WordPress 5.0: Should You Update Or Not?

WordPress 5.0 is releasing on December 6th Came as a surprise, Matt Mullenweg posted an update to the community. I thought why not write a post about WordPress 5.0: Should You Update Or Not?.

The best way to get ready for version 5.0 is to simply know what’s coming and why it matters. This update contains the Gutenberg editor, for example – a new interface that will drastically change the way your site works. Among other things, it’s important to test out the new editor to see what effect it will have.

There are several Steps you need to follow before updating to WordPress 5.0:

  • Is now the right time to update?
  • Can your site work with Gutenberg?
  • Do you need it?

Is this the right time to update?

If you are planning a holiday trip or you are so much busy in your office then I recommend that you should postpone this update and wait for a more stable release. as multiple patch releases are being planned already, it’s probably going to be more stable in January.

This is not an issue at all, you are not risking anything and it’s also a good idea to wait until first bugs in the initial release are fixed. Plugins and themes will probably also be better prepared for WordPress 5.0 by then.

Your site work with Gutenberg?

WordPress 5.0 introduces Gutenberg Editor. Gutenberg changes the way the editor works in WordPress, I think this is one of the best steps and you will see improved Editor.

But you have to make sure that this will not affect your blog design and your all plugins are fully compatible with Gutenberg before you hit update. If not then you have to mail the developer of that plugin to release the update for at least “work with”Gutenberg.  If they don’t, install and activate the Classic editor plugin before updating.

Do you need WordPress 5.0?

If you are not hurry for the upgrade then I suggest you wait for some weeks so WordPress release a stable version. WordPress 5.0 will probably be more stable in January than it is now. I don’t think WordPress 5.0 is as stable for now.

When you upgrade to WordPress 5.0

When you update, please make sure, as always: create a backup. If your hosting provides a staging environment, please use it. If you don’t have a staging environment, and your site is important for your business, get one.

This is one of the major WordPress Update. Not like others regulars updates. This will change the look of your WordPress editor so first, test it on the stesting site than on the main business website.

Conclusion

WordPress 5.0 will be a big change from the current version of the platform, and it’s important to be aware of what’s coming. However, as long as you prepared and take the precautions, you will experience few or no problems from this update.

Some of the things you need to keep in mind about WordPress 5.0:

  1. You’ll need to learn how to use the Gutenberg editor, sooner. Because Gutenberg is the future and you should prepare for the future.
  2. Your theme and plugins may not be compatible with Gutenberg, which means you’ll need to perform some testing or contact the developer to release the compatible update of the theme.
  3. You can keep the existing interface if you want to, by using the Classic Editor plugin but I recommend learn Gutenberg.
  4. You shouldn’t avoid the update since this update contains a lot of WordPress Security and Speed performance fixes which is recommended.

If you have any questions about what WordPress 5.0? Let me know in the comments section below!

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