- Gutenberg is not just the new Visual Editor but is the “official” WordPress PageBuilder;
- But Gutenberg goes beyond page building and is a complete Web canvas builder – header, content, footer, sidebar plus any popups and special banners are to be designed and placed by Gutenberg. This is already a trend among WordPress Theme + PageBuilder combos like Beaver Builder Agency, Xtheme, Themify Builder, etc
- If Gutenberg succeeds in the very competitive PageBuilder market, this will have an enormous effect on WordPress development. Watch for themes to be absorbed into complete Sitebuilders like Gutenberg or Beaver Builder Agency;
- Already there are server-side developments such as NodeJs and GraphQL that make for future, stronger remote access capabilities for WordPress sites;
So considering the above it is clear that WordPress is undergoing a revolution in how it will be coded and used in the next 2-3 years. But looking at the upcoming schedule of sessions at WordCamp US [Nashville Tennessee, Dec 1-3 2017]you could hardly tell a coding revolution is taking place.
WordCamp US 2017 Only Whispers Change
This along with GraphQL could potentially be the most interesting presentation at WordCamp US.
WordPress is undergoing a quiet, almost stealthy, but certainly massive change. Now one can say that is also true of the past 2-3 years as MultiPurpose Themes plus PageBuilders have dramatically changed how WordPress websites are built. Likewise there have been major changes in media display plugins and support for overall WordPress website performance. But all of these changes were done with the same basic WordPress core and PHP as the driving server-side language for WordPress.
1)What is the role of PHP in the WordPress Core – what functionality will it continue to support?
2)Will there be bridge code to allow the 45,000 WordPress PHP plugins to work effectively well into the future of WordPress