WP-News: Gutenberg Beta & plans for WordPress 4.9

Torben Simon Meier Last updated 10/23/2020
3 Min.
WordPress  Newsletter #26

The past week was dominated by the new Gutenberg editor and its update to version 0.2.0. update to version 0.2.0. We go into the question, whether the beta version of the editor is usable at all.... And Matt Mullenweg gives us a behind the scenes look a look behind the scenes of the core team and talks about the future of WordPress .

WP-News: Gutenberg Beta & plans for WordPress  4.9

"Gutenberg is not usable at this time"

Gutenberg is being hailed as groundbreaking for the future of WordPress . And rightly so. And rightly so: The new block system is impressive and gives hope for a future without page builders and widgets. But unfortunately the current beta version of Gutenberg is not really usable yet. In principle, this is not a bad thing - because beta phases are meant to eliminate bugs and improve software. If it weren't for Matt Mullenweg's magic limit of 100,000 active installations. Gutenberg is still a long way from that.

WP-News: Gutenberg Beta & plans for WordPress  4.9

Gutenberg 0.2.0 and WordPress 4.9

Last week the update 0.2.0 of the Gutenberg beta version was released. If one observes the development of the active installations of the Plugins (current status 700+), doubts arise whether Matt Mullenweg's 100,000 goal will be reached in the expected one to two months. will be reached. Before the Gutenberg editor can actually be adopted into the core, there will most likely first be a 4.9 release that focuses on Theme and Plugin management and paves the way for Gutenberg . The first ideas for the 4.9 update have already been discussed in the Dev Chat. WordPress 4.8.1 is expected to be released in the last week of July and will only contain small fixes with it.

WP-News: Gutenberg Beta & plans for WordPress  4.9

Matt's look behind the scenes

In a 30-minute interview with apply_filters Matt Mullenweg, WordPress co-founder and CEO of Automattic, talks about his role as WordPress Development Lead and reviews the history of WordPress , among other topics. Mullenweg also comments on his priorities for 2017, including the planned adoption of the new Gutenberg editor into core and progress on the REST API. Mullenweg also openly addresses the recurring problem of slow implementation of long-standing proposals and visions for WordPress . In this context, he addresses the downsides of community-based open sourceWordPress projects.

For example, he describes the WordPress releases of the last few years as "uninspiring". According to Mullenweg, one of the reasons for the relatively slow development of WordPress is the prevailing decision-making inertia. This is mainly due to the consensus culture of the WordPress community: "At certain points it might be effective to appoint a decision maker and just disagree and commit, or agree and commit, to the decisions that are made because, in many cases, I think any decision will be better than no decision, which is what many things in WordPress have had sometimes for as long as seven or ten years."

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