WordPress 5 Beta 1 Release and Features

WordPress 5 Beta 1 Release and Features

The newest Major Release for the most popular website CMS in the world WordPress is almost here with the latest release of WordPress 5 Beta 1. The newest version is a Beta Release and is  for the next major version 5 which is due sometime later this year. This release is aimed at bringing major changes and upgrades to the WordPress CMS. WordPress 5 Beta 1 comes with a number of new features as listed below and focuses on bringing major changes and upgrades to the WordPress CMS. We are really excited about the new shiny Gutenberg WYSIWYG editor on this Beta Release.

Whats new in WordPress 5 Beta 1?

This latest update of the most popular website CMS in the world comes with the following features:

A new shiny Gutenberg WYSIWYG editor

This beta release of WordPress 5 come with the shiny new Gutenberg WYSIWYG editor. This editor will eventually replace the current classic WYSIWYG editor that WordPress currently has. Here is a comparison of the two editors.

New Gutenberg Editor
Classic Editor

While Gutenberg editor has had it’s fair share of criticism, we love it here. It’s still a big buggy but its smooth, fast and does the basics.  We are using the Gutenberg editor to write this post. 

Features of Gutenberg Editor

Gutenberg has a number of features which make it easier for developers and website owners/marketing users. 

  • Utilising Gutenberg means that you are using less plugins.  So plugins for tables/ columns and page builders can now be removed completely because Gutenberg editor handles that for you.
  • Gutenberg is more user friendly. Yes it takes a few tries to get your head around it but once it’s done its very easy to use
  • The bugs that are there currently will get ironed out over time and it will work exactly as expected
  • Gutenberg uses blocks allowing you to modularise your content and use different types of contents in different blocks. The available blocks are listed below.
  • Gutenberg uses layout elements so that putting things side by side is a piece of cake. Also what you see in your screen is most likely how it will display to a user as well. 

Available Gutenberg Blocks

  • Paragraph block – For normal text
  • Heading block – For article and paragraph headings
  • Subheading block – For Subheadings
  • Quote Block – For setting up quotes
  • Image Block – For showing images by themselves
  • Gallery Block – To show multiple images and gallery
  • Cover Image block – To show a bigger image that covers the whole area
  • Video Block – To show videos
  • Audio Block – To show and embed audio files
  • Columns Block – To show multiple columns in the same row for layout
  • File Block – For file downloads, links and embeds
  • Code Block – To work on html code separately
  • List Block – To show a ordered or unordered bullet list
  • Button Block – To show buttons and call to actions
  • Embed Block – To show embedded code
  • Plus more block coming up…

A brand new Twenty Nineteen theme

With this new release comes the long awaited new Twenty Nineteen theme. This theme has been built to showcase the Gutenberg editor and we are a bit disappointed that this looks very similar to the previous theme. However we expect this theme to get better as WordPress 5 gets closer to release. 

WordPress Demo Website

Want to try out all the new features :).  We keep an upto date demo site with the latest (sometimes even nightly builds) of WordPress that you are welcome to have a look at. We have even installed the new theme so that you can check it out.  Click here to view WordPress Demo Site.

About WordPress

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NetON Beta Release Update Policy

Beta releases of WordPress are good for testing by developers and not intended to be used on live websites. Please read through this post to see what is coming to WordPress, however noting that the final version may be slightly different from the Beta Release. Please note that the NetON team won’t be updating your website with this version because this is not a final version. We will update your installation when the full production version is released.

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