Though this editing tool was previously available as a separate plugin, it will become the default option in WordPress 5.0.

How is the Gutenberg Editor Different?

The Gutenberg Editor seeks to simplify the way you create pages and posts for your website. This system is primarily based around Gutenberg Blocks, which creates a drag and drop system for adding content to a page. These blocks can be used to add everything from article headings, subheadings, and images to video and audio embeds, buttons and lists, or additional code.

There are literally dozens of blocks available, allowing you to better customize your site content without needing to develop an extensive programming knowledge. You can even edit individual blocks to change their type for faster page revisions. In other words, this update makes it so just about anyone can make attractive posts and pages with this visual editor.

With faster design and better-looking results, you’ll be able to manage your website more efficiently and ensure that it helps your customers on their purchasing journey.

Other helpful tools will also assist in the publishing process. For example, you can choose to add a link to your latest post on your site’s main page. You can save an article as “pending” so others on your team can review it prior to publication. You can even compare past revisions, see who has made changes, and revert to an older version of the post, if desired.

Want to Wait?

Though the Gutenberg Editor and WordPress 5.0 are poised to be an improvement over the previous editing experience, there are undoubtedly many who aren’t ready to make the transition quite yet.

If you’re nervous about making the switch to WordPress 5.0 and the Gutenberg Editor, you don’t need to fret too much. You can wait to update your site if you want to be sure that WordPress has worked out any stability issues before installing the new version. Additional patches are already planned, and some plugins may take some time before they are fully compatible with the Gutenberg Editor.

In addition, if you feel more comfortable sticking with the classic editing options, even after switching to WordPress 5.0, WordPress has already announced that its Classic Editor will continue to be available as a plugin. This plugin will be fully compatible with classic extensions and plugins, allowing you to enjoy the same experience as before.

Parting Thoughts

Whether you’re excited to use the Gutenberg Editor or wish to stay with the Classic Editor you know and love, you’ll have a solution that works best for you after WordPress’s latest update. With a stable and secure platform that fits your editing preferences, it’s never been easier to create a gorgeous, user-friendly site.

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