As 2017 comes to an end. I take time to think about what the next year will bring and one of the biggest changes to WordPress is coming.
If you haven’t heard WordPress will be getting a new editor called Gutenberg. This new editor enables you to write and build neat page layouts on the fly. It also changes how themes and plugins will work in the new WordPress.
Up till now people have bought themes that have all these neat added plugins and page builders. At first this is cool, however it does create problems. Mainly support problems. It you don’t get licenses to those added plugins and such you don’t get updates. Sometimes when you decide to switch to a new theme you discover that other page builder created ugly shortcodes everywhere. Even with plugins some of them are still being used even if they are 2 years old and no longer supported.
WordPress 5 is slated to change it up. With Gutenberg, everything you need for a blog post is essentially a block that is added with a click of a button. Ad blocks, image alignments and more will become a little easier. Don’t worry for a short season WordPress will have the classic editor, but you should plan on that going away.
In fact you should honestly not click that UPDATE button so quickly. This is honestly the biggest change yet and probably will break something. I can’t express how big of a change it is, but honestly a Trump “HUGE” meme comes to mind. You will likely need to re-approach everything you use. That is because all of those old plugins have to find a new way to work with Gutenberg.
In the new WordPress you won’t be needing to go buy a new theme anymore since new themes will be more just styling your website. Plugins become mere Gutenberg blocks for the editor.
The new WordPress will be better for bloggers as a whole and that is where it is awesome!
I will continue to watch this change coming since it means my role will now change. Support will be a little easier since old outdated plugins and theme will be no more. However the new WordPress will be more DIY. I may very well see less support email or get less people wanting a website on my hosting plan.
But alas I have very diverse skills and will keep myself busy.
I have begun to explore other E-commerce solutions like Shopify since WooCommerce will be drastically changed as well. Also Shopify can embed with WordPress. If you curious about Shopify drop me an email.
I also work with other CMS like Drupal for more advanced websites.
I guess I want to stress that I will still be here for you when you need me. This new change sounds big and it is but eventually the dust settles.