WordPress 5.0 “Bebo”- the major WordPress update
Throughout time, WordPress has made multiple updates, many of them being minor ones. All were meant to improve performance and optimize the platform for a better user experience. On 6th of December 2018 WordPress launched the long awaited update 5.0 or Bebo, named after the famous piano player Bebo Valdes. It is an update that comes with major changes in terms of functionality and flexibility.
We describe below the major updates that WordPress 5.0 comes with.
The new Gutenberg – block-based editor
Perhaps the most important change that WordPress 5.0 “Bebo” brings is Gutenberg editor, the block-based editor which is designed to facilitate content creation. Actually, Gutenberg was launched since 4.0 generation versions, but 5.0 version comes with a number of new capabilities. If so far the content could be added in big blocks or put in the page as a single block, now things are different. There was created a block for each type of content. In this way reorganizing the content into the page is made easier by simply moving the blocks around. If version 4.9 came with a single editor, with buttons placed at the top of the page, now each block has its own edit buttons, specific to the type of content it contains.
Another feature of Gutenberg is that besides the default blocks, each user can design his own custom blocks to facilitate the process of content creation by allowing the designer to focus more on the content itself.
Dynamic content – faster changes
Also, WordPress 5.0 update allows using the same blocks on several pages as well as editing them from the same place. They are called reusable blocks. Thus, you can set different templates with predefined layouts composed by individual blocks. In this case, Gutenberg editor makes that every change that takes place in a block to trigger an automatic content update wherever that block is located in the website, while maintaining a consistent aspect of the website. To avoid an accidental change in the code and implicitly modifications in content, WordPress has ensured that the structure of the content cannot be easily altered. So the individual blocks became a comfortable way for users to change easily and directly the content.