The year 2020 saw a lot of changes in the WordPress ecosystem. The State of the Word 2020 address by Matt Mullenweg highlighted a few of these changes aka facts like fast WordPress growth, Gutenberg blocks editor marching ahead, and better community learning. Plus, what’s new with popular products like Elementor builder, and Astra theme – all covered in this weekly issue.
Highlights: State of the Word 2020 💖
- WordPress market share… has crossed 39%, and this has been the fastest year of the growth fueled by factors like lock-downs, eCommerce, and economic uncertainty.
- Coming next… is the new Gutenberg site editor (demo video @ 21.33) that allow editing block themes and all their template files. Check more info including query block for posts, navigation block, and global styles. More about Gutenberg phases below.
- Learn WordPress… community resource has been launched at learn.wordpress.org website. A place for beginners and advanced users to learn, share, grow together in the WordPress space through courses, workshops, lessons, and more.
Extended WordPress Buzz 🔥
- In the News… as a part of “WordPress Gives a Hand” initiative, Visual Composer will donate 10% of all sales from Dec 21 to 27, 2020. This charity movement (#wpgivesahand) also include WordPress businesses like TranslatePress, NinjaTeam, wpDataTables, YayCommerce, and Amelia.
- Interesting Finds… something broke on your website? Try plugin conflict that helps a user walk through troubleshooting steps. Also, how about automating the process of taking screenshots of the dashboard in different colour schemes?
- New Updates… Elementor power users can look forward to Elementor Beta Developer Edition to test new features and share quick feedback with the dev team. Also, Astra 3.0 update promises even faster theme. It will be released the next week along with much-anticipated Header & Footer builder feature.
Quick Bits 👍
- A person story on the importance of owning website content.
- Video demo of version 1.1.0 of Simple Sandbox Pro plugin.
- Editor Plus plugin for blocks crossed 3000+ install milestone.
- Contact Form 7 plugin vulnerability & 5+ million sites in question.
- More amazing speakers announced for WordFest 2021 event.
- Wordcamp Sevilla 2020 (Spanish) from Dec, 26 to 29, 2020.
- Ymir is a new WordPress serverless DevOps platform for AWS.
- Full site editing blocks theme or generate own version.
- Internet Works coalition announced, includes Automattic.
- Five learnings from sending 5 million Black Friday emails.
Gutenberg Progress: Breakdown in 4 Phases 🌐
The 1st phase is about creating fundamental blocks setup for creating posts and pages content. This is complemented with mobile support, design tools, block directory, and patterns. Currently, we are in the 2nd phase (development-wise) for creating and editing content outside of posts and pages. It would allow the use of blocks to create headers, footer, and other parts of the website (full site editing).
The 3rd phase (which hasn’t started yet) would focus on collaboration, workflow, and real-time co-editing (like multiple users can co-edit in Google Docs). Lastly, the 4th phase (which is in the imagination stage as of now) would focus on building multi-language websites natively with WordPress.