Prepare for GUTENBERG
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With the release of WordPress version 4.9.8 users will now be presented with the option to try out Gutenberg.
What is Gutenberg?
Gutenberg is a project focused on modernizing WordPress - specifically the editor experience. This shouldn't be taken as a cosmetic overhaul, as this intends to replace the current TinyMCE editor utilized for creating Posts and Pages. According to the Gutenberg FAQ TinyMCE will still be utilized, but within blocks, which can be thought of as movable objects within the new editor.
What will Pagely's role be in this?
As your managed Web Host provider Pagely strives to keep all applications up to date, ensuring not only that the latest version is available to you, but is being utilized. There are a plethora of reasons behind this (security not being the least of them), but given the magnitude of this update we wanted to provide our customers with additional resources to prepare for the official release well ahead of time.
When will Gutenberg be released?
The goal of project Gutenberg is to have the project officially merged with WordPress 5.0 (sometime in 2018), but no one can say for sure when that time will come. Until that then it is optional, but the sooner you are prepared for it the better.
How should we test our Application's compatibility with Gutenberg?
A staging or development that is a direct clone of your production environment would be ideal. We suggest doing some heavy unit testing, perhaps using the block unit test plugin
What are some areas of concern?
At this time custom post types, and PHP meta boxes seem to be the biggest concern. A general rule of thumb is to assume if your theme or plugin modify anything on the page/post editor pages you should test this out in a development environment. it is best to assume anything can and will break unless fully vetted first.