A Simple Guide to Updating to WordPress 5.0 (+ Gutenberg) when using Beaver Builder

WordPress recently released one of it’s biggest releases yet. WordPress 5.0 with Gutenberg.

The biggest change you’ll notice is their new block-based editor. But if you’re already set up with Beaver Builder, there really isn’t a need to start using this new editor for your pages.

Beaver Builder offers a substantial suite of tools that allows you to do all this new editor does and much much more.

So this post will walk you through how to update to the latest version of WordPress and how to access your Beaver Builder page builder without losing any of your existing design.

Log into your WordPress site. From there, you’ll see the Dashboard alerting you there is a new version of WordPress with a link, Please update now.

That link will bring you to the following screen:

Be sure to check the box next to Automatically backup if you haven’t already performed a full backup of your entire site. Be sure to download the backup files offsite (ie your computer, Google Drive, DropBox, etc.) if it’s not set up to do so already.

Once the box is checked, simply click Update Now and your site will automatically update to the latest version of WordPress after your backup runs.

After it successfully updates, you’ll land at a screen describing all the latest and greatest features that come with this latest version. Take some time to review everything on this page. It will help you understand how to navigate WordPress with all the latest changes.

Now, since I’m assuming you’ve got Beaver Builder installed if you’re reading this post… there are few more key items I should mention.

To edit your pages with the Beaver Builder page builder, you can simply go to Pages then hover over the page desired to edit and click the Beaver Builder link. That will take you right into the Beaver Builder page builder.

If you go to Pages and then click Edit next to the page you desire to edit, you’ll be brought to page that now looks something like the following:

To open the Beaver Builder page builder, click Launch Beaver Builder and you’ll feel right at home. You’ll also notice on the right hand side, the settings of the individual pages look slightly different. But it’s all the same as before, just a little easier on the eyes. You’ll also notice the Permalink (URL for the given page) is now located on the right hand side.

BUT – what if you don’t see the Launch Beaver Builder button right away? What if it appears to be missing??

Don’t panic. Actually the same thing happened to me when I first opened up my About page. I needed to log out and log back in for it to show up like it’s being displayed above.

But what if the classic log in/log out doesn’t work for you? No worries. Simply click the 3 vertical dots on the top right of your screen and then click Convert to Beaver Builder.

Bada-bing bada-boom. You’re all set!

Updating to a new version of WordPress can be intimidating and scary. But as long as you have a backup of your site, you should feel comforted. Plus, if you have an awesome host, restoring your site if it crashes is super simple.

Remember the guys and gals working at both WordPress and Beaver Builder are doing all they can to bring you the best experience possible when it comes to your website. If you’d like to read more on this topic, the following links might be helpful for you:

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