1. Developer Mike

    What about a major release which says:

    Version 5.whatever – Soon – Fix all those bugs

    People used WordPress to have a working website and mind their own business otherwise.

    Currently people have to hire devs for each and every update, because it breaks things, changes things, does not work.


  2. Stefanos

    All I want is to use WordPress as my platform, like a complete headless system and use my own tools for my front-end, be it Vue, React, Angular, even Express if I wanted to!

    As it is, I’m forced to depend on a theme…yeah I know I could simply use a nearly empty index.php with a style.css, but the whole thing is, I want flexibility.

    Can’t we have something like Composer packages, but for WordPress core components?

    There are so many things I don’t need and I’m forced to load them with every single click…ugh my nerves!


  3. Glenn Martin

    Excellent, well-written article. Keep up the good work.


  4. Emmanuel Ekanem

    Awesome, I’ll be eagerly waiting for these updates.

    But most of the updates in 2019 caused a lot of issue to website owners, personally I had to debug some.

    I just wish this coming updates don’t bring much problems to site owners.


  5. Mary Auma

    Thanks for the progress but as wordpress users we would like you to mentor us on how to make progress in entrepreneurship while using this site


    • Justin Tadlock

      Thanks for the feedback, Mary. Are there specific topics within the entrepreneurial world, which is quite broad, you would like to read more about? I’d be happy to research more stories along those lines and perhaps bring some of my prior experience into the discussion.


  6. Werner

    As a full-time WordPress developer I have to say that Gutenberg et al is one of WP’s biggest blunders to date. The idea behind it is great of course, there is no doubt about that. I just think its release was very premature; WordPress being as popular as it is I would’ve thought that at least some form of intense beta testing would’ve gone into such a major feature change prior to it being even remotely ready for public release.

    What irks me the most is that user ratings seem to be ignored completely by WordPress where Gutenberg is concerned; the same can be said for folks who, somehow, expect you to be familiar with something which is fundamentally broken at this point in time. The fact that The WordPress feature release roadmap went down the toilet this year is testament to that, yet they keep pushing for its adoption instead of removing it from the repository and fixing the bugs which have been breaking sites since its release.

    Gutenberg is a novel idea, but it should be a completely optional feature instead of being forced down the throats of users and developers alike. There are plenty of other customisation plugins out there which do a waaaaay better job than Gutenberg will likely ever be able to do, with a development track record of years and years and great APIs for developers to interact with as they wish.

    My point is, instead of trying to reinvent the wheel WordPress should focus on improving that which is already there. A more advanced and feature rich Classic Editor would’ve sufficed; instead they waste time and energy on something which has been achieved years and years ago by other teams.

    In that sense Gutenberg has been a complete waste of time in my professional opinion, taking value away from WordPress as a website building platform instead of adding anything of value. Their biggest blunder was taking away people’s choice of which editor to use, and doing so right from the get go. Big mistake.

    I for one will keep avoiding Gutenberg until such a time that it actually becomes a viable tool/asset in my toolbox.

    Just my two cents. Cheers.


    • Rod Olman

      instead of removing it from the repository

      I’m afraid you’re no longer in touch with how WordPress works nowadays. Gone are the days where the users had any say in the direction WP developed. Now all decisions are taken behind closed doors, groups created to handle governance are facades, reviews are completely ignored, and handicapped people are being told to go back into the closet (indirectly, via accessibility being completely broken and unfixable in GB).

      GB will never be removed, because Matt and his investors don’t want it removed. They want a piece of the Wix / Squarespace cake – which would be fine, if they would just be honest enough to admit it. Instead Matt talks about things one would expect from a PR-agency.

      It’s sad it has gotten this way, but in the end it’s the fault of the users for accepting such behavior.

      My clients are entirely unimpressed by GB, since they’re used to the normal formatting buttons of a word processor, so I’ll continue disabling GB for as long as I can. Or, in some cases, just use a normal page builder that has a normal text editor.


      • manuel

        GB is getting better and better, and the concept behind is great.
        so why i am still using the Classic Editor and scouting for alternatives (Ghost i am looking at you)?

        I think coz it’s clear I cannot trust Wp “management” anymore. it remind me the Mambo/Joomla querelle…


  7. Sue

    I’m siding with the comment by Werner. Keep the classic editor and provide additional advanced features. Gutenberg has a long,long ways to go before I want to use it.


  8. Anh Tran

    My personal feeling is 2019 is too much for Gutenberg. I hope other issues were resolved before. Looking at from 6500 tickets from the Matt’s post and now the number is still 6500, I don’t see a big progress here. How many years does it take to get Gutenberg ready as planned? We’re getting old and web development is running too fast.


  9. Hycent Hyt

    Wow it seems we definitely have a lot to look forward to in the coming year.


  10. Vladimír Juroško

    Awesome, great things are coming :)


  11. Sajan Kota

    Hi Justin, Thanks a lot for sharing this information. Looks like 2020 is going to be a great year for WordPress ecosystem. I am sure that the all focus and thought that has been put into Gutenberg in 2019 will show definite results in 2020. Justin thanks writing the progress and future plan of WordPress in a single post in here. Keep up the good work.


  12. Gary Taylor

    Thanks for this Justin (good to see you writing for WP Tavern, if I haven’t mentioned before).

    Way back in WordPress 2.x there used to be a note on the Page admin screen, pointing out how awkward it was to reorder Pages, but that a fix would be coming. The note got removed but the awkwardness remains, unless you use a third-party drag-and-drop solution.

    It’s the “WordPress Way”. Full steam ahead, let enthusiasts and plugin developers fix the problems created along the way (see also ‘special characters’). I’d like to see a few of the 6,500 outstanding Trac items fixed as well, that’s a ridiculously high number, but I won’t be holding my breath for a major effort for version 6 (rhymes with ‘fix’).


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