New Target Date for WordPress 5.0

Last Update: December 04, 2018

New Target Date for WordPress 5.0 (Gutenberg)

The WordPress core team have announced that WordPress 5.0, which incorporates the block editor, code named Gutenberg, is scheduled to be released on December 6th. This is based on the testing, stability and reports on the first two release candidates. A third release candidate is now available for download and testing.

A release candidate is a version of the software that, subject to testing, could be the actual release version. It's like saying "this is it, try and break it".

If new information indicates that the software is not stable enough then the target date will be adjusted. But December 6th is so close I can almost feel it.

What if?

What if you're not ready to update to WordPress 5.0 as soon as it's released? That's OK. You can choose to hold off until you're ready to tap the button.

Major updates such as going from version 4.x.x to 5.0 are never automatic. You'll have enough time to backup your website first.

Always create a backup before updating, you never know when you may need to restore your website to an earlier version.

Gutenberg or Classic Editor? You CAN Have Both

You also have the option to upgrade to 5.0 without using the block editor. Install the Classic Editor plugin now and the writing and editing experience will not appear to change when the upgrade happens. You'll still get the other bug fixes and improvements that are part of 5.0.

I've been using the Gutenberg plugin on my production site for some months now and I'm loving the experience. I've also been testing the release candidates on a development site. For a geek like me it's exciting stuff.

I can't wait for WordPress 5.0 to be released into the wild.

Have you been using the new block editor yet? Share your experiences and concerns in the comments below.

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Marley2016 Premium
Could be my own fault due to change with computer
programs - I did try the Gutenberg for a time and found
it harder to use than WP - maybe when they get it
finished I will find it better but for now, I am staying with
the WP it is easier and faster for me to use :(
Thank you for keeping us all up to date with things I
do follow you and appreciate your help with this.
MaryFRM Premium
Hi Marion,
Thank you for the update. Frankly, I'm a bit scared.
I tried Gutenberg and I don't really like it.
Maybe because I usually write my posts in Word first and then copy to WP.
How would this copying work?
Probably I'll have everything in one text block first. I'd like to highlight a row and make it a header. Would it be easy?
MarionBlack Premium
Copy and paste works fine either from Word or Site Content.

To make a header just type the words and then transform it into a header with 2 clicks. It's easy once you start doing it.
C-Lab Premium
I've been using Gutenburg since I joined a month ago so it is all I know haha
I guess it won't be so scary since I'm already used to it.
It took me like two weeks to realize it was called that because the first printing press in Europe was made by a Johannes Gutenburg haha
MarionBlack Premium
The Gutenberg block editor was named in honor of Johannes Gutenberg. The printing press revolutionized book publication and the block editor is revolutionizing WordPress.
Wayne66 Premium
Definitely not the"GEEK" person either so maybe I will have to install the "Classic" first before upgrading.

The comments and your posts all make it sound like it would be worthwhile upgrading to the new 5.0. I guess we'll see.

thanks for your continued efforts to help us out, Marion. You are greatly appreciated by all.

Moving Forward,
FKelso Premium
Thanks for the update.
kvimont Premium
I installed it about a month ago and I love it. I found it easy to adjust to the blocks from the classic editor and haven't run into any problems yet thanks to your pieces of training!
YanFellow Premium
Thanks, Marion.

dchapman3 Premium
Thank you for explaining this. I have a better understanding now.
rroesel Premium
In a nutshell, what is the main differences/advantages of the WP 5.0 block editor?
MarionBlack Premium
I don't have a nutshell big enough, Rudy. Type Gutenberg into the dark grey search box at the top of this page and you'll find blogs and training videos that I've done.
smartketeer Premium
Thanks for the update Marion!
Hi-Im-Fran Premium
I only tried it for an hour or so and I'm the farthest thing from a geek but I really loved it. Iwill install the classic editor just in case but I am excited to try out the Gutenberg. I normally hate changes but this looks like a good one.

Thanks Marion!
JGrier Premium
Thanks Marion
MKearns Premium
Thank you, Marion. Does this come with theme 2018 0or 2019?
MarionBlack Premium
The WordPress default themes are usually released in November of the year before. e.g. Twenty Seventeen was released in November 2016. As WordPress 5.0 has been on the drawing board for so long and was expected to be released in the first half of 2018 they didn't make a Twenty Eighteen theme.

The new theme is Twenty Nineteen and it's very plain and newbie friendly. Not something I would choose for my own websites. At the moment it's only available for sites running WordPress 5.0.
MKearns Premium
Thank you marion!
accad Premium
When I installed Gutenberg something changed in my dashboard and I was not acquainted with it. I thought my laptop has a problem so I went outside and rented a desktop but I see it was the same. My second thought was my site was in a mess because I find difficulty in some of the dashboard features.

I remember I installed Gutenberg so I uninstalled it then everything went back to the original features. So until now, I don't use Gutenberg.
MarionBlack Premium
Install the Classic Editor plugin and your writing and editing experience will seem to be the same as before the upgrade.
accad Premium
I'll try it. Thanks, Marion.