WordPress is many things to many people. For some, it’s the tool given to them by agencies to change the copy on their website. For others, it sits right at the core of their entire business, while some see it as a framework and tool to build large applications and data management systems. This is something WordPressrespects, which it has to, in order to maintain its monolithic market share — almost 25% of all websites are built using it. However, it is often this desire to be everything to everybody that keeps it from becoming the modern content management system it has the potential to be. We need to break away from many of the restraints that hold WordPress back, look forwards toward new technologies — both front end and back — that offer innovative solutions that remain simple to use for the every-day user. This starts by moving away from template tags and “the loop”, looking beyond jQuery as a framework, and starting to embrace the almost endless possibilities of the REST API. However, to do this, WordPress needs to change — here’s how. The New WordPress Today, WordPress is a jam-packed CMS filled to the brim with features and functionality. Not only that, but it includes an archaic
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