WordPress has never disappointed its users with its updates and has always created a positive and exciting new buzz around its new additions. WordPress 5.0 is no exception and what makes it even more exciting is the inclusion of the all-new block-based editor interface aka Gutenberg (Named after the legendary publisher Johannes Gutenberg who introduced the Printing Press to Europe). Without much ado let’s see what makes this new release so interesting
1. Gutenberg: The new kid on the block (pun intended)
WordPress is finally doing away with its classical editor in favor of the Gutenberg editor. It is the new age block-based editor which lets the publishers use blocks to create a customized layout for unique user experience. The modern editor is slated to increase the intuitive quotient of the platform and is by far the most user-friendly version for a non-technical user. What more? Gutenberg offers compatibility for your existing old content and allows for complete editing functionality. You can read about the features in detail over here.
2. More Intuitive Than Ever
As discussed above the interface is intuitive and smarter than ever. You can easily construct a piece of content in a streamlined manner which consists of adding blocks of image galleries, shortcodes, recent comments, recent posts, video embeds, and other rich media elements.
Each of these blocks comes with its own specific set of attributes and options to customize it further. Once you have created the block of your choice you can reuse the same block again by adding it to your list of reusable blocks. This will save you a lot of time and effort in the future.
3. WordPress REST API
The REST API of WordPress will not only allow your website to communicate with third-party applications but will also enable the platform to act as an Application Framework which allows the developer to create their unique applications. This gives the developers more flexibility and they don’t have to worry about any compatibility issues arising due to the usage of different programming language.
4. Better Default Themes
The WordPress has not only launched a better looking fully compatible twenty nineteen theme but is also going to ensure the previous themes right from twenty seventeen till twenty ten to be Gutenberg editor compatible. Most of the essential plugins like WPForms or Yoast SEO are also compatible with the latest version, but some of the third party plug-ins might still be under the developmental stage and may not yet be compatible. You can always check this up with the development vendors and find out by when they can roll out the fully compatible version.
5. Improved Mobile Optimization
By default, the WordPress 5.0 version offers a faster page loading speed than the older version and it can be further improved by optimizing the page. On the mobile experience front, the new theme twenty nineteen is made completely responsive along with its predecessors. This is important as it helps the pages get much higher position in SERP rankings.
The latest WordPress 5.0 features are going to completely change the way the users (both publishers and developers) have been interacting with it so far. While most of the popular theme and plugin vendors have already ensured that they are WordPress 5.0 compatible but not all the users may experience a smooth transition. They may have to coordinate individually with all the third party vendors to inquire about their development schedule in the context of the latest WordPress release, which is a time consuming and unreliable process.
Ace has been offering WordPress development solutions to the Publishing industry clients for the last ten years and has ensured that their business objectives are in an optimized state in the wake of any technological upheaval.