As some of you may know, I’ve been involved in the WordPress ecosystem and community for several years now. Over the weekend, I volunteered and attended WordCamp US 2017, the national WordPress conference held at Music City Center. It was an invaluable experience, as I learned from and networked with some of the greatest minds working in software and the web content publishing space.
The big story at this year’s WordCamp was all about Project Gutenberg, the effort to revamp and revitalize the content editing experience within the WordPress admin. During his annual State of the Word talk, WordPress founder Matt Mullenweg explained his goal for Gutenberg’s integration into WordPress core by April of 2018.
As with earlier updates, some in the community have responded to these changes with resistance. Gutenberg is a big shift from what users know and are now familiar with, however, it provides much more flexibility to users and developers alike. In order for WordPress to continue its growth (currently powering 29% of the entire web, up 3-4% from last year), it may need going through a little pain for some.
I believe the door that Gutenberg opens up will allow WordPress to go from being a CMS for websites to a CMS for literally anything and everything. With the WP-API, Gutenberg, and other modern web technologies, the possibilities for creating content experiences with data powered and managed by a WordPress dashboard are nearly endless.
While no one can tell what exactly the future of WordPress will be exactly, we can help shape that future by contributing our ideas, our code, and our tests. As Free and Open Source Software, this project can go in whatever direction we will it, but we must all be actively participating in the conversation and simultaneously preparing ourselves and our customers for big changes.