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WordPress has released version 5.0, along with its experimental new page builder, “Gutenberg”.

Arise recommends exercising caution when upgrading your website to the latest version of WordPress.

On December 6, the WordPress team released version 5.0, which comes packaged with a core update to the WordPress page editor, titled Gutenberg. Gutenberg is the first step in WordPress’ attempts to reclaim market share from the drag-and-drop, “page-builder” themes which have become increasingly popular. The modular, block-style Gutenberg page-builder is also a signal of intent by WordPress to shed its mantle as a “blog-focused” platform and develop a content management system geared toward websites of all types.

This is a big step forward for the WordPpress platform, and websites that use it. However, the open source nature of WordPpress presents a couple caveats that we recommend strongly considering before upgrading your site to WordPpress 5.0.

Theme and Plugin Compatibility
While WordPress warned developers well in advance of the changes that Gutenberg would become the standard in version 5.0, not all theme and plugin developers heeded that warning. Many themes and plugins lackremain lacking  the necessary updates to fully integrate with thisthe latest version of WordPress. At Arise, Wwe expect this overall adoption will continue to be slow as developers identify the new changes and develop bugs andto address them.

A New Editor
If the updates work well then wWebsite owners who are familiar with editing their website through the WordPress dashboard will have two options: 1) adopt Gutenberg, and learn a completely new way of constructing their pages, or 2) install a plugin which returns the ‘classic’ WordPress editor they’re comfortable with. Depending on the theme and plugin developers, as noted above, Option #2 may open a separate compatibility can of worms.

E-Commerce
If you manage an online shop, or any other website which transacts secure customer information, you’ll want to be absolutely sure that no theme or plugin compatibility issues raise security vulnerabilities that may potentially expose customer data.

For more information about the Gutenberg release – here is an article on How WordPress 5.0 and Gutenberg Will Affect Your Site 

 

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