WordPress has done much to accomplish its goal to democratize publishing. From the launch of the Pages feature more than ten years ago to the new UI of the Customizer, WordPress continues to reach out to users seeking a no-code solution.
WordPress has captured close to 30% of web market share, all while consistently improving the platform with small, incremental steps. But Gutenberg is no small step. It’s a leap.
Gutenberg is a considerable change to WordPress. When Matt Mullenweg announced at WordCamp US that Gutenberg will be released in version 5.0, we knew it was time to start assimilating into the world of block-based editing. We have to start preparing for Gutenberg now because this new editing experience will have a significant impact on our customers’ online fundraising abilities.
With all of this in mind, part of my role as lead admin of the Advanced WordPress Facebook (AWP) group is facilitating discussions that push WordPress forward.
There have been a lot of public discussions about what Gutenberg should or shouldn’t be; but not enough information coming directly from those who are building Gutenberg. I hoped that having an audience of 30,000 members might attract some of these top notch individuals to be interviewed about Gutenberg so we could hear “from the horse’s mouth,” so to speak.
Thus the AWP Gutenberg Interview Series was born.
Thus far, we’ve learned a great deal from:
Joost de Valk
Founder of Yoast SEO, the world’s most popular WordPress SEO plugin
Full-time Open Sourcer and WordPress Core Contributor
UX Designer at Automattic
This coming Monday, though, it’s a great pleasure to have Matt Mullenweg discuss why he felt the need for Gutenberg to come to WordPress, and his vision for the future of WordPress as a whole.
Matt Mullenweg has both written and talked extensively about Gutenberg from commenting on community blogs to having it as a major focal point in his 2017 State of the Word address, at WordCamp US. Most importantly though, Mullenweg is heading the Gutenberg project. As the co-founder of WordPress, the CEO of a billion dollar company, this interview promises great insight for anyone interested in the future of WordPress.
The interview is limited to AWP members only, they will be able to ask Mullenweg questions live, AMA style (“Ask Me Anything”). But the whole interview and AMA will be posted to YouTube shortly after it is finished, and we’ll make sure to update this post with that information at that time.
So mark your calendar for Monday, February 26 and watch our social media channel for updates.