Feature projects are intended to explore potential ideas for WordPress coreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress.. Feature projects are similar to the previously used feature plugins in many ways (including in name), but may not take the form of a 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; in fact, they likely do not begin as plugins. Most start as ideas that need exploration to be more fully formed/fleshed out before implementation. Others become discrete patches on tickets. Others may turn into multiple plugins, breaking out the successful parts of the project into patches for core, while iterating on the less-successful pieces. Still others may remain in plugin format even after reaching a polished point, as they may not make sense as a bundled part of core but serve a valuable purpose for users.

Projects listed below are not necessarily scheduled for a particular release, nor are they promised for any future version of WordPress. For more on feature plugins, see this post.

Active Projects

activeConsent API
A standard way for WordPress core, plugins, and themes to obtain consent from users should be established to provide a consistent and stable experience for administrators, developers, and users of all kinds. Leads: @rogierlankhorst, @garrett-eclipse, @xkon. GitHub repo, WordPress.org plugin.
activeWP Auto-updates
The WP-Auto-updates project is part of the 2020 roadmap. The goal is to introduce Major Core Versions, Plugins and Themes auto-update. The project is currently focused on Plugins & Themes auto-updates for WordPress 5.5. Lead: @audrasjb. GitHub repo.
The servehappy project is an initiative that seeks to educate WordPress site owners about the value of having the latest version of PHPPHP The web scripting language in which WordPress is primarily architected. WordPress requires PHP 5.6.20 powering their WordPress site. This supports the overall goal of increasing the percentage of WordPress installs running modern PHP versions. Leads: @flixos90, @schlessera. GitHub repo.
activePreferred Languages
The initial project will cover an extensibleExtensible This is the ability to add additional functionality to the code. Plugins extend the WordPress core software. backend implementation as well as a single frontend use case. Lead: @swissspidy. P2 posts.
activeWP Notify
The initial project will cover an extensible backend implementation as well as a single frontend use case. Lead: @psykro. Historical P2 Posts.
ideaToolbar Experiments
The toolbar is not a consistent experience in a number of ways, including behavior on touch vs. pointer and its content as you flip between the front end and adminadmin (and super admin) contexts. It should be a consistent experience with the best possible behavior on various devices so that users can use it to its best effect without being disrupted by inconsistencies. Lead: @helen. GitHub repo. See also #32678.
ideaWordPress NUX
Increase WordPress retention by removing barriers to entry, removing potential interruptions, and experimenting with ways to decrease the time it takes for the site creator to feel ready to share the site.
ideaCustomize Posts
This is a feature pluginFeature Plugin A plugin that was created with the intention of eventually being proposed for inclusion in WordPress Core. See Features as Plugins. intended to implement #34923: Introduce basic content authorship in the CustomizerCustomizer Tool built into WordPress core that hooks into most modern themes. You can use it to preview and modify many of your site’s appearance settings.. Lead: @westonruter. GitHub repo.
This is a feature plugin intended to implement #34923: Introduce basic content authorship in the Customizer. Lead: @georgestephanis. GitHub repo, P2 posts, #core-passwords Slack channel.

Inactive Projects

mergedLazy Loading
Enabling lazy-loading for images in WordPress content was first proposed nearly two years ago, however the JavaScriptJavaScript JavaScript or JS is an object-oriented computer programming language commonly used to create interactive effects within web browsers. WordPress makes extensive use of JS for a better user experience. While PHP is executed on the server, JS executes within a user’s browser. https://www.javascript.com/. implementation at the time would potentially have introduced many edge cases and failures. Using the new loading attribute removes these concerns. Leads: @azaozz, @flixos90. GitHub repo, WordPress.org plugin.
mergedXML Sitemaps
Generating and exposing XML sitemaps for search engines as part of WordPress core. Leads: @tweetythierry, @swissspidy. GitHub repo, WordPress.org plugin.
WordPress is moving towards becoming a fully-fledged application framework, and we need new APIs. This project was born to create an easy-to-use, easy-to-understand and well-tested framework for creating these APIs, plus creating APIs for core. This plugin provides an easy to use REST APIREST API The REST API is an acronym for the RESTful Application Program Interface (API) that uses HTTP requests to GET, PUT, POST and DELETE data. It is how the front end of an application (think “phone app” or “website”) can communicate with the data store (think “database” or “file system”) https://developer.wordpress.org/rest-api/., available via HTTPHTTP HTTP is an acronym for Hyper Text Transfer Protocol. HTTP is the underlying protocol used by the World Wide Web and this protocol defines how messages are formatted and transmitted, and what actions Web servers and browsers should take in response to various commands.. Grab your site’s data in simple JSONJSON JSON, or JavaScript Object Notation, is a minimal, readable format for structuring data. It is used primarily to transmit data between a server and web application, as an alternative to XML. format, including users, posts, taxonomies and more. Retrieving or updating data is as simple as sending a HTTP request. Leads: @rmccue, @rachelbaker. GitHub repo, WordPress.org plugin.
mergedShiny Updates
Shiny Updates strives for a simplified and more streamlined experience by maintaining the context of the workflow when installing, updating, and deleting plugins and themes.
mergedFont Natively
Switch to system fonts for faster loading and a more native-feeling experience.
mergedCustomize Preview Responsiveness
Add a user-friendly way to preview site responsiveness in the Customizer. Lead: @celloexpressions. Flow posts. See also #31195. Merged in 4.5 release.
mergedCustomize Partial Refresh
Customizer: Add framework for selective refresh (partial preview refreshes). Lead: @westonruter. P2 posts. See also #27355. Merged in 4.5 release.
This plugin allows anyone to embed posts from your site by just pasting its URLURL A specific web address of a website or web page on the Internet, such as a website’s URL www.wordpress.org. Lead: @swissspidy. Final Proposal, P2 posts, GitHub repo. See also #32522. Merged in 4.4 release.
mergedRICG Responsive Images
Bringing automatic default responsive images to WordPress. Lead: @mike. Final Proposal, P2 posts. Merged in 4.4 release.
mergedMenu Customizer
The purpose of the Menu Customizer project is to move navigation menuNavigation Menu A theme feature introduced with Version 3.0. WordPress includes an easy to use mechanism for giving various control options to get users to click from one place to another on a site. management from the WordPress admin to the Customizer. Lead: @celloexpressions. Final Proposal, P2 posts. Merged in 4.3 release.
mergedCustomizer Theme Switcher
The goal is to bring theme-browsing and theme-switching into the Customizer to streamline the themes experience. Lead: @celloexpressions. Final Proposal. Merged in 4.2 release.
mergedPress This
Press This is a little tool that lets you grab bits of the web and create new posts with ease. Lead: @michael-arestad. Final Proposal, P2 posts, GitHub repo. Merged in 4.2 release.
If only there was a consistent emoji experience for WordPress. That would be 😎👍. This was an experimental plugin to develop Emoji support in WordPress. Lead: @pento. P2 posts, GitHub repo. Merged in 4.2 release.
mergedUser Session Manager
Session management for WordPress. Lead: @johnbillion. GitHub repo. Merged in 4.1 release.
mergedFocus v2
A re-think of Distraction Free Writing. Lead: @iseulde. Final Proposal, P2 posts. Merged in 4.1 release.
mergedMedia Grid
When browsing your media, why limit yourself to a list with tiny thumbnails? The Media Grid plugin gives you a nice grid view of your media items. Lead: @ericlewis. O2 posts, P2 posts. Merged in 4.0 release.
Focus on editing, while editing. Lead: @iseulde. Final Proposal. Merged in 4.0 release.
mergedWidgets Customizer
Changes made when using the Customizer are not visible to site visitors until you hit Save & Publish. So what if widgets could be edited in the Customizer? That’s what the WidgetWidget A WordPress Widget is a small block that performs a specific function. You can add these widgets in sidebars also known as widget-ready areas on your web page. WordPress widgets were originally created to provide a simple and easy-to-use way of giving design and structure control of the WordPress theme to the user. Customizer plugin makes possible. No longer do you have to edit your widgets blind! Lead: @westonruter. Final Proposal, P2 posts. Merged in 3.9 release.
While functional, WordPress’ dashboard page hasn’t kept up with the rest of WordPress. We mean to improve the experience of the first page of WordPress. Streamline it, clean it up looking at all the widgets, and make it responsive. Leads: @lessbloat, @joen. Final Proposal, P2 posts. Merged in 3.8 release.
Simplify and modernize the design of the admin, with a focus on the rapidly growing user base using HiDPI, touch, and small-screened devices. Lead: @iammattthomas. Final Proposal, P2 posts. Merged in 3.8 release.
Re-imagine a theme experience that is beautiful, visually focused (able to display more/bigger screenshots), fast, and mobile-ready. Lead: @matveb. Final Proposal, overview, P2 posts. Merged in 3.8 release.
mergedWidgets Area Chooser
Re-imagine a theme experience that is beautiful, visually focused (able to display more/bigger screenshots), fast, and mobile-ready. Lead: @shaunandrews. Final Proposal, make/ui posts, make core posts. Merged in 3.8 release.
Improve the WYSIWYGWhat You See Is What You Get What You See Is What You Get. Most commonly used in relation to editors, where changes made in edit mode reflect exactly as they will translate to the published page. experience of widgets through non-destructive live previews. The current approach of making some changes immediately live but not others breaks users’ expectations and trust.
closedFields API
The WordPress Fields APIAPI An API or Application Programming Interface is a software intermediary that allows programs to interact with each other and share data in limited, clearly defined ways. can be used by developers to build forms with a common structure. It makes it possible to efficiently build settings pages, metaMeta Meta is a term that refers to the inside workings of a group. For us, this is the team that works on internal WordPress sites like WordCamp Central and Make WordPress. boxes, profile fields, and other elements in WordPress. Lead: @sc0ttkclark. GitHub repo, P2 Posts.
closedBackground Image Cropper
This plugin is a WordPress core feature-plugin that adds cropping to background images for parity with headerHeader The header of your site is typically the first thing people will experience. The masthead or header art located across the top of your page is part of the look and feel of your website. It can influence a visitor’s opinion about your content and you/ your organization’s brand. It may also look different on different screen sizes. images. Lead: @celloexpressions.

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Possible statuses: active idea merged closed