Known to most as Gutenberg, WordPress 5.0 has officially launched. At Incite Response, we’ve completed a number of hotel site upgrades and are in an ideal position to pass along what we’ve learned so you can understand the challenges and improvements Gutenberg has provided for hotel websites.
Seven Urgent Questions About WordPress’ Gutenberg Answered
Why did WordPress change the editor?
The change in the editor was just one of several changes that WordPress made to simplify the user experience. More specifically, the simplification of the first-time user experience. For the many that have built sophisticated applications, sites and plugins to fill in the gaps, this produces a complication. Gutenberg may not play nicely in those scenarios. For that reason, your upgrade to WordPress 5.0 may require the assistance of an experienced WordPress development team.
What if my hotel website is old?
WordPress has been around for 15 years, during which time thousands of hotel websites have been created using old versions and plugins. I see hotel websites built on older versions of WordPress frequently. Many of these sites are vulnerable, waiting to be infected with malware or to wreak havoc on revenues as their site performance diminishes and business suffers.
Should I worry if my WordPress website isn’t old, but was built prior to 2018?
WordPress sites that were built in the recent past have an excellent chance to experience a smooth upgrade and will transition well to the new version. If your website is in this position, consider updating now. Gutenberg is a very good update to deploy since it will enhance the security of your website and improve its performance. Improved performance = better search engine rankings and we all want that.
What if my WordPress site was built before 2015?
Hotels that have websites that are several years old with deferred maintenance (which usually means deferred updates) may be better off building an entirely new website. This isn’t the bad news you may think it is, though. The exciting part of this is you’ll be able to take full advantage of all the latest capabilities. If you put off a site rebuild last year then you made a very good decision, there is no better time to build a brand-new WordPress website than right now.