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.
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