What’s in store with WordPress in 2024? The project’s main goals have been defined, and the challenges are also known.
Hello, I’m Javier Casares, and you’re listening to WordPress Podcast, bringing the weekly news from the WordPress Community.
You’ll find updates from January 15th to 21st, 2024.
2024 has already begun, the holidays are over, and now that everyone is back to work, it’s time to define what the year holds for us.
At the forefront, as anticipated, is Phase 3 of Gutenberg, focusing on comprehensive revision systems and collaborative management. Launch, test, and improve are central to the content management system’s core.
Another major project is Data Liberation, aiming to facilitate the migration of information and data between platforms, either manually or automatically, with guides for all possible systems.
It’s important to note that WordPress’s growth has plateaued. Although it remains by far the most used content management system in the world, its growth has stalled.
In the Community aspect, the main goals include getting more volunteers involved through the Mentorship Program, education through Learn WordPress, and in-person events, with a new generation strategy where events will be more focused.
Apart from these general lines, each of the more than 20 teams has their own projects, equally vital for the proper functioning of both the software and the community.
And what better way to achieve these objectives than launching a new version of WordPress? The WordPress 6.5 release team is already formed, and we’ll have the first beta version on February 13.
Some of the features coming with the new version will include those from Gutenberg 17.5, such as the experiment to unify the Content Editor with the Site Editor, allowing almost everything to be designed or saved from a single screen.
But before WordPress 6.5, we’ll see WordPress 6.4.3, coming on January 30, focusing on minor improvements and, for the first time outside a major release, new versions of the Twenty Seventeen, Twenty Twenty, and Twenty Twenty-One themes, mainly aimed at modernizing and making the code compatible.
The Hosting team has launched their 2024 goals, focusing essentially on three elements. Firstly, continuing with advanced documentation of WordPress and completing the reorganization of their handbook, secondly, a potential event before WordCamp Europe, and finally, improving testing tools for hosting providers, which will join the project selected at the Cloudfest hackathon.
The BuddyPress team has released a security and maintenance update, where BuddyPress 12.1.1 fixes a security issue and includes 10 plugin improvements.
Thanks for listening, and until the next episode!