WordPress 5.0 Beta 5 Adds Permalink Editing to the Document Sidebar

Permalink Panel
WordPress 5.0 Beta 5 is available for testing and includes all of the block editor changes that are in Gutenberg 4.4. One of the major changes in this release is the addition of a Permalink panel that is in the Document sidebar. The panel was added based on user feedback that the UI for editing the permalink is difficult to discover and buggy. This method of editing the permalink does not replace the existing method of clicking the title block. In beta 5, developers can now remove panels from the document sidebar. However, if you want to add panels to the sidebar, there is currently no way to do it. Handling images has been improved in beta 5 as images now take up the right amount of space in themes with wider editors. Hover styles for mobile devices are disabled and the i18n module was refactored to take advantage of performance improvements. If WordPress 5.0 is released before the end of the year, it will include PHP 7.3 compatibility fixes. If 5.0 is delayed until next year, these compatibility fixes will be released in a minor WordPress update before the end of this year. WordPress 5.0 RC 1 is scheduled to be released on Monday, November 19th, with 5.0 final scheduled to be released November 27th. If you think you’ve discovered a bug, please report it in the Alpha/Beta support forums.

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  1. Super happy this is fixed. I was the first one to report this many moons ago!

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  2. Some bugs are fixed, and more very important features are added to this beta release, specifically the addition of custom mce buttons to the Classic Block is huge and really helpful.

    That said, there are so many bugs that I’m convinced that we are going to get a defective product in a few days – here try this:

    Create a Columns block and configure it to have 3 columns. Now in each column use the Youtube embed block and embed your videos. Save the page/post, go to the front end, and enjoy the mess !

    Things are getting better, but this thing won’t be embarrassingly buggy until at least mid 2019 if they continue with this dev. rate. Only then the page builders will be really threatened…

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  3. Link to “Permalink Settings” is of no use there.

    People at support forums already think, it’s a per-post setting.

    User roles without necessary capability get an error if they click the link which is also shown to them (WP5 beta5). Same for “Change Permalinks” button above title (in case of “plain” permalinks).

    Sitewide “one time use” settings for admin roles should never show in a content editing area, especially not to all users.

    Users on “one-user-admin” sites might even be encouraged to click the always present “Permalink Settings” link and “play” with different options there, unknowing that they break existing internal links between their pages and posts, and even worse external links saved at and followed by search engines.

    TL;DR System settings in content, bad idea, very bad idea.

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    1. Totally agree. That link to change permalink settings should NOT be there. It’s either a recipe for disaster, confusion, or both.

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  4. Super confused.
    Features being added at Beta… Wasn’t there meant to be a feature freeze pre-alpha?

    It’s simply not ready.

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  5. I’m very unhappy about these new editors. I want the old one back. I was very comfortable with it and had no problem learning how to use it. These new ones, on the other hand, are hella-confusing. What is a “block” and why should we want it? Is there a tutorial available at least so we can learn how to use these things? I struggled horribly with my latest blog post, especially handling the images. You should provide the option to use the original editor. And/or a tutorial so we can learn this monstrosity if we have to. Please help.

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    1. You should install the Classic Editor plugin and then you can use the old editor for a while.

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    1. Thank you, Thiago, for letting me know I could use the old editor. I have tried this and it works. (YAY!) But for some strange reason, the title doesn’t show. I typed this heading in the body of my post instead.

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