This week: WordCamp Europe recap, WordPress 6.1 roadmap, Strattic in the hands of Elementor, and much more.
Guest editor: Ryan Sullivan
Ryan Sullivan runs SiteCare, a leading WordPress Maintenance and Digital Marketing company. He’s worked in the WordPress support and maintenance industry since 2012. He resides in the beautiful state of Utah with his wife and three sons. Ryan’s an advocate for people with autism, a questionable follow on Twitter, and loves the Utah Jazz.
WordPress celebrating its 19th birthday last week has had me thinking a lot about where WordPress is at in its software lifespan, and where it might be going next. I live every single day in the world of website and software maintenance, which means I probably look at WordPress in its current state differently than a lot of developers or end-users.
What if I told you that WordPress is just barely starting to hit its stride? I believe that. Does it have warts? Absolutely. Would I support a more rapid development cycle that leverages more modern frameworks and coding practices? Honestly? I’m not sure.
There’s something very charming and comforting about looking to mend and keep up a piece of software, as opposed to throwing it away in favor of the shiny and new. There’s certainly a balance that needs to be struck. Innovation can’t stop. And at the same time, I think we need to be very careful about hastily replacing something that has stood the test of time as well as WordPress has.
As residing Guest Author of the WP Owls newsletter (look at me wield this power), I’m going to challenge the readers to stop and appreciate WordPress for what it is today. Tomorrow we’ll go back to maintaining it, improving it, complaining about it, and imaging the next evolution.
Andy Henson does a great job describing the conflict between menders and makers in the developer community, and learning to strike a healthy balance between the two. WordPress can benefit greatly from this friction. Are you a maker or a mender?
“There’s a subtle reason that programmers always want to throw away the code and start over. […] The reason that they think the old code is a mess is because of a cardinal, fundamental law of programming: It’s harder to read code than to write it.” Is your first impulse to throw code away?
Elementor has taken over Strattic. At first glance, it seems to be a fairly strange transaction, however, given Elementor’s recent moves concerning hosting, the ability to convert your site into a static one will make them stand out.
LearnDash is taking cutting-edge e-learning methodology and infusing it into WordPress. Trusted to power the learning programs for major universities, small to mid-size companies, startups, entrepreneurs, and bloggers worldwide.
Atarim version 3.0 has lots of new functions. Its most crucial quality is probably that it works with non-WordPress websites.
At WordCamp Europe, Nathan Wrigley ran several interviews with people from the WordPress world. The first episode of this mini-series is an interview with Remkus de Vries on the beginnings of this event.
Do you still remember the Atom editor created in 2014? Well, its tenure is coming to an end. The developers considered further development pointless taking into account the popularity of Visual Studio Code.
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