WPWeekly Episode 210 – Great Scott!

In this time travel inspired episode of WordPress Weekly, Marcus Couch and I catch you up on the news of the week. I start the show by sharing my experience attending the first WordCamp Hampton Roads in Virginia Beach, VA. While in Virginia Beach, I visited and worked from the Rocketgenius office and observed how the team behind Gravity Forms works on a daily basis. In the show, I explain why I think the company’s setup is the best of both worlds for distributed workers.

We discuss what the future of WordPress may be like 10 years from now and whether or not it’s time for the XML-RPC protocol to be removed from WordPress. We end the show with the plugin picks of the week.

Stories Discussed:

Anyssa Ferreira Awarded the Kim Parsell Memorial Scholarship
WP_Title is deprecated in WordPress 4.4
What Will WordPress Be Like In Next 10 Years? Here’s an awesome comment on the article.
It’s Time for XML-RPC in WordPress to Hit the Road

Plugins Picked By Marcus:

WooCommerce Price Per Word allows customers to upload a document to the product page. The word-count of the document is used to calculate the price based on the price-per-word entered for the product.

Shortcode Tester is a post editor tool for WordPress developers that displays the HTML generated by WordPress shortcodes in a popup window. You can quickly view the generated HTML without having to view the entire post.

Beehive cells arranges the content on your front page into a series of hexagonal cells similar to a beehive.

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  1. WordPress in 10 years? As we know it?

    Software-complexity is a raging epidemic, and that per se is only the tip of a runaway cultural iceberg. The Once Upon A Time fairytale policy to have a simple core that would support arbitrary plugin-based functionality reflected Matt Mullenweg’s recognition that the complexity-steamroller was overtaking him. He & the Policy were unceremoniously flattened.

    Computers & the Internet probably cannot deliver what those who really sponsor these trends want, and damn well expect. TV captured well over 90% of the market, and radio before it, for generations. The Web is achieving nothing close to that … and without that overweening domination, mass consumer marketing as we know it won’t work. It fragments … polarizes.

    It’s a charade; a house of cards.

    The Net will survive, but much of the ‘business’ is baseless. WordPress has a huge cultural brand, and will be able to do something with it. I think Mullenweg is the sort of person who sees these bigger patterns through the smoke & ruckus.


  2. Sidebar: Hi Jeff, where do you get your stock photos for WPTavern please? You always seem to pick out just the most appropriate photos to feature in each Post.




  3. re: 10 years from now…

    I have to agree with Marcus. In my experience, the Web isn’t that fundamentally different after 20 years, so I’m missing why it’s going to be THAT fundamentally different in another 10.

    I sure hope we’re not headed towards a more futuristic AOL or CompuServe, or an App-ized Web. If so, that will be a major step backwards, and ruin the Web.


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