State of the Word, 2017


I really enjoyed connecting with the WordPress community in Nashville this previous weekend. On Saturday I delivered the State of the Word presentation alongside Mel, Weston, and Matías. There's always a post-event buzz but I definitely noticed a change in tenor of people's thoughts on Gutenberg after the presentation and demo. The video is above, check it out when you get a chance.

13 thoughts on “State of the Word, 2017

  1. Hi Matt, Once the metabox issue was resolved it was clear that Gutenberg had turned a corner. It was a great demo and Matias did a very nice job of it. I’ll be sure to check out Mor10’s presentation also since you gave it such props.

    The good news is that from here on out it just keeps getting better.

    You mentioned that perhaps other projects might use Gutenberg. My impression is that it is tied to the Rest API, so I’m curious how that would play out.

  2. I really enjoyed seeing the State of the Word; it was upbeat and thoughtful. I loved seeing Mel up there, along with Weston, and seeing Matías do a live demo was thrilling! It was just aboot the best part of the entire weekend.

  3. Matt, very glad to hear that the WP Foundation is now ramping up its giving program for community members. Does this mean that donors will now receive some sort of thank-you note for donating? I gave in December 2016 and was very disappointed that the only response I received was the PayPal email receipt. It would have been nice for the WPF to have, at very least, an automated email response or something to make donors feel valued.

      1. Glad to hear it. My wife works in major-gift development so when I didn’t receive anything I heard all about it from her. 🙂

  4. Matt—in one of the Q&A answers, you mention that “whatever we can do to help people, we will. That’s WordPress’ way.”

    I’d love to read an article discussing the “WordPress Way” in more detail and what it means to you.

  5. In your email with the subject “Tip(ton) Your Cap to WordPress 4.9” which was sent at the release of WP 4.9, you wrote that during this State of the Word you would include some of the results of the survey. I’m wondering what’s left of that and if you managed to include any?

  6. How is Gutenberg WYSIWYG? The demo only shows the backend. Switching to the frontend “paints” a different picture altogether! Take a vanilla WP install with only the Gutenberg plugin and the current default theme and open the Gutenberg demo.

    Backend will show a serif font, frontend a sans-serif font.
    Backend will show a site-wide image, frontend a content-wide image only and a sidebar.

    Isn’t this only becoming more confusing for end users?

    I am so surprised that nobody talks about this…

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