WordPress 5.0 has been released and it’s a major move towards block-based editing!
This is a major release and we’ve seen 2 other back to back updates since it’s initial release, 5.0, 5.0.1 (security release) and then 5.0.2 (maintenance update). WordPress 5.0 is a major release and unless you are on the AZENCE WordPress Support Service, or BeefUp you’ll have to manually initiate the update.
IMPORTANT: Don’t forget to create a complete WordPress backup before starting the update.
Some of our clients may recognize the look and feel of the new Block Editor. It looks very similar to Visual Composer plugin. For years we’ve been installing Visual Composer for our clients and now, after years of the WordPress Classic Editor, WordPress has finally purchased Visual Composer, changed it’s brand to WPBakery Page Builder and integrated it as the new WordPress backend content editor. We definitely see the value in this.
Each piece of content — from simple headers, text paragraphs and images to more complex elements such as galleries, columns, covers and code snippets — are now treated as individual elements. Users can type as per normal, but each time they hit “Enter”, a new block is created.
The new editor streamlines the writing experience where each content element is wrapped in a block. You can move content within the block editor, change settings, and create engaging layouts without writing code. Just drag and drop.
There are dozens of content blocks to choose from — both official and added by members of the WordPress community. Developers can create their own custom blocks, which can then be recreated at will, allowing users to develop consistent themes and layouts for their sites.
The goal of this release is to simplify the creation of more visually arresting websites without the need for extreme coding or design skills.
The only other change to note is the addition of a new default theme: Twenty Nineteen, which has been designed with the new blocks editor in mind, featuring custom styles, a simple type-driven layout and designed to be as flexible as possible.
Prefer to stick with the familiar Classic Editor? No problem! It is mentioned on WordPress’ official release blog that the support for the Classic Editor plugin will remain through 2021.
Regardless whether you’ll like to use the Classic Editor, the new Block Editor (formerly Visual Composer) or keep the existing Page Builder functionality that your WordPress theme installed for you, we’ll be able to tweak that in this current update.