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In this episode of This Week Online Today, I talk about the following:
- WordPress has released 4.9.8 and teasing everyone with the upcoming Gutenberg
- What you need to be aware of before installing Gutenberg
- the importance of embracing it for your own benefit
- what else is to come in WordPress after version 5 (and Gutenberg) is officially released
- WordPress has released 4.9.8 with a “Try Gutenberg Callout”
- Gutenberg plugin
- Johannes Gutenberg, the German printer
Welcome to This Week Online Today podcast with your host, Ahmed Khalifa. What I’ll be talking to you about is the big online news that has been happening this week today, to make sure that you’re ahead of the game when it comes to running your online brand successfully. And, at the end of the show, I’ll also be giving you a bonus tip of the week to help you further. So, let’s get straight onto the show.
What’s up, everyone? This is Episode 66 of This Week Online Today, where I want to talk about in the WordPress arena of Gutenberg. I’m not talking about Gutenberg the printer, who his name apparently called Johannes Gensfleich zur Laden zum Gutenberg, and by the way, I read that out. I didn’t memorise that. And Gutenberg as a person, he’s a German blacksmith, goldsmith, printer, and publisher who introduced printing to Europe.
But I’m not talking about that Gutenberg. I’m talking about Gutenberg in WordPress. Now, Gutenberg in WordPress is going to be a new way of editing and creating content using the WordPress.org, and it’s going to be something interesting. It’s going to be very, very interesting, because now it’s getting very, very close to being released to the WordPress core, which is the actual software that is working right now.
So, what the situation is, there’s a new version of WordPress that’s been released. 4.9.8. Now, this is where WordPress are now kind of dangling in front of you where you can try Gutenberg. You can do that by installing the plugin, and you can see how it works out. So, it’s a way for them to get more information, see how it works out, get more feedback. It’s really important for the people who are working on Gutenberg.
It has always been available, though. I mean, it’s not like the first time available to the public. It has been available in the repository of the plugins, and you were always allowed to install it and test it, and provide feedback. The entire time it has been available, it had bad reviews, but this is the thing, it’s for testing. It’s on the beta. And it was never officially ready for public, just for someone to install it, test it out and provide feedback and contribute to the development of Gutenberg by providing that feedback. So, that plugin was always there to test it. But, again, this is the first time, as I said, where it’s kind of like, “Here you go, check it out, 4.9.8, here’s Gutenberg. Don’t you want to install it right now?”
Here’s the thing, it’s just kind of like dangling a carrot in front of you like that. But like anything new, you should always be wary of anything that is like a shiny object syndrome. You know? Anything that makes you go, “Ooh, I want to try that out. I want to check that out. Let me press that button and just try it out now.” No. That’s not how you should think about it.
I mean, this is very, very interesting, and someone like me who, when there’s a new toy, you want to test it, you want to play with it. But the problem is, this is a big change in WordPress. One of the biggest change that happens in its history, where it’s going to completely change the editor and how it’s work and how you create content on that.
So, you should always be careful when something like this is released. And in this situation, I wouldn’t suggest you install it immediately on your main site. You need to be careful and you need to test it. Like anything new, there will almost always be bugs and things that don’t work. And I think it is another reason why they want people to test it even more, so that they can get more feedback, as I said, before they officially launch it for Version 5. So, we’re in 4.9.8 at the time of recording. 5 is the one that’s going to be officially releasing Gutenberg.
Here’s another way for you to, I guess, see how it works before it’s ready, just so that there’s no surprise for you. You can get a feel of how it works at this early stage. But this is the thing, though, that every single website is different, which means that every single website will handle Gutenberg very differently. Especially at this early stage, when Gutenberg is quite a young thing. It’s very, very new. So, there are many things to take into consideration when trying to work out, “Oh, Gutenberg doesn’t work,” or, “It’s broken,” or whatever. There’s so many things to take into consideration.
Like, for example, the programmes that you’re using. What are you using? How many are you using? Are they up-to-date? Are they ready for Gutenberg now, or it’s going to be later? The same thing applies to the themes. Which one are you using? Is it well-developed? Is it well-maintained? Is that ready for Gutenberg?
And then there’s hosting, and then there are people who are using page builders, where you can customise your page using drag and drop blocks kind of thing. Are they all ready for Gutenberg? I’m not so sure. I don’t think so. You know? It’s still a learn experience. People still trying to get used to it.
If you imagine, when you combine all of that together and think about all the crossover happening, and think about how one change can trigger a domino effect to everything else. Something like Gutenberg. If you install that, it might break one plugin, which would have an effect on another, which would have an effect on another. You just don’t know. This is the thing.
Here’s why you should always test it. You should always test it on your staging site, which, you know, if you’re technical, you can create it, but most good hosting provider will allow you to create your own staging site where you can test in the background before you launch it live. You don’t have to launch everything live. You can just test it using this staging site, sometimes called a production site, or a development site. There are different names for it. It’s an opportunity for you to test it.
At the end of the day, we need to embrace it. People are still complaining about it. People are saying, “I don’t like it. I’ve tried it. It doesn’t work for me,” or whatever. I mean, again, it’s still early days. We don’t know yet. But we kind of need to embrace Gutenberg, because it’s just the next step for WordPress.
And even though they all talks about allowing you to stick with the classic editor, which, what we are used to right now, using a plugin, you know, yes, that is an option. But then it just made me wonder whether, are you missing out on the further development, on being part of that growth with WordPress, where they introduce new features, make things easier for you, once you get used to it.
We know how it is when things are new and shiny, and you don’t know how to use it. It becomes a bit intimidating. But when you embrace it, you learn it, again, it might work to benefit you in the long run. So, you know, that’s another reason to embrace it, but also, what you should remember that this is first of the three steps in Gutenberg in Version 5.
The first step is the editor. The page editor. The post editor. That’s going to change completely, and everything else will stay the same.
The second step of Gutenberg will be the page template, and that’s going to be a whole different situation, where you can customise a page.
Then the third step would be having a fully-customizable site. I have no idea how that’s going to look, how it’s going to appear. There’s too many ideas I can think of of how that will work out. But we just don’t know, because we’re not there yet. We’re only at the first stage of the three steps, which is the editor, and that’s kind of where a lot of work’s happened, because that’s where the content are created, isn’t it? You use Editor.
So, it’s good to embrace it. Let’s give it a shot. Let’s see how it works. And also, for WordPress, it’s important … I think it was necessary for them to stay ahead. A lot of people are attracted about how the editing works on Medium. It’s very smooth and clean and easy to create the content that you’re wanting to do. People are attracted to that.
And then, Squarespace is another website builder where, you know, it allows you to create really good-looking website quite quickly and efficiently. There are pros and cons of using WordPress and Squarespace. That’s another story. But, you know, there are attraction to that, and people like that idea. So, maybe this is a way for WordPress to stay ahead of the game, because at the moment they are the number one content management system in the world wide web. Over 30% of the internet is powered by WordPress. So, you have to stay ahead of the game, you know? You can’t just stay in the same position.
So, give it a shot. Feel free to test it out. Play around with it, and let’s see what happens with this version. Let’s see what happens with WordPress, and when Version 5 is released, which is expected to be sometime in August 2018, when it comes out, let’s see what happens. This is, again, a new experience for everyone, but at least you can get an idea of what is to come by testing. Not launch it live. Testing the Gutenberg programme. Give it a shot.
Let me know what you think, whether you can … In social media, or even send an email, whatever. All the links are in the show notes of how you can contact me. Let me know what you think. How do you feel about you? Are you excited by it? Have you tried it? I’m very curious to know. It would be good to hear from you. So, thank you for listening. I hope you enjoyed it. Let me know what you think. Take care, and I will see you next time.
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