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The first release candidate for WordPress 5.0 is now available (and sadly it brings Gutenberg with it).

The latest beta of the upcoming WordPress 5.0 release is now available for testing.

The upcoming 5.0 release brings with it the terrible Gutenberg editor that Automattic feels they need to try to cram down the throats of WordPress users everywhere.

Fear the Gutenberg!

This editor basically takes normal tasks that were / have been easy to perform and adds unnecessary extra steps in an attempt to make WordPress’ editor look more like that of Squarespace (not that theirs is terrible but it’s definitely not as easy as the existing WP one.

If you want to hear real world experiences with Gutenberg, just look at how many bad reviews are coming in daily over at the WordPress plugin database: https://wordpress.org/plugins/gutenberg/#reviews

In a nutshell, it’s full of bugs and really ticking off users:

If you type, you have to wait for ages just to see it appear on screen.
If you delete, you have to wait at least 2 seconds for it to go away.
If you highlight, you have to hold your mouse button down for like 5 seconds at the place you want to highlight to until the highlight actually appears so you can release.

The response from the Gutenberg team to this review was “it’s a known bug” however this is just ONE of a huge number of complaints about the editor.

To perform a simple task such as using bold, what was once a single click process has been turned into a two to three click one, reducing productivity of users by a large margin for what should be a simple task.

To give you an idea, here’s how the editor looks when editing a post:

In the above example, I wanted to show you the process to get to bold. It shows up like this with a bunch of expandable categories and a search. Want to bold your text? Well to make that intuitive, we’ve made it harder for you to find the bold button! Now you get to search for it in a menu instead of just clicking on it.

Sense my annoyance in this post? That’s the intention. I don’t understand how a company so focused on ease of use and intuitiveness can stray so far from them.

Can you keep the classic editor?

Yes, you can. Thankfully the WP team is smart enough to include it as an installable plugin so that you don’t have to be forced to use Gutenberg and for those who are currently on WordPress, I’d recommend installing and activating it now to prevent Gutenberg from taking over when WordPress 5.0 comes along.

For those who want to try this beast out, you can actually install the Gutenberg editor on your blog now (as a plugin) but I’m not sure why you’d want to do that. The best bet, test it in a dev environment  first and make your decision. Fortunately, you can still use the classic editor even when this 5.0 release hits so you won’t be stranded in a desert full of frustration.

Wanna learn more? Go here: https://wordpress.org/news/2018/11/wordpress-5-0-release-candidate/

For those who are tired of this and want to just be able to write a blog post without the mess, try one of these great WordPress alternatives instead:

Good luck out there!



Mike Johnstonhttps://www.cmscritic.com
Mike is the founder and editor of CMS Critic. He consults with vendors and the public to help them find the right products for their websites and businesses. When he's not working here, he's off mixing cocktails for his wife's website, The Kitchen Magpie. You can check out some of his great cocktail shots over on Instagram.


  1. Some thoughts about WP5 and Gutenberg. Slower than hell, and Gutenberg messes with a number of essential plugins here including Nextgen Gallery and Justified Image Grid, when using the DIVI theme. I installed the Classic editor and all is fine once again. I’m fine with updates that make things work more smoothly, but IMHO this just makes everything more complex and in some cases unworkable. With Gutenberg/DIVI running, it seems to take forever to save a draft, and getting a preview to load is a non-starter. I suppose I could go through the routine of unloading plugins to see if that helps, but can’t see any reason to bother when my pre 5/Gutenberg setup works fine for me. Ugh.

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    The Classic Editor plugin will stop being supported in 2022. So it’s just a temporary fix. You essentially have 3 years to figure out what you want to do.

  3. I’m finding Gutenberg to be fiddly at best. The block thing is cool but it’s certainly not making the task of writing easier. It almost seems like Automattic wants people to compose their text elsewhere and then copy it into WP (and of course add all that extra html from Word, for the 99% of the world who don’t know that ctrl-shift-v exists).

    WordPress is ubiquitous but it’s finally gotten to the point of being bloated (and the damn crazy cpu usage for admin-ajax.php is driving me nuts, even with Heartbeat Control). For the first time in several years I’m interested in exploring other CMS’s. It’s just that the breadth of WP’s plugin community means that solutions exist for almost everything that’s not a very specific, narrow need.

  4. I’m confused about your complaint about bolding and that screenshot, which looks out of date. Bold, along with the other basic text editing functions, is a one-click button right on top of the text blocks (there’s an option to make it global at the top nav bar, but that’s still one-click).

  5. Nice. I’ve been testing Gutenberg for months now so I know how to slog through it. But it’s refreshing to see someone write the truth instead of this “Exciting new editor” bs that I keep seeing. Obviously most people hate it and it really does suck, and yet I still see people trying to spin it into something good.

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      I genuinely don’t know what is seen as so bad about it. It’s unfamiliar maybe, but if you just want to sit down and write, or add simple things to a post, it’s dead simple.

      And you still have classic available, not to mention just plain HTML if that’s more comfortable for you.

  6. Very curious what you dislike like so strongly about Gutenberg? And you always have the option to use a plain text editor. I’ve gone full time to Gutenberg, including converting all my pages to the new format.

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    That’s it? It’s terrible because you say so? Maybe update this with some real critic so that people can make up their own minds. You could be 100% right but this post of yours gives me nothing to go on.

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        Why do you think I clicked on your article? To read something about it. Of course I want to read something about it. And you gave me a link with no payoff? What is the point of you writing articles? If you don’t want to write something about it, at least provide a link to someone else’s critic. Do you want readers? I’m happy to check out your articles but if there is no payoff why am I coming back? Make me not be in the dark. I’m in the dark. You are correct. And I’m really in the dark about why you have the opinion you have.


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