Mullenweg announced Gutenberg Roadmap

WordPress 5.0 in November

November 9, 2018.  Developer lead for Gutenberg, Matias Ventura announced today the updated schedule for WordPress 5.0 release: 

  • Final release scheduled for November 27, 2018
  • Beta 4:  Monday November 12, 2018
  • Beta 5: Thursday, November 15, 2018
  • Release Candidate 1: Monday November 19, 2018

Join us Today at 2 pm ET / 11 am PT / 19:00 UTC on YouTube. I am thrilled to be talking to Hendrik Luehrsen, about contributing to WordPress Gutenberg and building blocks for new websites.

After listening to a lot of feedback — as well as looking at current issues, ongoing pull requests, and general progress — we’re going to take an extra week to make sure everything is fully dialed in (…)

Matias Ventura, on make.blog November 9th, 2018.

October 31, 2018. After the first beta release date slipped to October 24, Gary Pendergast updated the release schedule yesterday. He added a few more Beta release dates, which pushed the RC 1 to November 12th. The final release date of November 19, hasn’t been moved, though.

  • Beta 2 released Oct 30
  • Beta 3: released Nov 5, 2018
  • Beta 4: November 5, 2018 
  • RC 1: November 12, 2018
  • Final release: November 19, 2018

Details can be viewed in the post on make.wordpress

Updated Nov 6, 2018: updated with release dates and post for Betas 2 + 3 bph

Also updated the photo credit. The feature image was shot by Val Vesa and can be found on WCEU’s Flickr account


On October 3rd, 2018, Matt Mullenweg published “A Plan for 5.0” on the WordPress Make Blog with the leadership team that will push Gutenberg over the finish line of becoming the default editor for WordPress.

Gary Pendergast, WordPress Core Developer, followed suit with his post; Proposed WordPress 5.0 Scope and Schedule

The Scope:

  • Merging the Gutenberg plugin into trunk.
  • Updating the default themes to work well with the block editor
  • Creating the new Twenty Nineteen theme.
  • Creating an upgrade experience to remove the Gutenberg plugin and offer the Classic Editor plugin.

The Schedule

  • October 3, 2018 WordPress 5.0 Kickoff meeting 
  • October 19: Beta 1
  • October 30: RC 1
  • November 19:  Release

“We know there is a chance that 5.0 will need additional time, so these dates can slip by up to 8 days if needed. If additional time beyond that is required, we will instead aim for the following dates:” Gary wrote,

  • Secondary RC 1: January 8, 2019
  • Secondary Release: January 22, 2019

The following days, strong voices suggested to make Plan B to Plan A and not release WordPress 5.0 until after the busiest online business time of the year for the United States universe.

Here an opinion piece on the WPTavern: “If Deadlines Are Not Arbitrary, Why Not Release WordPress 5.0 in the Beginning of January?

At Pauli Systems, we plan to beta-best WordPress 5.0, help surfacing problems and report them either on Trac or on GitHub. The amount of issues and the time it will take to fix them will determine the final release date for WordPress 5.0.

With the track record on estimating release dates this year, there might be a RC (Release Candidate) in November. It seems to be a given that the final release will be pushed into late January 2019.

Birgit Pauli-Haack, Pauli Systems

Pauli Systems offers to get your site Gutenberg ready. Find out more here.

WordPress 5.0 Kick-off Meeting

updated: October 5, 2018 / bph


At WordCamp Europe, co-founder of WordPress and CEO of Automattic, Matt Mullenweg, laid out the Gutenberg roadmap for the next three months.

For the rest of June, the development team will work on the few issues and features that are identified to land in the first core version.

In July more users will be able to use Gutenberg on wordpress.com as well as on self-hosted WordPress sites via a “Try Gutenberg” prompt in a future 4.9.x version.

In August, the team will work on bug fixes and the merge proposal to land in WordPress Core. Mullenweg said that after one hundred thousand users and two hundered fifty thousand blog posts, Gutenberg could be ready to be released with WordPress 5.0 as soon as August. He also stress he is not making any promises, though.

Mullenweg quote during Q & A Gutenberg Roadmap

The Gutenberg Roadmap

June 2018

  • Freeze new features into Gutenberg
  • Hosts, agencies and teachers invited to opt-in sites they have influence over.
  • Opt-in for wp-admin users on WP.com
  • Mobile App support in the Aztec editor across iOs and Android.

July 2018

  • 4.9.x release with a strong invitation to install either Gutenberg or Classic Editor plugin
  • Opt-out for wp-admin users on WP.com
  • Heavy triage and bug gardening, getting blockers to zero
  • Explore expanding Gutenberg beyond the post into site customization.

August 2018 and beyond

  • All critical issues resolved
  • Integration with Calypso, offering opt-in users.
  • 100k+ sites having makde 250k+ post using Gutenberg
  • Core merge, beginning the 5.0 release cycle.
  • 5.0 beta releases and translations completed
  • Mobile version of Gutenberg by the end of the year.

Video: Gutenberg Roadmap section of Matt Mullenweg’s Keynote

Find the transcript  below.

Update July 6, 2018
So far the Gutenberg section of Matt Mullenweg’s “Summertime Update”. Earlier this month, the volunteers of WordCamp Europe uploaded the video of the whole keynote to WordPress TV.

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Featured Image: Photo by Val Vesa, www.instagram.com/adspedia/

Transcript: Matt Mullenweg’s Keynote at WordCamp Europe (Excerpt)

(…) The major features that are in effect so far are we have a block based writing experience, with over 20 blocks built in. Gutenberg is fully adaptive, meaning that whether you’re looking at it on a small screen, a medium screen, a large screen, a huge screen, the design and the functionality adapts to be fluid and easy to use on any of those.

There is ah, there we go … Optimized for direct manipulation of content, so we’re bringing it closer to where what you’re editing looks a lot more like what you’re seeing on the front page. They have a block aid [inaudible 00:00:43], support for static and dynamic blocks.

Matt’s Favorite Gutenberg Feature: Copy/Paste API

This is one of my favorite, the universal API, which is copy and paste. Who’s ever tried to copy and paste things into the WordPress editor, or anyplace else, and it just goes kind of sideways?

Gutenberg already has support for fully supported copy and paste from Google Docs, a Apple’s Pages, everyone’s favorite Microsoft Word, Office 365, Evernote, Legacy WordPress, random webpages, and then finally something that I know will be very popular with this audience is Markdown.

That’s actually what you are seeing in this little GIF there, is a copy and paste from a Markdown source. That’s a note editor or for wherever you want. You paste into Gutenberg, it translates it just instantly into Gutenberg blocks. It’s very, very slick. If you haven’t tried this yet, I’d highly recommend trying it. It’s one of my favorite hidden features alongside … I’ll tell you about my other favorite hidden feature. Which is that when you copy and paste the URL onto some text, it auto links it. Saves a ton of time.

Templates, Shared Blocks, Nested Blocks and Child Blocks

There are templates for predefined blocks. This is starting to go into where you can see hints of where we are going to end up, with full site customization with this. Which basically allows you to create for your users or for yourself kind of pre-built layouts where you can say, “Okay. A title goes here, an image goes here, some text goes here, a map goes here.” That can be reused over and over again, or assigned to entire pages. There’s shared blogs, so if you do want to reuse things across the entire site, that can be a shared unified resource. So when you edit it once, it shows up everywhere.

And finally, we are very excited about, that we have nested blocks and child blocks. These are blocks within blocks. Like it’s turtles and blocks all the way down, and child blocks, which only work if the parent block is there. Perhaps like your children. Media drag and drop. Extensions where you can add extra things to the sidebar. Like this beautiful “Hello Belgrade” extension here.

30 Gutenberg releases, 1,700 issues open , 1,100 closed

There have been 30 Gutenberg releases, since we started, and 12 just since WordCamp US in December. As you can see, this is kind of running through all the different releases. There have been over 1,700 issues opened, and 1,100 closed in the Gutenberg Project thus far. From the development point of view, I’m very proud of it. We have open development, design-led testing in our releases, presentations across pretty much every WordCamp now, including here. It’s developed a wide awareness. Support and awareness in every single page builder out there. You know the names.

We already have people who’ve extended Gutenberg through plugins they are starting to pick up in the directory, and major sites. Agencies and others have been building and launching things with Gutenberg because, to be honest, it works. It’s not perfect yet. We’re not ready to release it yet, but for the things it does, it does them well. You can actually start using this in production already.

There are now 14,000 sites actively using Gutenberg. So this isn’t just installed it’s actually active. Just released this week are tools for enterprises. This one called Gutenberg Ramp, which is a new plugin from VIP which basically allows them to turn Gutenberg on for certain post ID’s, page ID’s or content text. So that way you can start to phase in. Say you have a really complex setup of WordPress and maybe certain post types of things, extra customization. You can start to turn Gutenberg on for parts of it, not for others until you get to the point where you have everything on and fully done.

But the question I’m going to preempt it, so you don’t need to ask it is “What’s coming next in the world of Gutenbergification?” Which is just kinda fun to say. It sounds almost like a German word right?

Roadmap For Gutenberg Roll-Out

Happening in June

Here’s the roadmap. So these are things happening in June which means they are highly .. [inaudible] . First I’m going to freeze new features coming in to Gutenberg. We’ve reached a point where there is a functionality that matches in affect of in the area it exceeds what we accomplished in the editor. We’re gonna encourage host agencies and teachers to start opting in folks that they have influence over to start using Gutenberg. Now very much … especially if it’s someone who you’re working with close to so that you can start to gather feedback from third party users of it, people who are involved in development everyday and pass that back, of course, to developers. This is to compliment the user testing, since the user testing that we’ve already been doing.

One of the hosts that’s gonna be sort of contributing to this is WordPress.com so there is several hundred thousand, in the high numbers of thousands folks from WordPress.com that actually use wp-admin interface primarily. So we’re gonna be offering a call to action to opt-in. You can start using it very soon. One of the key measures that we are tracking there are the number of sites and the number of posts that are using this.

Then finally the mobile apps, which I said are getting more and more popular. Right now, if you move between editing things in the mobile apps, Gutenberg, it breaks in pretty spectacular fashion. So within the next few weeks that will be all fixed up across both IOS and Android.

Coming up in July: Thousands more users .org and .com

Coming up in July, there is going to be a 4.9 point WordPress release that has a strong invitation in the dashboard. The first time we’ve had this, to either install Gutenberg or the Classic Editor Plugin. So basically we will be encouraging people to get on the train early, or if when 5.0 comes out and your site is not gonna be ready for it, install the Classic Editor Plugin. For those who don’t know, basically locks in your site to use how WordPress WYSIWYG editor  works today. So it kinda opts you out of Gutenberg. We’re, of course, going to be tracking the use of both those.

We’re gonna switch to opt-in for their wp-admin on dot com to be opt-out and I’m tracking who opts out and trying to gather as much data from them as well because there’s gonna be a lot of information there, especially from people who might be using third party plugins on WordPress.com. Be a heavy, heavy triage on bug gardening, getting all the blockers to zero. Then finally, we’re gonna actually kick off and maybe even branch off the customization leads to start the work for what we wanna launch hopefully this year. Which is more of the full site editing experience of Gutenberg.

In August and Beyond: Merge Proposal

So in August and beyond we’ll have all critical issues resolved. It’ll be integrated with the Calypso interface on WordPress.com, which is where the majority of people use it. I want to have 100,000 sites, 250,000 posts made, so 100,000 sites active with Gutenberg over 10x, where it is today, about 10x where it is today. A quarter million posts I think we’ll be able to say that a lot of the bugs will be worked out. We’re gonna merge with Core beginning the 5.0 release cycle. So beta releases, translations and then finally we are planning … there’s work undergoing, it’s not ready yet, but there will be full mobile versions of Gutenberg at the end of the year in the iOS and Android app.

By August, they won’t break when you move between them. Of course, Gutenberg is done in a way that makes the content and the Markup backwards compatible. We’re actually gonna have the blocks supported in the mobile apps so that as you drag and drop blocks, move them around, have different sort of fun things you can do, that’ll all be there.

We could have a 5.0 as soon as August. Some of these things that I put up there, I’m very, very sure about. The big thing that we’re not sure about is as we vastly increase the average usage of Gutenberg across hopefully 100,000 sites. “What’s gonna come in?”

Not date promised, though.

The non-deterministic nature of fixing bugs means that I don’t know exactly the issues that could raise. Whether they’re going to be small tweaks or rather they might be sort of huge things that are going to require a few weeks of development. That is why I can’t promise you a date but we’ve done a lot of testing this far so the nature of bugs that we find … there’s no black swans in there of bugs. I do think that 5.0 is gonna be ready within a relatively short time frame.  And that’s all I got so thank you very much.

27 thoughts on “Mullenweg announced Gutenberg Roadmap

  1. As a wordpress.com user, I have not heard of Gutenberg, and I find no reference to it in any part of wordpress.com. You would think that some mention of this prominent introduction to Gutenberg would be found somewhere on wordpress.com. Is it just going to be just implemented and introduced on the same day? I think that the introduction to Gutenberg may get a questionable response if it is done that way. Giving us users on wordpress.com a month or so to learn Gutenberg and then use it exclusively seems to be too short a time period for this.

    Now, because I use wordpress.org and have been following wordpress for a few years, I have certainly heard of and used Gutenberg. I have never used a page builder so that part of Gutenberg is new to me, I just hope that I can build pages the same as I could pre-Gutenberg. I am not sure that I will install 5.0 for a bit til the dust has settled on that release.

    I saw an article where Automattic developers were given the task, using Gitenberg, to replicate a given web page out there somewhere on the web, and they were encountering problems completing this. I don’t know where I found this but this does not bode well for me, the average user. Perhaps Gutenberg has changed sufficiently since then to get around these issues. Does anyone know the article that I read about this?

    Al

    1. Hi Al, thank you for visiting Gutenberg Times and share your shares on Gutenberg.

      The article you are looking for is probably part of the April Empathy Challenge published on automattic.design. Here is one of the series: https://automattic.design/2018/04/03/gutenberg-april-empathy-challenge/ – When reading them, please keep in mind that since then four or five new versions of Gutenberg were released with bug fixes and redesign of some of the screens.

      As Gutenberg is still in development, there is hesitation to have WordPress users access to Gutenberg on their live sites.

      Mullenweg mentioned in his roadmap talk that WP.com users will get a choice of editor very soon and be able to test it. They will not roll it out to all users at the same time. If I remember correctly, it will be to the most active users first to collect feedback and see how users will use Gutenberg in real life.

      Users on self-hosted sites will see a “Try Gutenberg prompt” in one of the next 4.9.x versions, a chance to test Gutenberg on their own sites as well.

      Again, thanks for being a reader on Gutenberg Times. Keep sending your feedback!

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