Remkus' Roundup: WordPress 5.0 is postponed, Gutenberg site building tips and more!

It’s been a busy week! With the focus fully on getting WordPress 5.0 ready, we’ve seen a lot of news around the Gutenberg integration in the past few days. So let’s dive right in!

Release date concerns

There’s isn’t much time left until the planned release of WordPress 5.0. With the WordPress 5.0 beta 3 still not being stable enough with the inclusion of Gutenberg, there has been a lot of concern about the release date.

Of most note, our CEO, Joost de Valk raised some hefty concerns in a personal blog post where he calls for WordPress 5.0 needing a different timeline. Now, this may seem odd to you given the fact that we as a company have invested so heavily into Gutenberg this past year. Ten people, including the only real accessibility developer for most of the time, to be exact. However, Joost raises two really good reasons for not sticking to the current timeline:

For the full reasoning, do check out his post in full.

Similar concerns are voiced by, for instance, Mark Root-Wiley where he states WordPress 5.0 isn’t ready. Additionally, there are folks like Ned Zimmerman over at Pressbooks, for instance, that don’t see enough parity in Gutenberg features for them to integrate into yet.

Matt Mullenweg, the WordPress 5.0 release lead said after yesterday’s Core chat:

I am luke-warm on the 19th, but not because of the number of open issues (which isn’t a good measure or target) — more that we’ve been a day or two behind a few times now.

Matt Mullenweg

There is another reason why releasing WordPress 5.0 Monday the 19th is not favorable and that’s Black Friday. There have been many voices arguing that releasing such an impactful WordPress upgrade right before, arguably, the busiest weekend for is bringing too much risk. Especially e-commerce sites.

WordPress 5.0 is postponed!

So, ultimately all the issues outlined above have made the Core team make the decision to postpone the 5.0 release. The new release date is set at the 27th of November. Matias Venture says the following:

After listening to a lot of feedback — as well as looking at current issues, ongoing pull requests, and general progress — we’re going to take an extra week to make sure everything is fully dialed in and the release date is now targeted for November 27th.

More information can be found on the Make WordPress Core blog.

WordPress 5.0 beta 3 has been released

WordPress 5.0 Beta 3 has been officially released, and it includes an updated version of the Twenty Nineteen theme. Of course, it also includes the latest version of Gutenberg, 4.2. The previous default themes were updated as well.

Building sites with Gutenberg

Yes, there may be reasons to postpone WordPress 5.0, but that doesn’t mean you can’t already build great things with Gutenberg. Bill Erickson published an interesting post yesterday. In it, he explains how he’s already built sites integrating with Gutenberg. From simple to more complex sites, Bill has some solid advice for those of you building websites.

What if you’re not ready for Gutenberg?

So, you don’t think your site(s) are ready for Gutenberg yet yourself? Well, then it’s good to know that the WordPress Core team has committed itself to officially supporting The Classic Editor plugin until the 31st of December, 2021. You can read more about that in Gary Pendergast post over at Make WordPress Core.

JavaScript Language packs have landed in WordPress

Fresh off the press: JavaScript Language packs have finally been merged into WordPress. Our CTO, Omar Reiss explains on the Make WordPress Core blog:

We can now translate strings in JavaScript files and distribute them via https://translate.wordpress.org. This functionality will soon be expanded to also work for plugins and themes. This is a major milestone for JavaScript development in WordPress and completes the JavaScript package inclusion focus.

– Omar Reiss

One more step into making sure WordPress is as inclusive as possible when it comes to translations. And a great one at that!

Bonus

If using one of the available WordPress hosting companies isn’t hardcore enough for you, then maybe SpinupWP is! It’s a new service released by Delicious Brains Inc. and it looks like a very neat solution for self-managed WordPress servers.

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13 Responses to WordPress 5.0 is postponed, Gutenberg site building tips and more!

  1. Private Detective
    Private Detective  • 3 days ago

    What’s new in this wordpress version for wordpress hosting users? could you please write the specifications for that?

    • Remkus de Vries

      There are no updates the hosting specifications, as outlined on WordPress.org, with this release.

  2. Vincent
    Vincent  • 6 days ago

    My biggest question is starting to become absolutely offtopic, but here goes: how do you make the post-images? They look like a cartoonized version of a photo? I like how it looks, and besides diving into Photoshop right now, maybe you can point me into the right direction to make something similar?

    • Erwin Brouwer
      Erwin Brouwer  • 5 days ago

      Hi Vincent, glad you like our illustrations. The post images are made by me (and sometimes by my colleague Tim), the in-house illustrators at Yoast H.Q.
      How they are made is simple: just old-fashioned drawing. Made digitally in Illustrator but that’s not very different from drawing with pencil and paper. I don’t use photos in my work except for reference. Making something look cartoonish just takes a lot of practice. There is no trick or app to achieve this quickly, sorry.
      My only advice I can give you is to draw a lot and never stop. Try to learn from the artists you admire and apply that to your own style. There is a ton of helpful video’s you can find on Youtube about drawing. You can learn a lot about drawing techniques from them but your own style can only evolve by drawing (a lot, did I mention that yet?)
      Hope I answered your question.

  3. Eric Brereton
    Eric Brereton  • 1 week ago

    Can you please let me know How Gutenburg will affect our existing website.
    Eric Brereton

    • Remkus de Vries

      You can learn more about how Gutenberg affects your site by visiting the Gutenberg Project page on WordPress.org. At the bottom, you’ll find some links to articles with more information. Additionally, have a look at our articles about Gutenberg.

  4. Bart Noëth
    Bart Noëth  • 1 week ago

    I think I am going to stick with the original WYSIWYG-editor iso going to Gutenberg …

  5. chetan jangid
    chetan jangid  • 1 week ago

    Very good post !
    keep up the good work

  6. Marie-Anne
    Marie-Anne  • 1 week ago

    Thank you for all the information and efforts to postpone the release.
    l’m a bit confused about the ‘next friday’ remark. I thought it was scheduled for the 19th November which is a monday and wondering what I misses.

    best regards Marie-Anne

    • Remkus de Vries

      You’re right, that should’ve said Monday, not Friday :)

      The most important thing now is that it’s been postponed to the 27th of November.

  7. Vishesh
    Vishesh  • 1 week ago

    I have heard that Gutenberg site is working quite well and showing results in a profitable manner.
    Very good article, really helpful.

  8. Desert Safari Dubai
    Desert Safari Dubai  • 1 week ago

    When WordPress 5.0 will be released? I am want to know is there anything changes in the yoast?

    • Remkus de Vries

      The new release date is set at the 27th of November, but that date is not set in stone yet. Release dates can change when the circumstances require it. And yes, Yoast SEO will adapt (already does) if you’ve activated the Gutenberg plugin.


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