WordPress Roadmap: Upcoming Releases & New Features

WordPress May 22, 2020

The further development of WordPress is making great strides — and has been for many years. In this article we would like to give an outlook on what to expect in the coming months and years. The article will be updated regularly. So if you want to find out what WordPress users can expect in the future, you can visit here regularly.

WordPress is the most used content management system in the world. 35 percent of all websites on the Internet are powered by WordPress. This corresponds to a market share in the area of ​​CMS-operated websites of over 60 percent. This makes WordPress the absolute top dog — other content management systems are far behind in percentage terms. Over 55,000 plugins are available for free in WordPress’ official extension pool. The application scenarios for the system are now extremely diverse.

On the topic: The history of WordPress

While WordPress originally appeared as a pure blog system, online shops or job exchanges can now also be implemented with the system without any problems – and at a professional level. Due to the widespread use of WordPress, there is a developer community that is unique in the world and has grown around the system in recent years. This ensures constant further development so that WordPress stays up to date – both functionally and with regard to other important topics such as security. Of course, this not only applies to WordPress, but also to WooCommerce and many other plugins.

WordPress plans for 2020

The year 2020 is all about Gutenberg and the Gutenberg project. After the release with WordPress 5.0 and initial criticism of this innovation, the developer community is now in the process of further expanding and optimizing the new editor. In concrete terms, there should be a separate directory (along with themes and plugins) on WordPress.org in the future, from which the Gutenberg blocks can be obtained. In addition, there will be a major update for the customizer and widget feature. These areas are currently not Gutenberg-ready. The usual improvements, security optimizations and other minor innovations can of course also be expected as usual.

On the topic: Disable Gutenberg Editor

Upcoming WordPress releases

The following WordPress versions are already scheduled. Of course, there may well be postponements or changes in dates. However, the previously communicated dates for any releases can often be met. The next major update awaits us in the course of August — probably on August 11th. As a rule, the final, exact release date is communicated again a few weeks beforehand.

  • WordPress 5.8 — July 2021
  • WordPress 5.9 — September 2021
  • WordPress 6.0 — December 2021

WordPress in the future

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WordPress Gutenberg project

How exactly WordPress will develop in the coming years cannot of course be predicted. The direction that the system has taken and will continue to take has become clear at least since the release of Gutenberg.

WordPress will primarily be more user-friendly and easier to use. Flexibility in content management in particular has become a big issue, even if you want to keep up with any modular systems. It is true that modular systems have no chance and often no intention of replacing content management systems such as WordPress — you will always need a CMS, especially for professional and demanding purposes. Nevertheless, one naturally wants to offer an intuitive experience in content maintenance. Especially in times when websites – unlike a few years ago – are no longer static, but live from content.

Anyone who remembers the original WYSIWYG editor (or even still uses it) knows that you could actually only use “text and image”. Any design or structure within the pages was only possible using page builder plugins. These are often error-prone, do not follow any design guidelines and are of course real performance killers for a website. Incidentally, this is one of the reasons why we, as a WordPress agency, always develop individual solutions for our customers based on custom fields (WordPress standard tools).

With Gutenberg, WordPress wants to counteract any plugin solutions and establish a uniform solution in order to clean up the market and move more towards a uniform standard again. After all, it is not exactly without problems if almost every WordPress website can be operated in a different way — this would result in countless problems — WordPress would no longer be WordPress.

Multilingualism without a plugin

In addition, it has already been announced that sooner or later there will be a factory multilingualism function. This means that websites can be operated in different languages ​​without plugins. When this innovation will appear is still uncertain. But it can probably be expected in 2020 or 2021.

Conclusion on the future of WordPress

Whatever the path of WordPress may be. One thing is certain: further development is progressing extremely rapidly. And that is also extremely desirable and unique. New functions and improvements in the form of updates can therefore be expected regularly in the future, as in the past.

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