WPWeekly Episode 299 – 2017 Year in Review

WPWeekly Episode 296 – Gutenberg, Telemetry, Calypso, and More With Matt Mullenweg

In this episode, John James Jacoby and I review the WordPress news that made headlines on the Tavern in 2017. Among the stories we talk about more in-depth was Headway Themes, WP-CLI becoming a WordPress.org sanctioned project, and Disqus being acquired. We also talked about the future of comments in WordPress and what circumstances could lead to Intense Debate being relevant again.

Last but not least, we offered up our thoughts for the New Year. Shout out to Kevin Hoffman who submitted a five-star review for WP Weekly on iTunes. Thank you to all of the listeners who have and continue to listen to WordPress Weekly.

Stories Discussed:


WP-CLI Gets Official WordPress.org Support
WordPress 4.7.1 Fixes Eight Security Issues
Automattic Releases Free Plugin for Exporting Photos from Lightroom to WordPress
Aaron D. Campbell Replaces Nikolay Bachiyski as WordPress’ Security Czar
Postmatic Basic Rebrands as Replyable, Moves Two-Way Email Commenting to SaaS Product
Jetpack 4.5 Expands Monetization with WordAds Integration
Obama Foundation Launches New Website Powered by WordPress
Wix Removes GPL-Licensed WordPress Code from Mobile App, Forks Original MIT Library


10up Unveils ElasticPress.io: Elasticsearch as a Service for WordPress Sites
Matt Mullenweg Responds to Security Rant: Digital Signatures for WordPress Updates Are Important but Not a Priority
BuddyPress 2.8 Boosts Minimum PHP Requirement, Adds Twenty Seventeen Companion Stylesheet
WordPress Core Editor Team Publishes UI Prototype for “Gutenberg,” an Experimental Block Based Editor
Zerif Lite Returns to WordPress.org after 5-Month Suspension and 63% Decline in Revenue
Cloudflare Memory Leak Exposes Private Data
Freemius Launches Insights for WordPress Themes
HackerOne Launches Free Community Edition for Non-Commercial Open Source Projects


Web Annotations are Now a W3C Standard, Paving the Way for Decentralized Annotation Infrastructure
WordPress 4.7.3 Patches Six Security Vulnerabilities, Immediate Update Advised
WeFoster Launches Hosting Platform Catered to Online Communities
Jetpack Introduces Theme Installation from WordPress.com, Sparks Controversy with Alternative Marketplace for Free Themes
PressShack Forks Edit Flow to Create PublishPress, Aims to Improve Multi-User Editorial Workflow in WordPress
Yoast SEO 4.5 Urges Users to Upgrade to PHP 7
Foxhound Is the First REST API Powered Theme on WordPress.org
GoDaddy Acquires Sucuri
WordPress Relaunches Plugin Directory with New Design and Improved Search Algorithm
Poopy.life Lets You Create Free, Unlimited WordPress Test Installs
WordPress Community Support Shuts Down WordCamp Netherlands in Favor of City-Based WordCamps


WooCommerce 3.0 Brings Major Improvements to Product Gallery, Introduces CRUD Classes and a New CLI
Jetpack 4.8 Introduces Settings Redesign, Adds Global WordPress.com Toolbar
Yoast SEO’s PHP Upgrade Nag is Producing a Significant Increase in Sites Upgrading to PHP 7
BuddyPress 2016 Survey Results Show 54% of Respondents are on PHP 7.0+
WordPress 4.7.4 Fixes 47 Issues
Headway Themes Appears to be Dying a Slow Death
Shopify Discontinues Its Official Plugin for WordPress


10up Releases WP Docker, an Open Source Docker Configuration for Local WordPress Development
Jetpack 4.9 Introduces EU Cookie Law Banner Widget
Weglot Multilingual Plugin Closes €450K in Seed Funding
WordPress Is Now on HackerOne, Launches Bug Bounties
Hookr Plugin Rebrands as WP Inspect, Project to Shift to a Module-Based Architecture
WordPress 4.7.5 Patches Six Security Issues, Immediate Update Recommended
Storefront 2.2.0 Released, Includes Design Refresh and Major Improvements to New User Experience
Rainmaker Digital to Partner with Nimble Worldwide
WordPress Removes HHVM from Testing Infrastructure
WP-CLI 1.2.0 Released, Project Unveils New Logo


WPForms Acquires WP Mail SMTP Plugin
VersionPress Launches VersionPress.com to Fund Open Source Project
WordPress 4.8 “Evans” Released Featuring Nearby WordPress Events, New Media Widgets, and Link Boundaries
Imagely Acquires TeslaThemes, Is Seeking Other Acquisition Opportunities
9seeds Acquires Web Savvy Marketing’s Genesis Theme Store
WordCamp Europe 2017 Draws 1900 Attendees from 79 Countries
WooCommerce Drops 50% Renewal Discount on Subscriptions
WPShout Updates and Acquires WPHierarchy.com
WordPress’ New Gutenberg Editor Now Available as a Plugin for Testing
Automattic to Renew Efforts on Underscores, Retire Components Starter-Theme Generator
WooCommerce 3.1 Adds New CSV Product Importer/Exporter, Improves Extension Management
Clef Shuts Down


Jesse Petersen, Founder of Genesis The.me Passes Away
WangGuard Plugin Author Shuts Down Splog Hunting Service Due to Trauma and Death Threats
Let’s Encrypt Passes 100 Million Certificates Issued, Will Offer Wildcard Certificates in January 2018
10up Acquires Lift UX
AJ Morris Acquires iThemes Exchange
React Users Petition Facebook to Re-license React.js after Apache Software Foundation Bans BSD+Patents License in Dependencies
SiteLock Acquires Patchman’s Malware and Vulnerability Detection Technology, Expands WordPress Customer Base to 4 Million
Adobe to Discontinue Flash Support and Updates in 2020
.blog Passes 100,000 Registrations, 66.5% of Purchased Domains are in Use


Jetpack 5.2 Brings Major Improvements to the Contact Form Module
WordPress Polyglots Team Fuels International Community Growth with 3rd Global Translation Day
WordPress 4.8.1 Released, Adds Custom HTML Widget
Trademark Trial and Appeal Board Dismisses Automattic’s Trademark Dispute Against Chris Pearson
WordPress.com’s Business Plan Gives Subscribers a Way to Tap into WordPress.org’s Third-party Ecosystem
maekit Acquires WP Remote, Plans to Add Cloud-Based Backup Services
WordPress.org Now Allows Plugin Authors to Specify a Minimum PHP Version Requirement
Gutenberg 1.0.0 Introduces Drag and Drop for Adding Image Blocks


Jetpack 5.3 Adds PHP 7.1 Compatibility, Better Control for WordAds Placement
WordPress.org Adds New Support Rep Role for Plugin Pages
WordPress Abandons React due to Patents Clause, Gutenberg to be Rewritten with a Different Library
WordPress 4.8.2 Patches Eight Security Vulnerabilities
Apply Filters Podcast to be Retired after 83 Episodes
WordPress.com Adds Google Photos Integration, Available Now for Jetpack-Enabled Sites


Poopy.life Launches Pro Version at WPsandbox.io Aimed at Theme and Plugin Developers
Disqus Data Breach Affects 17.5 Million Accounts
GitLab Raises $20 Million Series C Round, Adds Matt Mullenweg to Board of Directors
WooCommerce 3.2 Adds Ability to Apply Coupons in the Admin, Introduces Pre-Update Version Checks for Extensions
Postman SMTP Plugin Forked after Removal from WordPress.org for Security Issues
WooCommerce Retires Canvas Theme, Recommends Customers Migrate to Storefront Theme
Firebug is Retired


WordPress 4.8.3, A Security Release Six Weeks in the Making
Press This Removed from WordPress 4.9 in Favor of a Plugin
Bianca Welds Awarded Kim Parsell Travel Scholarship
Jetpack 5.5 Removes Syntax Highlighting and Gallery Widget for Compatibility
WordPress 4.9 Released with Major Improvements to Customizer Workflow, Updated Code Editors, and New Core Gallery Widget
Tailor Page Builder Plugin Discontinued, Owners Cite Funding, Gutenberg, and Competition
WordPress 4.9.1 Released, Fixes Page Template Bug
WPWeekly Episode 296 – Gutenberg, Telemetry, Calypso, and More With Matt Mullenweg


Storify to Close May 16, 2018, WordPress Plugin Discontinued
Jetpack 5.6.1 Increases Security of the Contact Form Module
WP Site Care Acquires WP Radius

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It takes a lot to market your website and everything you have to offer, no matter what type of website you operate.

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WordPress Web Design Trends 2018 – What to Expect in the New Year

How will websites change in the coming year? Those are important questions for website owners, designers, and developers.

In an environment as shifting as the Internet, it’s important to stay ahead of the curve. Being aware of upcoming developments and trends means you can get your own and your clients’ websites ready for them.

To help you out in this area, in this article we want to talk about the design and technological trends that will drive web design in the upcoming year. Having an idea about it will allow you to keep any website you are responsible for up to date.

Ready to look into the crystal ball of web design? Then let’s get cracking.

What Will Be the Web Design Trends 2018?

Below we will list design trends that are likely to dominate the upcoming year. Many are continuations or slight modifications of existing developments. Others are due to new emerging technology. However, all will influence the way we will build and maintain websites in the coming year.

A True “Mobile First” Design Approach

While mobile has been a web design trend for years, 2017 was the first year in which mobile traffic continuously beat desktop computers as the main Internet device worldwide.

It shows just how important this traffic avenue has become. Mobile devices have become an important and, for many, primary tool to interact with websites.

Plus, Google intends to roll out its mobile-first index, placing further importance on a good mobile site presence. For that reason, mobile design is no longer something that’s added as part of the web design process, but one of the first thing to figure out (about high time to read our guide on responsive design for WordPress).

In short, mobile design has matured. That’s also visible in the fact that design elements from mobile have made their way over to the desktop. Examples include large typography (learn to add custom fonts to WordPress), hamburger menus and the declining importance of “above the fold” (because scrolling has become second nature to most users).

This will continue in 2018. One thing you can get ready for is sticky elements at the bottom. Since mobile users are getting more and more used to them (hey, easier to reach), we will start to see these design elements everywhere.

web design trends 2018 sticky bottom menu
Source: WooCommerce

Also, when we are talking about mobile design, don’t forget AMP (Accelerated Mobile Pages)!

The Rise of Push Notifications

Push notifications are one of the most up and coming marketing channels. This year we could see more and more websites offering to send them to their users.

web push notifications example

They have become so pervasive that it recently causes us to ask should you add push notifications to your WordPress website? There are many arguments for it:

  • Good browser and device support
  • High acceptance of mobile devices
  • Click-through rates higher than email

On the other hand, they can be intrusive. In fact, just the prompt asking for permission to send push notifications is a turn off for many users.

This will present a challenge for web designers. With push notifications becoming mainstream, they will have to find clever and appealing ways to integrate the prompt into their design.

web design trends 2018 push notifications opt in
Source: Clio

Custom Graphics and Illustrations

Visuals are a key part of online content. They are engaging and able to convey things that words and text alone can not. In addition to that, images have SEO value if optimized right.

Though stock photos are still going strong, there is also a trend going the other direction. Instead of generic visuals, get ready for more custom, handmade stuff. One-of-a-kind graphics and unique illustrations are another one of the web design trends 2018.

web design trends 2018 custom illustrations
Source: Shape

Their advantages: a distinguishable personality and tone that allows you to set your site apart in an ever-growing environment. Plus, illustrations are usually more lightweight than photos and other content-heavy images. In combination with scalable vector graphics and the need to speed up websites that’s good news. Time to break out the crayons!

Animations Everywhere

More advanced browser technologies allow web designers to move away from static visuals and embrace movement. Animations on websites have become readily available.

web design trends 2018 animations
Source: RollPark

Using them can bring subtle life to formerly rigid pages. Especially in combination with micro-interactions (more on that below) it results in a more immersive and interactive user experience.

Potential applications for moving graphics include

  • Logos — Animations make logos more memorable. Users no longer just recognize the logo but also the way it is presented to them. The logo can tell a story on its own. Look at these examples for a better idea.
  • Loading animations — Animated loading icons are a staple of operating systems but also possible on the net. They bridge the time from accessing to actually seeing the website and convey activity. This makes it less likely users will feel bored and leave.
  • Navigation — Thanks to mobile we are moving away from classic navigation menus. Hidden menus are en vogue. Slide-ins and other animations make their appearance less jarring.
  • Hover effects — Mouse-over effects convey the possibility to interact with certain elements. They show users where they can take action and make them more likely to do so.
  • Scroll triggered effects — Scroll effects that happen as users move down a page can create a narrative instead of just showing a static page moving by. They can also take the place of buttons and menus and educate the user on products like Apple does.

Find more ideas for website animations in this article.

Particle Backgrounds Replace Videos

Speaking of animations: we will be able to see more of them in the background of websites as well. Particle backgrounds are the answer to some problems video backgrounds pose, especially their size.

web design trends 2018 particle backgrounds
Source: Heystack.is

Since they are made with JavaScript particle animations are pretty lightweight. That way, they can introduce movement to the back of a website and grab user attention without bogging it down. There’s already a tutorial available for WordPress (including a plugin).

Vibrant Color Schemes and Gradients

In the past, web design had to stick to web-safe colors. However, thanks to better monitors and devices capable of showing them, you can now use myriads of colors on your website.

And designers are taking advantage of it. As one of the web design trends 2018 gets ready for saturated color schemes, contrasts and a lot more in-your-face hues.

web design trends 2018 vibrant color schemes gradients
Source: Spotify

This is especially true for gradients, which are making somewhat of a comeback, for example, as gradient filters over photos.

Asymmetry and Irregular Grids

Since websites now appear on anything from large television sets to small cell phone screens, it’s no longer necessary to adhere to the traditional “grid.” As a consequence, asymmetric layouts have started to be all the rage in 2017, something that will likely continue into the next year.

web design trends 2018 asymmetrical layouts
Source: Quechua

Though the traditional grid still rules content-heavy websites, more design-centric publications aim to set themselves apart by breaking the lines. Paired with parallax scrolling, this can create a many-layered experience with engaging depth and effects.

Bigger brands who look for out-of-the-box thinking will likely follow.

Bold Fonts and Large Typography

Big, bold typography has been a trend around the web for a while. We already talked about it in web design trends 2017.

Thanks to the increasing number of freely available custom fonts as well as improvements in device capabilities, websites can now get away with really large letters. Paired with ample whitespace, this makes for easy reading and skimming.

bold typography and whitespace
Source: Asana

Plus, since pretty much all browsers now support TrueType/OpenType fonts, companies can use their own typefaces for their web presence and don’t have to rely on what is available elsewhere.

Expect web designers to take advantage of this even more in the upcoming year, especially to replace images. Since fonts are lightweight and scalable, they allow you to make a visual statement without forcing a browser to download large images.

An Increase in Micro-Interactions

Just in case not familiar with the term, micro-interactions are subtle effects for accomplishing tasks on websites. They are a staple of social networks like Facebook. On the platform, liking and other reactions are each paired with their own small animations.

facebook style micro interactions as web design trends 2018

Micro-interactions give users the ability to interact with content in different ways. The advantages:

  • Visual feedback for user actions
  • Interactivity without the need to reload the page
  • Richer user experience, additional engagement

It’s already one of the upcoming web design trends 2018. For example, Medium recently introduced the ability to leave a “claps” for articles you like. Doing so shows support for the post and also works as a recommendation for other users.

medium claps

We also have a number of WordPress plugins that allow you to do similar things. For example, Contact Form by WPForms allows you to set a loading text that will show up on the submit button once clicked. Plugins like Animate It! add hover effects to buttons and Quotable Tweet this! boxes to highlighted text.

Let’s Talk About Chatbots

Chatbots are making their way into websites big time. Since Facebook invited developers to start producing bots for their messenger, the number of existing bots has increased from 30,000 to 100,000 in just a year.

And that’s just one platform! Large companies like Sephora, The North Face and Whole Foods are already sourcing out some of their customer support to virtual staff. This will trickle down to websites and companies of smaller size.

We already have the first chatbot plugins available for WordPress. They can answer questions and offer basic customer support autonomously.

chatbot wordpress web design trends 2018
Source: My Chatbot

While bots are not so much a design matter, integrating them into websites is. It’s up to designers to figure out how to make the experience visually appealing. Plus, how to provide access to the bot in the first place.

Dealing with chatbots is definitely one of the web design trends 2018 both for people making websites and those using them.

AI, Internet of Things, VR and Other Future Technology

While the above will change web design on the surface, there are a number of technologies that will change the web as we know it. We have already talked about how AI will change the Internet and the Internet of Things.

While next year likely won’t be when these technologies become dominant (yet), one of the web design trends 2018 will be their ongoing development and proliferation. What can you expect besides the aforementioned chatbots?

  • Personalization through AI and machine learning
  • Experiments with virtual reality (especially product videos)
  • Augmented reality and 360 photography
  • Ways to connect websites with household appliances and wearables
  • Voice search and voice interactivity on websites

How far the next year will take these possibilities is hard to predict. But I’m sure there will be a strong undercurrent of these future technologies.

Web Design Trends 2018 in a Nutshell

Predicting website trends is not an exact science. We will only understand which of the above will dominate 2018 when the year has ended.

However, that doesn’t mean there isn’t value in thinking about it in advance. As people working with or owning websites, it’s important to stay on top of developments. That way, you can understand where the road leads and what users will expect from your work in the future.

Much of what listed here is already visible to a certain extent today and will just become more dominant. However, we will also see some truly new things that haven’t been done before. With so much new technology flying around the ether, I would be surprised if something doesn’t wow us next year. Let’s see what that is, shall we?

What do you see as the web design trends 2018? Anything that is not on the list? Let us know in the comments section below!

Nick Schäferhoff is an entrepreneur, online marketer, and professional blogger from Germany. He found WordPress when he needed a website for his first business and instantly fell in love. When not building websites, creating content or helping his clients improve their online business, he can most often be found at the gym, the dojo or traveling the world with his wife. If you want to get in touch with him, you can do so via Twitter or through his website.

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