It’s here . . . Gutenberg is live in WordPress 5.0 as of December 6. More info from WordPress on this update here.
You probably have some questions . . .
Q: Should I go live with this update now?
No, you should wait at least until the WordPress 5.1 update. Ideally you test Gutenberg in a staging area first. At least be sure you have a backup and you can revert to it if needed. (And remember people did not love the Gutenberg plugin. As of this writing, it has 2.1/5 stars with 300,000+ installs.)
Q: What if I had auto-updates on and it went live already?
Check your website over and if something looks broken, get help.
If things look OK, install the Classic Editor plugin and continue to use the editor you know until you are ready to change to blocks.
Q: What should my strategy be on Gutenberg moving forward?
1 – You get to decide when you want to start using it on your live website. You can even switch back and forth between the classic editor and the Gutenberg editor.
2 – If you hate Gutenberg, you might consider changing platforms, because this is the future of WordPress.
3 – Start using blocks as you wish. You might like blocks because you will have more flexibility to customize different parts of the page, for example, a special background for one block on your page. So far there are blocks for things like text, images, video, table, widget, etc. More are possible such as team members, CTA, blockquote, accordion, etc. More info here:
Eventually we will have fewer separate plugins for things like fancy tables and accordions and the functionality will be in blocks.
Perhaps you want to start creating new content in blocks and slowly convert older content over time.
4 – Consider updating to a theme that is ready to take advantage of Gutenberg. If you are using the Genesis framework, check out: Six Popular Themes – Now Gutenberg Optimized!
Q: Where can I learn more on the Gutenberg ruckus?
It is a big change. You will have to learn something new related to how you write and edit posts. They named it Gutenberg for a reason. The printing press changed everything. Some people think this change will be that big. As WPTavern says in Why Gutenberg and Why Now?:
Is it going to be painful? Yes. Is it going to cause a lot of work and effort on the part of the community? Yes! Absolutely. But the alternative is to learn a totally new platform in five years when WordPress dies like Blockbuster did. You think this change is going to be difficult? Try throwing out WordPress entirely and moving your website(s) to an entirely new platform. Because that’s the alternative.
As you can imagine, such a big change is controversial, especially abandoning backwards compatibility, which has been important in the WordPress world. And there have been concerns with accessibility, speed and mobile responsiveness, which are pretty important. There are pros and cons and people for and against Gutenberg coming to WordPress. Read more on the controversy here: Is Gutenberg The End Or A New Beginning For WordPress? Or if you want to learn more about Gutenberg in general: Gutenberg FAQs.
1 – Try Gutenberg Here. Check out this live demo.
2 – If you are just starting a website with WordPress, use Gutenberg from the beginning, see: How to Build Your Next Site With the Revolutionary Editor.
4 – Remember that the editing screen looks new and weird because it is Gutenberg. Here are some tours if needed:
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