Technology keeps changing, and even the world’s biggest open source platform WordPress is not immune. From every new innovative WordPress forum theme to structural advancements, the platform continues to come of age in 2016. 2015 was not particularly a good year, but at the end of the year, the rolling out of the 4.4 Clifford was a huge step. Here are some of the results of this and other user generated and inspired updates;
High quality websites
The first half of the WordPress REST API enabled many things, but perhaps the most evident change was the introduction of high quality, enterprise-grade websites. Until only recently, users of the platform relied on plug-ins for many marketing related automation processes for their clients. This is no longer the case. With the new API, projects like the Microsoft dynamic AX are only just taking root. With the second part of this revolutionary API rolling out, the changes will be even more profound. Marketing automation will be incredibly easy.
Access and localization
The mobile shift
Both the end user and the developer WordPress worlds rejoiced when the responsive images integrated option was released at the end of 2015. Keeping with the general movement of the digital world, this was not the only improvement that marked a shift towards a mobile friendly WordPress. Again, this general move towards mobile can be attributed to the introduction of the REST API. Today, apps like Nomadbase.io, with Mapbox and WordPress, as well as StoryCorp can be built. It looks increasingly like WordPress will eventually be able to hold many mobile apps together like an operating system.
With the LetsEncrypt initiative, it is easy for users to move from http to https. The initiative, developed by the electronic frontier foundation, makes the access of trusted certificates absolutely free for websites. They have significantly eased up the SSL set up process for WordPress.org self-hosted sites.
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