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Nexcess Advises WordPress Hosting Clients To Prepare For Gutenberg

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Nexcess Advises WordPress Hosting Clients To Prepare For Gutenberg

Nexcess, a leading provider of performance-optimized WordPress and WooCommerce hosting, has advised WordPress hosting clients to prepare for the forthcoming release of WordPress 5, which will include the brand-new Gutenberg editor.

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SOUTHFIELD, Mich., August 2, 2018 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- Nexcess, a leading provider of performance-optimized WordPress and WooCommerce hosting, has advised WordPress hosting clients to prepare for the forthcoming release of WordPress 5, which will include the brand-new Gutenberg editor.

Gutenberg, which has been under development for several years as a feature plugin, is a modern block-based editing interface. Gutenberg introduces numerous innovative features and user experience improvements. In WordPress 5, Gutenberg will become the default editor. Sites that update to WordPress 5 will be transitioned to the new editor.

Gutenberg is a necessary step in WordPress's evolution, but it is possible that the transition to WordPress 5 will bring challenges for businesses that rely on WordPress. Many plugins and themes will not be updated for compatibility, so businesses that use WordPress should test their site with Gutenberg to ensure a trouble-free upgrade.

"We host thousands of WordPress and WooCommerce sites, and we're excited for the upcoming release of WordPress 5. The WordPress project has done a fantastic job with Gutenberg, creating a modern, intuitive, and elegant writing interface for WordPress's millions of users," commented Chris Wells, President and CEO of Nexcess, "However, we want to make sure that every business that depends on WordPress is prepared for the change and doesn't experience any issues when updating to WordPress 5."

Gutenberg will not cause compatibility issues with most WordPress plugins, but plugins that modify the editor or that use shortcodes may cause issues. The best way to test for Gutenberg compatibility is to create a staging site that is identical to the business's production site. Once Gutenberg has been installed on the staging site, any compatibility issues should be evident.

The majority of popular WordPress plugins have been updated for Gutenberg compatibility, but unmaintained plugins have not and are unlikely to be updated in the future. Businesses that rely on the functionality provided by those plugins should consider alternative options. Businesses that would prefer to remain with the current WordPress editor can use the Classic Editor plugin, but that is a stop-gap measure, not a long-term solution.

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About Nexcess

Nexcess is a Southfield, Michigan-based WordPress, WooCommerce, and Magento hosting company founded in 2000, with data centers distributed throughout the United States, Europe, and Australia. Nexcess offers a variety of managed application hosting services, from entry-level packages to cloud hosting and custom clustered/complex hosting configurations, with an emphasis on achieving maximum performance for high-traffic sites. For more information, visit http://www.nexcess.net.

 

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