In the web development world, Gutenberg has been a topic of conversation for many months now; and the official release is finally here. As an integrated part of WordPress 5.0, Gutenberg will replace the familiar Classic Editor starting as early as next week on November 27, 2018 (as long as there are no any major issues, which could push this into 2019). What the heck is this and what does it mean for you?

Gutenberg the builder

Anyone who has read the blog knows how much we LOVE Divi builder; we have quite a loyalty to it and other Elegant Themes products. Divi turns the usual WordPress Classic Editor into a block builder, which drastically lessens the need for coding. There is a huge Divi community that develops Divi-specific plugins and shares Divi-specific code readily across the internet. Other companies produce similar systems such as Visual Builder (we are not a fan), Elementor, and Beaver Builder (we like both of these). Blocks can be easily moved around to produce the desired outcome which makes web development a breeze, especially for non-coders.

Gutenberg has a very similar approach by using blocks to develop content rather than code. Click on the desired block and plug away! Checkout this animation from one of our favorite WordPress plugin companies, iThemes, to see it in action:

Source: https://ithemes.com/2018/11/15/wordpress-gutenberg-ultimate-guide/?utm_source=iThemes+Updates+-+Master&utm_campaign=019b031626-11_13_2018_GLastChance_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_35856077f7-019b031626-301753069

It seems WordPress is catching up to all of the third-party vendors who already have a lot of this functionality. But a lot of people aren’t too happy about being forced to use the new internal system, especially if they have a setup that already works for them. We see this as an opportunity to learn and see if this might be a better solution for our clients.

What does this mean for me?

Backup. Make a backup of your site before the release to make sure you have an older, stable copy of your page. Our friends at iThemes produces BackupBuddy that makes this process easy. Save a local copy just in case.

If you are tech-saavy, it’s a great idea to make a copy of your site, update to WordPress 5.0 beta 4 and see what happens. If something breaks, examine what the issue may be. Developers are certainly hustling to make sure that plugins and themes will work in 5.0, and many should, but this step is a good measure to see on a test site.

You can also download the Gutenberg plugin on your test site in the current environment to see how it works. You can play with the functionality, and become familiar with how it interfaces with your setup.

We were able to do this quite easily using Siteground 1-click staging and copying, then install the WordPress beta tester plugin for easy upgrading.

What we are doing about it:

Since many of our clients are using Divi, we have thoroughly tested both the Gutenberg plugin over the current version of WordPress 4.9.8 and Divi 3.17.2. We also tested in the beta version of WordPress 5.0 and all seems to play nicely. We will actively monitor the official release when it comes out,

We serve most of our clients with hands-on and active monthly monitoring to make sure that any WordPress core, plugin, or theme release won’t break their sites. Our rates for this service is not much more than what hosting costs with bigger companies. Contact us today for a quote!