WordPress is not stagnant, but a rapidly growing platform to incorporate the changing needs of the clients and web developers. You may not know the changes happening unless you are a hardcore WordPress follower. However, when it comes to developing with WordPress, it is essential for you to know these changes to come up with the most advanced and featured solutions. With the new version of 4.9, WordPress is bringing in many significant changes, which help the developers and designers to meet the changing needs of the industry. In this article, we will discuss some of these groundbreaking additions to the WordPress suite.
Guttenberg is proving out to be a revolutionary project, which is bringing in massive changes in WordPress on how it works. 2018 was quite a long year for WordPress with many changes from time to time. Being loyal users of WordPress, you as well as we do care about all the changes happening in this cranny, so without any further ado, let’s explore it.
2019 expectations on WordPress
- Project Gutenberg
The WordPress builders are working a heart and soul for many years now to develop WP as a revolutionary platform for content creation and editing. This project is called Gutenberg. The latest good news about Gutenberg is that it came out with the last year 5.0 release of WordPress and now getting added to the core by replacing the classic editor.
Gutenberg is focusing mostly on the block editing approach, which is something like the editors we have seen at WIX, MailChimp, and the Medium. This could be an out of the box solution from WordPress, which will develop as an integral approach to web development over time. Looking at its development to date, we can expect that for this year, Gutenberg may make the tasks like content writing and content editing much easier than before.
Developers can easily drag and drop various elements to the canvas and create customized blocks to which you can add content. It will also help in adding more images, videos, and other types of media. You can use Gutenberg as an innovative editor which can give you the same easy-to-use experience on the No.1 CMS of WordPress.
- The future of Classic Editor
As we have seen above, the rise of new Gutenberg may likely wave goodbye to the developers 10-year favorite Classic Editor of WordPress. However, WordPress is not taking off this feature, but those who are nostalgic about it can still use the classic content editor as the same with all features.
WordPress will make the Classic Editor a plug-in, which can be accessed by anyone and use it as they used to. So, if you feel bad about the changes making it difficult to get accustomed to, you may simply install this WordPress Classic Editor plug-in and use it anytime. As the editor plug-in still functions the same, you can make of it alongside coping up with the Gutenberg system to accommodate your ongoing projects.
- WordPress CLI
Another major expectation by the RemoteDBA.com experts is the command-line interface (CLI) for WordPress, which could be extended in such a way that it can be instantly used to create various things. This may be an inevitable need for individual developers and companies as well. Those who have already used it will surely agree to the fact that WP CLI could be one of the best tweaks for the WordPress suite. With this, it becomes much easier for the WP users to:
- Set up creative WordPress sites
- Better control WP applications using CRON
- Effectively manage the plug-ins
- Test codes quickly.
Along with the above few, there are also a lot more add-on tasks to be easily and quickly handled through the CLI or shell scripting.
- WordPress Database
The WPDB (WordPress Database) is one of the important class to use when there is a need to handle the databases directly. Primary methods and properties of WPDB class have been well explained on the Codex page of WP, so there is no need to discuss it again. For 2019 developers, it is preferable to use the helper methods than the query method to handle relational SQL queries. This is also with the conventional methods of the update, insert, get_row, etc. Along with more specific to the use cases, it is also a safer mode.
The nature of database hosts and RDBMS concepts may also change in the coming days. The host is where your database is arranged and put into a MySQL server. You can continue using localhost manage the data and connect WordPress to the database. You may also think of using MySQL servers too if there are different hostnames. NoSQL database management practices are also gaining in momentum lately, which may also show its impact on WP database management this year.
- Enhancement of Rest API
We may expect the addition of a few more things to the dashboard for better WordPress management. You can get the Admin panel on the Rest API. With this, you may be able to use WordPress as another Framework in order to manage the content of your web applications. REST API is primarily a simple set of codes, which can help you to store and retrieve data from the WordPress applications you develop.
The future WordPress developers can create mobile apps too n WordPress by putting the additional weight of the Rest API behind. The process of mobile app development may also be the same as of the web application development, which means you can also make Android or iOS applications to run on WP website.
Along with these, as we have seen in the last several years, one may expect a lot more plug-ins and themes also by the WP developers from across the globe to meet the requirement of upcoming technologies as IoT, Big Data, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, etc.