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We are 7 months away from The State of The WordPress speech at WordCamp US, but Matt Mullenweg dropped a little glimpse of what’s happening so far in a recent blog post titled “First Quarter Check-In” on Make.WordPress.org
It’s a short post, but a nice glimpse behind the curtains of WordPress Core.
In it, he says that customization is one of the big priorities for the Core team, with work on the new block based content-editor, which we reviewed a few months back, slated to begin in June. This new editor, as well as other WYSIWYG improvements, will be a big focus for the team, which I think is great news. WordPress has come a long way, but the current editor is starting to look like a dinosaur compared to other CMS interfaces.
As far as the REST API goes, Matt mentions that there’s been very little progress in integrating the WP-Admin with the Rest API since it’s inclusion into WordPress core in the last update. Hype around the WordPress REST API seems just as high as ever, so I don’t think this lack of progress is due to lack of interest. Rather, it sounds like a lack of developers might be to blame.
If you are a developer interested in volunteering some time to work on WordPress Core, you can get involved at Make.WordPress.org
As far as the next version of WordPress, Version 4.8, Matt says that he’s hoping for that to ship sometime in May or June. This will include a few small improvements, such as a quick Chrome fix, new media widgets, and link boundary improvements for TinyMCE, but the big focus is that new block-based content editor.
What big changes would you like to see in version 4.8? Let us know in the comments.
That’s it for this week’s news drop. Be sure to follow us on Twitter as @thetorquemag for WordPress news as it happens. We’ll see you next week.