News in the WordPress world, January 2015

Before we get to post pictures and presentations about last night’s meetup, here is a quick summary of the news topics we talked about.

WordPress Lead Developer changes

Ryan Boren and Peter Westwood step down and are replaced by Helen Hou-Sandi and Dion Hulse.

Ryan Boren becomes UX lead for 2015. If you don’t already, I’d suggest following make.wordpress.org/flux to find out more about some of the biggest UX issues in WordPress.

Read about it on Poststatus

The plugin installation flow will be improved in WP 4.2.

Done with the boring steps appearing when you would install a plugin. Check trunk, it’s already in there. #29820-core

New frontend editor walkthrough

If you follow make.wordpress.org/core, you probably know about the frontend editor that is being worked on. You can already install it on your test sites, it’s worth giving it a try. Her is a walkthrough from Elegant Themes.

Pressnomics

Pressnomics is a WordPress conference for entrepreneurs and business owners. A few weeks ago, over 250 attendees met in Phoenix to talk about the economics around WordPress. One of the key events of the conference was a QA with Matt Mullenweg, founder of WordPress and CEO of Automattic.

The session wasn’t recorded, but a few quotes generated quite a lot of talk around the future of WordPress, our competitors, and how we need to change to create the next WordPress.

Here are a few of Matt’s quotes:

Following discussion

Matt was referring to plugins transforming WordPress in a turn-key solution including the features that people creating websites have come to expect: social, mobile, stats, … These are all baked in tools like Wix, Squarespace, or Weebly.

Chris Lema – Is the Future Success of WordPress tied to Jetpack?
WP Tavern – How Important is Jetpack on WordPress’ Road to 50% Market Share?

WP Pusher, deploy WordPress themes and plugins from GitHub

cc @sinisterstuf who will talk about deployment methods in our next meetup!

#meetup, #news

#29820-core