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WordPress 5.0 “Bebo” is Out !

It has already been two days WordPress 5.0 is out with its amazing features and a great list of challenges.

But before even we start discussing and implementing them, we need to take care of something essential to ensure the safety of the website.

WordPress 5.0 “Bebo” update has replaced the old WYSIWYG editor and is now blended with its all-new power packed block-based editor named “Gutenberg” which has been in discussions for a lot of time.

Whether you are using a page builder or not, the first step to the update is installing a classic editor which would make to keep you safe from breaking your site and falling into a massive list of problems.

It is recommended that you first install the classic editor and then move to update your installation to 5.0.

Taking this further Matt also stated that the WordPress 5.0 “Bebo” update would also include the Twenty Nineteen theme which seems to be a great theme.

WordPress 5.0 has been marked as a significant update in the history of WordPress and also bought a change in as to how the platform would handle releases further. The WordPress core team seems to be shifting a bit from the release schedule model which in turn would ensure that the team is not under pressure of deadlines.

In this way, the team would ensure to release significant updates which bring in vast and great changes in the CMS.

“Bebo” brings you more ease and opportunities

Apart from the release schedules and the block-based editor, here are two super cool changes happening in “Bebo” update.

1. Custom Development.
Taking the block-based editor into consideration, it would be straightforward to develop a theme or a plugin now as Gutenberg is wholly based on individual blocks

2. Application Development is more straightforward than before.
The new update gives developers a more straightforward way to develop applications by making it possible to use the WordPress platform as a framework.

WooCommmerce with Gutenberg

There would be a whole new set of challenges in WooCommerce as the block-based editor has rolled out. The preview of WooCommerce with Gutenberg experience has already rolled out. It is still unclear on how complicated things will be with respect to such complex and massive plugins like WooCommerce.

It surely is going to be a great experience as it would speed up the complete process and the user experience would also improve to a great extent.

Support & Major Concerns

One of the major point to be kept in mind is Gutenberg editor is currently missing the Markdown support. It is still unclear on how soon would it be added.

Even though it is said that the block-based editor would be far easier for beginners to learn, it seems to be a tough one for some.

Gutenberg with Yoast

Gutenberg now supports meta boxes but it has come up only with the initial support, it would surely need developers to hop things on board soon. The good thing is users can tweak the Yoast Seo Settings.

Experience Gutenberg

Everyone loves to test new things. It would be a great idea to go forward and test the new Gutenberg. All you have to do is install WordPress 5.0 “Bebo” update and you are good to go.

We would love to hear your experiences and also try resolving you out if you get stuck at any point. Let us know if you need any help and we would have all our ears to you.

WordPress 4.9 – What’s in it for You?

WordPress 4.9 got released today,

Approximately 29% (source) of the websites in the world will be updated to WordPress 4.9.
The name ‘Tipton’ is an honor given to Billy Tipton a Jazz musician and band-leader the primary motive of this release is to ensure smooth design workflow and keep users safe from coding errors.

The main features of this release being:

    • Design Drafts
    • Scheduling Customizer Changes
    • Collaboration with design
    • New Gallery Widget
    • Code error highlighting if you happen to be doing some custom CSS or HTML

Let us now dig in detail of each of those amazing features one at a time

WordPress 4.9 - Customizer Scheduling

Design Drafts: WordPress 4.9 enables you to design and schedule those design changes when you want them to go live; yes, it’s similar to how we used to schedule Posts and Pages. And, most importantly, you can save your design customizations and as the draft and publish them when you think they are good to go live!

Collaborate with Design: When designing a website, its bound to happen that your client/stakeholders of the website need to review the design before going live, WordPress 4.9 makes it easier for users like us to share the work via a preview link to gather feedback on the design before making it live. (means no need to work on a staging site just to get approvals :P)

WordPress 4.9 also enables collaboration if there are multiple designers working on the same website. Hence, either of them cannot override one’s design. You have all the right to protect your design! You have put your efforts, didn’t you?

Coding made easy: Time is an utmost important resource, earlier developers used compromise higher time to search for their coding errors. With WordPress 4.9 it makes sure to highlight all the Syntax and errors on the CSS you wrote with all your heart. It’s a boon for developers as they can save much more time and do what they love the most! Code!

WordPress 4.9-Caution/Warning Highlight

Safety Sandbox: Warning is always better when you are updating a working code. Backup is necessary, or else you can end up losing your work. Bang on to solving this WordPress 4.9 has the safety sandbox feature to warn you about saving your code with an error.

It’ll also warn you when you try to update any theme or plugin file and suggest you to create a child theme instead. How cool is that!

And that’s not all………..

WordPress 4.9-Text-widget-add-media

Remember we used to put a URL of an image to display image in the Text Widget? Yes? Well, that’s the thing of past now! The latest WordPress release provides you with Add Media Button on text widget same as that on a Post and a Page.

Other features include Reliable Theme Switching, Preview for a selected theme right from the customizer, Better menu instructions.

Our take: WordPress 4.9 has it all and for everyone for Designers, Developers, Content creators! It is obviously going to save us more time so basically, it’s going to WIN.

You can check the complete list of changes here

(and see what I bumped into: A Forbes article about WordPress dated 22nd Dec 2016)