I know, right?
Also, the “democratization of publishing” concept was one of the things that drew me to WordPress in the first place and lots of users will probably appreciate the “custom employee block” scenario that Matt describes, but site owners come in all shapes and sizes. A business that just paid an agency 25K for their new WordPress site is probably going to care more about enforcing a cohesive content strategy & information architecture than they will about empowering a content creator to plop an “employee bock” on the “about us page”.
The last paragraph of Greg Schoppe’s article was a fantastic rebuttal of the Gutenberg analogy -
The real innovation of Gutenberg’s press was good planning for the future (a durable alloy that would hold up under abuse) and a flexible data structure (type cases, leading, etc) that could handle unforeseen use cases. Gutenberg’s press didn’t try to imitate full-plate presses, and it didn’t try to be back compatible for existing woodblocks. It was revolutionary because it rebuilt the press from the ground up, with future-safe techniques… and yet here we are, staring down the barrel of HTML comments as an ad-hoc datastructure and an editor that still relies on content-editable wrapped in a hacky API, in 2017.
I totally agree, Gutenberg also seems like the wrong breaking change. I mean, Matt Mullenweg says
Core developers will be able to work in modern technologies and not worry about 15 years of backwards compatibility.
It was that one that made me almost spit coffee all over my iPad. I mean core is still PHP right? Still needs backwards compatibility back to PHP 5.2, right? Modern technologies as long as you’re not a PHP developer?
As for the modern technologies, the issue with React’s license still remains unaddressed. There’s an open GitHub issue addressing this, here, and according to MM there’s going to be “more to announce” about this issue, but seriously? With development moving at the pace it’s moving what’s going to happen other than an announcement telling the community “React it is!”.
I guess this is entirely off topic, but what else is out there, for the small to mid-size site market? I’ve been dipping my toes into Drupal 8 at my new job but it seems like overkill for the smaller sites that WordPress really excels at.
I’m going to look at Craft for my wifes site, and maybe for my personal blog. Maybe I’ll move my coding blog to a static site generator or flat file CMS.
I dunno, hopefully I’ll look back on this post in 6-8 months and be like “man, remember that time I was freaking out for nothing?”.