WordPress 5.0 is coming today December 6th. Given the fact that we have been preparing for this transition, (I estimated back in early November that a release could see the light in December), so we have been ready for this release for few weeks now. This is why we thought it would be wise to let you know how we will do it for you. Note that JungleWP ™ is monitoring and evaluating your WordPress sites to help you transition smoothly to this important version of WordPress.
There are several important decisions we make before updating your site to WordPress 5.0:
- Do you have a Mission critical Website ? (Store, Membership, Sales Funnel, Donations etc…)
- Can your site Plugins and Themes work with Gutenberg?
- Is this update compatible with your site customization?
- How can we support You or your CTO/Team trough this transition?
Peace of mind that your site is in good hands.
We know for some that you have a holiday coming up, and this is a busy time in your company’s or site’s yearly calendar. This is why we are taking precautions. Part of these precautions is us bringing to the table some game changing solutions that will allow us to help you with this Big update. In fact, as multiple patch releases are being planned already, it’s safe to say that the goal for us is to monitor trough the month of December in real time your site changes and verify updates until WordPress 5.0 gets stable at the end of January. We want to make sure you can have the peace of mind that your site is in good hands while you’re out there enjoying your time during the season holidays with your loved ones.
What should you know about WordPress 5.0?
WordPress 5.0 introduces Gutenberg. Gutenberg changes the way the editor works in WordPress, read this article
if you don’t know what it is. At JungleWP We think it’s an improvement, but personally I haven’t been a fan of the way the release was handled:
Because not all plugins are ready, and it’s important to know if the plugins millions of websites are using are ready before a release day. If you only run WooCommerce, Gravity Forms, Yoast SEO, then you’re probably fine. If you run other plugins that integrate with the editing experience, that’s an other story. (This what we do at JungleWP we test and check the plugins and themes documentation, sometime communicating directly with developers teams such as Themefuse, Xtheme, Massive Dynamic…)
Do you need Gutenberg right now?
I think that one common assumption people make is that Gutenberg is meant to replace their Theme editors, and that’s a mistake. Gutenberg is surely a way to modernize WordPress , but it is more likely an answer to replace the classic editor that have been there for years. It brings improvements and new features, but is not meant to compete with your Premium Theme editors that are packed with essential features built for your Theme.
So the short answer is that you probably don’t need Gutenberg.
Add to that the fact that I don’t think WordPress 5.0 is as stable as it should be for this early release.
The best compromise the team have found is to avoid creating unnecessary havoc within our client base by allowing you to later activate Gutenberg when it becomes adopted by the majority of Themes and Plugins developers. As of this Update Gutenberg will be switched off and the classic editor will still remain the default editor.
How will you upgrade my site(s) to WordPress 5.0 ?
When we upgrade, as always: we make backups of your site, we run security scans to prevent new breaches. We will have a staging environment ready for your sites. We know your sites are critical to your business. This goes for every major update release though, not just this one.
I have my own IT team or I am the CTO.
In your case I can’t recommend enough prior to any change on your site to contact our Support
team, we will be able to give you guidelines, The latest recommendations from the multiple WordPress Developers we are in contact with and help your team achieve a painless transition.
CIO & Co-founder