Let’s talk about the elephant in the room: Woocommerce.
It’s clear that Woocommerce will be fully embracing React and Gutenberg (https://wptavern.com/the-new-woo-adopts-gutenberg-components-user-interface-driven-by-react).
“Once it reaches beta, the plugin will be made available on WordPress.org to allow a larger audience to test it before being merged into WooCommerce core” - where have we heard this before?
I suspect that once Gutenberg is launched in wp 5, Matt Mullenweg will turn his full attention to Woocommerce in order to “compete” with Shopify. I also suspect that the next major version of Woocommerce will declare incompatibility with WordPress installs lower than v5 and have a LTS version of the previous version before discontinuing it completely.
What will this mean for Woocommerce and ClassicPress? Will Woocommerce quickly become incompatible with ClassicPress? Do we need to fork Woocommerce as well?
Some big questions, but let’s not shy away from them and the possible hard truths (such as the new dashboards in Woocommerce look like a great addition).
General consensus so far
- our official standpoint would be that we won’t actively attempt to keep ClassicPress compatible with Woocommerce if they make a breaking change
- we will approach a Woocommerce competitor to be our official recommendation and they would ensure ClassicPress compatibility