In this blog we have spoken several times about the new WordPress Gutenberg editor, we have participated in meetups with live demos and we have made some videos on how to work with Gutenberg:
With the latest version of WordPress 4.9.8, apart from solving several bugs, the WordPress development team takes a step forward to prepare for Gutenberg, in principle in the next update to WordPress 5.0, Gutenberg will be installed as standard, but as I said in 4.9.8 you have surely seen the following screen.
He invites us to try Gutenberg as a plugin and if we are not ready, because our plugins and themes are not compatible yet, we can install the classic WordPress editor, recently developed by WordPress contributors, which will prevent Gutenberg from being the default editor.
Many have doubted, what should I do?
We have 3 options, do nothing and with the next version 5.0 we will install Gutenberg as the default editor, install Gutenberg now and test it, and if we are not sure of the compatibility of our plugins and themes then install the classic editor.
How do we know if our plugins and themes are compatible?
The first thing is to check the plugins that we use in the official repository and in any case open a query thread or review the queries of other users. If the plugin is paid, ask the developer directly.
Likewise with the themes, if they are not from the repository, we consult it and if they are paid to the developer.
There is also a page that is in charge of testing and reporting which plugins are or are not compatible in the following link Gutenberg Plugin Compatibility You will be surprised to see that plugins such as WooCommerce (from WordPress itself) or All in one SEO pack, ARE NOT COMPATIBLE, for now.
Then what do I do?
If once the checks are done, your plugins and themes are compatible, you can choose not to do anything and Gutenberg will be installed by default with WordPress version 5.0, or you can install the plugin now and get familiar, I already warn you that Gutenberg continues to update , yesterday there was a new plugin update.
That your plugins and / or themes are not compatible or you have doubts or you simply do not like to do experiments until you know that everything will go smoothly, in this case, my recommendation is that you choose to install the classic editor plugin and activate it, You will not notice any changes, you will continue to see the same editor, except that you will have two options in the plugin settings as you can see in the following image.
In the writing settings you will have two options, Replace the Gutenberg editor with the classic editor, this will make that when WordPress is updated to version 5.0, your option to use the classic editor will prevail.
And use the default Gutenberg editor that includes optional links to go back to the classic editor in case something goes wrong. That is, you can jump from one editor to another without problems.
I think that these options that have been included in version 4.9.8, are the most logical, when in doubt, install the classic editor, since we can always exchange between editors without problems.
This is a very important transition in WordPress as well as drastic, these options that they offer us will avoid creating confusion and more than one fiasco.
It is very important that we are prepared for the change, that we review very well which plugins and themes we use and that they are fully compatible.
I hope that with this post, I have solved your doubts and you know how you should act before the arrival of Gutenberg.
What I do not recommend is not to update our versions of WordPress and become obsolete, this will make things stop working correctly in the near future.
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