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WordPress World of Change

Like the World in  general , the WordPress World is subject to major  waves of  change Рa deadly and persistent pandemic outbreak, climate change continuing to unleash more devastating natural disasters, the world of technolgy slipping into information transformed into misinformation marts and hacking teams creating

Change is taking place at an accelerated pace in the World of WordPress.

And one of the biggest drivers of change in the WordPress World is the  rapid growth of its CMS market share [currently 43% of the top 10 million websites throughout the World] What is striking is the rapid growth of WordPress in the past 5 years by more than 3% /year as seen above.

Now some of the recent spurt in WordPress growth can be attributed to Internet’s steady increase [7%/year]¬† over the past decade, a near doubling to 4billion active users worldwide,

More recently the pandemically induced shopping surge and virtual meetups added to WordPress usage.

A major factor¬† in this increasing WP usage has been WordPress adding to “easy to use with point click simplicity” with a broader “no coding required” capability largely delivered by 3rd party PageDesigners and ThemeBuilders. WordPress itself has been late to provide a better UI editor with its Gutenberg Block Editor and recently FSE-Full Site Editing. But both of these Gutenberg projects have been hampered by the MVP-Minimum Viable Product strategy used to bring Gutenberg Blocks to market.

In fact Gutenberg still trails the top PageDesigners and ThemeBuilders¬† for simplified styling and editing [see Gutenberg Editor: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly for details].. Thus much of the growth of WordPress in the past 5 years can be chalked up to the top 5 PageBuilders and their pioneering moves to Template driven Full-site Editing. In contrast,¬† Gutenberg has languished over the past 5 years seen in Gutenberg’s WP Rating of 2.0/5.02
Elementor has gone from just under 2 million active website users in 2018 to over 10 million now

So perhaps that is the reason that Automattic/Gutenberg have been adding new frontend constraints in WordPress. In 2018 at the launch of  WordPress 5.0 the Core  made Gutenberg blocks the default editor. If users wanted to use popular  PageBuilders or the Classic Editor they had to download and  add the Classic Editor plugin [so now there are  5+ millions active users]. Developers have also been advised that jQuery, shortcodes, and  the Customizer were subject to support change.

WordPress 5.8  replaced the Classic Widget editor with the Block Widget editor. Again,  users wanting to use the old Widget editor were required to load the Classic Widget Editor plugin to return to familiar widget  editing. Finally , WP5.9 with new FSE-Full Site Editing and Block Themes has discontinued use of  the Customizer in Block Themes. As well Block themes have dropped two PHP code segments for JavaScript. This effects Web Developers who now have to code for two WordPress themes РFSE Block Themes plus classic themes. In sum, WordPress UI interface is undergoing major changes.

What makes this particularly challenging is the fact that Enterprise software developers have caught the “No Coding Required Bug” and are bringing software to market in the mobile app,

Perhaps the biggest factor effecting WordPressis the huge financials accruing to the WordPress Economy::

$half-a-trillion/year  worldwide. See the WPengine study where these   numbers were derived. This amount of annual sales is spread across a wide swath of WordPress vendors including hosting services, theme/plugin/app developers, consulting agencies, and other

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