WordPress is our go-to when building websites for our clients (and ourselves!). Its user-friendly interface, SEO compatibility and flexible plugins allow our creativity to flow so we can deliver amazing websites to our clients. Just last month there was a massive update to WordPress – the most significant update in more than a year. WordPress 5.0 is here! And along with it is Gutenberg.
What’s a Gutenberg?
Gutenberg put simply is an editor. In fact, it is the new default editor for WordPress. You can actually see what it looks like right here https://wordpress.org/gutenberg/ and give it a whirl while you’re there. Our Tech Studio team are excited to make full use of Gutenberg with its clean interface and adaptable options.
Not just an editor
Gutenberg is just the first stage of a complete evolution for WordPress. To be precise, a three-step evolution.
With the editor now available, we will be looking out for what’s next. Our sources tell us that page templates are next on the horizon. We love a good page template and are eager to see what they deliver. We expect modern and versatile designs our Tech Studio team can utilise to ensure the best results for clients. Eventually, we’ll see from WordPress a full site customiser. Like with all new updates (particularly such significant ones) we expect teething issues and an adjustment period, however, we are here to help you navigate the updates and answer any questions you may have.
How does Gutenberg work?
Blocks! Gutenberg is like a toddler building a house from blocks, but this toddler won’t knock them down afterwards. Ultimately, Gutenberg is streamlining the editing experience through the use of blocks. Visually, the editing process is clean and simplified. Flexibility-wise, each block is standardised and works the same way. For advanced users, complex objects are made easy by bringing together different interfaces to a single location.
Blocks can be anything from paragraphs to code, from buttons to widgets. There are pre-formatted blocks that can be customised as you wish. Once you create a block, you can change its settings then save as a reusable block, to reuse later!
What if I have an existing WordPress website?
Don’t worry, your website won’t be automatically transitioned to WordPress 5.0 so if you are hesitant you can take your time. You have the option to see how others find it, wait until further updates come out or take a moment to seek advice. Before you do upgrade, we recommend testing your website to ensure there won’t be any issues. Once you upgrade, if you decide you wish to continue with the old editor, you can install the Classic Editor Plugin (available until 2021), just in case!
We believe it is worth it to (eventually) upgrade to ensure your website keeps up with important updates, security reports and general support. We will be trying out Gutenberg to bring some beautiful websites to you in the future!