Getting Ready for Gutenberg: First Weekend

Sunday I wrote the first post in this series, “Getting Ready for Gutenberg.” It wasn’t the only thing I did to get ready for WordPress 5.0, though.

Getting News About Gutenberg

Nearly everything I know about WordPress 5.0 and the Gutenberg editor comes from two sources: WPTavern and the Gutenberg Times. If you want to be on top of all things WordPress, here’s where you want to start.

I do not know how Jeff Chandler (aka @Jeffr0) and Satah Gooding do it, but WPTavern takes its journalism very seriously. If it’s news in the WordPress World, the Tavern will have the story within hours. Here is everything they’ve written about Gutenberg in the last two years. It’s a lot. Their WordPress Weekly podcast is also helpful, though a little long for folks like me.

Birgit Pauli-Haack compiles and curates a weekly summary of Gutenberg news at the Gutenberg Times. She also shares much on Twitter. All in all, wonderful stuff. I spend Sunday afternoons reading and clicking on the site.

Getting Ahead of Myself

The other WordPress-related task I completed was to sign up for a one-day online course in designing Gutenberg-compatible themes presented by iThemes next week. From a user’s perspective, I fear that much of the content may be over my head, but I think I will learn something about Gutenberg guts, and perhaps hear what developers think. So it will be good.

If you happen to be a theme developer, you may want to check out the course too.

Monday: A New Beta

One thing I learned from WPTavern today was the release of WordPress 5.0, Beta 3. Got that installed on my test system Monday night. If you want to try it on:

  1. Install and activate the WordPress Beta Tester plugin on any non-production installation of WordPress.
  2. Go to Tools > Beta Testing
  3. Choose Bleeding Edge Nightlies to get the latest stuff. Click Save Changes. This is why you don’t want to put the betas where your live website lives — bad things can happen!
  4. WordPress will tell you there are updates. Download and install. You’ve got the new beta!

Tuesday, I’ll play with the beta a little bit when I’m not closely watching US Election returns.

 

Oh, and if it’s Tuesday, November 6, and you live in the United States — Go vote today! Vote.org will help you if don’t know how to find your  polling place and other critical information. WordPress is about democratizing the Web. Voting is about democratizing democracy.

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