Recently WordPress has released its biggest update in its long history, introducing a new WYSIWYG editor among other features. Personally, I really like it. It’s modern and more in line with a friendly user experience than ever before. The upgrade is called “Gutenberg.” You will have noticed this if you have WordPress 5.0 or higher installed.

That said, there are some things to aware of:

  • If you have a custom built site, there are chances it could “break” or have some glitches. So make sure it is backed up properly before making this update. If you have already made the update, scan your website thoroughly to make sure it is functioning as expected.
  • If you have a website built on a theme software, then it is most likely best to update the theme first before updating WordPress. Of course, that assumes your theme is actively being developed by the original designers. If not, you’ll want to hire out a WordPress expert to help.
  • Turn off “auto updating” on your WordPress site (in the dashboard) to avoid surprises.
  • Furthermore, while some are cautious and waiting to update to 5.0, it is a good idea to plan to update it soon, as updates also include increased security.

If you have issues with your WordPress site, please do not hesitate to reach out.