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The jump from the Classic Editor in WordPress to the block editor format of Gutenberg can be a doozy. Watch out for that first step. If you’re concerned about upgrading your site because of this–don’t be!

First, while we’re up to 5.02 (funny how those security patches add up), and if you’re on 4.9.9 and updated, there’s a good chance that you’re pretty secure, there is also a reason to make sure that you’re always on the most current version of all your website’s components, including WordPress core, along with your themes and any plugins. And that is because the current versions are the ones getting patched. They’re the most secure. (Except for Word 6.0 for DOS. The password on that? Nearly unbreakable!)

The good news is that the current plan allows for the Classic Editor plugin, which many of us are using to hide from Gutenberg without sacrificing updates, to be supported through 2020. My favorite theme also has a built-in block editor, which I take full advantage of, so I’m not a total stranger to them. I am, however, looking to ease into the process.

The bottom line is that you don’t have to be scared of the changes in WordPress. There are many ways to keep using your existing workflows, including the Classic Editor, if you don’t want to change. And if you do, there are plenty of options out there. Let’s talk about how to make sure your site is up to date and secure!