12 Days of Blogmas 2021, Day 2 – WordPress: State of the Word 2021

Day 2 and it’s about WordPress and the State of the Word. Before I get into that though, have you filled out the annual WordPress survey? The great thing about WordPress being open-source is that you get to have a say. No matter how you use WordPress, your views are still relevant. It should take you no more than 10 minutes to complete.

State of the Word

It is that time of the year when Matt Mullenwerg, co-founder of the WordPress project, delivers the annual keynote speech. We get to hear about the progress to date and future plans. This year will be an in-person event in New York and will be live-streamed on YouTube. It will a late night for us UK folks, it doesn’t start until 10 pm.

The topics

Matt tries to cover a range of topics but the key things I’m interested in are the release of WordPress 5.9 and his vision for Learn WordPress.

WordPress 5.9

January 2022 will see the release of WordPress 5.9. This major release will allow you to easily build and customise themes to a greater extent without the need for a developer or designer. These are some of the things you can expect:

  • Edit part of your sites including the header and footer
  • Drag and drop elements in the Block Editor List view (this is one I’m excited about)
  • Even more design patterns

Have a look at this sneak preview of what you will be able to do.

Learn WordPress

This month, the Make Training team has been defining its goals for 2022, part of that includes the further development of the Learn WordPress platform.

Learn WordPress is a learning resource for anyone who wants to learn how to use, build for and contribute to WordPress.  It is an open-source platform built by the community that offers a range of materials and opportunities for you to use at your own pace and time.

I’m excited to hear about Matt’s vision for the coming year and how we as a Training team, can ensure that it aligns with the plans for 2022.

When and where?

When: State of the Word will take place today December 14, 2021, at 10 pm UK time until midnight.

Where: Livestreamed from New York City

Watch party

Don’t want to watch it all on your lonesome? Join a local watch party and get that feeling of being at a WordCamp or Meetup. I am going to be watching it online and will then join one of the post-roundups.

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