Update to WordPress 5.0

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:

  1. Update all plugins and your theme to the latest version.
  2. Install the Gutenberg plugin so that you can check your site and Dashboard for any errors or incompatibilities.
  3. Uninstall the Gutenberg plugin.
  4. Install WordPress 5.0.
  5. 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.

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6 thoughts on “Update to WordPress 5.0”

  1. I’ve updated to 5.0, but I wish I knew about this video first!
    After I updated, I needed to make some changes to a few of my pages, and I used the new editor. What I found out is that, despite updating the page, not all of my changes would take effect. I would have to redo them several times.
    I suspect things will get better, and since my site isn’t too big or complicated, the update isn’t an issue–yet.

  2. I updated everything on my website including WordPress and now I’m stuck in a loop, I can’t get to my dashboard, I can only see the front end of my website. When I click dashboard, I go back to the plugin page that says “WordPress has already been installed” (I can’t get the above video to work. It keeps loading for a long time, then one time I got it to play there was no audio)

  3. Desmond Walford

    Thanks Andy for this update and all great info you have shared over the years.

  4. Andy, Thanks for this informative Video, your approach seems logical enough and i will probably follow that method, but not yet, on this occasion having read so many stories about Gutenberg i think i will wait until after the festive season and then at least i will be able to dedicate time to the effort.

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