What just happened? WordPress, maker of the web’s most popular Content Management System (CMS), has just released version 5.0 of its platform. The latest update is one of the biggest in years, adding a new block-based editor that offers a “streamlined editing experience.”
In the new ‘Bebo’ version of WordPress, which is named after Cuban jazz musician Bebo Valdés, we see the introduction of the Gutenberg editor, which puts each piece of content into its own distinct block, allowing creators to decide where to place it and how it appears to viewers. This essentially makes the process a flexible WYSIWYG system. WordPress says that if you prefer to use HTML and CSS, the blocks won’t be an issue.
Blocks include paragraphs, images, galleries, quotes, audio, lists, embeds, and much more. For those building client sites, it’s possible to create reusable blocks that lets clients add new content anytime while maintaining the same look and feel.
Not all users are going to embrace the new editor, of course, and there’s a chance it could affect plugins used in the old version. For those who want to stick with the Classic Editor, WordPress lets you install a Classic Editor plugin in 5.0 that will be supported through December 2021.
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You can download WordPress 5.0, which is open source and free, from WordPress.org right now.