Our office has quite a few businesses with Wordpress websites. Even though we have hired people who know how to work with Wordpress, no one has done any training in preparation for Wordpress 5.0 and Gutenberg. I am working on a strategy for making sure the transition goes as smooth as possible.

I would like to hear the opinions of those who work for businesses with many content authors. I know the Wordpress Gutenberg Team has a plugin I can install so we can start training now, but reviewers suggest it is breaking other plugins so my plan is not to use it.

Here is what I am thinking of doing when 5.0 goes live:

  1. Spin-off each site into a separate test environment install with Wordpress 5.0 Gutenberg and all plugins updated for 5.0. This test environment is for Gutenberg training/QA purposes only and will be deleted when everyone is up to speed.
  2. I keep our current Wordpress test and production environments they way they are so content editors can keep working on their sites unimpeded until they are ready for Gutenberg.
  3. When we are ready - update our test environments to 5.0 (including updating plugins) do QA and UAT. Update production environments to 5.0 (including updating plugins) do QA and UAT.

I'd like to hear what you think of my plan and what your plans are. My goal is to make sure the transition to Gutenberg has the least impact on our businesses/people.

  • Welcome to WPSE! Unfortunately this question is so broad it doesn't really fit the guidelines for clear-cut question and answer. I would add that it would be a good idea to update your production site and enable the Classic Editor plugin so that you don't miss out on any security updates, but testing on a completely separate site is a wise approach in any significant transition. – WebElaine Nov 15 at 18:33
  • Ok. Thanks for the heads up. Just read Wordpress will initially give us the option of using the old editor in the beginning but that will not be supported for long. With that knowledge there is no need for a spun-up copy of the sites. i will set our prod sites to use the old editor and set the test sites to Gutenberg so owners can learn it at their pace. – S. Jensen Nov 15 at 18:46

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