I am hearing that the Wordpress Gutenberg update may greatly affect Visual Composer and I guess in our case WPBakery, which is tied into the Polytechnic theme.
Do you have any suggestions as to how to handle Gutenberg? Will we need to disable WP Bakery, is that even possible with this theme? Or in preparation, do you think we should stop using WP elements like accordion, hover image, etc.
Or there is no issue at all.
Great question!! Based on my readings:
VC is not technically needed for Polytechnic to run, the core functionality of the theme can run without it (and users can use the native WP page builder if they choose) but many of the page layouts advertised in the demo are built with VC.
In answer to your questions, if VC modules are affected, then finding alternates to those is not a bad idea - but we do not yet know the impact, and I seriously doubt VC will go down quietly (as the #1 selling page builder in the WP community). Based on their blog, the current build of G works with their plugin "easy peasy." (https://blog.visualcomposer.io/gutenberg-editor-explained/).
Long story short, ultimately this will be on VC to work out and I trust them to continue to offer a fully compatible plugin moving forward based on past experience. Theme authors may need to make minor updates, but these will be guided by VC to ensure compatibility.
Hope that helps. Kind Regards,Charles
Thank you for answering my questions and relieving some stress!
Latest release notes have this still in beta - https://wordpress.org/news/2018/11/wordpress-5-0-beta-3/