WordPress 5.0 Gutenberg Major Change coming soon!
#1
So looks as though WordPress is coming with a major change before the middle of the year with WordPress 5.0 - called Gutenberg.  It's supposed to "revolutionize" the way we used to work with blog posts and pages.  It's currently available in Beta so users are able to test it. 

Although it looks like a major transformation, everything in WordPress will stay the same except for the screen where you compose pages and posts.  Instead of getting the classic menu with editing tools on top of the post or page window, the post or page will consist of blocks so that when you hover your mouse over the block you will be able to get a corresponding little menu - similar to MS Word.  If you click on a tool in the menu a corresponding tool bar will open up to the right of the page providing much more options for editing the page.  Objective of the change is to provide a more dynamic way of editing posts and pages and to add in a greater variety of editing tools.

Where problems may arise is if a theme has a backend editor that could conflict with the new WordPress Gutenberg Editor.  For the more simple themes that are minimalist with simple front end editors there shouldn't be any issues, but there may be problems with more sophisticated themes with backend editors.  May be a good idea to try the new beta version (possibly closer to release time as it's probably going to be updated all of the time) on your existing sites before WordPress 5.0 takes effect. You can do this by duplicating your Website and testing it offline with the new script.  I'll probably be doing it soon just to see how it works.

May also be an idea if you think your WordPress may conflict wit the new Gutenberg update, to take your WordPress off automatic updates and to do the updates manually first to control the changeover.

Here are two very good information videos about the new Gutenberg Editor demonstrating some of the changes and giving information about the implications the changes may have for existing WordPress sites:

https://youtu.be/DWEIMPHz7S0




https://youtu.be/9uP9gxbZEYU


#2
I think it will be similar to visual composer or WPBakery Page Builder type of thing.. It will be awesome if WP does that and it will also make editing websites a lot easier Cheese
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(2018-04-17, 8:44:52 am)d3v1ls33k3r Wrote:  I think it will be similar to visual composer or WPBakery Page Builder type of thing.. It will be awesome if WP does that and it will also make editing websites a lot easier Cheese

I've seen it demonstrated and am going to try it out myself soon, but I don't think it is going to be easier. There is going to be a learning curve involved.  However, it's going to be much richer in editing tools.  One will be able to do much more.  I tried WPBakery myself and for me its tools were in the way all of the time.  With Gutenberg it's more subtle.
#4
Anyone here wanna make a bet that someone, somewhere will make a plugin/extension that keeps/brings back the old legacy behavior/editor? And that the plugin/extension will have a considerable amount of followers/users.

If the UI is changed drastically, every tutorial posted online or video training series will become close to obsolete. So obviously there's gonna be quite a mess for a while. Something this big and popular can't bring changes so sudden.

Another high probability is that they might include that legacy behavior option themselves.
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(2018-04-18, 2:57:32 am)SLC Wrote:  Anyone here wanna make a bet that someone, somewhere will make a plugin/extension that keeps/brings back the old legacy behavior/editor? And that the plugin/extension will have a considerable amount of followers/users.

lol Absolutely @SLC.  First thought that occurred to me too and first question I asked.  I'll probably also be one of the first users. Tounge

And yes I agree, I'm almost certain that WP will include it as an option, at least for the first few updates.
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Tutorials may be obsolete but as he said, it might come with instructions or it might be so easy that it doesn't need any tut Tounge Fingers Crossed.

The main problem will be Themes, Plugins compatibility issue.. which will affect a lot of users if they do system-wide changes.
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(2018-04-18, 5:14:20 pm)d3v1ls33k3r Wrote:  The main problem will be Themes, Plugins compatibility issue.. which will affect a lot of users if they do system-wide changes.
 Precisely, particularly your more sophisticated themes with backend editors as those logically have a chance to conflict with Gutenberg.  The simpler the theme or themes with frontend editors may be OK.  I'd say those paid themes in particular may be in for challenging times.  Hopefully it will get sorted out before Gutenberg is launched.  When I have time in a month or so I want to try it out so I get a better feel for how it works.




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