What is Gutenberg?
Recently, WordPress has just released its newest core update, version 5.0. A key new feature of this update is that they have removed the old WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) editor with the new Gutenberg editor.
The new editor is focused on flexible block-editing and ease of use, which means fewer behind-the-scenes code changes for editors. This change is key for editors because it adds an element the current WYSIWYG editor does not: unity between the front-end and back-end. This means the changes you make in the back-end editor better reflect the appearance on the front-end.
You can try it out here, or watch the video below to learn more:
Will The Gutenberg Editor Break My Website?
No, it shouldn’t. Gutenberg has been made so that it doesn’t break every website out there on updating. However, there are a few things that you, or your web developer, should do before updating.
Can I just no update and avoid it?
I wouldn’t recommend it. Each update of WordPress comes with security updates too, which means that you would stop receiving these and therefore leave your website at risk.
When you update, you get the option to install a plugin that keeps the classic editor over the new Gutenberg editor. However, eventually this option will be removed so it’s a good idea to start learning how it works!