The Ephox team and I attended this year’s WordCamp US in Philadelphia. Matt Mullenweg delivered his annual State of the Word presentation and gave us his vision for the Future of WordPress. Along the way Helen Hou-Sandí introduced some of the new features in WordPress 4.7 Vaughan. You can watch his full presentation on WordCamp TV and read our full transcript below.
Talking about the Foundation, I also want to talk a little bit about the extended family, or what we call the cousins of WordPress sometimes. They’re not redheaded, though, although J-trip is [BuddyPress lead developer John James Jacoby], and this is a picture of J-trip on the homepage of BuddyPress.org. It’s a huge coincidence, I don’t know, it just must be a random rotation. It has been a lot going on with BuddyPress, so it went from a 2.4.4 release to a 2.7.2. We’ve got a new API, tighter security, daemon template changes, drag and drop avatar load, which is pretty cool, and then finally easier management of user-generated media.
For those of you that don’t know, BuddyPress is like a social layer on top of WordPress. It can transform WordPress to do things like the profiles page on WordPress.org, if any of you have seen that. If you are working on something that you think might need a bit of a social layer, check out BuddyPress.
Second, and very near and dear to my heart, because it was the first thing, actually I think the first thing I ever worked on from scratch. Because WordPress was of course from Café Log b2, which is called bbPress. bbPress is what we use for all of our forums. bbPress has now a WordPress plugin.
It used to use something interesting called BackPress. That was the idea, to extract out parts of WordPress, and put it in there. It’s now a native plugin, we’ve got, the plugin tables, everything just built into custom post types. The WordPress.org community has been migrated, so all of the forums and everything, and in fact as we’ve done this we’ve open sourced this.
WordPress.org itself is becoming more and more open source. If you see something on the site that you like, you’ll be able to go to GitHub, and already can in many places and say, “How does that work? How does this theme work? Can I use it myself?” The answer is yes to all of those things.
A brief discussion on security
Finally, I want to talk a little about security. We started using a system last year called HackerOne. HackerOne is basically a bounty system. In the past year, 65 hackers have contributed. What does this mean? Basically in HackerOne you can report a bug privately to the developers – prior was Automattic, and now there’s a WordPress one that will be opening up relatively soon – and say, “Hey, I found this bug.” It can be verified, and much like any other security communities, depending on how severe and widespread and everything the bug is, what the implications are, you actually get a bounty.
You essentially get a cash reward for finding the security issue. This has been great at attracting more people to do security research around WordPress, and our key properties. We’d like to expand it to more plugins, but we don’t want to go bankrupt. Just kidding! We are looking to expand this more and more, because this sort of system, especially the way it attracts things is very smooth, and look for this to open up in the coming months. It hasn’t – right now we have a dedicated .org one. It’s not yet open to the public because we’re catching up with some backlog.
— WordCamp US (@WordCampUS) December 3, 2016
Finally, GlotPress. Who knows what GlotPress is? A couple of people. Who’s ever translated something on GlotPress? I’m going to talk about you all in a minute, you are awesome. What language do you speak? English? Okay. It is true that there are, even Australian translation, you can get a British translation at GlotPress. I don’t know, I think they just changed the howdy. “Hello Dolly” becomes “God save the Queen”, I don’t know.
GlotPress has had a huge year. It’s gone from version one to version 2.2.2, which I love for its railroad-like symmetry, and now powers the translation of WordPress, BuddyPress, bbPress, WordPress plugins, the default themes, and all of the Rosetta sites. It also is rescued from BackPress, and we upgraded the security quite a bit. The results of this I will talk about in a little bit.
More State of the Word
Keep reading our State of the Word 2016 series:
- Part 1: WordCamps, Meetups and the WordPress Foundation
- Part 2: The Extended Family of WordPress: BuddyPress, HackerOne & GlotPress
- Part 3: WordPress.org Updates
- Part 5: Design, Inclusion & Growth of WordPress
- Part 6: HTTPS and PHP7 in WordPress
- Part 7: WordPress & Calypso
- Part 8: A Look Back on WordPress Core Releases
- Part 9: The Plan for WordPress in 2017
- Part 10: Code is Poetry
- Part 11: Questions and Answers
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