WordPress and Inevitability
As someone who has been working with WordPress in one way or another since almost the very beginning1 and as someone who been doing web work for just as long I have some opinions about WordPress and its community’s reaction to Gutenberg.
Getting mad is a waste of time. Complaining to anyone other than to those who manage WordPress development is a waste of time. Shouting into the ether is a waste of time. Fearing for a job or a business is a waste of time. Fearing for a career is a waste of time. At one time we all had to teach ourselves how to work with WordPress. Eventually we realize, or we don’t, that change is inevitable, technology is not static, and it is the ability to bend with change and to learn that makes us good at what we do.
While WordPress is an open source community project, at the end of the day it is Automattic’s and the WordPress Foundation’s community. These are the entities that spend money and resources on WordPress development and that makes them the ones who guide what direction WordPress takes. If that feels unfair to you, I suggest you consider the effort it would take to fork the project and maintain an alternate version.
Personally, when it comes to Gutenberg I feel the effort spent in dread and frustration to be much more than the effort spent to just learn something new4.
When exactly, I can’t quite remember. It was right out of high school and I remember thinking how great WordPress and PHP were comapred to Movable Type and Perl. I vaguely think it was before plugins. ↩
There’s a reason there’s not a lot of talk about Movable Type or Typo3 or Vignette Story Server anymore. ↩
Also, is everyone just pretending this isn’t a perfect opportunity to clone a series of popular plugins, push them to market first, and manuever yourself to a community leader? Shortcodes and widgets (among others) just became pretty shakey, re-implementing them is ripe for disruption. ↩