This is Malcolm Peralty here from PressTitan and this is The WP Minute, Episode 117
WordPress 5.0 is out and its nickname is Bebo. It includes the new block-based editor and we all have to stop calling it Gutenberg now. It is the default WordPress editor from here on out. The release post for the major update looks amazing, including an animated video of how slick Gutenberg should be. It also includes the new default theme, Twenty Nineteen, which looks really good in the post image, but it feels strange when looking at it in use on Matt Mullenweg’s personal blog and looks pretty crummy when looking at the test site on WordPress’ own theme demo area.
Near the end of the release information, they do point to the Classic Editor plugin for those that aren’t ready for Gutenberg and say that it will be supported through 2021. I think that’s a year less than what was discussed previously, but who cares? You won’t be able to still use it a year from now when other parts of WordPress have been Gutenberg-ized.
In the end, I recommend people hold off on this update until one of the sub-point releases comes out, especially if you don’t have a staging site to test out this latest release. While things should go smoothly, no one can promise that, especially with many plugins having not been made ready in time for the release.
One of the better posts I’ve seen talking about WordPress 5.0 has been the one on Post Status. They cover WordPress 5.0 in a very positive light without deep diving into all of the changes and features. They then link to resources that will help people that are beginners all the way to the pros. Their conclusion is basically the same as mine: the new default editor isn’t perfect, but there’s an idea there that is a step in the right direction.
If you are looking for a head start on how to use the new editor, then CodeInWP has you covered. Their ultimate cheat sheet should help ramp up any reasonably tech-savvy content publisher fairly quickly, covering shortcuts, defining terms, highlighting plugins that extend the new editor and themes that work well with blocks.
That’s it for today’s WP Minute, thank you all for watching.