WordPress 5.0: What’s New & Exciting to Impress You
Whenever a new version of WordPress rolls out, everyone is quite excited about trying its new features. However, when it comes to WordPress 5.0, it’s entirely different from previous releases. Unlike previous versions, WordPress 5.0 focuses primarily on delivering users an easier, faster, and better content editing experience, rather than just introducing new features and improvements.
Although the exact release date of WordPress 5.0 has not been revealed yet, Officials say that users will be able to experience WordPress 5.0 by the end of this year. So in the meantime, wouldn’t it be better to get familiar with all the goodies that WordPress 5.0 is going to offer? Let’s talk about the future of WordPress!
A Sneak Peek Into Upcoming WordPress 5.0 Features
The Revolutionary Editor, Gutenberg
Gutenberg Editor – these two words are behind all the buzz about WordPress 5.0. Currently available as a plugin, Gutenberg is the new WordPress editor that will soon be replacing the traditional WYSIWYG editor in WordPress 5.0. By making Gutenberg a part of WordPress 5.0 Core, the WordPress Team is trying to provide users with an entirely new, Block-based editing experience.
Where the WordPress 5.0 Team is bending over backward to make Gutenberg by far the best WordPress editor, most of the users found it very difficult to use and consequently do not agree with the addition of Gutenberg to WordPress 5.0 Core. They think Gutenberg should be used as a separate WordPress plugin. Take a quick glance at reviews from users who installed and tried the new WordPress 5.0 editor as a plugin.
Overall, the truth is that we have to embrace the new WordPress 5.0 editor one day or another. Let’s get acquainted with all the changes that Gutenberg is bringing to WordPress 5.0.
To make the editing process easier, Gutenberg takes advantage of Blocks to handle your content, instead of putting it inside a big HTML file, unlike the traditional TinyMCE editor. In other words, whether it is an image, text, heading or anything else, everything will be a Block in the new WordPress 5.0 editor.
To add a Block to your post or page, all you need to do is click the + icon and then select the Block that you want to insert in your content.
Furthermore, if you want to change the order of your Blocks, you can easily do it by clicking the arrows given in the left side of each Block.
Shared Reusable Blocks with Dynamically Loaded Content:
Reusable Blocks are one of the greatest features that Gutenberg offers. These are Custom Blocks with your saved preferred settings, which you can repeatedly use across your WordPress 5.0 site. The best thing about a Reusable Block is that any modifications you made reflect in real time wherever you have used that particular Block on your WordPress site.
If you’re a WordPress developer who wishes to build his own Custom Blocks, Nested Blocks are a perfect option for you. Leveraging this great Gutenberg functionality, you can restrict your users from adding any irrelevant information to your custom Blocks. For instance, if a Block contains products with description field disabled, users will not be able to add any description to that Block.
Using this feature, developers can define a Block as a child for another Block. However, the child Block will only be displayed when the Parent Block is presented in the same content. By introducing Child Blocks, WordPress simply wants to make the editor more contextual in order to reduce the total number of Blocks on a particular page or post.
A Block That Contains Children
Starting with WordPress 5.0, users will be able to paste content from any source to the editor without losing previous content formatting. And what’s more interesting is that the same will work for everything – be it a list, link, heading or anything else. Isn’t this feature really cool?
Want to experience how Gutenberg editor works? Try out this live demo right now!
Apart from the new editor, listed below are some other significant changes that we can expect to ship with WordPress 5.0.
Improvements to the WordPress Rest API
The WordPress Rest API, which empowers developers to build feature-packed applications by sending and receiving data from a WordPress site, may receive remarkable improvements in WordPress 5.0. That’s because, after discovering a serious REST API vulnerability in January 2017, the WordPress Core Team is knee-deep in making the CMS even more secure with leading-edge technologies like SSL Certificates and two-factor authentication.
A More Intuitive Page-building Experience
Have you ever thought why is WordPress strongly focusing on adding the Gutenberg to its Core? Well, introducing a brand-new editor, WordPress essentially wants to stay ahead of its rivals, like Weebly, Wix, and Squarespace, who are renowned for delivering users a quick and easy page-building experience. In fact, Gutenberg is WordPress’ attempt to provide users with a better page-building experience than these traditional platforms.
Building Custom WordPress Themes Will Become Easier
The arrival of Blocks in WordPress 5.0 will undoubtedly make the Custom WordPress Theme Development much easier and quicker for developers. That’s because developers can now take advantage of Gutenberg Blocks to fill in unnecessary gaps and customize a WordPress theme to fit clients’ requirements. Unlike previous versions of WordPress, which required one to have a decent WordPress coding knowledge, WordPress 5.0 will allow users to customize a WordPress theme with basic coding skills.
That’s all about WordPress 5.0! In case you face any issues while updating your site to the new version of WordPress, feel free to contact us.