WordPress 5.9 named Josephine has been released. The big news about 5.9 is that Gutenberg finally has full site editing capabilities, which means Gutenberg is ready for use in a live publishing environment.
WordPress Gutenberg is the future of content management and with the release of WordPress 5.9, that future is right now. So it’s definitely time to consider exploring what Gutenberg has to offer. You may find that sites load faster, are easier to design, and with a better user experience can help you exceed your business goals.
Should You Wait Before Trying WordPress Gutenberg?
Some may think it might be safe to wait a few months or more before downloading and using Gutenberg. This is a reasonable approach to adopting new technologies.
However, Gutenberg is not a new technology. Gutenberg has been “in the works” since November 2017 and has been in continuous development ever since.
So there is no need to worry that Gutenberg is new because it is not really new. The new site editor is actually a mature product.
Sections of the full site editor have been released and tested over the years until today with the release of WordPress 5.9.
Gutenberg has finally reached full site release status and is ready to be used for live production sites.
In fact, sites are already being built with Gutenberg, and many templates are currently available.
If you’ve used a page builder like Divi or Elementor before, you’ll feel right at home with the new Gutenberg full-featured site editor.
The idea behind Gutenberg is to facilitate construction sites. So there’s plenty of incentive to embrace Gutenberg and get a head start.
Perhaps the most prudent step is to create a staging area to get familiar with Gutenberg, either online or on your computer with a desktop development environment like Laragon that simulates a web server.
Gutenberg navigation block editor
Customizer disappeared when using Gutenberg
The old way of customizing a WordPress page was to open the Customizer on a completely different webpage in the admin section.
For those who choose to use Gutenberg, instead of the old customizer, they are now free to use the site editor.
The site editor can be used to style the entire website or a single template.
Those who have used a page builder will immediately understand the blocks.
The blocks paradigm basically divides a web page template into sections called blocks. A web page template is simply a group of blocks organized to form the design, then styled with fonts, colors, and images. Each block has styling options for fonts, layout, and colors.
WordPress Default Block Theme
With the release of WP 5.9, a new default block-based theme is named Twenty Twenty-Two (2022!). This is a good place to start getting used to the new full block-based site editor.
WordPress announced that version 5.9 improves post flow:
“WordPress 5.9 features new typography tools, flexible layout controls, and finer control over details like spacing, borders, and more to help you achieve not just the look, but the polish that indicates you care about the details.”
It also features a template directory that can help publishers swap out premade blocks that can be customized. WordPress 5.9 contains drag and drop functionality that makes it easy to place page elements where you want them.
“In version 5.9, List View allows you to drag and drop your content exactly where you want it.
… Style each image in your gallery differently or make them all look the same except for one or two. Or change the layout by drag and drop.
That said, there are plenty of other free and paid Gutenberg compatible templates like those from Astra and GeneratePress. https://wordpress.org/themes/astra/
Learn how to build sites with Gutenberg
WordPress has released a web course called Simple Site Design with Full Site Editing, which teaches editors how to build sites with Gutenberg.
Some may be hesitant to try the latest and greatest version of anything and that’s understandable.
Gutenberg may be the latest and newest, but it’s been around for years and is ready for action.
Considering this is the future of WordPress, it makes sense to take a look to understand what it’s capable of and how it can benefit your business.
Read the official announcement
WordPress 5.9 Josephine
Learn to build with Gutenberg
Simple site design with full site editing
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