On December, 6th, after several Beta and Release Candidate stages, CMS WordPress has been officially updated to version 5.0. The code name of this release is Bebo.
The main feature of this version is the new block-based visual editor Gutenberg: each section of the page is a separate block and users are able to customize it individually.
In short, after you create a block you can choose what you want to place in it: text, image, video, buttons or any other elements from a large list of presets. Afterwards you can also edit the block’s style to give it custom appearance.
Actually, the idea of such an editor is not new: the default WordPress TinyMCE editor is pretty limited and has always lacked content management capabilities. Therefore, users often turn to external editing solutions and install additional plugins. Thus, those who are used to work with such plugins (e.g. Visual Composer) will easily handle the new editor.
In order to demonstrate capabilities of the Gutenberg editor a new theme named Twenty Nineteen has been added to the 5.0 release. It can be downloaded here.
Also, due to new editor release the old one is no longer available in downloadable WordPress package, but can still be installed as a free Classic Editor plugin.
At the moment we strongly recommend not to update your website to the new Bebo version immediately. The web is full of negative reviews on the update as it often leads to some serious bugs. Therefore, be sure to check WordPress 5.0 update on a test server.
PS: Currently WordPress 5.0.1 is already available. This release is entirely devoted to security issues as users have found several potential “holes” in 5.0.