Should you update to WordPress 5.0?

WordPress 5.0 is coming out December 6th, or, as I’m writing this, the day after tomorrow. This came as a surprise to us, as this release date has only been communicated to the community today. Given this short notice, we thought it would be wise to give you advice on what you should do. Note that Yoast SEO has been ready for this release for a few weeks.

There are several decisions you should make before updating to WordPress 5.0:

  • Is now the right time to update?
  • Can your site work with Gutenberg?
  • Do you need it?

Is now the right time to update?

If you have a holiday coming up, or if this is a busy time in your company’s or site’s yearly calendar: postpone updating. Everything in this release will still be there in January. In fact, as multiple patch releases are being planned already, it’s probably going to be more stable in January.

Can your site work with Gutenberg?

WordPress 5.0 introduces Gutenberg. Gutenberg changes the way the editor works in WordPress, read this post if you don’t know what it is. Overall, we think it’s an improvement.

But not all plugins are ready, and it’s important to know if the plugins you are using are ready before you hit update. If you only run Yoast SEO, you’re fine. If you run other plugins that integrate with the editing experience, make sure to check (either by testing or checking the plugins documentation) that they’re ready for, or at least “work with” Gutenberg. If they don’t, install and activate the Classic editor plugin before updating.

Do you need WordPress 5.0?

If there is no compelling reason for you to update, our suggestion is going to be: wait. WordPress 5.0 will probably be more stable in January than it is now. Let’s be clear: we absolutely love Gutenberg and what Yoast SEO looks like in Gutenberg. The Schema blocks we’ve added are very cool. Yoast SEO is ready. We don’t think WordPress 5.0 is as stable as it should be.

So our advice boils down to: if you can wait, wait. 

When you upgrade to WordPress 5.0

When you upgrade, please, as always: make a backup. If you have a staging environment, please use it. If you don’t have one, and your site is critical to your business, get one. This goes for every major software release though, not just this one.

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112 Responses to Should you update to WordPress 5.0?

  1. Tunde Sanusi (Tuham)
    Tunde Sanusi (Tuham)  • 9 hours ago

    WordPress 5.0 i believe is going to pretty cool except that only the Gutenberg..
    Hopefully one can switch to the Classis editor

  2. Joost
    Joost  • 2 days ago

    Thanks, I’ll hold my horse as they say and wait for the new year.

  3. alibz
    alibz  • 3 days ago

    Yes, I updated, and now I have a very weird problem
    Added a CSS file to the site that has 404 : style.min-rtl.css?ver=5.0

  4. Nepal Pyramids
    Nepal Pyramids  • 3 days ago

    Thank you so much that was really really helpful — though i have already downloaded and activated the classical editor plugin yet im not updating to 5.0 — id rather wait —
    once gain thanks

  5. Rmaan
    Rmaan  • 3 days ago

    i was using gutenberg for while and wrote some article with that
    but when update to wp5.0 all my style that gutenberg made to my blocks gone , i activate gutenberg again on wordpress 5.0 !

  6. Muhammad Sajjad
    Muhammad Sajjad  • 3 days ago

    Very good advice… we should wait a bit and let all the installed plugins be updated.

  7. Ryan Whitley
    Ryan Whitley  • 3 days ago

    So many people complaining bout this update…boggles my mind a bit why people are freaking out so much. They’ve made the entire process 100% optional for us. They even threw in the tool of the classic editor plugin so that if we don’t enjoy the new setup, we can jump back to the old version with a click of a button. If it was a case of being forced to update to 5.0 then i’d agree with all the negative comments, but if you don’t enjoy the update- rather than “snapping” at the dev team- just install the classic editor plugin and “walla” everything back to the way you like it…

    • ttadminz
      ttadminz  • 3 days ago

      I think that most people dislike the way the Gutenberg editor was introduced. The new editor just came with WP 5.0 even if there are so many open issues and so many plugins/themes that are not compatible. The better way to introduce Gutenberg would be to opt-in and keep the old editor too. So now the users don’t have a choice and were forced if you want so…

  8. Alex
    Alex  • 3 days ago

    It is likely really early to upgrade major sites, probably wiser to wait for the next set of releases. Some site authors will be completely confused about the experience as well.

  9. Rox
    Rox  • 3 days ago

    Thanks for the advice. It’s the first time for me to update wordpress and I really appreciate your sincere opinion. I thought about waiting anyway

  10. Susanta Kumar Sahoo
    Susanta Kumar Sahoo  • 3 days ago

    Thanks for the post, Joost! I don’t understand why Matt and his team would be in such a hurry to release “the BIG update” when Christmas is around the corner. Thankfully, I have installed the classic editor plugin but I guess I still need to wait until Jan, 2019.

  11. zaffy
    zaffy  • 4 days ago

    Who are the Geniuses who decided to bring a major update that will affect millions of sites before Christmas?
    Who are the Geniuses who believe such big change will be easily applied to millions of small business that will suddenly have to face not only extra costs but also try and explain/teach the new “editor” to their users?
    Who are the geniuses who didn’t set a timeframe for a smooth transition from one version to another?
    I will tell you, they are not geniuses, just self absorbed people who have no clue or do not give a dime how much their actions affect literally millions of people’s jobs.
    Very very disappointed with WordPress and I am glad I do not use it for big projects.

    • Dan
      Dan  • 3 days ago

      I agree with you 100%. They didn’t think, they just did it.
      However there is simple plugin “Classic Editor” instal it and u have no problems.

    • Modial robins
      Modial robins  • 4 days ago

      You will only be affected if you update … don’t update this year and you won’t be affected…

      • zaffy
        zaffy  • 3 days ago

        What about people who are not as prepared or tech savvy as us?
        YOu think every owner of WordPress site knows what the new update brings or how to deal with it?
        Wordpress is popular because it makes users’s life easy.
        This is not making your users life’s easy, is about imposing what you think is good in an impossible timeframe while basically forcing your millions of users to extra costs.
        What if a site is not compatible with new wordpress? What about the cost of changing it?
        Not all sites are just blogs.
        When you try to pass WordPress as the ultimate CMS suitable for every kind of site, you also have to treat your users professionally and think the consequences of your actions to their businesses.

    • David
      David  • 4 days ago

      AMEN! I could not have phrased it better do they not realise that some of us even work on Christmas Day!

  12. Jasmine Trails
    Jasmine Trails  • 4 days ago

    Joost, thank you very much for sharing this info and more importantly your wise suggestion to wait for a more stable version on WP 5.

    Considering the Gutenberg plugin has 700,000 installs, with a two and a half star rating based on 1634 reviews [ 5 Stars= 349 only, 4 Stars = 87, 3 Stars = 80, 2 Stars = 142 and 1 Star = a staggering 931!! ]

    Given the scary reviews, needless to say most of us were wondering what to do next. Now thanks your wise counsel , we have some direction on the way forward. Thank you once again.

  13. Ashish Verma
    Ashish Verma  • 4 days ago

    Thanks Joost. Your post is a balanced one but mostly I have read negative comments. Negativity to a point, it sounds, their bread and butter is in danger. Gutenberg seems to be ready, they are not. Why most of the developers out there vehemently opposing it? I am just a blogger, a simple user of wordpress, I just have a feeling that this editor is better than the previous one. Why not contribute to it in a positive way?

  14. Kevin McClellan
    Kevin McClellan  • 4 days ago

    Great article with solid advice. Thanks :-)

    I think the Gutenberg/WP 5.0 has been the most heavily tested WordPress update in history. Gutenberg is a great update. I agree the timing is a bit of a putoff but if people already have WP 4.9.8 and ave Gutenberg installed there will be very little else that has changed other than possibly some bug fixes.

    If you install and activate classic editor plugin then it will be just like 4.9.8 without Gutenberg.

    As with any WP update, I suggest taking full file/database backup prior to updating, just in case something happens.

    Comes down to personal preferences. I have been testing Gutenberg for months, and been running WP 5.0RC versions for a little while now so am confident everything will work, but still taking backups. Anything can change last minute.

  15. manni de man
    manni de man  • 4 days ago

    I hope that version 4.x will be maintained – at least with security updates. I’ve developed a site based on 4.x and now am a little worried that the site will “crash and burn” when WP 5.0 is rolled out

    • Joost de Valk

      So far security patches have been backported as far as WP 3.7, so you’re good for a while longer. I would suggest upgrading though as soon as it’s stable.

  16. Jordy
    Jordy  • 4 days ago

    So if i activite the Classic editor first and after hit update tomorow to 5.0 everything Will be fine?

    • Joost de Valk

      I can’t guarantee that. I’d wait a bit to be honest.

  17. Jyoti Raghuvanshi
    Jyoti Raghuvanshi  • 4 days ago

    Thanks for sharing such a valuable information. We all know that WordPress 5.0 will be the big update and many themes/plugin developers working hard to make things as smooth as possible.

  18. Benny
    Benny  • 5 days ago

    I trust nothing wrong in waiting for a couple of updates, say 5.1 or 5.0.1 or even 5.2.

  19. Yanglish
    Yanglish  • 5 days ago

    Thanks for valuable recommendations.

  20. Fiorenza Temmel
    Fiorenza Temmel  • 5 days ago

    Thank you for sharing that Joost! Very helpful!

  21. Narmadatech
    Narmadatech  • 5 days ago

    Thank you for sharing this useful information. I have a question which is the best plugin for WordPress site backup.

  22. Gents spa Dubai
    Gents spa Dubai  • 5 days ago

    Better to wait until it’s more stable, some of my plugins and Newspaper theme.

  23. Axency
    Axency  • 5 days ago

    Hello and good night,
    Thanks for all the information and recommendations.
    I have a few questions:

    I have 6 posts acceptable and optimized (not Gutenberg)
    And I do have 12 posts without keyword (most of them are Gutenberg)

    I write a keyword target in Gutenberg post but it can not save the snippet or keyword.

    • Joost de Valk

      Are you on the latest version of Gutenberg and Yoast SEO? Because… Well. Stable is not the word we’re using for these things.

  24. Neo A.
    Neo A.  • 5 days ago

    Honestly, Gutenburg is not very friendly for a nerd who likes typing and having a simple workspace. It’s a cheesy downgrade and the annoying HTML comments after each block don’t help uncluttering in the slightest.

    However, it is definitely a useful tool, just not one I feel that I’m ready to use. The classic editor will probably still my go-to tool.

    • Joost de Valk

      I honestly kinda like the way it auto parses my markdown writing and does a lot of cool stuff :P

  25. Martin
    Martin  • 5 days ago

    Many thanks for this review and advice – great to have a balanced, pragmatic view after all the rabid pro and con posts on Gutenberg that you see everywhere.

    I’ve installed the Classic Editor on all client sites, but I won’t be updating them until 5.0 has settled down and I’ve had a good look at it on my development sites. There’s going to be a client education process to go through before I spring it on them, and then a process of changing the Classic Editor settings to allow selective use of Gutenberg before going full on once the clients are comfortable.

    • Joost de Valk

      Sounds like a good process.

  26. Nikhil Sharma
    Nikhil Sharma  • 5 days ago

    I also think best to wait. Maybe just try a test platform as end of year, and roll out to new customers after new year. Most themes and plugins my customers take are free, so it will be time before they are updated or changed.

    • Joost de Valk

      Some are ready, some will soon be, some will never be. You’ll have to test them all :)

  27. Tom Beek
    Tom Beek  • 5 days ago

    Great service, thanks

    • Joost de Valk

      Glad you appreciate it Tom!

  28. Jon Hill
    Jon Hill  • 5 days ago

    I appreciate this post very much, Joost. Your advice not to take unnecessary chances during the holidays makes very good sense, and it means more coming from someone like yourself who is well-informed regarding the background of this release. And the post comments explained how to be sure that our sites won’t auto-update. Thank you!

    • Joost de Valk

      Whatever we can do to make sure everyone can enjoy their holiday of choice :)

  29. Victor Miller, Sr.
    Victor Miller, Sr.  • 5 days ago

    How do I switch from automatic updates to manual before 5.0 goes in effect?

    • Konrad
      Konrad  • 5 days ago

      You probably don’t need to switch anything. Automatic updates are only for minor releases, for versions with number updated after the second dot (like x.x.0 to x.x.1). I don’t remember how it is for updates on numbers after the first dot, but for sure updates for “first” numbers (4.x.x to 5.x.x) must be done manually.

    • Rajeev
      Rajeev  • 5 days ago

      Hi Victor,
      Easy way:
      Use a plug in to do so

      https://wordpress.org/plugins/stops-core-theme-and-plugin-updates/

      or

      You can disable automatic updates in WordPress by adding this line of code in your wp-config.php file:
      define( ‘WP_AUTO_UPDATE_CORE’, false );

      Hope this helps…

      • Victor Miller, Sr.
        Victor Miller, Sr.  • 4 days ago

        Thanks for the info. I’ve installed the plugin and will configure it shortly

    • macangelo
      macangelo  • 5 days ago

      One way would be: add the following line of code to your wp-config.php

      define( ‘AUTOMATIC_UPDATER_DISABLED’, true );

    • Donna Watson
      Donna Watson  • 5 days ago

      I support several clients’ websites and have installed the Easy Updates Manager in order to disable auto updates. I did have one site that wouldn’t respond to this plugin supposedly due to an issue presented by another installed plugin, so I installed the WP Disables Updates plugin.

  30. Nan
    Nan  • 5 days ago

    I have a WordPress new site and am only vaguely familiar with Gutenberg-certainly not ready to change over. Plus, I’ve been considering changing themes and hosts in the not-too-distant future. That’s a lot of change. I’m currently using Bluehost, which has an option in the control panel for turning off core WordPress updates, with plug-in and theme updates to continue. I’m not a techie and would prefer not to deal with WordPress Configuration file if possible. Will the control panel option suffice for now?

    • Joost de Valk

      Yes it will. Bluehost won’t even auto push the update to people in December, they’ll wait till January.

      • Kent
        Kent  • 3 days ago

        Bluehost just auto pushed the update to 2 of my sites for 5.0

        • Matt Stephens
          Matt Stephens  • 2 days ago

          Same here. I woke up and noticed all of my sites with BlueHost were auto-updated to 5.0. Still waiting to observe any likely side-effects.

  31. Mark Kasiske
    Mark Kasiske  • 5 days ago

    Is there an advantage of using Guttenberg over DIVI, when it comes to Yoast, that is?

    • Joost de Valk

      I hope all page builder plugins will work on the data API that Gutenberg comes with and allow for more easy interoperability between page builders and plugins like ours. That being said, we quite actively work with the Divi team to make interoperability between our plugins a constant thing.

  32. Bill Peschel
    Bill Peschel  • 5 days ago

    I hate Gutenberg with a passion. It degrades my experience and the way I like to write my posts, which is to write in Word and include all my HTML. The explanations I’ve seen here for its advantages are directed at the more expert WP users and not the end users who are writers first.

    Even now, despite my longtime experience with websites — building pages in Dreamweaver, building my first site in pmachine and now — I still don’t see the advantages. I’d have to put everything on hold and spend a day at least to delve into the documentation. But I run a business that demands more of my time than dealing with this nonsense.

    • Peter Prevos
      Peter Prevos  • 5 days ago

      You are absolutely right Bill. The online interface is not a good writing tool. A good writing tool has much more functionality. Also, writers don’ t view each paragraph as a separate unit. Might make sense for SEO or html rendering, but not for writing.

      In my workflow, I write posts in Emacs (text editor) and then upload them to the website with a script.

      • Joost de Valk

        Nobody is forcing you to use Gutenberg, so if you don’t like it, please don’t :)

  33. Peter
    Peter  • 5 days ago

    I’ve updated and used Gutenberg months ago, however, I must rollback to classic editor due to the missed feature which I think it’s one of the most necessary features. That’s is: “importing the image from URL”. Don’t know if it has this feature on this release.

    • Joost de Valk

      I do see an “Insert from URL” option in the image block, isn’t that what you meant?

  34. Maxime Bouet
    Maxime Bouet  • 5 days ago

    All our existing clients will stay with Classic Editor on 4.9 branch or with the plugin, the learning curve for Gutenberg would be too steep for most, who often don’t know anything at all about computers, they just follow their years long same same steps written on a piece of paper to publish a new post or change their weekly menu page or similar. They have no need to change anything, and mostly no budget either.

    For new new clients we tried to consider Gutenberg since a few months, but as it still is far from ready, each test results in most obvious bugs and editor still feels way too slow in browser until today, we can not recommend Gutenberg for now as well. Maybe we will reconsider this mid 2019, not sure yet though.

    So currently also new projects are done with Classic Editor, and will stay in WordPress 4.9 branch for a while, to allow easy migration to Classic Press or similar, if the Gutenberg ship won’t float as expected…

    • Joost de Valk

      I would suggest updating to 5.0 after a while, just because it’s going to be the better version of WordPress, with or without the classic editor plugin.

  35. Lauren J
    Lauren J  • 5 days ago

    Wait, did you just say Schema blocks? :3

    This happens to be my next big SEO task – is it on the free or premium version?

    • Joost de Valk

      In free. We’re going to be building a lot more of them.

  36. Elaine
    Elaine  • 5 days ago

    Thank you for the reassurance that it is OK to wait. As I am the Christmas Fairy in our house I have to wave my wand and make it magically happen, while managing two blogs and a “real life” job :)

    • Joost de Valk

      Happy holidays! And have fun playing with Gutenberg after that :)

  37. Doug "Bear" Hazard
    Doug "Bear" Hazard  • 6 days ago

    As someone that manages over 200 WP sites, we’ve actually modified one of our own plugins (a security plugin) and put an alert up for our customers, advising them to hold off on updating to WP 5.0.

    As Joost noted, there are too many unknowns between plugins and themes that may come into play here. While I’m excited to see movement forward with 5.0; I, too, share the same concerns that this might have been rushed a little too quickly. While the WP team has to save face (after all, they did promise 5.0 would be released this year, though many of us were anticipating it much earlier in the year), I’m concerned that not enough due diligence was performed.

    We’re going to do the updates, on a case by case basis, and absolutely making sure backups are performed for every site beforehand.

    • Joost de Valk

      The WP team is all of us. I would urge you though, after a few weeks maybe even a few months of waiting, to update :) I don’t like putting out notices like this, I normally urge everyone to update as that is the best thing for the web in general.

  38. Daniel C. Boswell
    Daniel C. Boswell  • 6 days ago

    Seriously, no share buttons Yoast? I think this is really important to get out to the community.

    I think I will be holding off for me and my clients until January at least.

    • Joost de Valk

      Our share buttons got like 10 clicks a month. Turns out people have learned how to copy and paste URLs :)

      • Bryce Hanson
        Bryce Hanson  • 5 days ago

        mic drop

      • Samuel Pedersen
        Samuel Pedersen  • 5 days ago

        Does it give a better page speed, removing the share buttons? :)

        • Joost de Valk

          Share buttons, especially native ones from twitter and facebook etc, are slow, so: yes.

      • J-P De Clerck
        J-P De Clerck  • 5 days ago

        Hear, hear, same finding :) Sharing it. Thanks Matt for your unexpected announcement. Nice additional to do tasks just before the end of the year.

  39. Andrew
    Andrew  • 6 days ago

    Great advice. I love the new editor and have been anticipating this upgrade for a while. I’ll definitely upgrade some of my sites as soon as the new release is available. And I’ll definitely wait a while before I upgrade others. I also really like the way Yoast has integrated with Guttenberg. You guys continue to impress. Thanks

    • Joost de Valk

      Good to hear Andrew, curious to know how your sites will do!

  40. Felix
    Felix  • 6 days ago

    Thanks for your advice. However I have one question: Currently I am using the Gutenberg Plugin and (apart from some known bugs) it works just fine with my other plugins. Can I count on that or will it be totally different when the release is out? I have no staging environment, and for I’m just writing a blog I would like to avoid the effort.
    Thanks once again!

    • Joost de Valk

      It won’t be totally different, if you’re already using it you should be totally fine (and I’m honestly glad to hear that!).

      • admin2347
        admin2347  • 5 days ago

        Totally!

  41. Ciska
    Ciska  • 6 days ago

    Thank you for this confirmation. I think I will also wait until Gutenburg is more stable before plunging into this update

  42. Corrinda Campbell
    Corrinda Campbell  • 6 days ago

    Thanks Yoast! The rollout of Gutenberg from start to launch has been utterly hideous. Your posts, comments and videos have been extremely helpful.

    • Joost de Valk

      Glad to hear that Corrinda!

      • Kapil Garg
        Kapil Garg  • 5 days ago

        I have used Gutenberg. It’s nice

  43. Dave Hoe
    Dave Hoe  • 6 days ago

    Hi Guys

    Good advice. I only use premium themes and plugins, which should all be WordPress 5.0 and Guttenberg ready. however i won’t be updating clients sites until after Christmas. Just not worth the risk. Will install and have a gander on a test site though

    Regards
    Dave

    • Joost de Valk

      That’s probably the most sensible approach for many.

  44. Janice
    Janice  • 6 days ago

    Is it a code thing only? Can I turn off the automatic update without going to my developer?

    • Joost de Valk

      If it wasn’t enabled specifically, you won’t update to 5.0 automatically.

  45. vicky999
    vicky999  • 6 days ago

    Thanks for the news. I will update for some business sites with a few posts. Unfortunately when it comes to news sites I will postpone and definitely disable Gutenberg. Our writers don’t want to touch it.

    • Joost de Valk

      I would urge them to give it another go soonish, as it really has progressed a lot and I do think it’s a great new experience.

      • Joanne
        Joanne  • 3 days ago

        It’s not good for writers though, the people who actually create content and just want to publish it and get on with their day. Nobody writes in discrete blocks, like this. Gutenberg was created by graphic designers, not actual writers. All we want is a blank screen and software which won’t screw up our formatting. Thank heavens there’s a plug-in we can use to disable it.

  46. Monique Martens
    Monique Martens  • 6 days ago

    Thank you for your valuable and ongoing information on WP 5.0 and Gutenberg. It is very much appreciated!

    • Joost de Valk

      We try hard Monique! Glad to see it’s appreciated.

  47. Pamir Kiciman
    Pamir Kiciman  • 6 days ago

    My WordPress updates automatically. How do I stop that?

    • Joost de Valk

      check your WP-config and find this line:

      define( 'WP_AUTO_UPDATE_CORE', true );

      I would suggest changing it to ‘minor’:

      define( 'WP_AUTO_UPDATE_CORE', 'minor' );

      So you do get auto-updated to security updates but nothing else.

      • Pamir Kiciman
        Pamir Kiciman  • 5 days ago

        For the life of me I can’t see that in my wp-config. This is the one that’s created during install correct? Can’t see on wp admin. File access from my host to wp-config doesn’t show this line. In wp admin under updates it says: Future security updates will be applied automatically. I don’t remember if that’s minor. I wake up to emails that WP updated but I think those are patches and not new version of all of WP.

      • Patdundee
        Patdundee  • 5 days ago

        Any updates are never automatic on my sites. I have to authenticate the FTP update. That way i get no nasty surprises and i can check each one as i do it. This is with all WP updates and plugins. I do not know why people allow auto updates. It could do one through the night and you may not notice a crash on the system until it is to late. My advice Never Allow Auto Update of anything.
        P

      • kavlito
        kavlito  • 5 days ago

        My WP-config contains nothing about WP_AUTO_UPDATE_CORE?

  48. Emmy
    Emmy  • 6 days ago

    Should I do anything to prevent auto-update, or are major updates like this excluded from auto-updating?

    • Joost de Valk

      If you’ve not explicitly opted in to auto-updates, they don’t happen normally.

      • Jai
        Jai  • 5 days ago

        Some hosting platforms like Blue host and Siteground implement auto updates from the server so you must check and disable them on the server itself.

  49. Andrea Gabriel
    Andrea Gabriel  • 6 days ago

    I agree. This is hard for those of us who manage sites. When it didn’t roll out on the Nov date, we were told that meant reprieve until January. Springing it on people now with 2 days’ notice, after they’ve assumed a Jan date, is just hard, as we’ve now rearranged our schedules assuming a later date.

    • Joost de Valk

      Yeah same here and in a lot of other places. I would suggest just making sure sites don’t auto update and doing it at your date and time of choice. I’ve already seen some managed hosts say they will also not roll this out until January.

  50. Steven Horn
    Steven Horn  • 6 days ago

    Thanks for the information and the authoritative “permission” so I can relay this to those who believe Joost more than myself.
    Question for those who have tested Gutenberg in the core: is it basically the same as using the Gutenberg plugin with 4.8?

  51. Jagdish Pal Bhatia
    Jagdish Pal Bhatia  • 6 days ago

    Thank you for information.
    I tried it as plugin but was not working with adsense.
    Let’s see how this upgrade works.

  52. Clint
    Clint  • 6 days ago

    Thanks for the quick turn on this post and for your recommendation. I plan to wait until it’s more stable. Although, I am looking forward to the new editor and new Yoast functionality.

    • Joost de Valk

      We’re looking forward to it too! If your site isn’t very critical, you should be OK to update at any given time, and you can already play :)

  53. Istvan
    Istvan  • 6 days ago

    Hi, it’s good enough to insert this line into the wp-config.php?

    define( ‘AUTOMATIC_UPDATER_DISABLED’, true );

    Thanks,
    Istvan

    • Joost de Valk

      5.0 is a major update, unless you’ve specifically opted in to major updates updating automatically, it won’t update automatically.

      • Anton
        Anton  • 5 days ago

        Note: Some “Managed WordPress” hosting plans include autoupdate also for major releases.

  54. Mathukutty P. V.
    Mathukutty P. V.  • 6 days ago

    I have created 2/3 posts in Gutenberg in WordPress dot com blog. Let us see what is the result in self-hosted blogs

    • Joost de Valk

      The editor itself is a good improvement. We can debate about “ready”, but it’s definitely an improvement over the current editor in many ways.

  55. Jeroen Rotty
    Jeroen Rotty  • 6 days ago

    Completely agree with Joost here. Announcing it 2 days early, just before #WCUS and during the busy December month is just bad practice.

    • Corrinda Campbell
      Corrinda Campbell  • 5 days ago

      From a project management perspective you could say it is negligent.

      • Moses
        Moses  • 3 days ago

        Upgrade? Am not feeling home anymore. The editor has changed. Just updated my blog right now, and am no longer welcome to my home!


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