WordPress 5.0 was released, I updated my personal blog and have been using it. It’s good. It’s a totally different content creation experience than you’re used to but it still works. The Gutenberg editor allows you to create more interesting and dynamic blog posts than you normally could before.
Take a look to get an idea of what it is like:
It uses a block system for titles, paragraphs, multi-media and stylized enhancements like stylized quotes, text over images for blog post sections, columns, tables and better embeds for Instagram (make sure Jetpack is turned off or you won’t be able to embed Instagram posts).
Should you update to 5.0 or wait a bit?
If you have a big website with a lot of traffic and are making a lot of money from your website I would wait till January until it’s a bit more stable. More so to give plugin developers more time to make their plugins compatible than anything wrong with WordPress 5.0. As it’s 5.0 it’s not going to be as stable as it could be and there is no need to upgrade now.
With regards to it breaking your website if you’re using DIVI or Avada, that is nonsense. The only thing that has dramatically changed is the way in which you create content.
So if you have a small website with less than 20 posts go ahead and upgrade.
Things I like about WordPress 5.0:
- I like the block editor. It makes it easy to stylize individual blog posts with fun and interesting elements.
- Tables and columns are a nice touch. They are perfect for Amazon niche websites.
- The block editor better reflects what your blog post will actually look like once published.
Things I did not like about WordPress 5.0:
- A bit buggy. For example, I had to waste 30 minutes figuring out why I could not embed Instagram anymore (it was conflicting with Jetpack, also owned by WordPress).
- It got slow when I started having over 1,000 words, video and images in a blog post. This made typing content annoying.
- Copy and paste does not work right as it wants to put everything into blocks.