Something big is happening in the world of WordPress. The popular content management system is completely remaking the way that we create and edit content. Called ‘Gutenberg’, this new editor aims to make adding content to pages and blog posts a much more intuitive experience. If you want to give it a try for yourself, you can experiment (without fear of breaking anything) on the Frontenberg website.
Gutenberg is currently still in development and is slated for full release as part of the upcoming WordPress 5.0. The exact date has not been confirmed yet, but rumors have it being available sometime this spring.
While there is much excitement over this change, there is also some concern from users and web designers. People are worried that Gutenberg will somehow cause problems or make adding content more difficult. However, the folks working on this new editor have made assurances that WordPress themes and plugins should be compatible. They are currently testing to ensure that things will work as smoothly as possible for the rollout.
That being said, it’s only natural that some unexpected issues will arise. While I don’t expect any major complications, there are bound to be bugs. I would especially watch for issues with any old WordPress plugins that have not been updated in awhile.
Once WordPress 5.0 is released, I’ll be checking into any sites that are hosted with my services to assess any potential issues. Sites I host will see a slow rollout of WordPress 5.0. However, if you have concerns or your site isn’t hosted with me, please feel free to get in touch.
One other thing to note is that the current WordPress editor (now known as the “Classic” editor) will still be available to use, but will require a plugin to be installed. This is a great solution for sites that run into problems or for users who simply don’t want to use the Gutenberg editor. It’s not guaranteed to be around forever, but will be supported for some time.
If you’d like to learn more about Gutenberg, I recently wrote an article about the impact it will have on users. Click here to check it out.