Customer Happiness Manager at PressMate December 9, 2017

Wordcamp US Nashville – State Of The Word By Matt Mullenweg

state of the word by matt mullenweg Wordcamp 2017

WordCamp Nashville 2nd Dec 2017

What an amazing WordCamp it was and we are so happy to have sponsored one of these amazing events. Location, set up, people, schedule, the city. Name the thing and everything was just perfect. This was my first WordCamp US and I just loved it. 3 days of WordPress and I still cannot come out of it.

This WordCamp let me meet Matt Mullenweg whom I have just dreamt of meeting. That too not just once but twice. It was great meeting him and sharing the thoughts about Gutenberg and understand his viewpoint. I am just excited and look forward to seeing WordPress 5.0 bundled with Gutenberg.

However, the most amazing part of the WordCamp was “State Of The Word” By Matt himself. I have just outlined as much as I can get out of it for you guys. I feel that WordPress is going great with an estimated market share of 29% and with Gutenberg, things are going to change drastically. I will have a separate post about my conversation with Matt on Gutenberg, where I clarified few things me and my team had on their minds.

So, let me take you to the State Of The Word and highlight the maximum details I can

  1. Meet Up attendees
  2. Supporting education work of WP Foundation
  3. Hackerone launched
  4. es.wordpress.org launched
  5. Updated Plugin and Theme Stats
  6. Top 10 plugins
  7. Tide launching in 2018
  8. WordPress & SSL
  9. 2 major releases in 2017
  10. WP CLI became the official WordPress project
  11. Gutenberg
  12. More Gutenberg
  13. No editor for Gutenberg

1 Meet Up Atendees

WordPress Meet ups had almost 1,00,000 meet up atendees in 2017. There are about 1318 official WordPress meet up groups in the world with over 450 thousand members which means that almost 25% of these members have attended a meet up. Thanks to the new meet up widget on the backend, you can now have a look at the upcoming meet ups right away from your WordPress admin.

2. Supporting Education Work through WordPress Foundation

WordPress Foundation is now also working actively to promote educational work in the WordPress space and train more people on how to use WordPress

3. Hackerone program launched

WordPress now has an official hackerone program launched where hackers can report the critical bugs or security issues and get rewarded for the same. This is to encourage the hacker community ultimately making WordPress more secure. The Hackerone has  reported the following

  1. 42 bugs resolved
  2. 48 hackers thanked
  3. 39 reports were reported
    1. Skansing (https://hackerone.com/skansing/thanks) reported the most ( 10 WordPress issues )

4. WordPress Espanol Launched

Es.wordpress.org is launched for Spanish language support

5. Updated Plugin & Theme Stat

WordPress repository now has 53272  plugins with more than 633274305 downloads and about 5000+ WordPress Themes

6. A List of Top 10 plugins

7. Tide being launched in 2018

Tide, a project for automated testing launched by XWP is now supported officially by Google, Automattic & WPEngine. Tide will be launched in 2018 and will helping to run a series of automated testing against every plugin and theme on the repository. This is being done with an aim to increase the overall quality of Themes and plugins. Here is an in -depth post about tide at https://xwp.co/tide-a-path-to-better-code-across-the-wordpress-ecosystem/

8. WordPress & SSL

We are thankful to Let’s Encrypt for providing Free SSL to everyone and making it an open source project. With the help of Let’s Encrypt and dedicated efforts by various hosts, there has been a tremendous growth in the % of WordPress websites that now run on SSL. At the moment, almost 36.28% of WP sites are on SSL as compared to 16% in 2016

9. 2 major WP releases in 2017

WordPress witnessed 2 major releases in 2017 as below

V 4.8

  1. Image widgets
    The image widgets now enable you to select an image for the website. No more adding text widgets and then copy pasting the image URLs
  2. Rich text formatting for Text Widgets
    All the text widgets now come with a WYSIWYG editor helping you to put in all the HTML elements right away into the editor. No more ugly tags in the text widget
  3. Link Backgrounds
    All the links in editor now comes with a background making it easier to identify and stand out
  4. Meet Up widget
    Meet up widget now shows the latest meetups in the WP backend. This has helped in improving the meet up attendees and memberships to a great extent.

V 4.9

  1. Image widgets
    The image widgets now enable you to select an image for the website. No more adding text widgets and then copy pasting the image URLs
  2. Rich text formatting for Text Widgets
    All the text widgets now come with a WYSIWYG editor helping you to put in all the HTML elements right away into the editor. No more ugly tags in the text widget
  3. Link Backgrounds
    All the links in editor now comes with a background making it easier to identify and stand out
  4. Meet Up widget
    Meet up widget now shows the latest meetups in the WP backend. This has helped in improving the meet up attendees and memberships to a great extent.

10. WP Cli is now an official WordPress project

WP CLI is now an official WordPress project with 4 releases, 124 contributors and attracted 46 WP CLI talks across various WordCamps

11.Gutenberg

Gutenberg , the all new editor which is set to replace the 10 Yr old Tiny MCE WYSWIG editor is all set to hit the WordPress 5.0 . The project has been managed by the Automattic Team and has received mixed reviews in the past few months. To go by the stats, in last 11 months, there have been

  1. 4302 commits
  2. 100+ contributors
  3. 1796 issues
  4. 18 major iterations

Apart from this, we also had an amazing live demo of Gutenberg. I am really impressed with the way things are getting simplified and more power is given to the editor allowing us to create infinite possibilities. Check out the video below for the demo

12. More Gutenberg

Gutenberg is expected to launch by April 2018 and will be shipped with WordPress 5.0. To perfect Gutenberg and get a review from the community, a special Gutenberg testing kiosk was setup which has recorded the experience of 90 volunteers. All of this will help in building Gutenberg better. I will like you to download Gutenberg from “LINK” and give your feedback.

13. Classic Editor for No Gutenberg 🙁

Well even Matt was amazed that something like this was to be created. For all those who are worried about Gutenberg and backward compatibility, dont .  The team has come up with a No Gutenberg plugin which will replace Gutenberg with your old editor. So, yes more power to everyone.

That’s it from the state of the word from Nashville. In my next blog post, I will share my views on Gutenberg and a short 2 mins talk that I had with Matt Mullenweg about Gutenberg and AMP.

So stay tuned.

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