Final week we acquired a style of what’s to come back for WordPress, and 2023 is trying extra promising than ever for the open-source platform. Matt Mullenweg’s annual State of the Phrase revealed new options, launched enhancements to the creator’s expertise, and touched on what could develop with AI applied sciences at our disposal.
State of the Phrase was a celebration of neighborhood and collaboration. Right here’s the onerous and quick recap of what you missed, what’s to come back, and what all of us are actually jazzed about for the way forward for WordPress.
In 2023, WordPress shall be turning 20. WordPress has at all times been about its customers, and the return to in-person occasions was one thing all of us couldn’t look forward to. Previously yr, the variety of Meetup teams doubled and the variety of WordCamps skyrocketed from one to 22.
Contributions additionally noticed a powerful bounce in 2022, with 1,399 particular person distinctive launch contributors. With measures being taken to make it simpler for newbies to contribute, Mullenweg expects to see that quantity soar previous this yr’s file.
Waiting for Gutenberg Part 3, we are able to count on actual time collaboration. WordPress will make creating and updating web sites as straightforward as enhancing a Google Doc.
Part 4 will deliver extra assist that enhances the worldwide neighborhood WordPress has fostered by going multilingual.
We’ll additionally see one other all-woman launch staff in 2023.
Twenty Twenty-Three, bundled with 6.1, could develop into the penultimate theme. Block themes (and the Create Block Theme plugin) present limitless prospects, particularly when mixed with fashion variations. Together with full website enhancing, no-code website constructing is rapidly changing into the usual expertise.
Bonus: Twenty Twenty-Three is absolutely responsive, accessibility prepared, and has an improved writing expertise.
A totally built-in Openverse and an improved interface are additionally coming, and it’s trying like a brand new notifications infrastructure is within the works.
Per Mullenweg, Gutenberg is ready to develop into larger than WordPress itself. Its encompassing performance enables you to construct, design, and replace a complete website rapidly and simply. You’ll be capable of create total themes solely with blocks.
Gutenberg has additionally seen a major uptick in adoption. Gutenberg is now being utilized by:
They’ve modernized WordPress.org assist now that Gutenberg is embedded on bbPress boards and are regularly redesigning pages on WordPress.org. Moreover, Cellular Gutenberg has been relicensed. We’re trying ahead to the chances cross-platform blocks will give WordPress and its functions.
Along with in-person occasions being again, the group in New York (and viewers streaming, alike) have been thrilled to listen to the WordPress Neighborhood Summit shall be returning in 2023 – and shall be held together with WordCamp US in Nationwide Harbor, Maryland subsequent August.
Full integration for the open-source WordPress content material search engine “Openverse” is anticipated subsequent yr as effectively.
WordPress Playground was introduced, and is a method of testing plugins, themes and extra with out ever having to vary your precise website. This non permanent website sandbox emulates a staging website (although doesn’t substitute it).
The Study challenge has been enormously profitable. There’s the potential for certifications for WordPress, with Mullenweg indicating he’d like to make sure experience is free to be taught and grasp.
Tumblr – already on a streamlined, augmented model of Gutenberg, shall be introduced absolutely over to WordPress within the close to future. Because of this the social running a blog platform that youthful generations are already acquainted with may also be their introduction to WordPress.
Lastly, Mullenweg excitedly mentioned the potential of AI integrations throughout the Media Library and content material technology. Referencing DALL-E and Chat GPT and the potential to generate content material on demand open the door to rapidly made, really distinctive content material.
6.2 is coming in March. Keep tuned.