Every year WordPress hosts a big event, WordCamp US. During the 2017 WordCamp US, co-found of WordPress, Matt Mullenweg shared the keynote which addressed a big change coming to WordPress during 2018.
Are you ready for this big change from WordPress?
It’s called Gutenberg.
What is Gutenberg, you ask?
The content editor (where you write your blog posts) in WordPress is going to get an overhaul. Instead of a big blank field where you type your text, with some options to format it on top of your screen, it’s going to transform into smaller blocks. You can select a block to have a particular appearance, for instance, a paragraph, a heading or an image. And you can move these blocks around or duplicate them. In the sidebar, you’ll have more options to do all kinds of things with your content. There is far more to it than just that. If you want to learn more, check out this post by Edwin Toonen.
Although no one is completely sure what effects this change will have on your current website/WordPress theme, there is something you can do to be proactive about finding out.
WordPress has created a plugin which will convert your content editor to the upcoming Gutenberg release. This is great for many of us so we can see what will happen to our websites/themes.
The point of my post is this: Test Gutenberg before the WordPress 5.0 update.
Don’t wait to find out that your website/theme is not compatible. You don’t want to wait until it’s too late.
More than 10,000 people have already downloaded it and are testing it. The feedback has been very mixed. Here is a screenshot from the official plugin page:
If you’re among the people who seem to strongly dislike Gutenberg, there is something you can do. There is a plugin which blocks the Gutenberg update. It’s called No Gutenberg. (Please note: I have not tested this plugin. But some trusted sources have told me it works perfectly.)
If you want to hear everything about Gutenberg, be sure to watch The State of The Word keynote. Even if you don’t watch the keynote, be sure to download the plugin and start testing Gutenberg.