What is the WordPress version history since last year?
The complete timeline of WordPress 5 transformation (from the perspective of its creators)
Shortly after the release of the last breakthrough version of WordPress 5, the annual State of the Word 2018 was held in Nashville, where Mullenweg presented not only the preliminary plans for WordPress in 2019, but also for the years to come. He divided the development into several phases, mentioning the biggest highlights. Let’s have a look at them.
Phase 1 – Welcome WordPress block editor
A new era has begun with WordPress 5 release. While it may seem that phase 1 is behind us and the content blocks are finalized, it’s not quite true. Bug fixing and WordPress 5 feature enhancements are still ongoing. Few weeks after the WordPress 5.0 launch, new WordPress versions were released. But the new WordPress block editor is still in its infancy.
The latest version of WordPress currently has more than 70 native blocks. And 100+ 3rd party blocks are available and this number is still growing. There are even a few different tools for blocks creation available to developers (e.g. Block Lab etc.)
The advantage of WordPress blocks is primarily their variability – a block can be just a simple line of text, but it can also adapt to a wider solution like eCommerce.
Phase 2 – Redesign of WordPress Widgets to Gutenberg blocks and more practical customisation
WordPress content editing awaits another major change. Phase 2 is to bring more great new features in WordPress version 5. One of them is the redesign of widgets into blocks. This would mean a major shift in their use. At this time, working with widgets is limited as these can be added only to specific sections set for Widgets. However turning widgets into blocks will allow them to be used anywhere – in the posts and in the pages. In the same way, it is planned to redesign menu into navigation menu block to simplify menu editing.
Source: WordPress State of the Word 2018 by Matt Mullenweg
New minimal PHP version of hosting
WordPress hosting from time to time also requires some changes in its settings. Due to a large number of features, the hosting criteria aren’t too light. The near future of WordPress is also associated with the change in the minimum required version of PHP. Since December 2019 the minimum version will be PHP 7.