The core team has laid out the plan for Wordpress 5.7, the next release of the Wordpress platform. It is targeted for release in March 2021. Matt Mullenweg will be the release lead.
Wordpress 5.6 was released today. This is a major release of the Wordpress core platform. We are doing a verification of the production release on our company sites today. Overall, a solid update to the platform, but not one that delivers much from a functionality perspective to non-developers.
We have recommended adding the Gutenburg Changelog to your listening list before. This week's show covers the upcoming Gutenberg Times Live Q & A, Full Site Editing, Gutenberg 9.4, and the Customizer. Worth a listen.
Because developing blocks requires using a different tools, there have been several initiatives introduced to simplify this. Justin Tadlock just did a review of one of the latest offerings, Genesis Custom Blocks.
One of the areas we are very focused on here at Outcome Labs is maintaining a reliable, repeatable workflow. One area we are focused on is what we will use to provide page-level layouts with the Wordpress Block Editor.
Recent discussion kicked off about adding a Block Patterns directory. Another piece of the puzzle for the evolving Wordpress ecosystem.
Interesting proposal by Rich Tabor on improving block styles and transforms. Rich created a proposal for this on Github. Take a few minutes to review and consider.
Every month the folks over at iThemes do a nice recap on Wordpress plugins that were added or updated in the past thirty days. For October, they highlighted three that we are researching as possible additions to our toolset here at Outcome Labs.
With the upcoming Beta 1 deadline for Wordpress 5.6, we strongly recommend taking a few minutes to stay current and have a solid plan for what to do when 5.6 rolls out.