There’s some change coming ‘round the bend. If your WordPress site has updated itself within the past few days, you may be looking at an entirely new CMS. If you log in and can’t seem to figure out how to update your website there is a good chance you operating system is now 5.0.
The biggest change you’ll notice is that WordPress 5.0 has eliminated the classic editor in favor or their Gutenberg editor. While it is a nice tool, it isn’t for everyone. If you like the simple interface of the familiar classic editor, this may feel strange and confusing.
If your website is built using the Divi Framework from Elegant themes ( and many of the sites we build at Roundpeg are) the new editor is not compatible with the newest upgrade from Divi update which completely revamped the module-based builder.
There is a solution
Not to worry – there’s an easy way to get the classic editor back! Divi suggests installing and activating the official WordPress Classic Editor plugin. This handy plugin just pops the builder you’re used to back in place. It’s an easy fix for a pretty scary situation.
If your site is already pushing it’s memory limit, there’s also a plugin-free way of doing this if you’re running the Divi theme. From your WordPress dashboard, navigate to the Divi tab on the left-hand side navigation panel, near the bottom. From here, find the “Builder” tab, the secondary “Advanced” tab and enable the classic editor.
Anything else I need to worry about?
Not really, and there’s plenty to be excited about! WordPress 5.0 has come with a slew of fresh features.
This major update now has the popular CMS featuring Gutenburg as the content editor. Gutenburg, referred to as the ‘block editor’ in the WordPress backend, is an intuitive product for those accustomed to using Microsoft Word and other like-applications, but may be frustrating for WordPress vets. As with most things, with time comes experience.
For developers, a nice change has been made to the WordPress Rest API making it easier to connect services to your installation. You can expect a blog on this forthcoming by your favorite WordPress geek!
Can’t I just keep the old WordPress?
Unfortunately, WordPress is the foundation on which your site is built, and needs to update from time to time. Should you let a WordPress core file update linger for too long, it will force itself. The good news is that all the old functionality can still be had within WP 5.0. If you’re having trouble with the 5.0 update, us Roundpegians are always available to provide the assist.