Updating to WordPress 5.0: How to Update and Test Your WordPress Website


You would be aware of the most common and reliable CMS WordPress, which has simplified web development. With the drag and drop interface, WordPress has altered the traditional development that has significantly empowered beginners to start their e-venture.

The recent update of the CMS i.e. Gutenberg is an advanced development platform that has unleashed several possibilities out there for developers and bloggers. The block-based development environment offers some of the greatest features that you can’t even expect from similar platforms in the market.

There are certain features that would change WordPress forever and eventually enhance the user experience as well would surely improve the development part. Here in this post, you would get an idea about the new update, when you need to upgrade, and the features that are necessarily crucial for you.

Why the Editor is Updated?

There are a lot of misconceptions regarding WordPress updating their editor but the fact is that WordPress needs to enhance the first time development experience of users. It would be really easy for the bloggers out there that frequently need to update content, add media, and make alterations that otherwise is quite hectic.

The enhanced representation of a post is one of the major attractions that are convincing users to switch to this updated version of WordPress. The lesser reliability of plugins is also a great reason for you to choose the new editor. Gutenberg is launched as a part of the new update 5.0 and is expected to hit the markets soon.

Steps to Install Gutenberg:

Many of the people out there aren’t aware of the fact that Gutenberg could be installed just like any other plugin in WordPress. This is the best part of using this new editor.


Here are the simple steps:-

Step 1:

You need to go to the Administration Screen. Click on Plugins and then Add New.


Step 2:

In the Search Box, Type “Gutenberg”, and you would find the Gutenberg plugin over there.


Step 3:

Now click on Install Now and then on Activate. This would activate your new editor in your WordPress website.


Once you have activated your plugin, it becomes mandatory for you to test the website for its complete reliability.

Testing Your Website after it has been Updated to Gutenberg

It is necessarily crucial for you to test your website so as to confirm that their website is compatible with the advanced features and ensure that your current functionality isn’t affected. As per the experts, most of the plugins are compatible with this update and you can confirm the same by going through the entire procedure of testing the new editor:

Step 1: Create a Website Backup


One of the initial things you need to do is to make a backup of your website. This would ensure that there is no chance of losing your data or posts in the worst case. Any major update eventually requires adequate backup of your website, which can be easily done without any hassle.


The best way to back up your website is to install any of the plugins that are available on the internet that can help you in making a complete backup of your website. Once a backup is created any of the plugins, you can restore your website if it is affected in any case. These plugins help in automatic setting up your website in a couple of minutes.

Step 2: Prefer Testing the Website on the Staging Server or a Local Server


Once the complete backup of your website is created, you have to be sure enough that you test the same on a local server. Here are the methods that can help you test your website without putting any effect on your website.

i. Testing on Local Server: It would be great if you test your website on the local server on your computer by installing WAMP or XAMP on your system. A moving plugin could be used to move your website to the local server. Once it is done, you can update the website on the local server and install Gutenberg by repeating the steps mentioned above.


 ii. Testing using a Staging Environment: This is an environment where you can test your website without moving it to the local server. In other words, it is a clone of your website with another domain name that isn’t accessible by users. You can contact your hosting provider regarding the staging environment as most of the service providers offer the same services. Once you have performed the testing of the website, you can upload the same to your main website that is available for the users.

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Once you are able to test the new editor by any of the methods as mentioned above, you can consider the same for your main website also. Just in case, if there are some issues that you witness in the overall performance or layout of your website, you can consider consulting the official service providers for help.

Step 3: Installing the Conventional Editor


The most interesting part of the new update is that you can easily update to Gutenberg and still keep the classic editor if you don’t like the new editor. This clearly depicts that if there is any glitch related to the overall performance of the website, you can either restore the changes or you can simply use the old editor for your convenience. Make sure you check the other functions of your website once you have updated to the new editor.


Even if there are any changes in the layout of your website, you can undo the same by removing the Gutenberg plugin. Just make sure you have created a backup of your website before you perform the task of upgrading to the new editor.


These are some simple steps that would take you to the whole new experience of hassle-free content updating, posting, and editing. If you are facing some issues with the new editor; it is recommended that you restore your website to the old version to avoid severe glitches in the long run.

About Author

Diwas is a self-professed ‘writer by birth’, and holds a Degree in Journalism and a Diploma in Integrated Marketing that complement his innate abilities. He is also a Hubspot certified Content Marketer and has worked with numerous publications in the print-media before switching to the digital world. He is a firm believer in team work; for him, it is not just the idea, but also the team’s buy-in into the idea, that makes a campaign successful!

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