Update: 9 Projects for 2019

Updated Jan 20 for more accurate reflection of targeted WP releases. -Josepha

About a year ago, Matt posted 9 projects for Core to focus on in 2019. We didn’t ship as many as hoped, but we made a lot of progress. I’ve shared each project below and included links to their primary tickets or round up posts. I’ve also included an idea of when they are likely to be complete where possible.


In Progress

  • Create a block for navigation menus (target WP5.5)
  • Build a WordPress.org directory for discovering blocks, and a way to seamlessly install them (target WP5.5)
  • Provide a way for users to opt-in to automatic pluginPlugin A plugin is a piece of software containing a group of functions that can be added to a WordPress website. They can extend functionality or add new features to your WordPress websites. WordPress plugins are written in the PHP programming language and integrate seamlessly with WordPress. These can be free in the WordPress.org Plugin Directory https://wordpress.org/plugins/ or can be cost-based plugin from a third-party and theme updates (target WP5.5)
  • Provide a way for themes to visually register content areas (target WP5.6)
  • Upgrade the widgets-editing areas and the Customizer to support blocks (target WP5.5)
  • Provide a way for users to opt-in to automatic updates of major CoreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress. releases (target WP5.6)
  • Form a Triagetriage The act of evaluating and sorting bug reports, in order to decide priority, severity, and other factors. team to tackle our 6,500 open issues on TracTrac An open source project by Edgewall Software that serves as a bug tracker and project management tool for WordPress.

What’s Next

The projects that we didn’t ship this year will carry over into 2020.

The Core/technology focus for 2020 will be full site editing (which happens primarily in #core-editor) as well as a few ecosystem needs for which we will look to #meta (easier releases, continued work on blockBlock Block is the abstract term used to describe units of markup that, composed together, form the content or layout of a webpage using the WordPress editor. The idea combines concepts of what in the past may have achieved with shortcodes, custom HTML, and embed discovery into a single consistent API and user experience. directories, etc). For a concept of the long term roadmap, keep an eye on the Roadmap page; it’s updated frequently.

This post was compiled by @chanthaboune, and reviewed for clarity and accuracy by @andreamiddleton, @jeffpaul, and @matt.