Gutenberg is the name of the new content editor to launch soon with the release of WordPress 5. It was basically created as a response to the current trend of page builders. The developers are working hard to reach the features of some of the top ones. Custom page builders could become redundant once this new editor arrives.
The date for WordPress 5 release is still being considered, given it’s possibly not an option for it to be the 27th November.
Gutenberg 4.5.1 was released November 20th. This is the last version before the 5.0 final release. There have been bug fixes in between and still ongoing. It’s perhaps the most significant update since the release of WordPress 3.0 over 8 years ago.
It is clear that Gutenberg is different. Only time will tell how easily users get used to a complete change in the way you edit content in WordPress. People who are already testing Gutenberg are giving positive feedback.
The editor will change the way in which content is added via WordPress. The classic editor will be replaced with a new block editing interface. So content can be added in the form of “blocks”. Those blocks can be individually manipulated and moved, adding much more control over the display of your content.
WordPress 5.0 will be backwards compatible, as all major WordPress releases have been. Meaning, the update should not break your WordPress theme. However, there are always exceptions.
If you are concerned about updating your website and editing content via the Gutenberg blocks – you don’t have to switch straight away and get advice from your developers first. All your old content will exist in the classic editor block until you choose to convert to WordPress 5. Unless your dev or host has configured your WordPress to automatically upgrade to major versions, it will not auto upgrade your installation to 5.0.
Gutenberg has come a long way over the course of its testing period. It looks like it is a solid content editor, and an improvement over the classic editor.
If you’re sticking with the classic editor, you’ll be able to stick with it for the foreseeable future. However, if you plan on adapting, you’ll want to start reading up on how Gutenberg works. This will give you a heads up on the competition once WordPress 5.0 is up and running, and will help you determine which of your themes and plugins may be most affected.
Additional 10th Dec update: Click here to find out the steps on how to update to WordPress 5.