WordPress 5.0 Introduces a new editor

As of WordPress 5.0, a new editor known as the “block editor” (formerly Gutenberg) is included by default. It replaces the familiar text editor and will also override the Salient page builder. WordPress hopes to continue development on the block editor to make it more robust in the future, but for now, it’s mostly suitable for simple blog posts – as there’s not enough control over the layout to build full websites/anything complex.

So what now?

The WPBakery page builder plugin is much more powerful and intuitive than the block editor and will continue to be the page builder of Salient. We’ve released an update which allows you to continue to use the Salient WPBakery page builder post WordPress 5.0.

To get compatibility, you must update your version of Salient to the current version (10.0) and Salient WPBakery page builder plugin to the current version (5.6). Alternatively, you can simply install the classic editor plugin to remove the new block editor and avoid having to update the theme/page builder plugin.

How to update

  • Update your version of Salient using any of the methods described in the updating docs. Without updating the theme, the WPBakery page builder update will not be available to you.
  • After installing v10 of the theme, head over to the “Plugins” section of your admin panel and locate the Salient WPBakery page builder plugin. If you’re using an older version of the plugin, it may be named “Salient Visual Composer”. Click on the “Update Required” link to start the update process.

If you’re not seeing the link to update your page builder plugin, and you’ve ensured you’re using Salient v10 – take a moment to verify you have not disabled plugin notifications in the Salient options panel > general settings > toggle theme features tab

Additional Notes

  • After you’ve updated the WPBakery page builder plugin to 5.6, if you want to disable the new WordPress 5.0 block editor all together, you can do so in the WPBakery Page Builder plugin settings.

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