The much-awaited release of the year has finally shipped out with the name WordPress 5.0 “Bebo”. As per the schedule, WordPress “Bebo” was released yesterday on 6th December 2018. WordPress 5.0 is named after Bebo Valdés, a Cuban Jazz Musician.
If you’ve been updated with the latest buzzes on WordPress, you might know that the major change this time is the new default editor—Gutenberg Editor. There is an abundance of major improvements made for users to work with WordPress in an easier way.
The new WordPress 5.0 release comes with the features that we already discussed in the Betas and Release Candidates. This time around, WordPress has definitely brought some major improvements: new default block editor, new default theme, exciting refinements and more.
Let’s have a closer look at the added features in WordPress 5.0 “Bebo”.
The New Default Editor – Gutenberg Editor
To improve and make the writing experience more interesting, WordPress 5.0 has brought a new editor—The Gutenberg Editor. Now, with the updated version, instead of a large blank canvas, you will now see a series of individual blocks and you can edit them separately your way without affecting other blocks, isn’t that cool? Furthermore, the editor comes with more than 16 blocks by default to add content. You can also add more blocks by installing and activating plugins.
The new editor provides a more consistent treatment if design as well as content. If you have any content that can be used in the future, you can turn them into “reusable blocks” and let your clients add new content anytime, while still maintaining a consistent look and feel.
A New Default Theme – Twenty Nineteen
A new default WordPress theme, Twenty Nineteen has been introduced. The theme is fully compatible with the new Gutenberg editor. It comes with custom styles for the blocks available by default in 5.0 and makes extensive use of editor styles throughout the theme. Featuring ample whitespace, and modern sans-serif headlines paired with classic serif body text, Twenty Nineteen has been built to be beautiful on the go.
The new default theme has been built in a way that is perfect for a wide variety of website types. Whether you’re running a photo blog, a business website, or a non-profit organization, the new Twenty Nineteen theme suits perfectly for any kind and is flexible enough to fit your needs.
Worried about your Existing Content?
With the version installed, you sure have to work with the blocks for your future posts. However, the content that already exists will be placed into a Classic Block. It mimics the old editor and provides users a choice to either migrate it into the blocks or let it be as it is. It means your existing content will not be affected by the new editor.
Not Ready for the New Editor?
Are you not ready to work with the blocks yet? Or worried about the incompatibilities with themes and plugins? Don’t worry! We have a way out! Just install the Classic Editor Plugin. It will disable the new editor and you will be provided with the old editor. The Classic Editor is supported until 2022 and now allows you to switch between Classic and Gutenberg on a per-user or per-post level, according to Matt.
Therefore, if you feel you’re not ready for the big change, just go for the Class Editor Plugin, take some time and slowly move towards the new block editor.
Check out the WordPress 5.0 field guide to get the important links and information related to this major release.
WordPress 5.0 was led by Matt Mullenweg with Allan Cole, Anthony Burchell, Gary Pendergast, Josepha Haden Chomphosy, Laurel Fulford, Omar Reiss, Daniel Bachhuber, Matías Ventura, Miguel Fonseca, Tammie Lister, Matthew Riley MacPherson as the co-leads. There were 423 contributors with props in this release.
With so many new and improved things this time, WordPress 5.0 release comes with WordPress fully translated into 37 languages with more on the way.
Have you updated to WordPress 5.0? Did this newest version of WordPress fulfill all your expectation? Or have any thoughts on the new editor? Share them with us in the comments section below.