The future of WordPress is here, and it is exciting

I recently spent a weekend at WordCamp US in San Diego, the annual national gathering for the WordPress community.

It was their first in-person event since 2019, after canceling in 2020 and going online for 2021. This was also the first time I physically attended a conference since before the pandemic.

Lunchtime at WordCamp US 2022 in San Diego

After 2+ years, it felt nice and refreshing to able to mingle and network with people once again, and listen to live presenters in the same room.

As I previously wrote, I was keen to be prepared beforehand with some knowledge of the latest WordPress developments. In particular, I’ve been spending quite a bit of time getting familiar with the next-generation WordPress platform for web content creation. It’s commonly known as Gutenberg or Full Site Editing (FSE).

And that preparation certainly did come in handy, as much of the conference was focused squarely on developments with FSE. With adequate knowledge in hand, I was able to follow all of the presentations devoted to Full Site Editing, and the promise it brings to website content creation.

A productive coding workshop

One of the highlights of the conference was a nearly 3-hour coding workshop to learn how to use the tools in the next-gen FSE platform to build content for websites.

As you can see in the photo, the room was packed and every seat was taken up. We’re talking about the future of WordPress and people in the community are excited. So as a result, everyone is eager to start working with FSE.

WordPress block theme coding workshop at WordCamp US 2022 in San Diego

This was my first time participating in a coding workshop, and it was a satisfying experience. Being prepared and having good familiarity with FSE made it easy to follow along and understand just about everything from start to finish.

Perhaps the best part of the workshop was that I came away with a few great tips that can be applied immediately to my present and future projects.

Why is the future of WordPress so significant?

Here is the direct answer: Full Site Editing will make it really easy for anyone to build a website.

Yes, there are products like Squarespace and Wix, very popular for their ease-of-use. But WordPress is free and open-source, while Squarespace and Wix are paid services on proprietary, closed platforms.

With WordPress, you can create and host your websites in whatever means you choose. That is not true for Squarespace and Wix. You have to live on their platforms on their terms.

WordPress Full Site Editing will let anyone design completely from scratch, something previously only possible with advanced coding skills, or by paying for a special plugin. (WordPress designers often begin with a pre-designed theme of their choosing, rather than start from scratch.)

FSE will also enhance the experience for developers creating specific customizations. Complex coding tasks can now be replaced with much more streamlined JSON tweaks or lightweight JavaScript modifications.

Full Site Editing is going to bring user-friendly, simplified web content creation to the masses. The future is very bright for WordPress.