Download the Classic Editor Plugin
This plugin disables Gutenberg and keeps the classic WordPress layout that you are used to. Install this plugin prior to updating to WordPress 5.0.
You can download the latest version of Classic Editor from the WordPress repository or by searching for it within your WordPress dashboard under “Add New” plugins.
Take a Backup of Your WordPress site
There are a lot of great WordPress backup plugins available via the WordPress plugins repository. We like UpdraftPlus as you can save a backup to DropBox.
If you have a maintenance contract with us, be assured that we have a backup of your site, so you do not have to worry about this.
Check Plugins and Themes as they may be impacted by the release of WordPress 5.0
You will want to make sure that all of your third-party plugins and theme will work with WordPress 5.0. If there are plugin updates available, make sure you update prior to updating to WordPress 5.0
How to Update to WordPress 5.0 (Once It’s Released)
Once WordPress 5.0 is released it will be available via the WordPress admin dashboard. Click on the updates icon in the toolbar and the “Update Now” button.
The planned release date is November 27th 2018, but if this date is missed it is likely to be pushed back until January 22nd 2019.
For our customers who have a maintenance contract with us, we will manage these changes on your behalf.
If you don’t have a maintenance contract with us and are concerned about making these updates yourself, get in touch with us for a quote.