What to do after Gutenberg has been activated in 2019

July 12, 2019

For most of us, the release of WordPress 5.0 has come unwelcomed with the introduction of the new WordPress Block Editor, named Gutenberg. Designed to reduce the need for third-party page builder’s such as Divi, Elementor, Site Origin Page Builder, and Beaver Builder, the editor has been an unfamiliar experience for most site admins overriding their existing builder by default and preventing them from making edits to their website. In this guide, we’ll show you three simple steps to ensure your website looks & runs as-expected after Gutenberg with WordPress version 5.

  1. Disable Gutenberg!
    Step 1, You’re going to want to disable the Gutenberg page builder and restore the classic page builder you’re used to. To do so, simply install & activate the Classic Editor plugin.
  2. Audit your website!
    Step 2, You’re going to want to perform an audit across your existing pages & blog posts to ensure that no content has been edited or created with the new Gutenberg editor that’s incompatible with the classic editor. If so, simply rollback to a previous page revision and save your changes.
  3. Upload your changes!Finally, you’ll want to merge your changes from your staging server to your production environment. This is all host-dependent, but common tools for this include ManageWP, WP Staging, Local, etc. For Neutron Creative clients, you can request a version control update quickly and easily via the Service desk.

Overall, Gutenberg is a new Page builder released in WordPress 5.0 that has been disruptive to many loyal WordPress users and with a few simple steps it can easily be removed. We hope this guide helps, if you have any problems during this install or with WordPress in general please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at the service desk or directly at (919) 653-0790 and we’d be happy to help!

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