If you use WordPress and have recently updated to version 4.9.8, you most likely noticed an announcement on the main page of the Dashboard in regard to the upcoming launch of Gutenberg, the new content editor that will manage the appearance of posts and pages. With its block-based system, Gutenberg aims to make the creation of complex layouts simple and intuitive. You can take a look at this new system on the official WordPress website. (https://wordpress.org/gutenberg/)
What this means for you
- For security reasons, we recommend that you regularly update WordPress, along with its plugins and themes, which will also prevent you from accumulating several compatibility issues!
- To experiment with Gutenberg ahead of its official release in the 5.0 WordPress core, you can install and activate the plugin.
- By using the plugin version of Gutenberg, you will be able to notice incompatibilities (with themes, plugins, etc.) if they arise.
- For your tests, use a development version of your site instead of the official one.
- If that is not possible, then you can rely on private posts or private pages.
- It will be possible to keep the classic editor and hide Gutenberg functionalities in WordPress 5, by downloading and activating the Classic Editor plugin.
Koumbit and Gutenberg
- Over several months of experimentation, Koumbit's web team has noticed that Gutenberg could generate incompatibilites with some popular plugins, or requires cosmetic adjustements to the theme.
- In the longer term, as Gutenberg is designed to eventually replace page builders (such as WPBakery Page Builder or visual Composer), it is possible that these two plugins give rise to incompatibilities in the short to medium term.
- Koumbit's web team is doing an introductory workshop as part of the 10th edition of Semaine Québécoise de l'informatique Libre. For more info, please check our event page.
- Don't hesitate to contact us if you need support to make your website Gutenberg-ready!