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WordPress in 2018 - What to expect when you're expecting

WordPress in 2018 - What to expect when you're expecting

A look at what we can expect from the WordPress project in 2018. This was presented at the 22 February 2018 WordPress meetup in Cape Town.


Hugh Lashbrooke

February 22, 2018

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  1. WordPress in 2018 What to expect when you’re expecting

  2. Core “A strong core compliments everything you do.” - Susan

    Trainor, Fitness expert
  3. Core focus areas REST API Editor Customiser

  4. Gutenberg A new publishing experience for WordPress is in the

    works. Get ready to make your words, pictures, and layout look as good on screen as they do in your imagination, without any code. Gutenberg will ship in WordPress 5.0 slated for an April release. wordpress.org/gutenberg
  5. Serve Happy A project to encourage users to upgrade their

    server’s PHP version. It includes educating people about PHP and why it should be upgraded, as well as assistance on how to upgrade and how to petition your host to upgrade. wordpress.org/support/upgrade-php
  6. GDPR Compliance The General Data Protection Regulation is a set

    of regulations to help strengthen the protection of all users’ personally identifiable information (PII) in the EU. The WordPress Core Team will be making changes to ensure that WordPress is GDPR compliant for all users. make.wordpress.org/core/tag/gdpr-compliance
  7. 15th Anniversary of WordPress “We’re going to party like it’s

    your birthday.” - 50 Cent
  8. 27 May 2018 This May, it will be 15 years

    from the first release of WordPress - v0.76-Gold. We held a party for the 10th anniversary and definitely plan on doing something for this one too - we’ll announce it on the meetup group when we have things planned. meetup.com/WordPress-Cape-Town
  9. Community Code of Conduct “Why can’t we all just get

    along?” - Jack Nicholson, Mars Attacks
  10. For Everyone, Everywhere The Community Code of Conduct (CCoC) will

    be a code to help everyone communicate across the whole WordPress project. The CCoC will apply to online communication, events, and all other contributions. make.wordpress.org/updates/tag/ccoc
  11. Marketing “The best marketing doesn’t feel like marketing.” - Tom

    Fishburne, Marketing cartoonist
  12. Enterprise Growth Council The Enterprise Growth Council is a group

    of representatives from several companies who are focused on marketing, delivering and using WordPress as an enterprise-grade CMS. They meet monthly to share the work they’re each doing as well as discussing things they could do better as a community or via WordPress.org. make.wordpress.org/meta make.wordpress.org/marketing
  13. Tide “Be merry! We meet again, at the turn of

    the tide. A great storm is coming, but the tide has turned.” - Gandalf, Wizard
  14. Improving Plugins for Everyone The mission of Tide is to

    raise the code quality of all the plugins and themes in the WordPress.org directories. It is a series of automated tests run against every plugin and theme in the directory and then displays PHP compatibility and test errors/warnings in the directory. make.wordpress.org/tide
  15. Events “It takes real planning to organise this kind of

    chaos.” - Mel Odom, Writer
  16. WordCamp Incubator v2 The intention of the incubator program is

    to help spread WordPress to underserved areas through providing more significant organizing support for a first event. Harare was one of the three successful incubator communities in 2016 and 2018 will see a second round of incubator WordCamps. make.wordpress.org/community
  17. WordCamp EU & WordCamp US The flagship WordCamp events. WordCamp

    Europe will be held on 14-16 June in Belgrade. WordCamp US will be help in Nashville near the end of the year. europe.wordcamp.org us.wordcamp.org
  18. WordCamp Cape Town Our annual community WordCamp. Always a good

    time. If you would like to be involved in organising it, let me know! capetown.wordcamp.org
  19. do_action do_action is a charity hackathon that uses WordPress to

    uplift local communities. We started do_action in Cape Town in 2014 and now it has grown to a global level. There are currently 6 do_action events in pre-planning for 2018 around the world. doaction.org/event/cape-town-2018
  20. Cape Town monthly meetups We will be continuing our monthly

    meetups on the last Thursday of every month. We want you (yes you!) to speak. For reals. meetup.com/WordPress-Cape-Town
  21. make.wordpress.org Get involved!