In the Year of WordPress: 2022 Yearly Roundup

In the Year of WordPress: 2022 Yearly Roundup

The year 2022 brought great additions, features, and functionality to WordPress. It was a roller coaster journey, but the best part, every turn, incline brought never-seen-before changes and additions to WordPress in each sense.

Now without further wait, let’s take a quick look at the major events, releases, and highlights that happened in and around WordPress in the year 2022!

Quarter 1: WordPress 5.9, Gutenberg releases, MoBa, and more..

The year started with a Bang 💥. The much-awaited release, WordPress version 5.9 Joséphine. It brought a major revolution with the introduction of Full-site editing, Block themes, and much more!

In February, we had the redesign of WordPress News, which was first announced by Matt Mullenweg, Co-Founder of WordPress, in State of the Word 2021, which went live on February 16, 2022.

Gutenberg releases

The Core Team launched three new versions of Gutenberg since last month’s edition of the Month in WordPress.

  • Gutenberg 12.3 was released on January 5, 2022. This release brings new blocks, like the Author Name, Comments Next Page, Comments Previous Page blocks, and many other cool updates!
  • Gutenberg 12.4 was released on January 19, 2022. This version includes accessibility improvements, suggestions for assigning categories, keyboard shortcuts for the Site Editor, and more.
  • Gutenberg 12.5 was released on February 2, 2022. It brings global style variations and Query Loop block enhancements, along with the Code Editor view to the Side Editor. Moreover, inserting new buttons is now easier than ever!
  • Gutenberg 12.6 was launched on February 16, 2022. This release includes a new color panel, updated color controls, a new Post-Author Biography block, a Read More block, and plenty of other exciting updates!
  • Gutenberg 12.7 is available to download. This version improves the Patterns experience, allows you to add border styles to column blocks, and includes other new features.
  • Gutenberg 12.8 was released on March 16, 2022. It includes a new Webfonts API, iterative UX enhancements, and bug fixes to increase the editor’s stability.
  • Gutenberg 12.9 was released on March 30, 2022. It introduces the new block-locking UI and support for spacing between Gallery images. Also, many other improvements give you more control over what is editable and presented to users.

Team updates: Proposals, announcements, and more for 2022

  • Core Team members proposed improvements to the Core Editor chat agenda and format.
  • The Polyglots Team shared a proposal for a milestone template for polyglots locale teams.
  • Openverse got a redesigned user interface and includes support for audio files. Check out this post to learn what’s new.
  • The Core Team shared a proposal to start a blog on developer.wordpress.org to share news and updates relevant to developers.
  • The Core Team published “Feature Project: Plugin Dependencies,” where they identified the problems with plugin dependencies and suggested potential solutions to improve the plugin experience.
  • The WordPress Photo Directory has a new Make team.
  • The Community Team published a proposal for refurbishing camera kits.
  • The Global Community Sponsors for 2022 have been announced.
  • The latest edition of People of WordPress highlighting Tonya Mork was published on February 28, 2022. Read Tonya’s story to learn more about how WordPress helped her find herself again after a health crisis.
  • The Community team considered revisiting the existing guidelines for in-person regional WordCamps. Conclusions and next steps will be shared soon.
  • The Training team published new lesson plans, workshops, and social learning spaces on Learn WordPress. Check out what’s new in March 2022.
  • The Performance Lab plugin, a set of modules that aim to improve performance in WordPress, was released last month.
  • Openverse released new updates in March. They include a redesigned content reporting flow and new image detail pages.
  • WordPress Executive Director Josepha Haden Chomphosy posted a public statement on the removal of the Zamir plugin a few weeks ago.
  • March’s edition of People of WordPress features the contributor story of the Argentinian web developer and product manager Juanfra Aldasoro.
  • WordPress community members launched the Museum of Block Art (MOBA). This initiative seeks to inspire creativity and push the limits around what can be done with WordPress. All the art curated in this virtual museum is built using the block editor.

The Pattern Directory is open for public submissions

The WordPress Pattern Creator is live! This new tool allows anyone with a WordPress.org user account to build, edit and submit their best block patterns to the Pattern Directory.

If you’ve used patterns in WordPress, you’ll know that they make it easy to add unique layouts to your website. These include galleries, testimonials, pricing tables, and more. Opening the directory to public submissions enables any WordPress user to enjoy a wider variety of patterns to use on their sites.

WordPress 6.0 Walkthrough scheduled for April 5, 2022

Few updates came to the WordPress 6.0 planning. There was a live and interactive WordPress 6.0 walkthrough hosted by contributors of the release squad.

The event took place via Zoom and included a discussion on the new features, potential blockers, and a Q&A session with the community.

Read to know in detail about the developments in WordPress in the months of January, February, and March.

Quarter 2: WordPress 6.0, Happy 19th Birthday WordPress, and more..

The past few months underwent in preparations for the next big release – WordPress 6.0. Scheduled for release on May 24th, 2022. This major release is full of exciting improvements, and there’s a lot more waiting in store for you!

WordPress 6.0 Release Candidate 1 (April)

The first release candidate (RC1) for WordPress 6.0 is now available for download.

WordPress 6.0 packs all kinds of improvements for everyone. It brings new blocks, accessibility enhancements, refined design tools, the ability to switch theme styles easily, multi-block partial text selection, and a new block-locking interface, to name a few of its highlights.

Say hello to WordPress 6.0 “Arturo” (May)

WordPress 6.0 “Arturo” was released on May 24, 2022. Named in honor of the Latin jazz musician Arturo O’Farrill, the awaited release brings more customization tools and numerous updates to make the site-building experience more intuitive.

Check out the WordPress 6.0 video and the announcement post for an overview of the most important changes. Interested in knowing more about the features that will help you build with and extend WordPress? Then the WordPress 6.0 Field Guide might be for you.

Happy 19th birthday, WordPress! (May)

Time flies, doesn’t it? Believe it or not, May 27 marked the 19th anniversary of WordPress’ first release! To celebrate, the community put together a special site (wp19.day) where contributors shared thoughts, videos, live shows, and more.

You can still join the fun using the hashtag #WP19Day on social media, or even contribute photos of the swag you used to celebrate to the WordPress Photo Directory.

Gutenberg releases

  • Gutenberg 13.0 shipped on April 14, 2022, and introduced the final updates that will be part of WordPress 6.0. These include an improved editor experience (with the ability to select text across blocks), better responsive blocks, and prominently exposed block patterns.
  • Gutenberg 13.1 landed on April 27, 2022. This version adds border support to the Columns block and accessibility and Comment block improvements.
  • Gutenberg 13.2 shipped on May 11, 2022, and brings a new API to save editor preferences on the server, visual guides for padding and margins, and improvements to the Comment block.
  • Gutenberg 13.3 comes with a new Table of Contents block and a number of enhancements to existing blocks to provide more ways to display content, among other highlights. It was released on May 25, 2022.
  • Gutenberg 13.4 was released on June 8, 2022. It includes 25 enhancements and nearly 30 bug fixes. This version adds support for button elements in theme.json and introduces axial spacing in Gallery Block, among other new features.
  • Gutenberg 13.5 was released on June 22, 2022. It comes with an improved featured image UX, expanded design tools for the Post Navigation Link block, and solid accessibility fixes.

Team updates: Updated guidelines for in-person events, redesign of the Gutenberg page, and more

  • The Training team plans to migrate the Contributor Training materials to Learn WordPress. This move will help consolidate all the community-based training content in one place.
  • All learners on Learn WordPress can now enjoy using a live WordPress demo site as they go through courses on the site.
  • The first stable version 1.0.0 of the Performance Lab plugin was released.
  • The Performance team published a follow-up post with the next steps on the WebP proposal.
  • Official Featured and Beta plugins now limit ownership and committer changes.
  • The latest edition of People of WordPress features Meher Bala, a front-end web developer and community builder from India.
  • The #props channel of the Make WordPress Slack is now connected to the WordPress.org profile activity! This way when you give props, it will be included on your WordPress.org profile and the profile of those you mention. This change is part of a larger project that will help credit more non-code contributions.
  • Following an earlier discussion on in-person regional WordCamps, the Community team announced new guidelines for these WordPress events.
  • The Five for the Future (5ftF) initiative is key to ensuring the future of the WordPress project. As part of the ongoing efforts to improve this initiative, Executive Director Josepha Haden suggested a definition for 5ftF pledges and contributions.
  • Tonya Mork posted a summary of the core test stats for WordPress 6.0.
  • The Meta and Theme Review teams shared an update on the work done over the past year to improve the theme review process. As a result, the average time for themes to be reviewed has decreased by 90%.
  • Josepha Haden kicked off a discussion post to gather feedback on the Community Code of Conduct section of the new Contributor Handbook.
  • On a similar note, the Community team created a new Incident Response Training. The course, which is live on Learn WordPress and considered a work in progress, addresses how WordPress contributors take and respond to code of conduct reports.
  • The Training team published new lesson plans, workshops, courses, and Social Learning Spaces on Learn WordPress. See what’s new.
  • The #WPDiversity working group organized several Allyship and Diverse Speaker Workshops in April. Attendees reported a 40% increase in public speaking confidence after attending the Speaker workshops!
  • A summary of the 14th testing call of the Full Site Editing (FSE) Outreach program – “Rallying Recipe Reviewers” was recently published.
  • Anne McCarthy hosted a Hallway Hangout to talk about various FSE pull requests and designs. The recording is available in this post
  • The latest edition of People of WordPress features the story of Dee Teal.
  • The Gutenberg page got a new redesign! You can rearrange the page content the way you want and experience the flexibility that blocks allow. Learn more about the inspiration behind the new look in this post.
  • WordPress Community Support (WPCS) restarted its meetup venue support funds for community organizers.
  • The Themes Team ​​released a new plugin called Create Block Theme that makes it easier for theme builders to create block themes.
  • Matías Ventura, the lead architect of the Gutenberg project, shared some early thoughts on the future of the WordPress admin interface.
  • Each month, the Training Team publishes a list of new resources available on the Learn WordPress platform. Check out what’s new.
  • The Documentation Team posted a series of onboarding sessions to get started with documentation.
  • After reviewing feedback raised by the community, the Performance Team proposed a new approach to add WebP and MIME support for images.
  • The Themes Team updated its recommendations for hosting webfonts to follow Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
  • In a step towards open sourcing theme designs, the Design Team made some themes authored by WordPress core and other theme developers available in a Figma file.
  • The Marketing Team started a discussion to gather feedback on promoting WordCamps with the official WordPress.org social accounts.
  • The Openverse Team released version 2.5.5 of the Openverse API, which brings an important change regarding anonymous API requests.
  • The Plugin Review Team shared a comprehensive post on invalid plugin reviews.
  • The June edition of the Meetup Organizer Newsletter is now live with a list of ideas on reactivating meetups.
  • The latest edition of People of WordPress features the story of web developer Leo Gopal.
  • The Museum of Block Art (MOBA), a virtual initiative that showcases creative uses of the WordPress block editor, is now open for submissions.
  • Last month the WordPress community was saddened to hear of the passing of Wolly (Paolo Valenti). Wolly was a long-time WordPress contributor and one of the founding members of the vibrant Italian community. He will be missed.
  • The BlackPress community is a great place to connect with black African descent people in the WordPress space, access tech resources, and advance your career skills. Join the BlackPress Community.

WordPress 6.1 Release

Planning for WordPress 6.1 kicked off in June with a proposed schedule and a call for contributors to the release team. This will be the third major release in 2022 and will include up to Gutenberg 14.1 for a total of 11 Gutenberg releases.

Matías Ventura published the preliminary roadmap for version 6.1. WordPress 6.1 is expected to refine the full site editing experience, introduced in the last two major releases. Stay tuned for a companion post with more details on what’s to come.

You can also listen the episode of WP Briefing to hear WordPress Executive Director Josepha Haden talking about the planning for major releases and how you can get involved.

WordCamp Asia 2023 (June)

  • WordCamp Asia 2023, the first flagship WordCamp event in Asia, opened its Call for Sponsors.
  • WordCamp Europe 2022 was successfully held in Porto, Portugal, from June 2 to 4, 2022. The event saw 2,300 in-person attendees and a record 800 participants at Contributor Day. All the sessions will be available on WordPress.tv.
  • In 2023, WordCamp Europe will be hosted in the city of Athens, Greece.
  • Josepha Haden covered some important questions from WordCamp Europe on a special episode of WP Briefing. Be sure to give it a listen!

The #WPDiversity group has organized a free, online speaker workshop for Indian women in the WordPress community. The event took place on September 24-25, 2022.

Read to precisely know the developments in WordPress in the months of April, May, and June.

Quarter 3: TT3 theme, canonical plugins, revamped wp.org, and more..

WordPress saw major updates and overhauls throughout the year. Quarter 3 was a busy period, bringing exciting changes to the Gutenberg block editor. The announcement of the development cycle for WordPress version 6.1, the Homepage and Navigation menu revamp, the Twenty-Twenty Three theme kickoff, and more.

Development Cycle for WordPress version 6.1

  • This will be the third major release of 2022, following WordPress 5.9 (released January 21st, 2022) and 6.0 (released May 24th, 2022).
  • It aims to provide a new and elevated experience, just like we saw in 5.9 Josephine and 6.0 Arturo.
  • Some major tweaks expected by the community are the block theme filter, template editor, improvements to the block editor, and improvements for design and typography.

The Revamped Homepage and Download page are live now!

  • The most awaited WordPress Homepage and Download page are live after 33 days of project kick-off.
  • These updates were made after the WordPress.org News and Gutenberg Page, which gives an appealing look, a better-structured feeling, and a modern experience to the users. Also, enhancing the user experience and usability of the software.
  • The Admin bar and Navigation menu on the homepage received small enhancements. 
  • The WordPress logo, About menu, site name, comments, and some top-level items were removed from the Admin bar, thus giving the Admin bar a simplified and elegant look and feel.
  • The Login & Register links present on the top right corner of the homepage are now visible on every page of wordpress.org.
  • The contents of the Navigation menu are now grouped, giving the website an organized look, and an intuitive experience. Here’s how it looks:
Image: Navigation Menu Grouping- August Roundup

Gutenberg improvements 

  • Gutenberg 13.6 was released on July 6, 2022. It enables adding pattern modal support for custom post types and adds a few template types to the site editor. Captions can also be managed by theme.json.
  • Gutenberg 13.7 was released on July 20, 2022. It comes with a “block locking” feature, improvements for modal design in various screens, displays user read time, and “start with featured image” options while starting your post.
  • Gutenberg 13.8 was released on August 3, 2022. is the latest addition to the Gutenberg family👶 . It came with the most awaited release – fluid typography support. There are also improvements in accessibility and templates.
  • Gutenberg 13.9 was released on August 17th, 2022. This version iterates and polishes the user interface (UI), interaction, and engine work for site editing.
  • Gutenberg 14.0 was released on August 31st, 2022. This version brings the user-enhanced list blocks, axial gap control to styles, pseudo-elements support to button elements, and much more.

Localized Content on Learn WordPress

  • Learn WordPress is currently focusing on expanding the non-English resources on the website.
  • (Hajimemashite – warm greetings in Japanese!) Last month members of the Training team hosted a free online workshop in Japanese.
  • After its widespread success, two more sessions are set to be conducted on September 7th and 17th, 2022.
  • Learners now have access to Portuguese tutorials and Greek lesson plans.

WordPress 6.0.2 maintenance release

  • WordPress 6.0.2 was released on August 30, 2022. This was a short-cycle security and maintenance release. 
  • It consists of major security fixes, core bug fixes, Gutenberg fixes, and much more. You can read about it in detail here.

Twenty Twenty-Three theme (TT3)

  • The Twenty Twenty-Three theme, which will be released along with WordPress 6.1 version, goes under development.
  • This theme will contain a diverse collection of style variants designed by the community members. Enabling you to create a website of your choice and design. According to sources, the final curated set of style variants will be selected on September 7, 2022 (Tentative).
  • The curated set of style variants was showcased to the public on September 7th, 2022.
  • The 10 style variations were picked from the 38 submissions received, from 19 contributors, from 8 different parts of the world. Kudos to every contributor 👏.
  • These styles will be shipped along with WordPress 6.1 as the default theme (November 1st, 2022).

WordPress drops security updates for version 3.7 to 4.0 ❗

  • Do you belong to the 0.51% of the people who run WordPress websites on 3.7/3.8/3.9/4.0? If your answer is yes, then you are on the verge of a security breach.
  • These versions of WordPress were released more than eight years ago. And there are only a few websites that run on these versions.
  • So the WordPress Security team decided to stop security updates for these versions (3.7, 3.8, 3.9, and 4.0) on December 1st, 2022.
  • By dropping the security updates for the older versions, the newer versions of WordPress will become more secure. You may wonder how? The security team will have more time to focus on identifying and releasing security patches for the newer versions.
  • So, if you’re using an older version of WordPress, log in to your dashboard and update to the most recent version.

Major Updates: WordPress version 6.1

  • September saw two beta releases of WordPress 6.1
  • Beta 1 released on September 21st, 2022. The testers identified 24 new issues and updated them on GitHub.
  • Beta 2 released on September 27th, 2022. Click this link and follow the download instructions to test this version of WordPress.
  • WordPress 6.0 walk-through received an overwhelming response from the community, which has now led to the announcement of the WordPress 6.1 walk-through.
  • The walk-through event took place on September 13th, 2022, at 09:30 pm GMT.
  • New features, resolved tickets, potential blockers, and many other topics were discussed in this event.
  • This version of WordPress contains more than 350 enhancements and bug fixes for the editor, including more than 250 tickets for the WordPress 6.1 core.
  • You can watch the full product walk-through, which is available on WordPress.tv
  • The walk-through was packed with so many exciting features and announcements for end users as well as developers. Here are a few highlights:

Features for end users

  • The default theme is powered by 10 unique style variations (TT3)
  • More design tools in more blocks
  • Template experience and options refined
  • More intuitive document setting experience
  • New modal interfaces and preferences improvements
  • Easy menu management and automatic navigation block selection with fallbacks
  • Accessibility & Performance updates

Features for developers

  • Select appearance tools to enhance any theme
  • Style system updated
  • Add starter patterns to any post type
  • Content lock patterns for more curation options
  • Filter the theme.json data
  • Fluid typography allows for greater responsiveness
  • Ability to style elements inside blocks like buttons, headings, or captions in theme.json

WebP in Core & Canonical Plugins Revisited

  • Matt Mullenweg posted two posts on September 12th, 2022.
  • Post 1 titled “WebP in Core for 6.1”- Long story short, there were discussions on bringing a core feature to WordPress 6.1, where it automatically converts the JPEGs to WebP when uploaded. So Matt suggested that bringing this feature as a canonical plugin would be better as it provides more space to experiment and push functionality.
  • Post 2 titled “Canonical Plugins Revisited”- This was about expanding the WordPress plugin directory by introducing and developing more canonical plugins… He also listed a few canonical plugin ideas for each team present in the WordPress community.
  • Interested to know more about the post and Canonical plugins? Read here!

 WordPress #WPDiversity

  • WPDiversity conducted a Speaker Workshop for Indian Women in the WordPress Community on September 24th and 25th. I believe this was a great initiative to bring out more speakers to the WordPress community. What do you think?
  • Just like the previous workshop, WPDiversity conducted another workshop on October 29th, 2022 (10:00 AM-06:00 PM CST) which took place in the Hilton La Sabana hotel in San Jose.

Openverse

  • Openverse 3.4.8 front-end was released on September 7th, 2022.
  • There’s even more audio in Openverse now! Over 800,000 songs, samples, and other openly licensed audio files are available for use or remixing in any project.

Read to precisely know the developments in WordPress in the months of July, August, and September.

Quarter 4: WordPress 6.1, core improvements, State of the Word, and more..

WordPress 6.0.3 Security release OCT

  • WordPress 6.0.3 was released on October 17, 2022.
  • It was a short-cycle release with 16 security patch fixes.
  • Update immediately to avoid any kind of security breaches.
  • Learn more about the WordPress 6.0.3 Security release and the 16 security patch fixes.

More Releases OCT

  • WordPress 6.1 Beta 3 was released on October 4, 2022. Nearly 100 issues were resolved before the release of this version.
  • Release Candidate 1 (RC 1) was released on October 11, 2022. Approximately 100 items were addressed.
  • Release Candidate 2 (RC 2) was released on October 18, 2022. Approximately 65 items were addressed.
  • Release Candidate 3 (RC 3) was released on October 25, 2022. Approximately 60 items were addressed.
  • This brings the total count to more than 2000 updates, since WordPress 6.0 in May of 2022.

WordPress 6.1

  • WordPress 6.1 was released on November 1, 2022. There were so many things to uncover for end users as well as developers.
  • WordPress 6.1 unlocks a number of possibilities: play with giant, bold headlines or make subtle changes to your CTA buttons.
  • Adjust font and text properties, spacing, and line height directly from the block editor.
  • Switch the orientation, justification, and more, to design down to the very last detail of your header, gallery, or other container blocks.
  • Discover all the features.

Core editor improvements

  • Block editing gets more flexible and intuitive with the addition of more design tools to WordPress 6.1.
  • It comes with tools like Typography Block Support, Dimension and Spacing Block Support, Colors Block Support, Layout Block Support, and Border Block Support.
  • These design tools are going to be a great help to increase the user experience without the need to use CSS. Also, remember that these tools can be used to create great designs when combined together.

Gutenberg updates

  • Gutenberg 14.3 is available for download as of October 12, 2022. This version brings the user-enhanced tools panels for style-typography controls, shortcuts to quickly navigate blocks of text, improved drag and drop for images, and bug fixes.
  • Gutenberg 14.4 is available for download as of October 26, 2022. This version brings the user-enhanced inline text selection, improvements to fluid typography, distraction-free mode, added content locking to the navigation block, and bug fixes.
  • Gutenberg 14.5 was released on November 9, 2022. With this version, you can access the list view and document information from one panel, edit block spacing using improved visualizers, and other minor enhancements and bug fixes.
  • Gutenberg 14.6 was released on November 23, 2022. With this version, you can add list-based editing to the navigation block, add a variation picker to the group block, transform paragraphs into heading via a Keyboard shortcut, and many enhancements.
  • Gutenberg 14.7 was released on December 10, 2022. This version introduces a new experimental tabbed sidebar, colors to help identify some block types in list view, improvements to the Page list block, and a number of enhancements and bug fixes. Read about all the enhancements in detail here.
  • Gutenberg 14.8 was released on December 21, 2022. This version introduces a new and reorganized Site editor interface, Stylebook, the ability to add custom CSS for your site, navigation block improvements, and much more. Read about all the enhancements in detail here.

Openverse

  • In the September Roundup, we saw that Openverse was celebrated for indexing more than 800,000 audio files.
  • Audio support is available for beta from October 20, 2022.
  • In November, Statens Museum for Kunst’s (National Gallery of Denmark) collection data was added to WordPress.
  • You can use the artworks which were created almost 700 years ago on your site.
  • In December, Openverse passed a critical milestone by including over 1,000,000 Creative Commons licensed audio files in their collection of GPL-compatible media.
  • There were around ten thousand files roughly when they launched audio files support in Openverse.
  • The abundant growth is a testament to the contributors, partners, and audio sources.

WPPhotos

  • This is for the shutterbugs out there to showcase your captured moments to a broader audience. You can help grow the WordPress Photo Directory collection by sharing your own images with the WordPress photo repository.
  • November marked a great month as WP Photos reached a milestone of 5000 CC0-licensed photos.
  • Kudos 🍻 to the whole community, especially the 689 contributors.

Twenty Twenty-Three Theme (TT3)

  • Say hello to the Twenty Twenty-Three theme. This new default theme offers a clean, blank canvas bundled with a collection of style variations.
  • Need some fresh inspiration for your templates? Check out the below examples of custom Category templates from Brian Gardner. This shows how many style variations and template customization in Twenty Twenty-Three themes can impact the look and feel of your site.

Developer Blog

  • WordPress Developer blog goes in a public beta. This was introduced because the Make Core blog mostly contains meeting notes for the various core teams, rather than highlighting new features.
  • This makes it difficult for spectators and occasional contributors (in developing) to find relevant information among the team-related posts.
  • So, the developer blog was introduced to focus on updates for developers, extenders creating plugins and themes, and those who work with WordPress at an agency or as freelancers.
  • Anyone who wants to contribute can post to the Ideas board for discussion.
  • People can contribute by posting ideas, writing posts, or joining the editorial team that reviews the posts.

Grow your story WP

  • WordPress has enabled thousands of people to pursue their passions. Like creating a hobby blog and building up a small business, to powering e-commerce stores and large enterprise sites.
  • The Grow Your Story initiative, lets people explore the endless possibilities of ways people have published using the platform.
  • Whether it’s building a site or contributing to the open-source project itself – every story is unique, remarkable, and meaningful.
  • So, share your WordPress experience with the masses by filling out this form.

State of the Word 2022 Highlights

  • The State of the Word 2022 took place on December 15, 2022. Most of the attendees joined the event via live stream and watch parties held across different countries.
  • Josepha Haden Chomphosy, the executive director, gave the event’s opening remarks and mentioned the Four Freedoms of open source as the reason why so many people chose WordPress.
  • The event’s quick stats showed how amazing the WordPress community was this year. 1399 unique count of contributors to releases in 2022.
  • WordPress co-founder also took the opportunity to remind everyone of the 2023 community summit and the 20th anniversary of WordPress coming up next year.
  • After the State of the Word, you may have noticed that the themes and plugins were separated into various categories like Community plugins (The plugin which is developed and supported by the community) and Commercial Plugins (The plugins which offer additional paid upgrades and support). This helps users to better find plugins or themes that fit their needs.
  • The plans for Phase 3 of Gutenberg (The collaboration phase) were also discussed during the event.
  • Missed the event? Watch the State of the Word 2022 recording on WordPress.tv.

Read to precisely know the developments in WordPress in the months of October, November, and December.

Conclusion

And it’s a wrap for this year, let us know what are your thoughts about the developments in and around WordPress in the year 2022. And of course, do let us know what do you think the year 2023 will hold for us!

What a great year it has been for WordPress, now be prepared for it is just the beginning. Till then subscribe to our newsletter to receive All-Thing Everything WordPress.

Take care, have a great year ahead, loads of wishes, and see you around!

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