WordPress 5 Almost Here

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WordPress 5 will soon be released and we’re all jumping around from excitement as we do with each new version WordPress rolls out. But this time, it will be so much bigger, the major update in over a decade. What should we expect from it? Let’s take a quick look at WordPress 5.0.

Here are the 5 most common questions and answers about WordPress 5 (which can easily be the name of the next Star Wars droid)

When will be WP 5 released?

Though the developers could push the date to January, at the moment, WordPress 5.0 is scheduled to ship as early as November 19, 2018.

So, save the following dates:

  • At the earliest, you might see WordPress 5.0 on November 27, 2018.
  • But if the team doesn’t feel like the update is ready for release, WordPress 5.0 could arrive as late as January 22, 2019.
  • Your mother’s birthday. Never forget that one.

What you should do first when WordPress 5 is shipped?

First, don’t do anything. At all. You should just wait until you get a message, which notifies you the plugins and design are ready for new version of WordPress 5. I know you already are.

When you are 100% certain that they are too (you can call a friend), clone your web page and update it to the newest version. Did all work out well? Great! Now you can do it on live-version. If it doesn’t work out, there’s no need to update it in live version, so don’t worry too much about it.

What’s new in WP 5?

Twenty Nineteen

The new design is Twenty Nineteen. There would be added all together 9 designs by default, which include the popular Twenty Eleven, Twenty Fifteen, and Twenty Fourteen…and the even more popular Twenty Seventeen, Twenty Sixteen, as well as the Twenty Ten, Twenty Thirteen and Twenty Twelve. I know, too much twenties.

The Twenty Nineteen theme will pay homage to the original WordPress theme that has been around for more than a decade, while at the same time taking a more minimalistic approach which appeals to our new ways and how we interact with design.

Gutenberg editor

Gutenberg is the codename for the new post editor included in the WordPress 5.0 release and it will radically change the default way people create content with WordPress. Don’t worry if you’re a hardcore hipster or just someone who loves to keep it old fashioned, you’ll still be able to use the classic editor by installing Classic Editor plugin.

On the other hand, end-users who already had the privilege of testing Gutenberg are raving about it and providing mostly glowing reviews. They say it improves functionality over the original editor and that in most cases it will no longer be necessary to install another Page Builder and you would save those fees. Gutenberg will unify the use of content editors, though it is still unclear how template developers will set their prices for their Gutenberg templates. I hope you’ll be able to save some money and give yourself a treat (I recommend Red Dead Redemption 2).

The entire philosophy of the user interface has changed. Transitioning to content as multiple movable “blocks” is a groundbreaking change (for the better) and will come with a learning curve for some users. Hopefully not a full circle. This update may change your current workflow for composing and publishing a post.

Some inconveniences

Be prepared for some of your plugins not working after you install Gutenberg. Some which have settings available on the post-editing page may disappear, break, or have reduced functionality until they are updated for Gutenberg or they have to look for a retirement village in Malta.

Other plugins, like Yoast SEO, are primed and ready to mingle. The Gutenberg team is attempting to update plugins for the new software as easy and quickly as possible but it might be a bumpy start. Be still, you’ll be okay.

More options

You’ll enjoy more options to upload images. The new Gutenberg editor will allow you to create single image and gallery layouts on any page you can think of and it will keep your post formatting slick and precise without the need to add extra plugins or custom code.

Some of the new features coming in Gutenberg make learning WordPress easier. They are:

  • Pre-formatted “block” types like paragraph, heading, list, quote, gallery, cover image, and even button, page break, and text columns
  • Drag and drop functionality to rearrange blocks
  • Individual formatting for each block
  • What-you-see-is-what-you-get editor for themes that support it
  • Default color options for background and text…
  • … and way more. Some say it includes travel tickets to Area 51, though that may be a myth.

Gutenberg is available today as a plugin for your current WordPress 4.x install. You can install Gutenberg, preferably onto a test website first (safety first), and begin learning the software.

Do you plan on making the switch to Gutenberg, or sticking with the classic WordPress editor? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below!

2 Comments

  1. Janz Nordman

    Victor

    Hi Janz,

    WordPress 5 has been out there for a few weeks already and we are wondering whether it’s time for an upgrade. We have our own wordpress site with multiple plugins installed, though some of them are not tested with version 5. Is it wise to upgrade now or we should wait couple of weeks more, what do you recommend?

    • Janz Nordman

      Janz Nordman

      Hi Victor,

      First of all I’m glad to help you. I usually also would like to give a try for everything new as quickly as possible, but my experience have indicated that with major versions you rather should hold your horses a bit and wait when at least next minor 5.1.x version is released. This doesn’t necessarily mean that you can’t upgrade now, but believe me you don’t want that hassle of finding workarounds when something doesn’t work quite the way as expected for some of the plugins. One way of finding everything out is to create staging environment and try new version without any risks. I have created a guide how to create staging environment, you can find it here, scroll down to STAGING SETUP section and you can follow the instructions there. Instructions are applicable for Plesk environment also. Please let me know if you have any further questions

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