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WordPress 5.0, Gutenberg, WooCommerce updates and a bonus!

This week’s roundup focuses on what’s new in Gutenberg, WordPress 5.0, (of course!) but we also discuss WooCommerce’s upgrade instructions and we have a cool bonus for you! Let’s get to it!

Update! WordPress 5.0 is about to be launched soon. Should you update to WordPress 5.0 right away? Read Joost’s advice!

It’s been a bit of a slow week when it comes to news in general. Well, that is, if we ignore the usual suspects: Gutenberg & WordPress 5.0 ?.

Last week’s big announcement was that WordPress 5.0 would be postponed to the 27th of November. This pushes the release date back until after the most intense e-commerce weekend online: Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

Postponing the release for roughly two weeks addresses only some of the arguments out there, but it’s good to see the Core team is listening to outside input.

The last Gutenberg beta

Gutenberg had its last beta release with the release of Gutenberg 4.4, yesterday. Next up are the Release Candidates. The most important updates in 4.4 are:

Some long-standing usability issues were improved around image uploads, permalinks, columns, video backgrounds, etc. It’s now also possible for plugins to remove core panels from the Document sidebar.

Per usual, you can read the rest in the release post over at Make WordPress Core: there are quite a lot of improvement and bug fixes. Furthermore, this release saw a decent amount of refinements with regards to Accessibility and Performance. Two topics we at Yoast hold very dear to our heart.

WordPress 5.0 beta 5

You could easily be fooled thinking the upcoming WordPress 5.0 release is all about integrating the Gutenberg editor, but there’s more!

PHP 7.3 compatibility

WordPress 5.0 also introduces full compatibility with PHP 7.3. The last known PHP 7.3 compatibility issue has been fixed with the release of WordPress 5.0 beta 5. If you’re curious to find out what you should know about PHP 7.3 and WordPress, check out the developer note on the Make WordPress Core blog.

Twenty Nineteen

I’ve mentioned before that WordPress 5.0 will ship with a new default WordPress theme. This beta release saw a lot of small but important improvements for Twenty Nineteen.

WooCommerce & WordPress 5.0

Usually, when there’s an update to any WordPress plugin, it can be processed fairly smoothly. However, in some cases, you should test updates in a staging environment first, before you do this on the live site. And in some cases, you should test in a staging environment and follow a specific sequence of steps.

With the upcoming WordPress 5.0 release and WooCommerce, this is the case. The tl;dr is that, before you update to WordPress 5.0, you first need to update WooCommerce to the 3.5.1 version. If you’re running WooCommerce, as we do, make sure you read their announcement first.


If you have many different types of content on your site, you’ll know it can get a little bit confusing at times. This week, I saw an interesting new product trying to tackle exactly that problem. OrganizeWP aims to provide a new and improved way for editors to manage their content. Learn more about their features here.

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23 Responses to WordPress 5.0, Gutenberg, WooCommerce updates and a bonus!

  1. Monique
    Monique  • 2 years ago

    Thank you Remkus for the update and useful information!

    You mention WordPress 5.0 and PHP 7.3 compatibility. What if the server of your hosting company is still on an older version of PHP? Do you need to worry about this WP update?

    • Remkus de Vries

      You really should want to be with a hosting company that at the very least has PHP 7.0 as a minimum option available, but, really, you want to be on 7.2.

      All the companies on our WordPress hosting page can help with that if your current hosting company can’t help you.

      • Monique
        Monique  • 2 years ago

        Ok, I understand.

        Is there any risk the website will break when you’re on an older server? Or is it that 7.2/7.3 works better / faster / more smooth?

        • Remkus de Vries

          The latter. No need to worry about stuff breaking, but for speed and security reasons, you want to be on the PHP 7.2 version.

  2. Private Detective
    Private Detective  • 2 years ago

    Thank you for your kind attention to WooCommerce updates.

  3. Jean-François Cloutier
    Jean-François Cloutier  • 2 years ago

    I onlt use text editor.. i hope they will not delete it! ive tried Gutenberg for 4 days and i hate th experience !

    • Remkus de Vries

      Sorry to hear that, but if you install the Classic Editor plugin, you’ll be able to continue to use the text editor mode. At least until the end of 2021.

  4. Ray
    Ray  • 2 years ago

    I’m a little concerned about the new Gutenberg format. Still, eventually I’ll work it out. Just a bit annoying that I have to waste valuable time studying something else now in the order of “simplification”. It is amazing how complex simplification is. It will never get easier. Still, let’s hope it works out.

    I do have one issue though. I noticed even before Gutenberg that the template would have the page name above the heading which I put on it. Therefore, my pages have two headings. That is annoying. Also, I can’t edit the colour of the heading name. This happens also on the Gutenberg update. It is in default Black. Is there a way to change colour to it? I tried adding code, but it said I was doing something wrong. Maybe my code was wrong…?

    Also, will the pictures in the template remain the same when I make a new page, or will I have to add them now as a block?

    • Remkus de Vries

      Whatever a template does, and I assume you mean Theme here, that is not in line with your expectation in combination with Gutenberg, is most likely due to something not done correctly in that theme.

      If a Gutenberg issue doesn’t exist in the default WordPress themes, it is because of a problem in a theme or plugin.

      The posts you wrote before you started using Gutenberg or WordPress 5.0 when it launches, can be converted to blocks, but don’t need to. They can stay the same and will just work as expected.

  5. Jerry
    Jerry  • 2 years ago

    I wrote a couple of posts after the Gutenberg update. This is the first time I have been able to fully complete them in Gutenberg without a lot of experimenting and often reverting to the classic editor.
    Looks like it is getting there!

    • Remkus de Vries

      It has become a lot more stable, yes.

  6. Webmediatraining
    Webmediatraining  • 2 years ago

    I need to update it to my site and has to check.

  7. Sarthak upadhyay
    Sarthak upadhyay  • 2 years ago

    Thanks for this kind information… I’m so excited that there is a great update is going to be done with wordpress. My experience with Gutenberg was so, interested and now it is going to become a default part of wordpress…

  8. Matt@WPCodeLab
    Matt@WPCodeLab  • 2 years ago

    I’m really looking forward to see how the Gutenberg launch goes.

    I’ve used it to write my previous 2 blog posts and I must say that it does feel very intuitive.

    Thanks for the post!

    • Remkus de Vries

      Thanks Matt! Yeah, I like writing in it a lot as well. Especially being able to use markdown in some scenarios. I’m also a big fan of being able to use the forward slash to easily select what kind of new block you want to use.

  9. Amber Perkins
    Amber Perkins  • 2 years ago

    Hi Remkus de Vries,
    You have provided a great piece of information. It would benefit a lot for my digital agency.

    • Remkus de Vries

      Thanks for the kind words, Amber. Happy to help :)

  10. Ayobami Ola
    Ayobami Ola  • 2 years ago

    Thanks for sharing these great tips about wp 5.0.

  11. Talksindepth
    Talksindepth  • 2 years ago

    Nice Article! Thanks for sharing informaton, but i have little question here, Does WordPress 5.0 affects the perfomance of others themes and plugin?

    • Remkus de Vries

      It should not, no. However, if a plugin is doing something to the editor experience in WordPress, then maybe there will be an impact as well. Be sure to create a staging site and test well before updating. As always :) .

  12. Puck
    Puck  • 2 years ago

    Bedankt voor de tip van organizeWP. Ik merk dat veel klanten het dashboard van WP totaal onlogisch vinden en dit zou daar zeker in kunnen helpen! Ik ga me er eens in verdiepen.

    • Remkus de Vries

      Graag gedaan :)

  13. nexvan
    nexvan  • 2 years ago

    thank you Remkus de Vries