WordPress 2024 Roadmap: 3 Major Releases with a Focus on Collaboration Features

WordPress Executive Director Josepha Haden Chomphosy has published a proposed schedule for 2024 that includes three major core releases. The dates have not yet been set in stone but have been planned to avoid major holidays and WordPress events.

The first release of the year, WordPress 6.5, is scheduled for March 26, followed by 6.6 in July and 6.7 in early November.

Although WordPress had officially concluded Phase 2 of the Gutenberg project (focused on Site Customiziation), 6.4 was focused primarily on extending existing features in the block and site editors alongside initial explorations of Phase 3 (Collaboration). Releases in 2024 will go full force into collaboration features.

“Given that 2024 will hold a bulk of the work for Phase 3, I expect that 6.5 and 6.7 will be focused on those Collaborative features,” Chomphosy said. “I would like to propose that 6.6 be held specifically for maintenance and general polish of the software (as was wished for earlier this year).”

Chomphosy asked for feedback on the timing and focus of the planned releases. WordPress core committer Pascal Birchler suggested swapping the focuses for 6.5 and 6.6, as it’s not clear how much of of Phase 3 work will be ready in time for 6.5. The suggestion also makes sense in light of the features that didn’t make the cut for the previous release.

WordPress 6.4’s release squad had to punt the planned typography management flagship features and these are anticipated to land in 6.5. This includes a Font Library and server-side @font-face CSS generation and printing, which will allow users to browse a library of fonts in the admin, similar to managing media. It will not be dependent on the theme that is activated but will be a library that is extensible for plugin developers.

The discussion regarding 2024 releases is still ongoing in the comments of the post. WordPress users may also hear more about what’s coming in the next year during Matt Mullenwg’s State of the Word address, which will be delivered live from Madrid on December 11, 2023.

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6 responses to “WordPress 2024 Roadmap: 3 Major Releases with a Focus on Collaboration Features”

  1. I’d rather see WordPress become a CMS with a drag-and-drop user interface.

    If it’s truly going to be intuitive, it should be possible to resize containers by dragging handles that appear on all four sides of a container.

    WordPress core is moving in the right direction. It should just be a bit more user-friendly.

  2. Things are progressing, but WordPress is even further behind the competition than it was since first introducing blocks five years ago. So there is a desperate need for a new business model to push the Gutenberg transition along and beyond classic WP popularity.

    A couple of obvious ideas:

    WordPress(.com) should be a platform to promote all commercial agency and activity, not just one. Creates confusion for users, and is a conflict of interest in the ongoing development of WordPress. I see regular arguments and tribal divisions brewing, which hurts focus.

    WordPress should always remain “free”. But the world’s most profitable corporations also offer their software for free, while promoting open source software. This enables egregious extraction at the greatest scale and scope, while whitewashing the entire process as acceptable. So we have to start thinking beyond the cost of the initial click, or diversifying that initial click cost.. i.e. a $1 fee or levy on each non-core piece of software (plugin, theme) can be used to fund core development.

    I’m sure you guys could think of many more ways to accelerate this lagging project without compromising it’s core values, but I don’t think much change is required to flip the table in terms of competition, just greater democracy and economic fairness.

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