We warned in our April newsletter about the switch to a newly developed editing interface for Wordpress, christened Gutenberg after the fifteenth-century inventor of the printing press.
Gutenberg is now very close to implementation and is promising, in the words of one commentator, " to make adding rich content to WordPress simple and enjoyable".
The new editor aims to improve the editing experience on smaller screens, to be more intuitive for beginners to learn, and to offer the block-based flexibility that is already available on soe other platforms.
Applegreen plans to produce illustrated instructions, both for experienced users switching to the new system and for completely new users, but we are holding off while glitches are being ironed out with Gutenberg. In the mean time, Brian Jackson of the Kinsta hosting platform published this introduction just a couple of days ago. And of course WordPress itself provides an extensive library of information.
When will it change?
The switch-over will take effect from the next big update of the Wordpress system, whenever that is - the release date is constantly being revised. Our previous newsletter predicted it for April or May and here we are nearly at the end of summer!
New users of WordPress can minimise the pain of transition by learning Gutenberg straight away, as it is already available as a plugin. Go to Plugins > Add New, search for Gutenberg, install and activate to start learning.
However, if after the big switch-over you find that you would rather continue with the editor you are used to, you can download that too as a plugin. Go to Plugins > Add New and search for Classic Editor.
Users with complex plugins may find they need to continue for while with the Classic Editor if their plugins haven't caught up yet. If you notice that your plugins need updating once Gutenberg is implemented, this is a good time to update them too.
Do not be tempted not to implement the update! It is essential to keep the WordPress core and plugins up to date. In the long term, the switch to Gutenberg will be irreversible so we recommend that you take time out to test it.
We are assured that we will learn to love Gutenberg in the end.