WordPress 5.0, Gutenberg and Other Marketing News You Need to Know

WordPress 5.0 - Gutenberg

It happened last Dec.6th. The powers that be behind WordPress, the most popular website platform, released the anticipated, 5.0 update with the new Gutenberg block editor. Here’s what you need to know about the WordPress 5.0 update.

If you host with GoDaddy, your site was automatically updated and the Gutenberg editor was made the default editor. One of my clients called me freaking out that she didn’t see the text tab to add code for shopping cart prices to her services. I installed and activated the “Classic Editor” plugin and showed her that she had a choice when creating new pages and blog posts or editing existing pages and posts.

She could use the new Gutenberg “block editor”, however, it still has bugs and not all the themes (templates) and plugins are updated.

I host my site on SiteGround and they emailed us that they would not be updating everyone automatically. Whew! Except when I went to write my last blog post, I saw “classic editor” next to the post. I called my web guy and he had upgraded it. I’m writing this post with the classic editor as I’m not sure if the new editor will work with my current theme.

WordPress created a new “2019 Theme” that’s Gutenberg-ready. I’m probably going to switch to that one. We’ll see what happens.

I have another client whose site I manage who is on SiteGround and I’m hesitant to upgrade his site as I don’t know if his theme is compatible yet. I’m hoping that enough users will report bugs and WP 5.1 will come out soon or the theme developer will have an update with a clear message that’s it 5.0 compatible.

What should you do if you have a WordPress website?Running WordPress 5.0

How do you know if you have 5.0?

When you log into your WordPress site, in the Dashboard, look at “At a Glance”. It will tell you which version of WP you’re running and the name of your theme.

If you’re not ready to deal with the new Gutenberg block editor, go over to Plugins –> Add New, then search for the “Classic Editor” plugin, install and activate it. You’ll have the old editor as default again. Any themes and plugins, must be updated, still, you want to be sure that everything’s compatible. In case you don’t have a webmaster, I recommend my friends at OnSiteWP who can help you get everything working smoothly.

If you see “WordPress 5.0 is available! Update now!” at the top of your dashboard, don’t do it if you’re not sure. Read this article first. If you don’t feel tech-savvy enough to deal with it — if you’re afraid you’ll break your website, contact OnSiteWP folks for help.

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