WordPress founder Matt Mullenweg announced on Monday the latest version of the WordPress platform — 5.0 / Gutenberg — is scheduled to be released on Thursday, the day before the company’s WordCamp Conference begins.

Why it matters

With a new block editor and Twenty Nineteen theme, WordPress reports its 5.0 / Gutenberg release will be the platform’s major release of 2018.

“We are now targeting Thursday December 6th for public release and announcement. 5.0.1 will open for commits soon, and will be an area people can choose to focus on at the contributor day at WordCamp US in Nashville this Sunday,” wrote Mullenweg on the WordPress developer blog.

According to Kinsta’s 2018 reports, WordPress owns a 60 percent market share for content management systems on websites with a known CMS. As the world’s leading CMS platform, any updates to the software impact a large majority website owners.

But if you read through the comments on Mullenweg’s post, the overall consensus is that many website owners and managers are not thrilled with this release coming so soon, especially with the holidays now in full swing.

Many responded that the release — set to coincide with the company’s WordCamp Conference — was problematic for those who will have to manage the update.

“Matt, I’ve been trying to give you the benefit of the doubt, but this is entirely irresponsible. You’re giving a release date with 3 days notice and while a huge amount of us who run WordPress-based businesses are traveling to WCUS and will be out-of-office,” wrote one commenter on Mullenweg’s blog post.

Mullenberg says the release is based on, “…the stability, testing, and reports on the release candidates” and if any new issues happen that show the software is not stable, the target release date will be adjusted. He also confirmed website owners do not have to update their platforms right away.

“You can push the button whenever you’re ready,” wrote Mullenweg.

More on WordPress 5.0 Gutenberg

  • Anyone not ready to update to 5.0 can install WordPress’ Classic Editor plugin to have an “indistinguishable” experience from version 4.9.8 for posting and editing.
  • The Classic Editor plugin will be supported until 2022, and users will be able to switch between the plugin and the newly updated Gutenberg version on a per-user or per-post level.
  • WordPress reports more than 1.3 million .org sites have already updated their platform to the Gutenberg version or downloaded the Classic Editor plugin.

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