WordPress is an online, open source website creation tool based on PHP and MySQL. But for a layperson, the easiest explanation is that it’s probably the easiest and most powerful blogging and website content management system (or CMS) in existence today. Many popular blogs and websites that we all use are built on this platform. In fact, given its versatility, it can be used to build a number of websites like those for blogs, e-commerce sites, business, news, photography and more. Now, with the release of WordPress’ latest version, WordPress 5.0, there are a lot of changes to the platform and it’s important to keep yourself updated about these once you decide to use it.
Here are 4 things to know about WordPress 5.0The Gutenberg Editor is Wordpress 5.0’s newest feature WordPress 5.0 comes with the Gutenberg editor which is the new default editor in this version. It aims to make creating and editing posts simpler and more convenient. The Gutenberg Editor’s most notable feature is called Blocks. With this new feature, users can add content with just a few clicks.The interface is more interactive and easier to use even though it might take a little while longer to learn. However, if you want, you can still keep the Classic Editor by simply disabling the Gutenberg one. It’s recommended that you try out this editor before updating, to make sure you are comfortable with the new editor and actually want to use it. Site themes and plugins may have compatibility issues Given all the changes to WordPress with this new version, there is a chance that site plugins and themes may not function as intended. Therefore it’s best to back up all your site’s data before making any changes or updates to the platform. The Classic Editor can still be utilised Even though WordPress 5.0 has the Gutenberg Editor set as default, there isn’t a hard and fast rule that you have to use it. Most people might be uncomfortable with the changes and not want to lose the interface that they are used to. In such cases, however, you can disable the new editor, by installing the Classic Editor as a plugin. There is also an option to completely disable the Gutenberg Editor but it's not really recommended. According to those that use the platform on a consistent basis, it’s believed that the Gutenberg Editor will become the future of WordPress and all future sites will be built upon this latest version. Keep your site secure by updating at the earliest WordPress 5.0 brings a lot of changes that might make it sound like users are going to have a difficult time to adjust with it initially, but it also comes with a lot of security updates and other important elements for your site. Wordpress 5.0 has been designed to ensure its compatibility with the latest PHP version so that your site remains safe and runs with optimum efficiency. So back up your site and test WordPress 5.0’s Gutenberg Editor out before updating. When you’re ready, you can download the update directly from the dashboard with minimum hassle.
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