Today, the 4th of December 2018, Matt Mullenweg announced on the Make WordPress blog that WordPress 5.0 is to be released on Thursday, 6th December, two days from today, the moment I’m writing this post. You can read the announcement post here or just open Twitter for a barrage of comments.
With that being said, our recommendations for WP RSS Aggregator users are as follows.
We have tested WP RSS Aggregator with Gutenberg to a certain extent. When using the shortcode with the core plugin alone, it will work well within a Gutenberg shortcode block. When using our Excerpts & Thumbnails add-on, the shortcode display also works fine. When using Feed to Post, the content is imported all into a Gutenberg “Classic” block.
We still feel that there is a ways to go until a stable version of Gutenberg will be available, so we have decided to wait until 2019 to work on any further integrations. We are also looking for feedback from you, the thousands of people making use of our plugins, on how you would like WP RSS Aggregator to be integrated with Gutenberg.
We understand that is the future of WordPress and will be looking for ways to make our plugins better because of this,
As of this moment in time, unless it is essential for you to update to WordPress 5.0 for one reason or another, we do not recommend doing that just yet. There is nothing wrong with continuing to work with WordPress 4.9.8. Our friends at Yoast SEO have put this into perspective very well. Ask yourself 3 questions before updating:
- Is now the right time to update?
- Can your site work with Gutenberg?
- Do you need it?
It’s worth noting how question two mentions “your site”, not a single plugin. If you plan to update to version 5.0, please do test this properly on a staging environment before deploying it on your live site. We will keep you updated if our approach to Gutenberg changes in any way over the coming weeks.
Until then, we’re here to answer any questions you may have about WP RSS Aggregator.