WordPress 5.0 is on its way and with it, you can expect some major changes on the horizon. Prepare yourselves for the introduction of Gutenberg, the new content editor to replace TinyMCE. Its purpose is to make adding rich content to WordPress fun and simple. You’ll have the freedom to build and change visual layouts without having to code. We predict content blocks will be your new best friend! Users will also find it easier to integrate eCommerce functions into their sites.
Other cool changes with WordPress 5.0 include developers being able to create applications more easily. Not to mention the Gutenberg Editor will make building custom themes effortless thanks to blocks. WordPress is gunning for a more intuitive site-building experience, and their users are going to get it.
Gutenberg is the new post editor set to replace WordPress’ classic WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) editor. It’s purpose is to streamline the process of adding rich media by introducing content blocks. Users can create posts and pages with blocks, no coding required. It also allows for WordPress theme and plugin developers to create custom blocks. Gutenberg edited pages already work great on mobile and you can trust that your editor looks like your website.
But, with every great update still in testing phase, comes some drawbacks. Backward compatibility is a huge issue and this update will cause the most work for developers. That being said, WordPress 5.0 is not ready for launch and neither is Gutenberg. So, help create the content editor you’ve dreamed of and get testing. Download the plugin today, apply it to a test or stage site, and help figure out these kinks.
New on the blocks.
Content blocks empower users. They allow for a visual understanding of webpages in real-time. This allows you to easily create attractive, content-rich posts. Blocks are made up of different content formats like text, images, plugins and videos. In Gutenberg, each of these elements is added as an individual block that you can drag and drop wherever you want. It’s revolutionizing how posts can be structured without the use of coding. It also makes it simpler for clients to make basic changes to their website.
WordPress 5.0 is speeding up a time-consuming process. It’s giving users the freedom to build, change and share.
Better for blogging.
Bloggers rejoice–blocks are here to rock your world! Gutenberg gives bloggers the tools to create media-rich content with ease. Content editors won’t need a coding degree to achieve good looking web pages. In the WYSIWYG editor, there are no surprises when you go live. Bloggers will be living the dream.
Unlocking eCommerce potential.
WordPress 5.0 will have a positive impact on eCommerce in websites. Through the use of blocks, eCommerce integration will be simplified. You’ll be able to build block product templates without the use of code. Blocks also appear to make the management of products easier. This will result in lower development and maintenance costs for users.
eCommerce sites are complex. More extensive testing is still needed to ensure seamless integration with the launch.
Still in the works.
“Gutenberg will ship with WordPress 5.0, but the release will come out when Gutenberg is ready, not vice versa.”
These are reassuring words from Mullenweg, the leader behind WordPress 5.0. They’re working hard behind the scenes at WordPress to release a kick ass product. They’re aiming for 100,000 active installs of Gutenberg before launching. The team working on Gutenberg is listening attentively to the feedback.
So far, there are mixed reviews as they continue to iron out the wrinkles. Honestly, it could take a long time to move from the initial merge proposal to the release of WordPress 5.0. For users, this means there’s time to adapt and that we can trust in the folks at WordPress to deliver a solid release.
Before you upgrade.
If you’re going to test out the beta version, make sure you try it on a test site or staging site first. Gutenberg is still in development but this is WordPress’ chance to help create the editor we’ve been waiting for! So, embrace the learning curve. Explore how these changes have the ability to revolutionize every aspect of WordPress sites. When WordPress 5.0 is released, Gutenberg will be the default editor–be prepared.