2017 looks set to be an exciting year for WordPress. For us, 2017 means more time spent connecting with communities across the country. We love to meet our users and the greater WordPress community; expect to see us out and about across the UK at local meetups, usergroups and every UK WordCamp event in 2017. Hint: WordCamp London 2017 is right around the corner, come say hi!
On our travels last year we met many interesting people in the WordPress community. Here’s what some of them told us they’re most looking forward to in 2017:
Mike Little, WordPress Co-founder & specialist (mikelittle.org)
“I’m looking forward to seeing what the new development regime Matt Mullenweg mentioned in his State of the Word at WCUS will bring. I’m also excited to see what the next part of the REST API being in core will bring to WordPress. Finally, personally, I’m looking forward to the new year and new opportunities!”
Heather Burns, Digital Law Specialist (webdevlaw.uk)
“In 2017 we’ll see WordPress developers stepping up to the responsibility of improving privacy for 27% of the web. A privacy refresh is needed in any case as the EU’s new data protection regime, the GDPR, gets closer to deadline day, but recent political events have done more to get people thinking about privacy than any regulation ever could have. From now on developers need to implement maximum privacy and data protection by default, and the end users of those tools – such as everyday businesses – need to look at their own workflows and what they do with the data they handle. It’s important to remember that the UK is going into the new data protection regime regardless of Brexit, and ongoing GDPR compliance will be required to continue doing business in Europe, so we need to look at this as an opportunity rather than a burden. I’m looking forward to continuing to support the WordPress community in 2017 as we work together find ways to translate these compliance obligations into code.”
Design by Day, Design Agency (designbyday.co.uk)
“We’re really looking forward to getting chance to delve a bit deeper into the WordPress REST API. This is one of the biggest changes in WordPress’ recent history and we think it will open up a lot of opportunities for new work, especially with regards to integration of data and content with mobile apps. API days!”