I am writing this right after updating our site to 5.0+ over on BobWP.com. So this is my first post via the new editor (aka Gutenberg).
A Little History
I have not talked a ton about the new editor on our blog. During that time, there were two things happening:
- I knew I wasn’t going to update the moment it was released.
- I was going to watch, listen and learn first.
But I was looking forward to this new editor.
I spend a lot of time in the editor.
We all have our reasons for our reactions, whether they be freaking out, taking a cautious approach, or actually looking forward to this new editor. At the same time, I can appreciate the concerns of the people who were working with clients and all that they needed to do to prepare for this.
I am probably a perfect example of someone who is directly impacted by the new editor simply because I use it for hours and hours every day. A good chunk of my time each day is spent in the editor. I am writing posts, prepping podcasts, rewriting and tweaking old posts, and a performing a good number of other tasks there.
I write all posts natively into the editor. I don’t draft them in some other software. It’s something I have done since using WordPress, and that’s not going to change.
Now I am not complaining or saying that this makes me special. It’s just a fact.
How Did BobWP Site Survive the Update?
To be honest, very well. I will qualify that be telling you that I moved it into staging and tested everything before I hit the update button. (I would have been insane not to.)
Right now I run my site on a Genesis Child theme. Liquid Web is my host. I have it fine-tuned. I also have 48 active plugins and extensions on my site. This number has been as high as 60 in the past. And, yes, these are all essential plugins for me. I have tested and found the ones that work. And I have dumped a lot over the years, depending on my site’s needs and whether something went sideways on me.
If you are curious, here is a my current list:
Oh, and nothing broke during the updating process..
What About Performance?
So far I haven’t seen any changes in my site’s performance. I did run GTMetrix before and after I updated. The only noticeable change was the speed. It sped up a bit more. (But to be honest, I see that fluctuate a bit even when I haven’t made a change.) Page size went up a tiny bit. And one less request, whatever the heck that was.
The big question. What do I think?
Writing this first post was interesting.
One thing I know. I may have some small behaviors to change (after all, we are all creatures of habit!), some new things I need to learn. But, though I had to spend a bit more time getting used to new things and asking myself, now what do I do?, I will say that there wasn’t one frustrating moment.
Yeah, it will take me a little time. But I am not complaining. I wouldn’t be in the world of tech if I were afraid of changes, no matter the scope or complexity.
So here I go. Moving it forward. Adapting as I always have. Staying flexible and looking forward to seeing how this whole thing evolves.
Next Friday I will post some of the features I really like and others that I found a bit challenging, although not subject to getting use to eventually.