WordPress 5.0 Release

WordPress 5.0 Release


Every time WordPress comes out with new version, we all get excited about trying its new features. This time it’s WordPress 5.0. WordPress is out with the new block-based editor– otherwise known as Gutenberg.

Gutenberg is a big move and it’s not the only update. WordPress has also come up with WordPress 5.0.1 security release and WordPress 5.0.2 maintenance release.

What to expect from WordPress 5.0?

The biggest change in WordPress is the aforementioned block-based editor.

The new WordPress block editor landed in WordPress 5.0 arrived on December 6th, 2018. Let’s see how to use it:

Opening Gutenberg for the first time

 When you open the new WordPress editor for the first time, you have a writing space.On the right-hand side, you can open the settings — per document or per block —by clicking on the cog icon. Clicking on the three dots beside that cog lets you switch to the code editor so you can make your edits on the code side ofthings.

Everything is a block

The new WordPress editor introduces blocks. It allows you to build your content precisely like you make a LEGO set – all from one box, following a standardized and straightforward set of instructions. By using this blocks concept, you can now determine what every part of your content is. Not only that, you can define their specifications per block. There are blocks for, among other things:

  • Paragraphs
  • Lists
  • Quotes
  • Headings
  • Code
  • Images
  • Galleries
  • Shortcodes
  • Columns
  • Buttons
  • Widgets
  • And a ton of embeds

Every block you make can get its own layout and settings. And you can save these as reusable blocks!

Other Changes In WordPress

Aside from this, here are some other changes that make WordPress 5.0 a very interesting upgrade:

  • By improving WordPress’ site-building functionality, the core team aims to hold that market share against the rise of hosted website builders.
  • Some improvements to the WordPress Rest API are done, allowing developers to create applications easily by using the platform as framework.
  • With Gutenberg, theme creation will become much more accessible thanks to blocks.
  • Page builder plugins might lose some relevance. There are a lot of fantastic page-builder tools that you can use with WordPress, some of which rival professional platforms. Gutenberg won’t be a match for them at first, but it might dissuade people from using them in the long run.

What the block-based editor means for you?

The launch of Gutenberg means that you’ll need to get acquainted with a whole new editing experience. If you don’t want to use the Gutenberg Editor, you’ll still be able to keep the classic editor by installing the official Classic Editor plugin.

How to get the most out of WordPress 5.0?

First, you ought to get familiar with the basics of how to work with the new block-based content editor, since it is the biggest change in WordPress 5.0.

Even though the editor is very straightforward, you can make things even easier on yourself by checking out the handy cheat sheet for WordPress 5.0 that we have over here. There’s even a printable version that can serve as a quick reference file by your desk.

What do you think of this newest WordPress release? Are you excited that the new block-based editor now allows for more custom content design than was previously possible? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!

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