By Hugh Lashbrooke Activity slowed down in December in the WordPress community, particularly in the last two weeks. However, the month started off with a big event and work still pushed forward in a number of key areas of the project. Read on to find out more about what transpired in the WordPress community as 2017 came to a close.
WordCamp US 2017 Brings the Community Together
The latest edition of WordCamp US took place last month in Nashville on December 1-3. The event brought together over 1,400 WordPress enthusiasts from around the world, fostering a deeper, more engaged global community.
While attending a WordCamp is always a unique experience, you can catch up on the sessions on WordPress.tv and look through the event photos on Facebook to get a feel for how it all happened. Of course, Matt Mullenweg’s State of the Word talk is always one of the highlights at this event.
The next WordCamp US will be held in Nashville again in 2018, but if you would like to see it hosted in your city in 2019 and 2020, then you have until February 2 to apply.
WordPress User Survey Data Is Published
Over the last few years, tens of thousands of WordPress users all over the world have filled out the annual WordPress user survey. The results of that survey are used to improve the WordPress project, but that data has mostly remained private. This has changed now and the results from the last three surveys are now publicly available for everyone to analyze.
The data will be useful to anyone involved in WordPress since it provides a detailed look at who uses WordPress and what they do with it — information that can help inform product development decisions across the board.
New WordPress.org Team for the Tide Project
As announced at WordCamp US, the Tide project is being brought under the WordPress.org umbrella to be managed and developed by the community.
Tide is a series of automated tests run against every plugin and theme in the directory to help WordPress users make informed decisions about the plugins and themes that they choose to install.
To get involved in developing Tide, jump into the #tide channel in the Making WordPress Slack group, and follow the Tide team blog.
If you’re following the development of Gutenberg, or if you want a primer on where it’s headed, then Morten Rand-Hendriksen’s talk from WordCamp US is a must watch.
The annual surveys for WordPress meetup members and meetup organizers are available for people to fill out — if you’re involved in or attend your local meetup group then be sure to complete those.
10up has a brand new plugin in beta that will assist with powerful and flexible content publishing and syndication across WordPress sites.
The Community Team is exploring a move to make the recently developed CampSite theme the default theme for all new WordCamp websites. This is the theme that was developed and employed for WordCamp Europe 2017.
The team working on the multisite features of WordPress Core has recently published their planned roadmap for development.
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