Progress on the Gutenberg project, the new content creating experience coming to WordPress, has come a long way. Since the start of the project, there have been 30 releases and 12 of those happened after WordCamp US 2017. In total since then, there have been 1,764 issues opened and 1,115 closed as of WordCamp Europe. As the work on phase one moves into its final stretch, here is what you can expect.
- Freeze new features in Gutenberg (the feature list can be found here).
- Hosts, agencies, teachers invited to opt-in sites they have influence over.
- WordPress.com has opt-in for wp-admin users. The number of sites and posts will be tracked.
- Mobile app support for Gutenberg will be across iOS and Android.
- 4.9.x release with an invitation to install either Gutenberg or Classic Editor plugin.
- WordPress.com will move to opt-out. There will be tracking to see who opts out and why.
- Triage increases and bug gardening escalates to get blockers in Gutenberg down to zero.
- Gutenberg phase two, Customization exploration begins by moving beyond the post.
August and beyond
- All critical issues within Gutenberg are resolved.
- There is full integration with Calypso and there is opt-in for users there.
- A goal will be 100k+ sites having made 250k+ posts using Gutenberg.
- Core merge of Gutenberg begins the 5.0 release cycle.
- 5.0 moves into beta releases and translations are completed.
- There will be a mobile version of Gutenberg by the end of the year.
WordPress 5.0 could be as soon as August with hundreds of thousands of sites using Gutenberg before release. Learn more about Gutenberg here, take it for a test drive, install on your site, follow along on GitHub and give your feedback.