WordPress reached a significant milestone this month
By beginning of April 2019, WordPress now powers more than one-third of the top 10 million sites on the web.
Source: W3Tech which tracks usage statistics for all major web platforms.
WordPress 5.2 is coming!
WordPress 5.1.1 was released in March 2019.
It has 14 fixes and enhancements, and the Core team is now focusing on the next major release, version 5.2.
This release will include some great new features, along with the latest updates to the block editor.
One of the most anticipated new features is the improved fatal error detection.
This was removed from version 5.1 shortly before release so that it could be improved and made more secure for this release.
PHP 5.6 will be the minimum required PHP version for WordPress.
It’s a significant step towards a more modern web and updated coding standards.
WordPress 5.2 is now in beta and you can test it by installing the Beta Tester plugin on any WordPress site.
Proposal for a Central Block Directory
Blocks is becoming the new way to manage content in WordPress.
More and more types of blocks are being developed for different use cases and content types.
In an effort to make it easier for content creators to find these block types, there is a proposal for a new type of plugin and a directory to handle it.
The proposal outlines a new type of WordPress plugin that provides blocks, named Single Block Plugins.
The benefit is to provide content creators with individual pieces of functionality and new types of blocks without the need to search for and install new plugins.
The Single Block Plugins would be hosted in a separate Block Directory section of the Plugin Directory.
Each plugin will register a single block, and they will be searchable and installable from within the editor itself.
This puts blocks at the publishers’ fingertips — you no longer have to leave the editor to find them.
Global WordPress Translation Day is Back
On 11 May 2019, the fourth Global WordPress Translation Day will take place.
This is a 24-hour global event dedicated to the translation of all things WordPress, from core to themes, plugins to marketing.
In 24 hours, WordPress communities will translate WordPress into their local languages and watch talks and sessions broadcast on wptranslationday.org.
During the last Global WordPress Translation Day, 71 local events took place in 29 countries.
Gutenberg Development Continues
Version 5.3 of Gutenberg, released this month, includes a new block manager modal, the ability to nest different elements in the cover block, and some UI tweaks to improve the hover state of blocks.