We finally have a launch date for Gutenberg editor: November 19, 2018. If that makes you want to stick your face in a carton of ice cream, I understand!
Today we’re going to go through your options for handling the change.
TIP: Should I upgrade?
- Go with the flow: Do nothing and Gutenberg will appear on 5.0 upgrade
- Resist the Change: Add Classic plugin; and activate after 5.0 upgrade to keep the classic editor.
- Capitulate eventually: add classic plugin and use both editors until you are comfortable.
If you do nothing, Gutenberg will appear after the WordPress upgrade to 5.0. This update will remove the Classic editor, and add the Gutenberg editor. Congratulations – you’re a tech savvy young’un.
If, like me, you resist change, you may add a classic editor plugin now and then wait for the 5.0 upgrade. After the upgrade, activate that Classic editor plugin and continue to use our beloved Classic editor.
But there is a better way – you can take advantage of the cool easy-to-use features of Gutenberg and adapt to the change at your own speed.
We all know we will end up using Gutenberg at some point. It is the new direction of WordPress. And it just so happens to shore up the biggest weakness in WordPress as well: ease of use.
If you need some time to get used to Gutenberg, you have the option to use either editor as long as you wish. Just download the Classic Editor plugin (through your plugin tab in the dashboard). Activate that plugin after WordPress 5.0 rolls out. You will now have access to both plugins on a post-by-post basis.
Why Bother with Gutenberg?
I’m most excited about the ability to add “blocks” to your posts. Instead of getting a new design or coder for each sales page – you can simply add the elements yourself (if you like).
Here are some common blocks that are available. (see below for styling options)
And if we have created a button code for you or taught you how to create columns with shortcodes [[[this]]]? Those blocks are now available at the click of your mouse! No more HTML!
And the icing on the cake – you have far more control over colors and sizes of your blocks:
Which approach will you take when Gutenberg lands November 18?