Matt Mullenweg, WordPress founder and Lead Developer for WordPress 5.0, said Monday in a post on Make WordPress Core that WordPress 5.0 should be released Thursday, December 6th, 2018.
There are some big changes coming with WordPress 5.0. However, he assured that users should not worry, but still be prepared for the release.
The biggest change in WP 5.0 is that the page/post editor is receiving a whole new facelift. The new editor is called Gutenberg, and it will become the new default editor in WordPress.
Gutenberg is a block based editor (compare to page builders like Beaver Builder and Visual Composer). Users can test drive the new editor on this WordPress demo page. And for users who want to upgrade to 5.0 but still want to keep the default editor, they can add the Classic Editor Plugin.
The new default Twenty Nineteen theme will be launched as well. Twenty Nineteen is a simple, sophisticated typography built theme. The theme’s feel will be minimal and non-prescriptive, allowing it to work well in a variety of applications. Twenty Nineteen will ship with full Gutenberg support. It will include both front and back-end styles.
What is Thrive doing to prepare for all of this?
We will be adding the Classic Editor Plugin to all Thrive hosted sites before updating to WordPress 5.0. (If your site is using another page builder, you would not really need Gutenberg anyway.) For those who want to try the Gutenberg editor, our Support team can set up a Staging site for you to test it out.
Sites hosted with Thrive will continue on their normal schedule for annual updates. If you have any questions about the updates, or would like your site updated sooner, please Contact us today.