After the recent release of WordPress 4.9.8 (even after the slight delay from the initially scheduled release date) brought the attention of a wider audience of the WordPress community to the Project Gutenberg. If this makes you wonder, what we are writing about exactly here and you haven’t heard about the project itself, I would strongly suggest you take a few minutes and read our detailed article about the project and what you can do with the new tools, or should we call them now blocks now?
Gutenberg and our first Impressions
We all understand that making a change to something we are all are so accustomed to and use in our daily routines is quite challenging on its own. It’s confusing. Only the idea behind that can be scary to some, however, what the WordPress community is going to show us is that a new take on something already working for millions of users around the world can be something worthy of bringing to the table. In our time testing Gutenberg, we really enjoyed all of the aspects of working with the tools provided and many of our initial concerns were addressed. Of course, there was a need for some time to get used to certain things. However, this is always something expect when a full overhaul of something you’ve used to work with blindfolded is happening.
First and foremost, we are happy to announce that WordPress 4.9.8 is here and that we are nearing the full release of Gutenberg, which hopefully will be here in the next few weeks or maybe months. As we are nearing that date, we have to understand what this major update would mean for WordPress and the community behind it.
We were promised that all the Gutenberg features and functionalities shown will align and will come as the default editor for WordPress version 5.0 and above. We are all still wondering what this will bring to the table; however, we can safely say that we are all certain that Gutenberg is here to stay. One of the major highlights of this new release is the “Test the new editor today.” notice in the WordPress dashboard. The testing callout was not available to all users till now. It is an opportunity to take the Gutenberg block editor for a spin by installing a plugin, before it is officially released in WordPress 5.0. We strongly encourage you to take advantage of this option so you can get acquainted with the new tools.
In the next few months, WordPress will release its new publishing experience that will change the way you create posts and pages. Gutenberg is the code name for this new editor, and with it, website owners can expect a new set of tools for content creation. In order to assist you with your preparations and to be aware of what to expect from them, we’ve outlined some of the changes to expect with Gutenberg and how you can test it before the official release. Our goal is to make this change as smooth as possible for all.
The new release on its own is a nice update addressing a few other changes that were needed. However, in its core WordPress, 4.9.8 is another step in Matt Mullenweg roadmap, which means we are nearing the release of the long-awaited WordPress 5.0 update. The goal of the 4.9.8 update is to make more users aware of what Guttenberg can do for you and your workflow.
Is the “Try Gutenberg” call out a one-time message?
Some of you already asked others may be wondering – if once dismissed would the callout reappear again?
If you have done that and already and dismissed the “Try Gutenberg” message on your newly updated WordPress website or maybe we were able to convince you to give Gutenberg a try – you can easily opt-in and activate Gutenberg for your project with a few simple steps. You will need to navigate to the “Screen Options” drop-down on the Dashboard in your WordPress Administrative area and check the “New Editor” option.
WordPress today and what WordPress of tomorrow will be – Matt Mullenweg vision
Only a month ago, we enjoyed our time with the WordPress community at the annual WordCamp Europe 2018 meeting which was held this year in Belgrad, Serbia. We had the opportunity to talk and discuss things with all attendees on the event, and one of the most enlightening keynotes during the WordCamp event was Matt Mullenweg appearance.
Photo credit: Florian Ziegler, florianziegler.com
What he shared during it was not only additional information on what we should expect when we start working with the new Editor, also what he had set as personal expectations about the adoption of Gutenberg.
- 100k+ sites having made a 250k+ post using Gutenberg
- Core merge, beginning the 5.0 release cycle
- 5.0 beta releases and translations completed
- Mobile version of Gutenberg by the end of the year
What Automatic CEO said is that he hopes to increase Gutenberg usage to at least 100,000 sites with 250,000 posts made over the next few months. The gather data from how users respond, especially those who have third-party plugins active on their sites would be crucial for the team so that they may know where they should focus their attention.
We continue our commitment to provide you, our users an optimized environment for your WordPress based project, and strongly recommend to check if you are using the latest version of PHP 7.x, and in case you need assistance changing it, just let us know, and we would be happy to assist you.
Switching between editing posts in the mobile apps currently might still break, but Mullenweg anticipates this will be resolved before 5.0 release, with full mobile versions of Gutenberg available by the end of the year.
Something which we liked a lot is the provided option to play around with the new blocks without touching your website. If you just wanna see the UI and how the blocks are stitched together to work – please say Hello to the New Editor online here:
WordPress of Tomorrow
Matt Mullenweg always had a clear and open mind about the feedback provided by the whole WordPress community. The strategy employed by the team is pretty much the same:
“… as it was 5, 10, or 15 years ago. It’s to listen to our users, to develop the best software with our community, and repeat!”
These are not just simple words, as it has been proven time and time again that the people behind WordPress have shown that they do listen carefully to their users, and since WordCamp US in December they made 12 Gutenberg releases and were able to close over 1,100 issues which were opened by the community.
On a similar note, something that can easily be overlooked due to the major changes that WordPress 4.9.8 brings is that it also continues to improve the foundation set forth by the privacy improvements that went into core earlier this year. For example, the type of request that is being confirmed is now included in the subject line for privacy confirmation emails. In total, this release has 46 bug fixes from more than 50 contributors, if you want to see all the changes made you can check the official release page.
With that said, we do believe that the wait will soon come to an end and Gutenberg will be officially merged to the core of WordPress; and even though it might be a hard transition for people who never tried it before it might be well worth it.
WordPress improvements are truly exciting, and Gutenberg in WordPress version 4.9.8 is a great opportunity for you to see if your website and yourself are ready for this change and hopefully participate actively by reporting any issues detected to the WordPress team working on the project. The whole FastComet team is excited about the new Gutenberg Editor and the ability it gives us users of all skill sets to get online and fully utilize the web in a more personal and fun way.
We would love to hear your take on the Gutenberg tool in WordPress 4.9.8 and your first impression. Share your thoughts in the comments below!