The next major WordPress update, version 5, is scheduled for release during the first half of this year. It will involve some pretty major changes compared to previous updates.
Whereas prior updates have generally involved minor bug fixes with outdated plug-ins, the new version could potentially present real challenges to website operators and content creators.
The new editor, named “Gutenberg”, will fundamentally change how editors enter content. The existing structure, consisting of title and body text, is to be replaced by a system of individual blocks that are then joined together, e.g. headings, text, image or even YouTube videos. In making this change, the creators of WordPress are seeking to make content entry more intuitive and for it to more closely resemble how it looks on the web page.
Gutenberg will, however, result in a large number of plug-ins and frequently used features, like custom fields, no longer functioning. It will take a while before the developers of these plug-ins release updates, and changes will have to be made to existing websites following an update to version 5 irrespective of this.
We at neusta Grafenstein are following the development very closely and are ready to assist you in making the switch-over when the time comes. In any event, we would advise you against trying to roll out the update to version 5 on your own or immediately on its release. We suggest you wait a bit first and do not hesitate to contact us for advice if your WordPress site is more than just a simple blog.