I don’t usually post about WordPress updates since they’re released a few times a year and are typically minor updates. However, WordPress 5.0 is the biggest update/change WordPress has released in a long time. Good news if you’re my client – I upgraded every website I manage within the first hour WordPress 5.0 was released!
Most of my clients don’t touch the WordPress backend much. However, if you have a blog and make the posts yourself you will definitely notice some changes. The Gutenberg editor is quite a bit different than the previous text editor that came with WordPress. Each paragraph is defined as a “block”. In web design, we use blocks for everything. Responsive web design, specifically Bootstrap, relies on blocks to create responsive websites that respond (stack/resize) depending upon the device you’re using.
When writing using the Gutenberg editor things are a little different, but I feel most people who have used prior versions of WordPress should be able to figure it out fairly easily (or any text editor for that matter). One big change that I noticed was when you want to add an image, heading, gallery, list etc to the post you may be lost at first. In the top left-hand side of the page, you will find a + symbol. When you click on that symbol you will be given options for what type of block you want to add. There are many different elements you can add, very easily.
There were many other technical changes with WordPress 5.0. If you would like to learn more about this update contact me today and I would be happy to walk you through all the new changes.