Hey y’all! There was one major, significant event that took place in June… Of course, I’m talking about WordCamp Europe!
Here are the takeaways, news, and thoughts shared by the large WordPress community and ourselves. Let’s find out what people enjoyed the most about WordCamp Europe 2017, plus more news from the WordPress world in general.
Welcome to the June 2017 edition of “This Month in WordPress with CodeinWP” (#WCEU Edition).
June 2017 in WordPress
As announced in our last monthly news report, WordPress 4.8 is out! After two beta versions and two release candidates, “Evans” was finally made public a few weeks ago, and already has more than 8 million downloads (and counting) as I write this. What’s new about it?
- Better widgets – image, audio, video, and rich text.
- “WordPress Events and News” dashboard widget.
- Better link boundaries.
- Setting the foundation for Gutenberg.
And so it’s over! WordCamp Europe 2017 is already part of the past now and everyone’s looking back at the great experiences they had in Paris. Here are some nice stats about the event (or the number of people involved, to be more precise):
- 1900 attendees from 79 countries came to the conference.
- 1000 people from 77 countries joined the sessions via livestream.
- 221 volunteers made sure that everything was going as planned.
- 45 organizers made this event possible.
- 473 people attended the Contributor Day.
From Paris to Belgrade! Next year, the main WordCamp of the old continent will take place in the capital of Serbia. I don’t know about you, but our team surely is excited to have the event a bit closer to our headquarters than usual. The Balkan culture will make us feel at home without a doubt. So, save the date, June 14-16 it is!
Milan Ivanovic, the lead of the Serbian WordPress community greeted the news with joy, as he said:
The interview and Q&A session with Matt Mullenweg from the second day of WordCamp Europe revolved mainly around the new Gutenberg editor. Mullenweg officially launched Gutenberg during the Q&A and encouraged people to download it from the repository and give it a shot. (Here it is as a standalone plugin.)
Overall, Gutenberg offers a very interesting alternative to the classic TinyMCE editor. It might be a good alternative to those who are just starting out with WordPress and the idea of editing content on the web in general.
There’s one more piece of news related to Gutenberg and what’s to come to WordPress in the near future. In his entry at WordPress.org, Matt Mullenweg shared a few hints regarding what to expect from the upcoming major versions of WordPress, 4.9 and 5.0.
Main takeaways? Further promotion of Gutenberg as a standalone plugin – up to 100k active installs, and then merging it into the core. Apart from that, Mullenweg also shared this important detail:
Great Articles From Around The Web
Let’s start with Simon Dickson’s WCEU 2017 experience, who seemed to have appreciated the names on the agenda and the beautiful, spacious sponsors zone. He also talks a bit about Gutenberg and invites you to the next WordCamp… because “there’s no substitute for being there.”
The Elementor team had fun as well. How? They had the chance to meet longtime friends they only met on Skype before, learned new things from the inspiring talks, danced at the parties, renewed their swag collection, and visited the Eiffel Tower (I mean, who didn’t?)
It’s GoDaddy’s turn to tell the WordPress community how much they enjoyed the WCEU atmosphere, the tracks, and the people. You can find a handful of pictures and tweets from the talks and Contributor Day.
If you want to hear more about Gutenberg, Cozmoslabs has it covered. Quotes, highlights from the most interesting sessions, pictures… everything’s there.
The PixelGrade team made a roundup in which every member shares their own takeaways and perspective on WCEU. Reading their insights, you realize how different people are and how differently they can see things sometimes.
Torque’s review is a detailed report that covers a few of the talks that impressed them the most and why. If you want to read more about Matt’s interview, there’s a summary here.
What would WordCamp be without Wapuu? I mean, is there anyone who didn’t take at least a picture with Wapuu? So, PixelRockstar, the guys who put tons of smiles on the WordPressers’ faces in Paris, present you the funniest captions and a cool video featuring the most popular figure of this event.
A journal by days summarizing this year’s WordCamp Europe, all seen through Kevin Muldoon’s eyes. The post is full of images that immediately fill you with the local vibe and make you feel like you’re actually there.
Lucijan Blagonic, speaker at Vienna 2016 and part of the organizing team, shares awesome stuff from the backstage and what it takes to get involved into such a large event. What’s his reason? It makes you a better person. Read the thoughts of somebody from the inside.
Another great piece of WordCamp recollection, which brings us the venue, the talks, Contributor Day, fun moments, swag curiosities – it’s full of pictures featuring beautiful, random places and happy faces.
Last but not least, we had a lot to say about WordCamp Europe, too. This is our full review on the most important aspects of the event. It’s a long story, covering pretty much everything: numbers, the location, the speakers, the timeline by days, creative figures and activities, our volunteer experience, and so so many pictures.
That’s it for June 2017. If you attended WCEU, feel free to share your story with us in the comments.