WordPress 5.0 Gutenberg Block Editor

WordPress 5.0 is here!

This new version of WP brings BIG changes to the WordPress editor. A new editor, Gutenberg, which was released as a plugin earlier this year, will now be part of WordPress core. This will make writing, editing and building simple layouts much easier.

As always with new changes and improvements come new challenges as well. Many WordPress themes and plugins have been around for a long time. They may not be compatible with the new Gutenberg editor. This may cause a bit of confusion.

How to Minimize Gutenberg Issues

1) Don’t update yet. Keep using WP 4.9.8 for now.  You will obviously need to update eventually to keep your site secure, but you don’t have to do it today.

2) Set up a testing/staging site where you can update to version 5.0 and check to make sure your site is working properly. When you are ready, you can update your live site as well.

3) If your hosting company automatically pushed the WP 5.0 update to your site, you can install the Classic Editor plugin. This will let you use the current editor as you have been until you are ready to make the switch to Gutenberg.

How to Install Classic Editor for WordPress

Go to your Plugins page -> Add New, do a search for ‘Classic Editor’ -> then install.

Go to the plugin settings page. Here you can either completely block the new editor or enable Gutenberg by default, but set the classic editor option to show as well.

Classic Editor setup

Since Gutenberg is going to completely change the editing experience in WordPress, it might take a while for everyone to catch up with it. There are still bugs that need to be fixed in the editor and accessibility issues that need to be addressed. Be ready for documentation to change in the upcoming months to reflect the changes as they happen.

Once you have the classic editor installed head over to posts or pages. Now, when you mouse-over the post, you will see an additional option. You now have two edit links. One is the new block editor, one for classic editor.

Classic Editor setup

What is Block Editor?

Here’s how block editor looks.

WordPress Block Editor

The new Gutenberg editor is called a block editor because here you will be adding different types of blocks to add content to your page. We have different blocks like the paragraph block, heading block, image block etc. The idea is that each block can be moved independently of each other for the most part. This gives us more power to organize our content without having to rely on theme template pages.

The new Gutenberg editor gives us much more control over the layout of each page, without the need for a page builder.

Will Chamber Dashboard Plugins work with Gutenberg?

Yes. The Chamber Dashboard plugins will work well with the new editor.

Here is how the business edit page will look in the new editor. Initially when you open your current business in the new editor, all the information is inside a classic block. You can keep that block as is and continue to edit/add new content to the business description.

If you would like to convert that into individual blocks, you can do that by clicking on the three dots on the top right corner of the block and selecting the option ‘Convert to Blocks’. That will split each paragraph & heading to a different block.

Full disclosure, we are still working the kinks out of a few things.  If you find that one of the Chamber Dashboard plugins is not working properly with Gutenberg, try installing the Classic Editor plugin to see if this helps.

Is my site is ready for WordPress 5.0?

We strongly recommend setting up a staging site (a copy of your site) and testing all of your themes and plugins with WP 5.0 before updating to WP 5.0 on your live site.

Especially if you are using a page builder like Elementor, Divi , WP bakery, etc., be sure to check with them to see if they are Gutenberg compatible. If not, you may need to install the Classic Editor plugin.

You can also visit the plugin’s website to see if the author has plans to update. If you are using a non-compatible plugin that the author is not planning to update, you may need to fine a replacement plugin.

Can I contact Chamber Dashboard if I have issues with WP 5.0?

Absolutely!! We are always happy to help. The release of WP 5.0 with the new Gutenberg block editor is a giant step forward for WordPress. We know that some of our users may need additional assistance during this transition. Don’t hesitate to reach out, but please understand our response times may be longer than usual as we try to help everyone navigate the changes gracefully.

Please do remember that we will only be able to help if the issue is with a Chamber Dashboard the plugin. If the issue is with some other plugin or your theme, you will need to contact author directly.

To find out if Chamber Dashboard plugins or themes are causing an issue with Gutenberg, temporarily deactivate all non-CD plugins and switch to the TwentySeventeen theme.  If the issue persists, let us know.

More on checking for WordPress theme & plugin conflicts.

More on how Chamber Dashboard works with block editor.

More on how WordPress 5.0 block editor works (external link).