Gutenberg is coming, and you better get ready!  If you are plugged in to the WordPress world, you’ve most likely heard of Gutenberg and some of the changes that Automaticc has planned for WordPress version 5.0.  If you’re not in the loop, it’s definitely time to get informed so that you can prepare.  I’ve compiled a bit of information below that should acquaint you with Gutenberg and the planned changes.  Remember that Development Server we talked about?  Now would be a great time to make sure you’ve got that in the bag.

What is Gutenberg, anyway?

Gutenberg is a significant change to the WordPress system. It changes the way that content is produced and published.

Automaticc, the developer of WordPress, is implementing a “block” system for post editing. This means that all content will be created in blocks and that these boxes should eventually have “drag and drop” functionality.  Note, I did not say that they’ll have this functionality upon release – this is simply the plan.

WordPress 5.0

This is the just the first planned stage of Gutenberg. It is scheduled to be included in WordPress 5.0 and will focus on post editing and the implementation of blocks. In additional releases, planned for late 2018 – 2019, the developers plan to take this functionality and use it throughout the entire platform.

Feature Compatibility

  • Shortcodes will continue to work without changes.
  • Some Meta-boxes will continue to work with no changes to the UI, but not all.
  • Custom Post Types are supported.

Plugin / Theme Compatability

  • Elegant Themes (Divi) – Developers of Divi are actively working to ensure compatibility.
  • Yoast SEO – Actively working to ensure compatibility.
  • Social Warfare – I’ve reached out to the developer and am awaiting their answer.
  • Wordfence – Should not be impacted

Opt-Out

There is an officially supported plugin for disabling Gutenberg entirely. You can Download it here: https://wordpress.org/plugins/classic-editor/

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