What is the History?
WordPress was launched in 2003 and it dominated the market for more than a decade. It was preferred by millions of online users because of its free tools, thousands of plugins and themes. WordPress captured the web CMS market easily. Soon this hosting platform became the most popular PHP framework for websites having more than 25% of the web market share.
WordPress is not being rewritten in Node.js
What about WordPress and Node.js?
Why most developers talk about Node.js? Actually most of the front-end tools are built in Node.js, Calypso is built with popular node tools like Jade, Marked, WebPack, Uglify, Babel, Hot Loader and over 100 more modules. This is how the front end space have evolved and it is good actually that WordPress has started using them because there were not many people using these tools in this space.
What about WordPress.com accounts, self hosted, Plugins, Custom post types?
If you do PHP Application Development and create WordPress sites then you need to learn many new things now. Calypso is actually an editor and an RSS reader for WordPress.com sites. You can also use it to manage your self-hosted WordPress site. After you enable Automattic’s JetPack plugin, you can manage your content with Calypso. Developers have built these. You could manage, Pages, Posts, Themes, Menus, Plugins and some settings, all the things which you need to manage a blog. Initially missing was an interface for custom fields, custom post types and any custom interface that a plugin use but soon it should be there. So many people use WordPress not only as a blog but many other things.
What’s Store in the Future?
The new version came with an all new desktop application, refined the experience of a blogger and gave the developers an edge for their skills. Let’s discuss what advantages the developers got with this.
New WordPress.com, an admin interface, is now just like a third party interface by WordPress core.
Using JS and API calls in place of PHP and MySQL, the server will be able to distribute a functional WordPress client that runs smoothly within the browser.
The REST API is going to perform functions like fetching the blog posts and publishing new blog posts along with media uploads.
The loading screen time which was developed as a single page application, reduced as well as a fully responsive experience across devices was achieved.
The platform becomes open source on GitHub and offered the flexibility to the users to develop customized interfaces, plugins and themes on the Jetpack websites.
A new Mac desktop application was developed which allowed publishers to insert content to the WordPress site from MAC OS and later on Windows and Linux versions are.
Social media was full of with this news of revamping of WordPress after so many years. The team at Automattic, the parent company of WordPress said that there were working since long for these changes in WordPress and this Gen-next version of WordPress will change the World of technology for sure.
What does this mean for a WordPress Developer?