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EP 3 – WordPress 5, Gutenberg Editor and Into 2019

Episode 3

EP 3 – WordPress 5, Gutenberg Editor and Into 2019

Martin Mills: [00:00:00] Hello and welcome to the online concept podcast. I am your host Martin Mills and this is your regular dose of everything online websites and technology. Please stay tuned for our latest podcast. And don’t forget to like us on Facebook or join our Facebook community to keep the conversation going. 

Martin Mills: [00:00:19] Welcome to this week’s episode of The Online Concept podcast. So this week we’re going to deviate a little bit from what we originally had planned because we really want to talk to you about WordPress 5.0 the Gutenberg editor and what that means heading into 2019. So WordPress 5.0 is about to drop and there’s a huge amount of hype being generated around the release. 

Martin Mills: [00:00:43] As always there are a host of new features in this next major release and the biggest is the default change to the Gutenberg editor. For years the WordPress community have utilised the classic editor which was somewhat no frills but what we were all used to using as a web site design business the classic editor is also what our clients were used to. Now of course a while ago we switched over to using a page builder for our client sites. This was in order to give the client a better solution that was both user friendly and provided a pile of extra functionality. 

Martin Mills: [00:01:17] The new Gutenberg editor is all about bridging the gap between the old classic editor and providing more functionality similar to the page builders available, whilst the Gutenberg editor is a great step forward, It is not meant to be a replacement for page builders and will be a long time before it even truly comes close. 

Martin Mills: [00:01:36] So what does this major editor change mean for you. Well at this stage it means very little if you are not sure what to look for. In most cases if your website was built in the last 12 months and regularly maintained, now by regularly maintained I mean the following items are all true. 

Martin Mills: [00:01:55] WordPress is up to date and there are no WordPress updates available in your dashboard. 

Martin Mills: [00:02:01] All plug ins installed on the website are also up to date out of date plug ins may not be compatible with WordPress5.0 It is also important to check that the plugins installed are compatible. 

Martin Mills: [00:02:15] All themes are up today and have been checked to be compatible with Word Press 5. It is specifically important to check for compatibility because crashes may occur during the upgrade if you don’t. 

Martin Mills: [00:02:26] Make sure to have a backup of the website that can be restored if the worst happens during the upgrade. I always like to think you know make sure you’re prepared for the absolute worst and then when everything goes great you don’t need to worry. 

Martin Mills: [00:02:42] Okay so we’ve looked to make sure your WordPress website meets those criteria that we just mentioned. So now when it comes to doing the update there are many ways you can make it happen and in many cases it may just happen for you. 

Martin Mills: [00:02:58] For some of our clients for example this article and this podcast are going to be just a great read or a great listen because they’re on one of our WordPress care plans and that means that we will deal with all the headaches for them. So it might be something that you want to look into is having somebody professionally maintain your web site so that you don’t have to have the nightmares of upgrading a major version of WordPress and potentially having your website off line for extended periods of time. 

Martin Mills: [00:03:30] I’m not going to sugarcoat the update process for you. It can be catastrophic if something goes wrong. Many business owners just like you are utilising the opportunity to refresh their websites, modernize their websites, or simply to get a professional to help with the upgrade process. 

Martin Mills: [00:03:48] The Gutenberg editor and what it means for you. 

Martin Mills: [00:03:51] Okay so if your web site is using a page builder such as Beaver builder, Elementor Divi and any other editor type you’ll most likely not going to really notice any difference. Most of these page builders are already Gutenberg compatible and this is great news because you can simply continue as per normal. The only place you will really notice a difference is most likely during the editing of a post as in many cases posts don’t use the page builder by default. 

Martin Mills: [00:04:22] Now if you don’t use a page builder it means getting used to a new user interface. Well in most parts it is about getting used to a new thing. But did you know that you can simply install the old classic editor. You see all the hype around Gutenberg and really all it means is a change of the default editor. 

Martin Mills: [00:04:41] Yes you heard me in the past and current versions of Word Press the classic editor came installed as the default. Moving forward with WordPress 5 and into the future. The default editor being installed will be the new Gutenberg editor. You can use the new editor now by simply installing it from the WordPress repository. Once WordPress 5 is release the situation will simply be reversed and those wanting to use the classic editor will simply install it from the repository. 

Martin Mills: [00:05:13] So the Gutenberg editor uses blocks and blocks are a great little system to be bringing in and they’re very similar to the page builders that many of us have been using in the industry for quite some time. So when Gutenberg launches you’re going to have some great new tools in your kit bag for publishing content. You will still be able to place all of the common content types such as paragraphs, images, headings, galleries, lists, quotes, and more. 

Martin Mills: [00:05:40] You will also be able to embed a whole pile of new things directly into your website pages and posts including pull quotes, tables, buttons, column, spaces, my favourite Facebook post embeds, Twitter embeds, YouTube embeds, Instagram post embeds and much much more. 

Martin Mills: [00:05:58] So this is really going to give you some great flexibility to really put some different types of content into posts where in the past it’s been more difficult and now it’s going to be as simple as choosing the right block and putting in the right link. 

Martin Mills: [00:06:15] So you need to think of the new block system as an extension to your website allowing you to simply place content in a much better and easier way just like a child plays with blocks to build items from their imagination. You can now build your website posts and pages this way to. 

Martin Mills: [00:06:32] So how about the next 12 months for WordPress. 

Martin Mills: [00:06:35] Well WordPress and indeed the Gutenberg editor will continue to grow over the next 12 months. You will see that as time goes by more blocks and options will become available in the editor. 

Martin Mills: [00:06:46] At this point in time I count 63 ish blocks available in the editor and amongst them some very welcome additions. As I mentioned before things like being able to natively embed your Twitter feed and things like that without having to go looking for specific plugins. 

Martin Mills: [00:07:04] Personally I find that there’s a few things that are still a bit buggy with Gutenberg and I’m sure that these will be fixed in time. I keep asking myself whether I think the editor is ready for mass consumption yet and at this stage I keep landing on No. But as time goes by it won’t take much to be ready. 

Martin Mills: [00:07:23] I think the next 12 months will make or break the new editor and it will be interesting to see what direction things take. I know we will see continued development of the editor and even more additional items added to it. It’s important to remember that this is early stages still for the Gutenberg editor and only time will tell. I really feel that this new editor has a lot of potential and I personally look forward to experimenting more with it in the future. 

Martin Mills: [00:07:48] So that’s my feelings around the Gutenberg editor and WordPress5.0 and what I think we’re going to see from it over the next 12 months. So I would love to know what you think yourself and if you want to put those details in the comments on this, on this podcast or reach out to us. And don’t forget you can also join and keep the conversation going by visiting our Facebook page and joining the group there. So until next week have a great week and we will see you next week on Monday for the online concept podcast. Thank you and have a great week. 

Martin Mills: [00:08:30] This episode of the online concept is brought to you by our sponsor. Time Out! Computers. If you’re a business owner looking for quality services including manage service agreements VoIP systems and computer hardware please contact time computers know more by visiting www.timeoutcomputers.com.au or call them on 1 300 084 636. 

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Martin Mills

Martin is a website designer and developer based in Brisbane, Australia. Martin has been working in the website design and online space since the early to mid 90's. Having built website's across a wide range of industries including, fitness, manufacturing, hospitality and more, Martin has a pile of experience to bring to any business website project.
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