WordPress 5.0 was released on November 27, 2018. It is a big change but it’s nothing that you can’t handle.

Bluehost — which is the web host I’ve guided most of you to utilise — will prevent sites from auto-updating to 5.0 if they are not already running Gutenberg. Auto updates of WordPress will resume in January, however the update will not overwrite the classic editor plugin.

Gutenberg is switching the game up from text based to visual based editing of your content in the back end of your website. It will make the design and publishing process more visual for non-technical website builders.

So what is this Gutenberg?!
(Funny name, first of all!)

Gutenberg Editor for WordPress

This is what the Gutenberg editor looks like. It’s a different way for you to add, edit and upload your content to your WordPress website pages and blog posts. It is more intuitive, and more user-friendly (at least, according to WordPress). Personally, I have mixed feelings about it’s ease of use, but I digress.

Here is a friendly tutorial on using Gutenberg:

How could this impact your site?

Some plugins may break, disappear or have decreased functionality if they are not compatible with the 5.0 update. Spacing due to the blocks interacting with your site may become irregular. Most plugin developers have been silently upgrading their plugins to get ready for the Gutenberg update.

How can I update your website with this change?

  1. Create a site backup
    I have a tutorial done sometime ago using a client’s website which shows you how you can go about updating all of the plugins on your website (click link →):
  2. Install the “Gutenberg” plugin
  3. Check your themes and plugins for compatibility, by going to ‘Plugins’ in your backend area, then clicking on the plugin developer’s link, then looking there for signs that they have upgraded their plugins for Gutenberg. Repeat this for each plugin that is active on your website.
  4. If you’re not ready to do all of this yet, then install the “Classic editor” plugin to opt out of Gutenberg for now, until you are ready to make the switch.
  5. If you wait until after the WordPress 5.0 update, make sure any new plugins say that are compatible with your version of WordPress.

Good Luck!