Last week, myself and RC Lations, travelled to Philadelphia to participate at WordCamp US. For those who don’t know, WordCamp US was the largest gathering of WordPress users and professionals on record, with over 1,800 attendees. In addition to meeting some of the most intelligent and influential people in the WordPress community, a highlight of the trip was discussing the future of WordPress.
Here are three of the technologies that were discussed at WordCamp that are poised to change the platform for the better this year:
As of December 2015, WordPress powers 25% of the websites on the internet. Growing from a simple blogging platform, it has become a content management system (CMS) and is now heading in the direction of becoming a full fledged application framework.
A large part of this shift comes with the increased adoption of the WordPress REST API. For a while the API has been available as a standalone plugin or as part of Jetpack, however, with the release of WordPress 4.4 the foundation has been laid for incorporating the API into WordPress’s core.
For a more detailed discussion of this topic see RC’s blog post.
In particular, React.js has been highlighted as a key library for WordPress’s future. An example of this is Calypso, a desktop editor for WordPress.com which Automattic has recently released. This application best demonstrates the opportunities for smooth user experiences and third party integration.
WordCamp US happened to coincide with the release of PHP7, the newest iteration of the server side language that WordPress is built on. While hosting companies will likely not update their servers to the new version until after all the bugs have been worked out, early testing is showing that WordPress sites will experience a significant speed boost when this happens. As WordPress supports many older versions of PHP, coding standards will likely not change anytime soon, but we’ll hopefully be enjoying faster sites before the end of 2016.
For more information about WordCamp Us visit their site: https://2015.us.wordcamp.org/