Things are about to change with the standard WordPress editor being replaced by the Gutenberg editor. You may already have seen the message in your WordPress Dashboard. Get ready by talking with your web developer. Sing out if you need a hand.

THREE IMPORTANT THINGS

– The update will happen automatically unless you modify update settings using a manually or by using a plugin (links #1). It’s a great leap forward for WordPress, but it’s possible this update will cause problems depending on your site’s design, theme, and plugins. When? Unsure, but possibly as soon as this month August 2018 (Link #2).

– The difference in how the editor works is very significant and may cause a steep learning curve for web site owners. Let’s be honest – this may freak some people out. See a video below by Morten Rand-Hendriksen outlining the changes, and a detailed article by Kinsta’s Brian Jackson (links #3).

– Obviously plugin and theme developers have worked hard to ensure their products are compatible with the incoming Gutenberg. However, are you absolutely sure that all the plugins and the theme you are using are still actively supported by their authors?

On several web sites that we are now inheriting from past developers, we have found plugins and themes that are still functional (at present) but are no longer being supported or updated. These cannot be guaranteed to work with major updates like Gutenberg. We simply do not know.

RECOMMENDATIONS

Have a chat with your web developer about Gutenberg and agree on an implementation plan.

Possibly delay the major update for a few days. This will give plugin developers a chance to get feedback from other web sites on compatibility issues.

Ask them to set up a development site so you can try it out and become familiar with the new Gutenberg editor. Don’t wait for it to appear on your production site. You can also try the new editor on the WordPress.org web site (link #4)

Also ask your web developer to create a duplicate of your production site to test all plugins and your theme against the new Gutenberg editor.

NOTES

This may be significant work for your web developer. Ensure you don’t leave it to the last minute to contact them, or they may have insufficient time to prepare. They might also appreciate some budget to be allocated towards this work.

The new Oxygen Site/Page builder is completely compatible with Gutenberg (link #5).

LINKS #1

How to safely disable automatic updates in WordPress
Colin Newcomer 11 May 2017

How to Safely Disable Automatic Updates in WordPress

Easy Updates Manager is a light yet powerful plugin which enables you to manage all types of updates on your single site install or in WordPress Multisite.

Easy Updates Manager

LINK #2

Update Schedule

What’s Upcoming in WordPress 5.0 – will Gutenberg get official release?

LINKS #3

Introduction to WordPress’s new Gutenberg editor by Morten Rand-Hendriksen

Diving Into the New Gutenberg WordPress Editor (Pros and Cons)

Diving Into the New Gutenberg WordPress Editor (Pros and Cons)

LINKS #4

Try Gutenberg online at WordPress.org
https://wordpress.org/gutenberg/

LINK #5

Oxygen Compatibility with Gutenberg

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