If you’re someone that’s working in an SEO company in Manila or any digital marketing company in that manner, you’ve probably learned of the news already. WordPress 5.0 has been released and it’s stirred up quite a decent storm in its whole community.
Its release date was announced literally days before it would launch, meaning a lot of people and companies had little to no time to get ready for it. That caused some ruckus at first. But a month after the release, it seems like everyone has settled down and gotten the hang of it.
Chances are there are still a few people, those who use WordPress casually or are new to blogging in general, who might not be familiar with the changes to it. Here are some of the most important things that you need to know about it right now!
What Caused the Drastic Change?
There’s a reason behind everything, and that includes the significant change that WordPress has undergone. Just like with every other aspect of technology, the Internet is quickly evolving into something much, much greater.
Popularity and ease of use will only get you so far—such is what WordPress has. That’s why the people behind WordPress had to make a radical decision: should we stay the way we are or move on to something better?
And so, the decision was made to change WordPress for the better. This rather unnecessary change (as viewed by some) is actually something that is very important to the lifespan of WordPress.
Even if it’s the most popular and most used Content Management System in the world, a lot of its competitors have begun to show signs of advancements in things that WordPress cannot compete with their old system.
In the end, they aimed to reinvent how content is written and managed on their platform, and that they did. This ended up with people having mixed feelings about the update—but truth be told, this change is going to pave the way to a better, more powerful CMS!
The Gutenberg Editor
This is what the new content editor of WordPress is called. It uses content blocks to provide a more intuitive way to create and publish your content.
For it to be more easily understood, think of each block as a container for content. These containers can then be arranged all around a web page.
The block system aims to make the content management process easier and simpler for both veteran and beginner bloggers. This also reduces or outright eliminates the need for meta boxes, widgets, a few customization, and short codes! Which without a doubt will be a welcome change by the majority of WordPress users.
The new content editor means that all of the previous iterations of plugins and themes that are designed to work for the old editor will most probably no longer work—unless a Gutenberg-compatible version is already released.
Don’t worry, however, because as of the moment of writing, there are already a few plugins and themes that have already made Gutenberg-compatible versions in light of the WordPress 5.0 update!
Keep in mind that since the content editor was basically created from scratch, it opens opportunities for many plugins and themes! The previous limitations have probably been removed and so there are a lot more customization that will become available!
For now, when compared to the old one, the Gutenberg editor is decent at best. But that’s just because there hasn’t been a lot of time for more supplementary plugins to be created for the Gutenberg editor. Chances are in a few months-time, expect the Gutenberg-compatible plugins and themes to pop up and
Other New Aspects in WordPress 5.0
Aside from the Gutenberg editor, other facets of WordPress 5.0 that are relevant for both old and new users include the following.
- A Focus on Intuitive Site-Building
WordPress is at the top of content management and site-building systems because of the versatility that is provided by the plugins and themes made specifically for it. Some of the functionalities that old plugins bring them will be implemented to the new WordPress.
By improving the Site building capabilities of WordPress, the core team aims to retain the reputation and the market share that they’ve built over the years against the many rising hosted website builders.
- Improvements to WordPress Rest API
Basically, the WordPress API helps developers create more feature-rich products by making it easier to send and pull data from your website. This will allow developers to be able to more easily create applications and using the platform as a framework.
- Customization Becomes Easier
Creating a theme for WordPress in the past would require at least a basic understanding of web development because it takes some coding to put together a WordPress theme. With the use of the block-editor, theme creation becomes easier and more accessible thanks to the introduction of content blocks!
- Irrelevance of Page Builder Plugins
Now that WordPress aims to be a standalone site builder, many of the great page-builder tools that you would usually see in WordPress will no longer be needed. Even those plugins that can easily rival professional platforms can lose their use since WordPress is technically reinvented to become a site builder as well.
It’s important to keep in mind, however, that Gutenberg is only at its early stages so most of the full-fledged site builder plugins will definitely outclass it at first, but in the long run, Gutenberg will surely be a monster of its own.
What Happens to the Old Editor?
The WordPress 5.0 update has begged the question: What will happen to our content that was published using the old editor?
Fortunately, this update won’t affect old published articles. Though it may create a few problems and issues for the layout of your site and the format of your content. In most cases, your content will remain untouched.
If you’re one of the people that much prefer the old editor than the Gutenberg one, you don’t have to fret because you can still use it by installing the classic editor plugin that they have.
It’s said that WordPress is going to continue supporting this plugin up until 2021 to give enough time for people to transition to the Gutenberg editor.
With that being said, those of you who are planning to migrate ALL of your content to the new WordPress, be prepared for one tough ride. Since it’s still a young and new CMS, it’ll be a challenge because of the reliance on plugins that most if not all websites have.
Don’t fret, however, because after a while, the Gutenberg editor should be as good, or even better than the classic editor along with its plugins!
Getting Familiar with WordPress 5.0
Some of you may have probably seen what WordPress 5.0 looks like and you may have mixed feelings about them. Either way, it’s here to stay and you should put in some effort to get in touch with how it works so that you won’t have any issues with it in the future.
With that in mind, here’s a crash course on some things you need to get familiar with if you’re going to use WordPress 5.0!
- The Difference in the User Interface of Gutenberg and the Classic editor.
When you compare how the old and the new editor looks, Gutenberg looks a lot cleaner and space where you put the content is all white, the toolbars at the top are gone and designed to pop out when you select a content block.
On the right side, all the other important webpage factors such as the tags, categories, are placed on a toolbar on the right side of the screen.
- The New Block-based Editing
Essentially, the Gutenberg editor replaces the old, single edit field that the classic WordPress editor had with numerous individual content blocks. Each block can be used to include the following:
The blocks act as an individual canvas for each content type. It’s very easy to rearrange the blocks and since each block is technically separate from one another, you can add other customizations for specific ones! This gives it a lot more flexibility and better control over your content!
- The Classic Block
After you upgrade to WordPress 5.0, all of your previous content won’t exactly be ignored. The block editor will automatically put all of your old content in a single Classic block which is basically the old editor made into one block for the Gutenberg editor. It’s a cute way to make sure that your content won’t technically be altered in any drastic way.
Editing old content can be done in two ways, depending on what you want. If you still want to edit it through the classic editor, then just do so on the same block it’s in.
If you want to change it into the block system, use the three dots icon at the upper right part of your screen and select convert to blocks. It’s supposed to break everything down into individual blocks that you can work with as if you’ve don’t it in the Gutenberg editor!
Without going too in-depth these are the most important things that you should get familiar with immediately. It’s also important to take note that most of the keyboard shortcuts have changed along with the interface.
But they’re not as important for now since it’s quite early into its release. Anyhow, WordPress 5.0 has already created a better user experience than its predecessor and it can only get better from here!
It’s been a month since the release of the Gutenberg editor, and that means there’s still a lot to explore about it. But because it’s relatively new, there’s actually a shortage of what you can do as of the moment.
For the most part, an SEO company in Manila that wants to take their chances on WordPress 5.0 might have to wait a little longer so that more themes and plugins become compatible with it.
Other than that, WordPress 5.0 is looking to be a very powerful Content Management System and website builder! With constant support and love from the developers and the community, it’ll surpass its predecessor in no time!