Getting WordPress ready for Gutenberg and GDPR

There are two big changes being discussed in the WordPress community which will impact users of the popular platform. It’s likely you will have heard of both Gutenberg and GDPR, but perhaps you haven’t considered the impact they will have on your business.

Read on to learn more about how Gutenberg and GDPR will affect your WordPress site.

What you need to know about Gutenberg

Gutenberg is the new Editor for the WordPress Admin interface. The purpose is to create a unified experience between what is created in the back end and what is seen on the front end. Some of the most common issues with the current WordPress editor is that what you put together in the back end isn’t an exact replica of what is seen when the page or post has been published, meaning users have to rely on plugins and themes to try to solve the disconnect. Gutenberg will address this by dividing text and images into building blocks making it easier to edit and giving a “what you see is what you get” experience.

The concept of blocks brings a uniform way to create different types of content leading to a more secure platform as it eliminates complicated coding, the use of extra plugins or downloading a premium theme. Fortunately, your existing posts will remain exactly the same as all the functionality of the old editor is retained in the new editor.

Gutenberg is set for release in WordPress 5.0 making the deadline imminent. It’s exciting because of the better user experience it will provide and the improvement of the security of your site. Security is a big concern for WordPress users which brings us nicely into the second change coming for all business owners, GDPR.

What you need to know about GDPR

General Date Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a regulation in EU law on data protection and privacy for all individuals within the European Union. It aims to give control back to citizens over their personal data.

It’s likely your business holds personal data for a variety of reasons, but the new regulations mean that full consent must now be given from the user in a way that isn’t misleading or confusing. The new regulations mean that you must be able to provide users with complete transparency about how you are processing and storing any data captured through your WordPress site.

GDPR also gives users the right to be forgotten and, in this case, they are able to withdraw consent for their personal data to be used and erase any data previously stored. As a result, it is best not to keep unnecessary data about your users and to pay particular attention as to how and where the information is stored.

WordPress, like any other CMS, is vulnerable to data breaches. To ensure your users’ data isn’t copied, transmitted, viewed, stolen or used by another individual, you need to make sure you take the security of your site seriously.

Both Gutenberg and GDPR highlight the importance of keeping your WordPress website secure from cyber-crime. WP Tech Support can provide a holistic, preventative approach to protecting your WordPress website and getting it ready for the imminent Gutenberg release and GDPR deadline. Take a look at our monthly payment plans to find out how we can help improve the security of your WordPress site to bring peace of mind to you and your customers.

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