WordPress 5.0.1 and Gutenberg Review

First off I have to say that personally when I hear about a new technology I want to start and play with it right away. When I heard of this fantastic new React focused content builder in WordPress I was more excited than a kid at Christmas. This blog instead of me showing my front-end dev skills I just simply wanted a basic platform to write some thoughts and play with Gutenberg. So far it has been a delight with ease of use and quick ways to build out content. 

Others Reactions I Noticed

Something that I did see was first off people who were just making edits to their sites one day updated and then were lost. I personally think the new block approach of Gutenberg is great and really is an upgrade. The funny part is for anyone that normally just has me be the person for theme updates, or major additions to the site started emailing me for some pretty basic stuff. I guess they did not check out the early bird viewing of Gutenberg. I have not heard anything negative from my personal network but I have seen some confusion, but with good news there is going to be support for the classic editor for a few years. 

WordPress 5.0.1 to
5.0.2 Overnight

I cannot express how much I love the people over at WordFence and the work that they do in keeping me informed of either needed updates and other vulnerabilities in the WordPress community like this one here.  The update to 5.0 in general was a pretty big deal but I am glad that I was aware and told to get to 5.1 right away. 

Problems With The 5.0 Release:

  • Unauthorized Post Creation
  • Privilege Escalation / XSS
  • Privileged XSS
  • XSS That Could Impact Some Plugins
  • Unauthorized File Deletion

There is more information on this here , and just good to know. As a person who deals with a lot of WordPress sites keeping them up to date is the most important item in security along with so many others. 


This was just a breakdown of what I took away from the new content editor, and also the updates from WordPress. All in all the new Gutenberg editor I am a fan of for so many reasons with ease of editing, placing elements quickly, quick styling of pages, and more. All in all WordPress is a great blogging platform and if you want to customize the theme that is all there just when  you add content there is a new way of doing it. That is all from what I see so thanks WordPress for making it better. The new security update to 5.1 if you are reading this and have not I would do so. 

Why A Basic WordPress Theme

I was asked why did you not develop a theme and use that instead of the 2017 theme WP installs automatically. In short my response was simply it did not want to waste my time building something to showcase my talent when really I just wanted a writing platform. Funny enough though I do have plans to rebuild this to look exactly the same essentially but just built with no framework or base theme for maintenance and flexibility.

Time is of the Essence

I have come to realize we only have so much time in a single given day. Most of my day is all dribbled down on a notebook. For productivity I started writing a basic list, nothing fancy of stuff to do. It involves learning, reading, working (of course), and recently starting my own site. The brain is an amazing tool but with so many thoughts that go through the mind if you do not stop to write them down they will just be forgotten.

Less Talk More Do

This is to answer that first question. If I was to wait to get around to not working or learning to build a neat clean site, it may never get done. So instead I chose to really see what was available from WP and seem to be happy. Heck I may even pick another theme to see what bell’s and whistles come with that. I will say that having JetPack on the site and some other basic plugins it helps with getting the words on the screen with less worry.

There are hobbyist front end developers and then the worker bees like me. I will build this out one day with my own code but until then let’s see how much neat content I can churn out!