Many thanks to those of you who took time to answer my brief end-of-the-year survey. We seem to be doing OK on this site. You were generally able to find the information you were looking for and topics were covered to your satisfaction. The biggest question on your mind was Gutenberg, which is not surprising.
Not to be confused with “Project Gutenberg,” if you aren’t familiar with #Gutenberg, briefly, it is a WordPress plugin currently in development which completely changes the way content (for starters) is created in WordPress. Down the road, Gutenberg will also take over the way that websites themselves are designed and developed, not only content.
There are conversations and some heated arguments all over the web from stakeholders of every sort — users, developers, consultants and agencies — around Gutenberg’s development and eventual merger in WordPress core. Here is a small sampling for better understanding:
- Gutenberg-the current WP.org plugin, which also informs the reasoning for the change. Make sure to click the link on that page to discover more about the project.
- Morten Rand-Hendriksen: Gutenberg and the WordPress of Tomorrow An excellent presentation from WCUS2017 on the potential inherent in this change. (Morten has posted his presentation slides with commentary)
- Is Gutenberg the End or a New Beginning for WordPress? One discussion of many around the dilemma this change means for the WP community. (An interesting idea here is that Gutenberg is being developed so that WordPress.com/Automattic can compete with Wix, Squarespace and other website builders.)
- For those that want to learn more: WordPress Tavern: A Collection of Gutenberg Conversations, Resources, and Videos
Although WordPress.com (where we are) runs its own specialized version of WP, it is based on WordPress core. Gutenberg is currently scheduled to be merged into WP v5.0 sometime around April 2018. Normally updates to WordPress.com are on continual roll-out, so we may (or may not) see features from WP v5.0 here on WordPress.com before that.
I’m just as curious as you are to understand how Gutenberg will alter the user experience here on WordPress.com, if at all. Beyond a few recent forum discussions, I personally don’t have any special knowledge of what’s to come. However, the integration of Gutenberg also casts an entirely different light on the reason behind the development and deployment of Calypso on WordPress.com. What do you think?
Since WordPress (.org and .com) now runs about 29% of all websites on the web, no matter what happens, it will be interesting.
N.B. If you’d like to try out the Gutenberg plugin, but don’t have a standalone WP.org install handy, you can set up a temporary site on https://poopy.life and then install the Gutenberg plugin from the WP Admin plugin dashboard. Feedback is welcome on Github.