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WordCamp Geneva 2016

WordCamp Switzerland 2016 has been a great event.

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Many interesting topics arose during #wcgva. I pick the following points as the ones that made the most impact.

The most important thing was the forthcoming WordPress REST API, who will allow WordPress to support a vast range of requirements. From 2017 on WordPress will be capable of dealing with content that updates continuously in a proper way, and to do it without human intervention.

When you consider the envisage tide of IoT future applications, the prospect is most WordPress installations will manage their content through this interface in a few years.

I also think that it is very meaningful that a lot of discussions were focused on WordPress backend and the services it provides to its users. The panel What is missing in WordPress to be the perfect CMS devoted its attention entirely to backend features. In addition, Mark Howells-Mead discussed the WordPress possibilities as a headless CMS, taking advantage of legacy systems like Typo3 or expertise on front-end technologies like AngularJS.

Add this to what I’ve said in the previous point and we face a new scenario where WordPress acts mainly as a fully-fledged content management system and no longer as a PHP framework to easily develop websites. This is a huge change for the product.

Big news: WordPress core is advancing towards proper multi-language support. WordPress 4.7 will provide a host of new internationalization features that hopefully will pave the road for easier multilingual sites development.

I don’t expect WordPress to pull the rug out under their partners feet, so plugins like WPML, Bogo or MultilingualPress will most probably still be required to build proper multilingual sites, but developing content services for markets that span more than one language (welcome to globalization!) is a requirement that should be fulfilled easier with future WordPress releases.

Last, it was very interesting to hear Beatrice Otto‘s dissertation on the struggle of a non-computer-savvy professional when developing her first WordPress project.

A necessary call to user friendliness to developers, designers and technical writers who have devoted time and effort to master tools and jargon, and who are making products for people who do not have the time or money to acquire the same background. We must work better.

Any thoughts about these topics? What feature do you miss in WordPress?

I look forward to your comments… and to the next WordCamp.

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