The latest version of WordPress is imminent and with it comes Gutenberg, and it’s going to change everything. Gutenberg is the codename for the new editing experience in WordPress, and it’s brand new. Unless you follow WordPress news closely, you might have missed what’s in store with this new change. The new Gutenberg editor looks kinda blank, but don’t be fooled. A lot of user interfaces are starting to simplify like this, but that doesn’t make them less complex. But, fear not, here are some tips and solutions to adapt to WordPress 5.0
For one, the themes and plugins that you currently have on your website may not be compatible with Gutenberg. I’ve already run into this a couple times on websites that were built a couple years ago. But the changes coming are a huge improvement on the old system. Gutenberg allows you to create media-rich pages quickly without the need for a developer. There’s a lot of people who may disagree with me, but we all know it is only going to get easier to build websites without coding expertise (you will still need design help though). This editor is a big step in that direction because Gutenberg allows you to create blocks of content and arrange them quickly to fit your design.
“The editor will endeavor to create a new page- and post-building experience that makes writing rich posts effortless, and has ‘blocks’ to make it easy what today might take shortcodes, custom HTML, or ‘mystery meat’ embed discovery.” ~ WordPress.org
What are blocks?
Blocks are made up of various content formats including text, images, plugins, and videos. Together, they form the layout of your webpage. You can arrange them in different ways by simply moving them around wherever you desire. This simplicity is great for a lot of reasons, and developers can even create custom blocks. The possibilities are endless.
This is also a plus for eCommerce websites. For instance, it’s easy to make a Shopify site, but not as easy to edit the design of that site template. This new editing experience in WordPress will change that.
Get to the bunker!
The changes coming to WordPress are big, but the world is not ending. If you find out your theme or plugin isn’t compatible with the new editing experience, you can install the Classic Editor plugin. For now, that is only a temporary solution as you prepare for the future of WordPress. You can try a live demo of Gutenberg here.
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