WordPress 5.0 ‘Gutenberg’ update.

7th December 2018

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Today see’s the release of WordPress 5.0 and with it comes some pretty major changes. The most notable change being the complete overhaul of the WordPress editor, from the old WYSIWYG editor to the new ‘Gutenberg’ editor.

It doesn’t just look different, the entire editing experience has been rebuilt for media rich pages and posts using a new blocks system of content.

What does that mean?

Well, it means you can create nicer looking pages with more intricate layouts, add elements and move items around the page. Giving users with no coding or design knowledge much more control of the look and layout of the website.

How does it do that?

It does it by using a new layout system, instead of the fixed box for text that you had previously, you now have a new ‘block’ system.

Blocks are a great new tool for building engaging content. With blocks, you can insert, rearrange, and style multimedia content with very little technical knowledge. Instead of using custom code, you can add a block and focus on your content.

Blocks include elements like text, headlines, buttons, images and much more.

Will it stay like this?

Yes and no, it’s how the editor will be if you upgrade to WordPress 5.0 but according to the development team Gutenberg is more than an editor and while the editor is the focus right now, the project will ultimately impact the entire publishing experience including customisation (the next focus area). So it may grow into much more.

What if I don’t like Gutenberg, or I want to use another page builder?

Well, it has also caused a few issues with other page builders and not everyone is a fan of the new update, so if you don’t like it or you have any issues after the update, then for now you can install a plugin to remove it.

You can use the Disable Gutenberg plugin using the link or you can find the plugin by searching from within the add plugins section of your WordPress website.

If you want to know more about the update and the differences between the old editor and Gutenberg check out the video below.

Where can find out more about Gutenberg?

You can find lots of great info and further reading using the links below;

https://en-gb.wordpress.org/gutenberg/
https://gutenberg.news/what-is-gutenberg/

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