We have a great WP-Tonic Friday round-table show here with a great panel of WordPress experts we discuss this week’s WordPress news stories and one main topic. For this week main discussion topic was “The Future of WordPress Page Builders Connected to WordPress.”
Should the theme and plugin editors even be in the WordPress admin? Many developers say no; security plugins offer an option to hide them. They are definitely a security risk, but also a big “crash your site” risk for those who edit files this way. The new fatal error protection may help a bit, but is it the right solution?
Sallie and Morten were both more interested in the variable fonts than the HTTP warnings, which we’ve already been seeing. (Read Sallie’s post on HTTPS if you haven’t already.)
The panelists wondered why Automattic would choose to support the AMP project, when it seems to be contrary to the open source philosophy and hasn’t done publishers much good. See also “Kill Google AMP Before It Kills the Web,” “One Month Without AMP,” and “AMPersand.” Oh, and just in case you think Google’s motto is still “Don’t Be Evil,” read this Wikipedia entry.
Main Topic: Page Builders in a Gutenberg World
With Gutenberg dominating the WordPress news over the last couple of months we thought it would be a good discussion topic for this week round-table show. The conclusion: if your company makes a WordPress page builder, you’ll either need to evolve it to work with (or around) WordPress, or plan to exit the market when Gutenberg introduces layout tools.
This Week’s Panel of WordPress Experts
- Adam Preiser: from WPCrafter
- Sallie Goetsch: from WP Fangirl
- Morten Rand-Hendriksen: from Lynda.com
- Jonathan Denwood: from WP-Tonic.com