WordPress 5.0 Release Date has been Postponed

Last Update: November 10, 2018

WordPress 5.0 release date has been postponed to 27th November, 2018. You can read all about the reasons why at WordPress.org

The simple reason is that the new editor is not yet ready for production.

If they have to postpone it again then it won't be released before January 2019 as December is always a very busy month for everyone. It's not a good time to release something as huge as a new editor when people are busy with running their businesses.

New Theme

The good news is that the beta version of WordPress now comes with a brand new default theme called Twenty Nineteen. As you probably know, WordPress usually releases a new default theme every year in November with the exception of Twenty Eighteen which didn’t happen because of the impending big change to the editor which was originally scheduled for nearer the beginning of this year.

The theme is not yet available at the WordPress repository so only dev sites running the beta version of WordPress 5.0 can access it.

If you'd like a sneak peek preview I've got it running on dev.marionblackonline.com

That's not my real website, folks, it's just an experimental site that I'm playing with. So I'm not breaking the rules by putting a link to it here.

Please don't install WordPress 5.0 on a live website until it's been officially released.

Until next time, have fun with your website.

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Calvinator63 Premium
Hi Marion,

Thanks for the update on the delay of the new Word Press release.

Sure am glad you explained the sandbox (test site) I was so getting ready to report you as spamming (not really just kidding).

How long have you been running the beta version so far?

Have you had any major complaints with it?

Do you like it?

And one final question do you feel it is improvement over the old version or not?

Calvin
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MarionBlack Premium
The beta version has only been using the blocks editor for a couple of weeks. I've been running the Gutenberg plugin for several months and there have been a lot of problems but they keep sorting them out as they go. The update won't be released until they've killed the bugs.

Yes, I love it. It's a vast improvement over the old editor.
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Calvinator63 Premium
Hi Marion,

Thanks for answering additional my questions I appreciated it,

Calvin
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dragonfly10 Premium
Marion, thank you for keeping the community up to date on these changes. I do have a couple of questions. Is WordPress 5.0 the same as Gutenberg? When these versions are release what effect will they have on our existing sites? Is 5.0 the beta version the same as Gutenberg? I think it is terrific you have a geeky part of you. It is a fantastic talent.
Sandy
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MarionBlack Premium
Gutenberg is the name of the new editor which will be incorporated into WordPress from version 5.0 and onwards. It will be the permanent editor from then on. They are already referring to it as the blocks editor rather than Gutenberg. The 5.0 Beta version is what they are actually developing and it gets updated every night. It is certainly not suitable for a live website.

Our existing sites will not be affected by the changeover. This may help explain it:
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dragonfly10 Premium
Marion that is the BEST explanation I have gotten yet, I think I finally understand how things will work! Thank so much for all the time and effort you have given to the community on this subject.
Sandy
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JackieSmith Premium
As always, thanks Marion for the heads up on what's happening with this release of WordPress.

What with Black Friday prep, this is welcome news!

I do like the theme and the font. It seems to load fast.

I wonder what other settings they have that we can tweak as sometimes these free themes limit you on what you can or can't do.
Once again thanks.
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MarionBlack Premium
The default free themes provided each year by WordPress.org are designed for beginners. They have very few settings that we can tweak so as not to confuse the newbies.
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derekmarshal Premium
Just for clarity, it is ok to put up an occasional link when referencing something in our WA blog posts when it is appropriate and required.

It helps our Blog posts to rank organically in search engines, which can pull in WA sales.

I am pretty sure Kyle of Carson would not want us handicapping ourselves (and ultimately themselves) particularly when creating a quality and informational blog post that is not only helpful for the community but for the public also.

What is not wanted is spam, which is completely different or affiliate links in blog posts.

Essentially treat our blog posts on here like we would our own sites!.

Thanks for the Preview Marion.
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MarionBlack Premium
It depends, Derek. As long as we stay within the no spam rules we can post almost anything we like. I think my link is OK because I am not promoting anything, it's not self-promotion and it was not even "read more". The only way I could show what the Twenty Nineteen theme looks like is by linking to my experimental website. I have nothing to gain by this. The theme is only available on websites running the cutting edge beta version of WordPress 5.0.

So I believe that everything in this post is within the rules. I think the main takeaway from this is "I have nothing to gain" by writing this post and linking to an external website.
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derekmarshal Premium
That is exactly what I was saying Marion, certain links are ok when referencing something that aid what is being written. In your case, yeah - only co-incidental that it is your own site and yes, very helpful demo.

Yeah...if were allowed to reference our own sites openly...flood gates to spam!
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MarionBlack Premium
DUH! I read "is it" instead of "it is". And treated your comment as a question.
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PaulREvans57 Premium
Hi, Marion.

Thanks for the tip-off. I have been using the Beta version of the new editor - Gutenberg - on one of my sites.

It takes a while to get used to it. It is very different from what we are all used to in a 'normal' editor. The Guttenburg is more object orientated.

If they are having teething problems, I'm not surprised in the least. It is a significant change.

Paul
Be Happy!
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MarionBlack Premium
The biggest change in 15 years, Paul, it's huge.
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mbouteiller Premium
Hey Marion,

Thanks for the heads up on the delay of WordPress 5.0.

I just looked at your preview of the new theme, the Twenty Nineteen, I'm quite impressed with the way it looks. I like the font too. Thank you for taking the time to show the theme the way you did.

Regards,
Monica
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JoanMarie Premium
I've always been a serif fan myself. But as long as it is not in all caps, then I'm good (that drives me crazy). Thanks for the sneak peek, it reminds me of the time I used to work in an office with a bunch of geeks, that was fun because I learned SO much just by listening or looking over their shoulders. Much appreciated, Marion!
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YanFellow Premium
Hi Marion - thanks for the update.

I know you're a fan of the new editor and I guess we'll be practically forced into it at some point :-) but would you not be surprised, rolling this out to all WP users, if there were not 'quite a few' hiccups and problems when it goes live to the whole WP populace?

Ian
(Tha Wary One)
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MarionBlack Premium
I'm sure there will be many hiccups along the way, Ian. If there were no hiccups we'd still be using the same WordPress version as we were 15 years ago.
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YanFellow Premium
It was fine for my father and his father before him... :-)

They say never be the first to upgrade - Apple fan boys seem to be the exception :-) - so I'll probably follow the widsom and wait until any kinks hve been sorted out.

You've had no problems?
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MarionBlack Premium
I did have a problem when I converted an old post to Gutenberg and all my jump links broke 😒 But I fixed it 😎
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YanFellow Premium
I've actually got that bookmarked :-)

You're the WP Fixer all right\1 :-)
Ian
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laparra1 Premium
Good Morning Marion,

Thank you for the information.
I do not mind if they wait till the new year. Christmas is around the corner and I need time for that. I hope you had a good weekend, NZ is well advanced in time compared to the south of Spain, I am starting my busy Sunday.

Saludos del Sur, Taetske
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gartnerf Premium
Thanks for the update Marion! I am not ready for its release yet so it's good it is postpone a bit.

I agree with you that I do not prefer serif fonts on a web page. It does make reading a bit more difficult. That's why I use sans serif fonts instead.
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AlexEvans Premium
Thank you for the heads up Marion, I thought that they would postpone, the release is going to be massive, I hope they hold it until it is ready to go.

So much work has gone into development it would be a shame of they Stumble on the home straight.
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Larry MaC Premium
Thanks for keeping us informed.
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Marley2016 Premium
Thank you for the update :)
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DebbieRose Premium
Thank goodness...I still have to go through all your training!
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FKelso Premium
Thanks for the update, Marion
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SCash Premium
Thanks, Marion.
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dmpatt Premium
Marion, I just found the answer. So thank you for posting this info. Will greatly help me.
Thanks
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Wdcope Premium
Very interesting Marion. Appreciate the update. I am not there yet, but nice to know.
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Loes Premium
Thanks for the update Marion
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MarionBlack Premium
Always a pleasure, my friend.
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dmpatt Premium
Marion, what are some of the main features of Twenty Nineteen?
Does it have feature full width? And/or the ability to select 2 or 3 columns as you choose?
Or something new?
Thanks
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MarionBlack Premium
Good question, Donna. It has very little customization. But WordPress 5.0 has column blocks built in, so they're not needed as part of a theme.

It's very much geared towards the mobile experience.
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rubanzema Premium
Thank you for sharing.
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