Last month of 2019 is here, when we look back at the year 2015, we see the term ‘WordPress’ has several technical developments, massive acquisitions, regrettable spats and internal rants that entertained a lot of audience across the world. That was the year when we felt that WordPress is growing and moving from a mere Content Management System (CMS) to something bigger and better!
Some Global Facts of WordPress :
If we see the current trends WordPress is holding the strong global market share of 34% in 2019 which is a rise of 4% compared to 2018. If we talk about the Content Management Systems then WordPress currently holds a dominating position with 60% market share. WordPress has 50,000 plugins and more than 3500 GPL licensed themes from millions of community members.
Apart from still being one of the most popular blogging website platforms in 2019, WordPress is also considered best for website development for small to large businesses globally including e-commerce segment.
The best thing about WordPress is that it is now supporting several commercial packages as well. These facts play a vital role because it shows the unfading popularity of WordPress in the market in the year 2019.
Now the question is, will WordPress will always be alive? We know after spending more than a decade with the favourite platform, developing so many solutions, enhancing your business across markets, building your career around the platform, etc., it can be a difficult question to even think, but the fact remains fact! As per the historical data, every website or platform which had gained popularity over the years had to face the fall in a decade or so.
Some WordPress 5 changes in 2019 :
Launch of Gutenberg WordPress Editor :
With the launch of the latest version WordPress 5.0, Gutenberg seems to have seen massive popularity soon after its launch with more than 3 million downloads within a week its launch. This version comes with 70 native blocks and 100 third party blocks and the number of these blocks are constantly rising. It will also facilitate different block creation to ease the process of developers.
What are the major changes in WordPress Version 5.0?
Latest version 5.0 has made major changes in the core of WordPress. It comes with a completely new editor known as Gutenberg that offers a revived process of accessing the features including text, images and various other media files in the content. No need for short codes to create various content blocks. This not only makes the development process easier but also faster for developers and users. Users who are using the classic editor will be able to manage their existing websites using the same.
Stable WordPress Widgets for Gutenberg blocks and offering Various customizations :
WP users will observe a major change that will add new features in Version 5.0 with respect to content editing. The WP widgets are being redesigned to reflect as per the blocks. This may sound simple but it is a major shift which will transform the experience of using the widgets. With the help of phase 2 changes, users will be able to use widgets inside blocks and post it anywhere on the pages. Similarly, users will also be able to redesign the menu into a navigation menu block further simplifying the menu editing.
In addition to the upgraded WP widgets blocks, some of the WP developers are also working on the much-awaited Legacy Widget Block which will enable the WP Admin to add already existing widgets to Gutenberg blocks.
Mobile Updates in WordPress 5
As per the increasing demand for managing websites through mobile applications and custom support for mobile app based WP admin console, the version 5.x is planned to have the required mobile enhancements.
There are certain features that enable you to manage the website through mobile but it comes with limitations. The Beta version of the enhancements has already been released on February 2019 and the comprehensive feature won’t take much time. Get the latest updates on WordPress and keep your platform on track!
Hosting Changes in WordPress
With the increasing number of features and move out of the age-old hosting setup, it requires certain changes periodically. The upcoming WordPress versions will have changes in the minimum requirement of PHP versions. From April 2019, the minimum requirement of PHP versions will be PHP 5.6 and from December it will be PHP 7.
WordPress Features in 2020 and Beyond :
Multi-user Editing and Co-Editing in WordPress
WordPress is currently planned for 2020 and developers are focusing on offering multi-user collaboration features with it. With the help of the multi-user option, multiple individuals will be able to edit the WordPress document simultaneously. This will not only enhance productivity but also make the platform smarter to automatically manage all the changes made by each user. These changes are highly appreciated and welcomed by the users.
Multi-Lingual Site Support
This will see one of the most important and effective changes that will support the growing trend of multi-lingual site requirements. By utilizing the third-party multi-lingual plugins and plugins developed by the WordPress developers, a comprehensive multilingualism feature will be offered to all the users. It will be supporting 28 major languages of the world and just by adding the plugins, namely ATIT Languages Plugin, the admin interface will be showcased in the desired language and the website content will also be translated.