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Techradar have done a great piece on WordPress turning 15 years old. Here’s a quote:

In 2018 WordPress core will release the “Gutenberg” update, which is the biggest update yet. The Gutenberg update will add “page builder”-like functionality to WordPress, making it much easier for content creators to create experiences using WordPress.

Gutenberg 2.7 – Now you can Edit Permalinks

A new release of the WordPress 5.0 editor is now now out for testing and one truly groundbreaking option is the ability to edit Permalinks! Check out the release video:

Seriously though there are some other cool updates so go ahead and check out the release post.

What is Gutenberg? Video by GiveWP

This video is a great overview of the features and benefits of Gutenberg, the new block-based editor for WordPress 5.0. Watch it now on YouTube:

WPTaven review the new ‘Drag-and-Drop’ options in the editor

Drag-and-drop is finally in the new WordPress editor, meaning you can now more easily move around your content blocks.

The team over at WPTaven are all over the updates to the Gutenberg editor and did a really nice review/overview of how this feature works and what it brings to the experience.

From the post:

If you hover the cursor over the up and down arrows on the left side of a block, you’ll see a hand icon. Simply click, hold, and drag the block up or down below or above the blue indicator.

Video – Coding Gutenberg Blocks

This video from WordCamp Greenville (2018) goes into some nice details on how you can get started making blocks with the new WordPress 5.0 editor.

The quality isn’t 100% (as with a lot of WordCamp videos) but give it a look anyway, it’s only just over 30mins long and pretty concise.

Getting Used to ‘Content Creation’ in WordPress 5.0

The Gutenberg Times has a great post covering some of the more advanced editorial options users will have when using the new editor in WordPress 5.0.

From the post:

I have found the new editing experience fairly intuitive and getting started with text shouldn’t be too hard. I might be wrong. Let me know if that’s not true for you. For now, I skip over text editing and come back to it once you need advanced assistance for that.

You can now SUBMIT WordPress 5.0 related content to

Because there just aren’t enough hours in the day to keep an eye out for all WordPress 5.0 related news we’ve gone ahead and opened up submissions of content to this blog.

What sort of stuff?

Anything related to the upcoming WordPress 5.0 release will fly, so:

  • Guttenberg stuff (obviously)
  • REST API news and updates
  • Anything Customizer related
  • Security, GDPR, etc…
  • Audio and Video (Podcasts/Conference talks)
  • Informative Tweets
  • Core team updates
  • Opinion pieces (good or bad)
  • Tutorials, learning, guides

You get the idea. Whatever it is, just make sure it’s related to WP5.0 and helpful/useful and we’ll get get the thing added to the site 🙂

All Hail the Classic Editor – Gutenberg-override to be bundled with WordPress 5.0

WPTaven has a great article explaining the path that led to the decision have a simple option that will ‘restore’ the Old Editor when WordPress 5.0 is released.

This seems like a good solution that will help ease the pain for a lot of users. The WordPress Accessibility Team were especially active in this debate when it became clear that Gutenberg would not be fully accessible for launch:

What does this mean for most WP-ers?

The option to ‘disable’ Gutenberg using a plugin has been an option for a long time. This news just means that the ‘Classic Editor‘ will be bundled with WordPress 5.0 as standard. It’s a bit like when Tesla removed Ludicrous Mode from their cars by rolling out software which removed the option as the default.

And it’s true that the ‘Classic Editor’ approach is going to be the preferred choice for a LOT of people who have older or very complex websites that use incompatible systems (for example ones heavily reliant on Shortcodes). This isn’t a bad thing, it’s a practical and pragmatic solution to a complex issue.

The WordPress Roadmap, still a long way to go…

The WordPress Roadmap is a great tool to look back at previous WordPress releases and get a good idea about what’s coming up.

WordPress version 5.0 will be included in this roadmap soon enough and at some point get ‘frozen’ and made ready for release:

The month prior to a release new features are frozen and the focus is entirely on ensuring the quality of the release by eliminating bugs and profiling the code for any performance issues.

As you can see, WordPress 5.0 still has a long way to go before it’s ready to be released – the current version is 4.9.6 which has (obviously) some links to version 5’s new Gutenberg editor:

4.9.6 will likely be a quicker release cycle. Some initial targets were discussed for this release.

  • The “Try Gutenberg” prompt
  • GDPR related items
  • Any changes resulting from several discussions currently happening about needed API changes to prepare for Gutenberg.

Where Version 5 Started…

The announcement that Matt Mullenweg laid out in his ‘Focus Tech and Design Leads‘ post in January 2017 is primarily responsible for the changes we are seeing to WordPress in version 5.

This post laid out three main focuses for 2017: REST API, the editor (Gutenberg), and the customizer. The new editing experience (which became Gutenberg) was mentioned in some detail:

The editor will endeavour to create a new page and post building experience that makes writing rich posts effortless, and has “blocks” to make it easy what today might take shortcodes, custom HTML, or “mystery meat” embed discovery.

This was followed just a few days later by ‘What makes a great editor?‘ by Joen Asmussen (a designer at Automattic) a post which opened up discussions about how ‘block-based’ editing would work in WordPress.