It’s been a busy week! With the focus fully on getting WordPress 5.0 ready, we’ve seen a lot of news around the Gutenberg integration in the past few days. So let’s dive right in! Release date concerns There’s isn’t much time left until the planned release of WordPress 5.0. With the WordPress 5.0 beta 3 still not being stable enough with the inclusion of Gutenberg, there has been a lot of concern about the release date. Of most note, our CEO, Joost de Valk raised some hefty concerns in a personal blog post where he calls for WordPress 5.0 needing a different timeline. Now, this may seem odd to you given the fact that we as a company have invested so heavily into Gutenberg this past year. Ten people, including the only real accessibility developer for most of the time, to be exact. However, Joost raises two really good reasons for not sticking to the current timeline: For the full reasoning, do check out his post in full. Similar concerns are voiced … [Read more...] about WordPress 5.0 is postponed, Gutenberg site building tips and more! • Yoast
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Next week, we’ll see the release of WordPress 5.0. With it comes one of the most talked about — and divisive — new features ever: a brand-new editor, the one we currently know as Gutenberg. Gutenberg is not just a simple refresh of the interface, no, it is an entirely re-imagined editor with a new concept. Blocks will be your best friends from now on. Here, we’ll answer a couple of burning questions about the new WordPress editor. A little refresher: What is Gutenberg? Gutenberg is a new, cutting-edge editor in WordPress. It uses the concept of blocks to offer a more visual way of organizing your content. These blocks are like LEGO blocks, and because they are standardized, every block works the same way. Pick the one you like to add to your content, fill in the necessary contents and move on to the next block. This process is easy to understand — no longer do you need shortcodes, custom fields or external code to get something done. Almost everything is … [Read more...] about Pressing questions about Gutenberg: the new editor in WordPress 5.0 • Yoast
Joost de Valk Joost de Valk is the founder and CEO of Yoast. He's a WordPress / Web developer, SEO and an Open Source fanatic. WordPress 5.0 is coming out December 6th, or, as I’m writing this, the day after tomorrow. This came as a surprise to us, as this release date has only been communicated to the community today. Given this short notice, we thought it would be wise to give you advice on what you should do. Note that Yoast SEO has been ready for this release for a few weeks. There are several decisions you should make before updating to WordPress 5.0: Is now the right time to update? Can your site work with Gutenberg? Do you need it? Is now the right time to update? If you have a holiday coming up, or if this is a busy time in your companies or site’s yearly calendar: postpone updating. Everything in this release will still be there in January. In fact, as multiple patch releases are being planned already, it’s probably going to be more stable in … [Read more...] about Should you update to WordPress 5.0?
Remkus de Vries Remkus is Manager Partnerships at Yoast and also focusses on our Translate Yoast site. Additionally, he works on the WordPress Project organizing and mentoring WordCamps. We’re diving a bit deeper into some of the options to make better use of the Gutenberg editor in this edition of my roundup. Additionally, I’m highlighting two WordPress related events as well as two very different, but highly recommended WordPress newsletters. WordPress Newsletters I’d like to highlight two very different kinds of WordPress related newsletters: MasterWP and Post Status. But first off, congratulations to Alex and Ben for publishing their 100th weekly MasterWP newsletter. Together with Post Status‘ newsletter, they are my favorite two WordPress related newsletters. Whereas MasterWP is free and focuses on subjects touching the WordPress ecosphere, PostStatus is more focused on the smaller bits of news happening in the WordPress world. Both come highly … [Read more...] about WordPress newsletter recommendations, related events, and Gutenberg writing tips
We’ve been working on something really special, and I’m excited to announce that it’s ready. It was created and tested for WordPress users with input from SEOs, content creators and marketers. Now anyone doing SEO on a WordPress site has access to powerful, customized SEO guidance right within the WordPress interface. And it’s compatible with both Gutenberg and classic editor interfaces in WordPress versions 4.5 or higher. It’s the Bruce Clay SEO WP™ plugin — and it’s officially launched! A New SEO Plugin That Fills the Gaps This plugin gives you important data missing from other SEO plugins. It does this as you create or edit content on a website. How, you ask? Because it works like software as a service, rather than a static plugin. You get real-time analysis powered by our SEOToolSet®. Then add site-level and page-specific data from Google Search Console and Google Analytics. The result is greater insight and a competitive … [Read more...] about Announcing the Bruce Clay SEO Plugin for WordPress SEO