WordPress 5.0 is Here

Last Update: December 06, 2018

WordPress 5.0 is Here

There's a new version of WordPress which incorporates the Blockeditor. It's a new way of adding and editing your content.

I love it.

The WordPress YouTube channel have published a little 1 minute video for your entertainment at YouTube

Before You Update

Please follow these steps:

  1. Don't panic.
  2. Backup your website using FTP and/or a good plugin such as WP Clone or Updraft Plus
  3. Save the files on your computer, not the server.
  4. Install and activate Classic Editor plugin in case you don't like the new editor experience.
  5. Tweak your Settings > Writing to default to the blocks editor. This is a new setting which is added by the Classic Editor plugin.
  6. Type Gutenberg into the dark grey search box at the top of the page and you'll find lots of videos and blogs, mostly from me, to help you with the transition.


After You Update

Don't panic.

Your website's dashboard is going to look somewhat different but everything you need is still available.

When you need to edit an existing post your content gets converted into a Classic block. Classic blocks allow you to edit the content in them in exactly the same way you're used to. You can keep the old stuff in the Classic block and even add some new stuff in the middle of it.

There's also an option to convert the Classic block into blocks. I suggest you get used to adding new content using the block editor before you convert the old stuff.

Share your experiences and concerns in the comments below.

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merlynmac Premium
Great notes for people updating. I'm already updated and working great!
MarionBlack Premium
Sweet. I've backed up and updated 29 websites and it's not even 8:30 am in my part of the world.
merlynmac Premium
29!!!! damn...I have one LOL.
HarveyBrown Premium
Thank you Marion, will not switch over just yet. Need time to make sure I understand what is happening.
NeptuneSiver Premium
OK I do not think I will download for about 3 months, Just in Case, there is little bugs in it.
tommmm111 Premium
Thanks for the update i have been searching for info but only news of todays launch. It sounds doable i will wait 2 days just to be sure. Good luck,

Anandhijohn Premium
Thanks for sharing.