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WordPress 6.5 launch was nice, fairly uneventful.

I didn’t notice anything break on my sites, and I’m happy that I can finally select Google fonts for the block-based themes I’m running, like Twenty Twenty-Four.

The community is already looking ahead to 6.6 (and versions beyond) with Anne McCarthy leading the charge for another Hallway Hangout scheduled for April 24th at 7PM EST. I’ll be arriving back from a fun-filled vacation at Disney — hopefully I have enough energy to join.

Some of the topics on the agenda are:

Here’s to hoping Overrides in Synced Patterns makes it to 6.6, as we really wanted in 6.5!

If only Overrides makes it to 6.6, we’ll have another nice but seemingly uneventful release in mid-July. See the roadmap here.

Slow. Iterative. Uneventful. Open Source.

There’s been a lot of fanfare around wanting WordPress to be more, to go faster, to ship more things for builders — and I get it — I was that person once, too. I’d wager to say that WordPress was a lot further off from today’s capabilities, but that’s software for you.

Unification. Stability. Community.

This what I want from my WordPress, these days. It’s not a product made by a product company, or at least, a traditional method a commercial product company would take. I know we can go on the fringes and break that apart, but there’s no marketing/sales team funneling customer feedback into the product team, which disseminates it down to the engineering team, and so on.

There’s not even just one team.

Think about it: a 20-year old software product, used by millions. The amount of customer avatars this software touches would put a traditional product marketing team into a tailspin. We know how challenging marketing WordPress is, and most of the good work is done by those of us in the trenches.

The recent wave of criticism where WordPress might be falling short isn’t wrong — it’s just not a product is solely focused on solving a WordPress builder problem. The old me would have taken issue with that, too. We’re part of the people in the trenches, after all.

What I’ve learned is that when WordPress continues to thrive, 3rd party tools win. People in the service industry continue to win. I’m either getting older, or I’m seeing the part where open source WordPress begins to make sense longterm.

So while 20 years is lightyears in tech, it’s still very young in how we all operate together as a community. Here’s to WordPress thriving.

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Slow news week again, except for the launch of 6.5!

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