New Target Date for WordPress 5.0
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 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.
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.