A concern that needs to be addressed soon.
Recently (In the last 6 months or so) there has been a trend towards no longer supporting WordPress 4.x. Initiated by Automattic as far as I can tell from their mailings. As a result MANY MANY plugins on wordpress.org now “require” WordPress 5.0+ even if they technically don’t - that’s in their readme.
This means that if you look for a plugin in ClassicPress today tons of (popular) plugins will claim to not work on it.
If this continues Classicpress will be dead in the water soon with no up-to-date plugins to extend it.
Likewise, with the onslaught of those ridiuculous blocks and now patterns. The theme market is pretty much doomed. I see no effort being made to onboard theme makers. Granted, I’m not involved in theme making so I’m not exactly in the loop either.
Anyway, without themes, Classicpress will be dead in the water soon as well.
Is there a plan or strategy about countering, or even fixing, this?
One way would be to try and attract theme makers that are disgruntled with Blocks and have THEM keep making themes aimed at Classicpress while attracting their user bases to move on to CP.
And for plugins. Perhaps CP should update in a way that it’s compatible with WordPress 5.0 plugins. This would extend the life of ClassicPress and remove the urgency of becoming obsolete for a few years.
I’m not very involved with ‘core’ development, but I can’t imagine this being very hard.
A good start would probably be adding the specific functions of WP5, and not just by copying them from the actual WP5, as that probably won’t work. But adding same name functions that do the same so that plugins can use it.
I’m not super looking forward to do this as I feel wholly inadequate for it. But if there is some effort being made I can surely assist in a bunch of places either with ideas/guidance or code.
If I’ve missed something in terms of discussion or documentation please link them below.
If there are ideas floating around to promoting Classicpress, please link them below.
As a community we probably could pull together and do something about it on a large enough scale for it to matter for Classicpress as a whole.
Though I’m not sure what. So some fruitful discussion is required I’m sure.
Thoughts? Ideas? Let’s hear it.