On 6th December 2018, WordPress pushed out an early Christmas present. WordPress 5.0 hit servers around the world, together with its new editor – Gutenberg. The advice from a lot of WordPress users has been to hold off updating as Gutenberg is not as stable as we would have liked. Waiting until January will ensure the worst bugs will be ironed out.
However, I know that a lot of people will want to get started with WordPress 5.0 and its new editor, Gutenberg. If you want to update, go ahead. To help, I've created a video that shows you the correct way to update, checking first that your website, plugins, and theme, all work OK with Gutenberg.
To summarise the process:
- Update all plugins and your theme to the latest version.
- Install the Gutenberg plugin so that you can check your site and Dashboard for any errors or incompatibilities.
- Uninstall the Gutenberg plugin.
- Install WordPress 5.0.
- If you want access to the old classic editor, install the Classic Editor plugin.
Good luck, and I hope you enjoy using Gutenberg. Please let me know about your update experience and what you think of Gutenberg in the comments below.