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Check out some of the highlights and exciting announcements from Matt Mullenweg’s December 14 State of the Word Annual Address!
Yesterday saw the return of a live State of the Word annual address broadcast to the world from our new NoHo event space in New York City! Prepared and re-energized from a recent trip to Antarctica, Matt shares his thoughts on the state of WordPress in 2021 and some big announcements for 2022 and beyond. Check out some of the highlights below or check out the full address!
Originally slated for December 2021, the release of WordPress 5.9 was delayed until January 25 so that full site editing – which allows for more customization and simpler site creation – could be fully realized before 5.9 was revealed. could. In other exciting news, Matt shared that version 6.0 will arrive later in the year and 2022 could see a total of four new releases instead of the usual three. watch this space!
This year, WordPress.org saw a news page redesign, which was aesthetically inspired by the playfulness of jazz, as well as the Openverse search engine (named before Facebook’s recent name shift, we swear!) to search engine users. Allows the U.S. to easily find openly licensed photos for its sites. There are currently over 600 million images available on OpenVerse, and audio files will be added in early 2022!
The Pattern Directory was also launched this year, where people with little or no coding expertise are able to copy and use any of its particular patterns to spice up their sites. Starting with WordPress 5.9, users will be able to add their own patterns to the directory, helping them to help others create beautiful online content.
A sign of our continued commitment to global inclusivity, accessibility and the democratization of the Internet, 2021 saw a 76% increase in language packs available as core WordPress plugins. We now have approximately 16,000 active translators in the community, which means that WordPress products can be translated into 71 different languages upon release.
The company saw significant growth in 2021, and WordPress software now powers over 43% of the Internet. This year also saw an increase of around 12% in both the number of themes available and the total downloads (fresh downloads, updates not included).
At the end of 2020, there were only two or three fully customizable block themes available in the world. As the end of 2021 draws closer, we now have 28 – 1,000% growth! WordPress 5.8 added the ability to manage widgets in the block editor as well as a new query block and duotone filter, and next year will see the release of the aptly titled Twenty Twenty-Two Default Blocks theme.
The Five for the Future initiative, launched in 2014, remains a top priority. In exchange for all the benefits personally received through their work, Five for the Future asks WordPress community members to give 5% of their time back to the community however they see fit – reporting bugs, Offering translation, developing plugins or themes, designing code, offering training, etc. – which, in fact, fertilizes the soil for continued future development.
In case you missed the live stream of the event, you can check out the full address below.
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