Explained: WordPress 5.0 and the Gutenberg Editor

Friday, December 7, 2018 | By atomix
Gutenberg Editor Wordpress 5.0 update

WordPress 5.0 is the latest version of WordPress, to be released on 6 December 2018.

Like all WordPress updates, WordPress 5.0 comes with a whole host of new updates – but the feature that’s got everyone talking is the Gutenberg editor.

What is the Gutenberg editor?

The Gutenberg Editor is the new front-end editing environment that comes with the WordPress 5.0 update, named after mechanical printing press inventor Johannes Gutenberg.

The new Gutenberg Editor allows users to compose posts and pages using multiple content blocks, instead of one text area. It will also allow users to preview their post while they are composing, rather than having to click the ‘preview’ link each time.

Check out the WordPress Gutenberg blog to play with the Gutenberg Editor without having to install any new software on your own website.


The Gutenberg Editor is also available as a plugin, without needing to upgrade to WordPress 5.0, This allows users to test the editor without having to update their entire site.


We’d recommend installing the Gutenberg Editor plugin on a test or staging environment first until you learn how the software works and how it interacts with other plugins and functionality.


So what else is new with WordPress 5.0?

  • Security updates
  • A new, mobile-first default theme, ‘Twenty Nineteen’
  • The ability to crop background images

When can I update to WordPress 5.0?

WordPress 5.0, with the Gutenberg Editor, will be available from 6 December 2018.

Gutenberg, and WordPress 5.0, will inevitably also have an effect on many of your favourite plugins and themes. When updating any piece of software on your website, you need to ensure it is compatible with your existing plugins and other software before deploying the full update.


A great tip is to make sure that you’ve also installed the official WordPress Classic Editor plugin, which will give you the ability to revert back if the Gutenberg Editor isn’t to your liking.

Need advice or support?

We’re experts in everything WordPress, and would be happy to provide advice and assistance if you’re looking to update your website to WordPress 5.0.

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