Gutenberg and you.

WordPress 5.0 is scheduled to be released on Dec. 6th, this Thursday. Included in this release is a new editor, Gutenberg. Gutenberg is a new take on the editing experience within WordPress and has some workflow changes. We won't discuss the merits of Gutenberg1 in this document, but we will discuss how to be ready for Gutenberg.

For starters, backup your site. If you're uncertain on how to do that, contact fused & we're happy to handle it and compile a digest of what we've done. We do have 120+ nightly backups of your account by default.

A quick fix

The first approach is to simply temporarily2 avoid Gutenberg if you're unfamiliar with it. WordFence, Yoast, and Fused all agree: Let's hold off!

  1. Backup!
  2. Login to your WordPress administrative panel
  3. Navigate to Plugins > Add New. Search for "Classic Editor".
  4. Install it & activate it.

Come Thursday, your site will remain as-is, and some time between now & 2022, you can follow the steps outlined below.

The appropriate steps

Note

We'll continue updating these specific instructions over the course of the next 48-72 hours & add a hint more precision. As it stands, they're merely a digest of our recommended steps.

Backup, duplicate, test, test, test, & go live.

  1. Perform a backup of your site
  2. Clone your site onto a subdomain, for ex., dev.example.com
  3. Test the duplicate installation, and once you've documented the workflow changes (and trained the appropriate individuals) you can reemulate those changes on your production installation.

  1. Subjectively, I love it, but the workflow changes are significant enough compared to the classic editor, so I'm going to avoid it until after the holiday crunch. 

  2. The classic editor is going to be supported until ~2022, no rush! :)