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There Are BIG Changes Coming to WordPress That Will Affect Everyone Who Uses the Platform.

WordPress 5.0 will be the first “major” release of 2018, including the new editor, code named “Gutenberg” which will deliver a more “What You See Is What You Get” (WYSIWIG) user experience when adding content to your posts and pages.

This can be likened to the transition from DOS to Windows, for those of us old enough to remember DOS. It revolutionized how we interacted with our computers.

In his keynote address at last December’s WordCamp US—the national WordPress convention—WordPress co-founder Matt Mullenweg described Gutenberg as “the editor for the next twelve years.”

Gutenberg has three planned stages. The first, appearing in WordPress 5.0, will focus on the post editing experience and the implementation of blocks. This initial phase emphasizes a content-first approach. The use of blocks allows you to focus on how your content will look without the distraction of other configuration options. This ultimately will help all users present their content in a way that is engaging, direct, and visual.

These foundational elements will pave the way for stages two and three, planned for the next year, to go beyond the post into page templates and ultimately, full site customization.

Gutenberg is a big change and often people don’t like change. So, there is a big debate in the WordPress community as to how it will impact the future of WordPress. Only time will tell.

For the latest information on Gutenberg, see “Introducing a new way to WordPress.”

And for those of you who are a little more on the “Geeky” side, check out Morten Rand-Hendriksen’s WordCamp US talk, “Gutenberg and the WordPress of Tomorrow” which I had the pleasure of attending.


This post courtesy of Web Developer Kerry Wolfe

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