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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

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  2. Core
    “A strong core compliments everything you do.”
    - Susan Trainor, Fitness expert

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  3. Core focus areas
    REST API
    Editor Customiser

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  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

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  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

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  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

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  7. 15th Anniversary of WordPress
    “We’re going to party like it’s your birthday.”
    - 50 Cent

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  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

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  9. Community Code of Conduct
    “Why can’t we all just get along?”
    - Jack Nicholson, Mars Attacks

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  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

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  11. Marketing
    “The best marketing doesn’t feel like marketing.”
    - Tom Fishburne, Marketing cartoonist

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  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

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  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

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  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

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  15. Events
    “It takes real planning to organise this kind of chaos.”
    - Mel Odom, Writer

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  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

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  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

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  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

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  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

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  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

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  21. make.wordpress.org
    Get involved!

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