Are you prepared?
Today marks the release of a new version of WordPress but there is something uniquely different in this release. For the first time ever, users are being given a new editor called Gutenberg that will replace the default WordPress editor that many people have grown used to using. Instead, Gutenberg will act more like a page builder plugin where your content is contained within different blocks to help you format your content better. While it is nice to have a new editor not everyone is going to be able to adjust to Gutenberg as quickly as others and many themes still don’t have support for it. So what do you do?
First, go out and install Classic Editor today. Do this before you upgrade your WordPress site to 5.0 just to make sure that your site remains compatible and that you can still edit content the way you have always done.
Also coming down the pipe is the end of life for many versions of PHP and many hosting platforms will be dropping support for those old versions. What does this mean for you? Well, most themes and plugins that see active development have been working hard to make their code work with the latest versions of PHP but that doesn’t fix all of those others that haven’t seen any development for the past year or so. If you upgrade your site to the latest version of PHP you may find that your site crashes, things don’t work the way they used to, or the plugins that you have relied on just won’t work going forward. Not a great place to find yourself. Our suggestion is to install and run the PHP Compatibility Checker to help you identify potential issues before you upgrade.