WordPress 5 is Here!

WordPress 5 is a new version of the software that significantly changes the design functions of both posts and pages.

In this new version, when you add a post or page, you put the content into blocks. A block can contain text, images and YouTube videos. You can rearrange the blocks around the page and make your website look very professional.

To do this previously, you would have had to use HTML (HyperText Markup Language) which generally only geeks know how to do. Now it’s WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get).

This is quite a revolutionary update and that’s why it’s named ‘Gutenberg’. Johannes Gutenberg was the inventor of the movable type printing press in 1439 which enabled mass production of printed books.

I am in the process of updating my book ‘WordPress To Go’ to include instructions on how to do this.

But in the meantime, to carry on with the previous version, you need a plugin called ‘Classic Editor’. If you install this and adjust the settings then you can use WordPress as you always did before.

If you use SiteGround as your hosting company then they may well have automatically updated your website to WordPress 5 but they will also have installed the Classic Editor plugin. All you have to do is go to its Settings and adjust to your requirements.

There will also be new themes that use this version of WordPress. I will be recommending one or more appropriate themes for you to use – but I haven’t yet finished my analysis 🙁

So 2019 is going to be quite an upgrade for WordPress and will enable you to create a really super, smooth website with very little effort. So stand by for my new book!

Sarah McHarry