WordPress 5.0 and Gutenberg Has Arrived!

If you logged into your WordPress website over the last day or two, you likely noticed some changes to the layout. That’s because, on Dec. 6, WordPress released its latest version, 5.0, which includes the new Gutenberg editor.

 

How does this affect you? Gutenberg, named after printing-press inventor Johannes Gutenberg, will replace the classic WordPress editor – pictured below – as the standard editor for the platform.

 

WordPress Classic Editor
WordPress Classic Editor

 

If you’re not ready for the change, then there is no need to worry. According to WordPress creator Matt Mullenweg, the company will continue to support the classic editor “for years to come.”

 

However, you will now have to install it as a plugin from the WordPress plugin repository.

 

Gutenberg: Why and Why Not?

The classic editor has always been a giant text box that allows you to create in either visual or text mode, without a lot of functionality. Gutenberg aims to make your experience as a user better by way of simplification.

 

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The new editor uses a variety of “block” elements – such as images, text, headings, and quotes – to create the kind of layouts that you would typically see on a webpage. You’ll also be able to create columns.

 

Here’s my take on Gutenberg:

Pros

  • Gutenberg provides a less distracting user experience and more screen space with which to work;
  • Blocks are easy to implement, and column layouts can be created quickly, which is a major improvement over the classic editor;
  • It’s mobile-friendly;
  • Developers can create their own custom blocks;
  • New WordPress users will appreciate its ease-of-use.

 

Cons

  • Experienced WordPress users will experience growing pains during the adjustment period;
  • Backwards compatibility could be a huge issue with such a big release (I would tell the reader why that may be an issue).

 

 

What about page builders?

If you are using a page builder, such as Divi or Elementor, be sure to update those plugins before upgrading to WordPress 5.0 or you may have issues.

 

Make Sure You’re Backed Up & Ready to Go

As with any major release, you need to make sure your website is backed up before upgrading. Heartbeat Interactive is here to help!

 

Related – Backups: 5 Reasons You Need Them

 

Our website maintenance plans cover everything from backups to up-time monitoring, so you can focus on what matters most: your business.

 

Contact us before you upgrade, and get your free quote today!

 

Backups: 5 Reasons you need them

You’ve probably heard about how important backing up your website is. There are a few things more painful to your business than working hard to create an online presence and it all be taken away in one moment.  Backups are vital to keeping your businesses online presence alive.

 

Here are just a few reasons why backups are so important:

 

Website Hackers

Website hackers have been around since the internet. They aim to steal your credit card and other sensitive information or just to cause trouble. When your website is on the internet there is always a chance it can be hacked.

 

Computer Catastrophes

Most people have their website data backed up locally whether that is text, images, banners, etc. That is a great idea, but computers are known to fail and lose your data. Online, remote backups is a more practical option.

 

Updates

If you are using a Content Management System like WordPress, you will see plenty of updates over the lifetime of your website. They could be WordPress core updates or theme and plugin updates. Clicking the update button may not cause any issues, but there is a chance it could take down your website.

 

Malware/Viruses

Malware and viruses can get into your website a variety of ways: your new plugin or theme could have hidden files causing the issue, your database isn’t secure, or files become overwritten. Backups are there to quickly replace those files, if these issues arise.

 

Employee Errors

Employee usually have the best of intentions, but lets face it they are human. Your employee may think they can safely make changes to your website, but the wrong button press or deleting the wrong file could have catastrophic effects.

 

Heartbeat Interactive provides website maintenance that includes daily backups of your website files and database. Whether you have a basic informational website or an e-commerce store, you need a backup. Just imagine having to recreate your entire website or telling customers you didn’t receive their order because you didn’t have backups of your website!