Gutenberg is coming! If there was any doubt, it has been dispelled with the recent WordPress update to 4.9.8. Once updated, you should see the Gutenberg announcement like this:
What is Gutenberg Editor?
It is the new editor for WordPress. All WordPress installations from WordPress 5.0 and forward will feature this editor. And it is a giant leap forward for mankind and bloggers. You will be able to create colored boxes, highlight text with color, add images, columns and more.
Once you’re used to it, you’ll love it! It just takes a few weeks of playing with it to get used to it. If you’ve used Evernote, OneNote or Medium you will catch on within an hour. Otherwise, you’re looking at a bit of playing around. As always, we’ll be posting tutorials for you every step of the way.
Leave your requests in the comments and we’ll tackle those tutorials first.
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Is the Gutenberg Editor Mandatory?
No. In a word, no. It is not mandatory. However, it will be the default editor come WordPress 5.0. If you’d like to continue using the classic editor (your current one) then you’ll need to download the Classic Editor plugin. After upgrading to WordPress 5.0, activate the Classic Editor Plugin and you’ll be all set with the editor that you’ve been used to.
Is there a downside to staying on the Classic Editor?
There is no real danger to staying on the classic editor today or tomorrow. First understand that Gutenberg editor is not an edit or version upgrade, it is a completely new editing experience. Because of that, developers (of themes and plugins) have to change their development to support Gutenberg. Will they support both editors? For a while, it is likely they will. But in time, my guess is that Gutenberg support will be the default and Classic editor support will be less common.
So I recommend that you get yourself a clone site invisible to traffic, and learn Gutenberg when you can.