Our WordPress Development Team (special thanks to "Chris Tooma"), has been on top of this one for a while now, and today I woke up to write my daily blog and saw this message in my WordPress Dashboard after a recent upgrade to WordPress Core version 4.9.8.

AKA - Gutenberg is HERE! WordPress Content Managers and Content Marketers Don't Need to install it yet, but CAN install it if they're on WP v4.9.8 like all of our clients are.

After testing it and speculating about WordPress Gutenberg a few months back (read here), I decided to take it for a real spin by cloning our production site onto a one-click staging server. Here's the video...

Why is WordPress releasing this in 4.9.8?

It's because the new editor will be forced upon us all in the next major core release, so WordPress is giving us all time to get familiar, and understand that the Classic Editor will be available via plug-in form for those non-compatible themes.

Test the new editor today.

You can take Gutenberg for a spin (and share your feedback, if you’d like) before we officially release it, by installing it as a plugin. You can help by testing, filing bugs, or contributing on the GitHub repository.

Not quite ready?

The new editor will be enabled by default in the next major release of WordPress. If you’re not sure how compatible your current themes and plugins are, we’ve got you covered. Install the Classic Editor plugin to keep using the current editor until you’re ready to make the switch.

Hit me up with any questions on WordPress Development or Content Management at

'Thanks for reading, watching and listening, and have a great day!


Paul Hickey, Founder / CEO / Lead Strategist at Data Driven Design, LLC has created and grown businesses via digital strategy and internet marketing for more than 10 years. His sweet spot is using analytics to design and build websites and grow the audience and revenue of businesses via SEO/Blogging, Google Adwords, Bing Ads, Facebook and Instagram Ads, Social Media Content Marketing and Email Marketing. The part that he’s most passionate about is quantifying next marketing actions based on real data.

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