This is Malcolm Peralty here from PressTitan and this is The WP Minute, Episode 119
This past weekend was WordCamp US and Matt Mullenweg did his State of the Word address. It primarily focused on WordPress 5.0 and highlighted what’s next for Gutenberg. Torque Mag highlights some of what happened in their post, including the big call to action that Matt made: learn blocks deeply.
As I had heard before, Gutenberg’s React based coding system is going to power more than just content creation in WordPress going forward such as menus and widgets being turned into block systems.
One cool thing I hadn’t heard before was what phase three and four of Gutenberg was going to be. Matt’s lofty goal is to create a Google Docs like collaboration experience where multiple people can work on the same post or page at the same time and also add core support for multilingual sites. These later phases aren’t set to begin any time soon and the year 2020 was thrown around, but I’m unsure if that’s a potential start development or early release date for any of these new features.
Over on WPKube, they have a detailed post on how to get started with the new block-based editor in WordPress 5.0. It has a ton of text and images, which I don’t think I could learn from, but hopefully, those that can find this post and find their transition made easier. I need video or interactive training or lessons with an instructor to pick up new things like this quickly, but I do appreciate the effort that goes into writing up a guide like this.
Lastly, for those that are sticking with older versions of WordPress and are nervous about updating plugins or themes, you might be exposing yourself to security issues. WP Beginner has a guide on how to scan your site for potentially malicious code, providing some plugin resources to keep your WordPress site a bit more secure, though nothing is better than having the latest code installed on your server.
That’s it for today’s WP Minute, thank you all for watching.