Learn what you must know to prepare for the pending release of WordPress 5.0.
On 12/3/18, Matt Mullenweg, the co-founder of WordPress and the current lead developer, announced the new target date for the release of WordPress 5.0 will be Thursday, Dec 6, 2018.
Needless to say, after missing every other projected release date since April, having only 3 days notice this time is a shock to the community.
And they are not responding well, as evidenced by all the comments on the announcement.
Take Action on 2 Fronts
There are 2 aspects to the WordPress 5.0 release, and you need to take action on both.
First, there are core updates to the WordPress code that have nothing to do with the new text editor.
And, it is only being tested on PHP 7.3, which not every host is supporting, and not every site owner is on.
So, there will likely be bug reports galore with PHP conflicts, as well as plugin and theme incompatibility.
Second, the Gutenberg text editor will be live by default.
You need to take steps to turn it off prior to WP 5.0 rolling out.
(And yes, WordPress has flip-flopped twice on whether the Classic Editor would be bundled with the WP 5.0 release. It will not.)
Do Not Update Anything Right Now
I’ve updated all of my posts that prepare you for NOT updating and getting through this initial release.
In that post I reference a way to turn off updates.
I have updated that post to show how to turn off ALL updates, including:
This is a drastic measure!!
But, I reported in Tips Tuesday for 12/4/18 that I’m seeing point releases (minor updates) come through even when the major update has not yet been done.
So, until we get to the bottom of that, this is the only temporary fix that I know will work.
However, it also keeps you from getting security updates, so use with caution, and be hyper vigilant to manually check for updates.
Turn Off Gutenberg
As previously mentioned, the folks at WP have flip flopped on whether the Gutenberg text editor would be on by default and/or whether a plugin to turn it off would be bundled with the release.
The final decisions have been made that Gutenberg will be the default text editor and the Classic Editor plugin will not be bundled in the release.
For that reason, you need to turn off Gutenberg prior to WP 5.0 releasing.
The post has all 4 ways listed at the top followed by how-tos for each way.
I believe the Classic Editor plugin will be the way to go for most site owners.
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