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WordPress 5.0 will be introducing Gutenberg into the editor mix for site owners and managers. Gutenberg essentially aims to solve a few of the past WordPress editing issues, improving the way WP users edit and add website content.

As great as this sounds, the WordPress 5.0 Gutenberg editor implementation may serve up changes WP users will not be so happy about. At first anyway. Like all big time updates, the change is a bit scary and formidable at first. However, the Gutenberg editor will become easier with navigation.

In fact, Gutenberg implementation aims to overcome many of the current WordPress editing problems we all know and dislike. Let’s take a look at why all this matters for your business.

WordPress 5.0 and Gutenberg Can Be A Good Thing

With the inception of WordPress, blogging was the main utility, allowing users to develop content and post it online without complicated steps. Content, photography, and links were the main components to the original WP format. But this has evolved a lot since 2003.

The evolution of WordPress is all about user needs. The type of content being posted today is diverse and with a customization element. From different content to multimedia, the design essentials users wat now makes Gutenberg almost necessary. 

The old WP editing and customization tools will simply not do, especially with user experience playing a larger role these days. WordPress 5.0 will change the game and potentially give those without coding experience more power and control over their websites.

Will The Gutenberg Editor Break My Website?

There is currently a lot of negative press out there about the Gutenberg editor. Many WP users think that once WordPress 5.0 happens, their website will crash or become a jumble of images and text, ruining the user experience they worked so hard to deliver.

However, this is probably not the case. Most website themes that are already WP compatible should be just fine after the Gutenberg rollout. This is good news for those who do not want to deal with changing things for hours after the update.

The block structure of the updated editor (explained more in-depth in a moment) may make a few aspects of your site a bit wonky, like the cover image areas. In this case, a few tweaks will be needed to get your website design back to perfect for optimal marketing

The same goes for plugins. After the WP 5.0 update, some of your plugins may not work correctly. This is probably going to be the biggest pain point of Gutenberg. But you can be a bit proactive and begin contacting the developers and businesses that have created your favorite plugins and see if they are going to be update ready.

Get Ready For The Gutenberg Editor Block Party

Gutenberg will bring blocks into the WordPress space, making segmenting content into blocks a main evolution. Essentially, every block is one single piece of content. Think of it like a Word PowerPoint Slide, segmenting each section into blocks of content, images, etc., but on a higher more innovative level.

There will be blocks for everything, like for content, videos, images, headings, individual sections, tables, and even embedded media from other online platforms. Each block will also deliver higher customization features and could be groundbreaking for ecommerce websites.

You Can Take Gutenberg For A Test Drive Now

Gutenberg editor is actually available now. You can try out the new editor before you will need to implement it into your website. This is great, since you can begin to get comfortable with the editor before it is WordPress mandatory. 

To get the new editor, install and activate the Gutenberg plugin via WordPress. Just be diligent when using it, because the issues explained above could happen once Gutenberg is activated. This is good and bad.  

On one hand you learn how to troubleshoot future problems, but you may also need to mitigate risk first. Ensure your theme and plugins are compatible before making the switch.

In Conclusion . . . 

There is no avoiding it — Gutenberg is coming! How WordPress website designers, managers, and owners adapt to the WordPress 5.0 switch will be interesting. We can be sure that WP will not roll out the update without doing their due diligence first. After all, nearly 30 percent of the websites on the internet are powered by WordPress. What are your update plans? How will you get your site and business ready for Gutenberg?

Gutenberg Is Coming: How Will WordPress 5.0 Impact Your Business
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