Welcome to the live blog of the State of the Word, at WordCamp US 2015! Follow along for live updates from Matt Mullenweg’s talk, and watch the live stream.
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Question: when will the minimum PHP requirement be raised?
Question: what’s coming in terms of organizations contributing time and resources back to WordPress?
Question: do you see any modifications to the plugin repository to support a premium/freemium ecosystem?
Question: results of the community survey?
Question: when will all WordPress development be on git?
Question: what’s the easiest way to become a WordPress lead developer?
Question: do rapid release cycles prevent developers from keeping up with the changing ecosystem and new tools?
Matt answering questions from the audience.
Question: What can plugin authors do to prepare for better translations?
Question: Accessibility is improving, amazing advances even in the last year. What leadership can we show around accessibility in the time ahead?
Question: Will Calypso replace wp-admin?
A questioner asks about the future of WooCommerce.
A great round of applause for Matt!
Dates for WordCamp US 2016 are announced! December 2-4, again in Philadelphia, get it on your calendar.
“WordPress is going to reverse the trend of closed APIs”
Customization will be extremely important. We can improve the new user experience with better customization.
Work continues to get top plugins and themes available in every language.
Looking ahead to 2016…
LetsEncrypt (supported in part by Automattic) is making it easy and free to encrypt the web, making mass surveillance even harder.
Matt discusses four examples of projects that have done really cool things with the REST API. Microsoft’s new ERP solution, Microsoft Dynamics AX, uses it for moving content within the application. Nomadbase uses it as a back-end. StoryCorps uses it to create StoryCorps.me, an application that lets users record and upload interviews. And then there’s Calypso…
205 accessibility tickets have been worked on and completed since last year, up 80%.
New victims, er, leads for upcoming releases: Mike Schroder for 4.5, Dominik Schilling for 4.6 and Matt for 4.7.
It includes scaffolding for the REST API, a new default theme Twenty Sixteen, responsive images, term meta and oEmbed for WordPress, along with a lot of other small updates.
This release has over 2,000 commits, over 400 contributors.
Version 4.4 is shipping Tuesday!
Matt thanks the release leads for each of these, John Blackbourn, Konstantin Obenland and Drew Jaynes respectively.
There were over 1 billion downloads from the plugins directory this year! We also added 9,000 new plugins to the repository. Wow.
Lots of updates to the WordPress.org community site: measuring plugin activity instead of downloads, adopting Slack, open sourcing WordPress.tv, localizing the plugin and theme directories, and adding support for language packs to all themes and plugins. key
“Technology is at its best when it brings people together.”
Matt announces that this Friday December 11th, “Milestones: The Story of WordPress” will be released officially. key
The first WordCamp in 2006:
A moment of silence for Alex King – an original contributor to WordPress and a web developer – and Kim Parsell – who was a key WordPress community member.
Matt begins the 10th State of the Word by inviting us to thank the amazing sponsors, organizers and volunteers who made WordCamp US 2015 possible.
Very exciting: by citation from Councilman Oh, December 5th is now and forever WordPress Day in the City of Philadelphia. What a great honor!
City of Philadelphia Councilman David Oh is arriving on stage to make a special announcement.
Matt Mullenweg is taking the stage.
WordPress contributor, previous release lead and Automattician Konstantin Obenland is coming on stage to make some introductions.
Hi everyone! Some of us from the WordCamp US team are here to bring you a live blog of Matt Mullenweg’s 2015 State of the Word. key