Seven Top WordPress Trends You Should Watch In 2022
WordPress is undoubtedly the most popular content management solution that now powers around 43% of all websites. The reason for WordPress’s success is its versatility and the ease of creating many kinds of websites built with its help.
Without any further ado, here are the top trends that I believe will shape the entire WordPress ecosystem in 2022 and beyond.
1. Headless WordPress
A headless WordPress site setup uses WordPress to manage the content in the back end and other custom front-end solutions to display it to visitors.
There are multiple benefits of a headless WordPress setup:
- Better Performance: WordPress websites that use optimized front ends are incredibly responsive and smooth and load in milliseconds, improving the user experience and search engine presence. On top of that, the needed hosting resources are significantly less.
- Improved Flexibility: You can easily integrate content from WordPress into complex front-end solutions that display information from multiple sources like web services, social media pages, location information, video streaming websites, etc.
- Better Security: Websites that show static content for visitors don’t have active database connections or web servers. Hence, the footprint for potential attacks is smaller, making your website more secure.
In 2021, WP Engine conducted a study that revealed that 64% of enterprise respondents already use headless technology. This is an almost 25% increase from 2019.
Considering that, we can easily predict that in 2022, we will see more websites using WordPress as the back end but that comes with custom front-end solutions.
2. No-Code WordPress Development
Low-code/no-code solutions can reduce the app development time by up to 90%. So there is no surprise that no-code platforms are taking more space in the development world, and WordPress is part of this change.
With the help of visual page builders like Elementor and plugins like Woocommerce for e-commerce and WordPress, you can have a fully functional website or shop in days, and at a fraction of the cost, you would spend to build it from scratch.
3. WordPress For SaaS
Considering the previous trend about the growth of no-code platforms and the use of WordPress to create fully working websites and apps, this one comes naturally. The no-code platforms simply make SaaS easier than ever to create.
SaaS products have various use cases for B2B and B2C clients, including automating tasks, streamlining business workflows, adding new functionalities, or providing an alternative to expensive custom-coded options.
We predict that using WordPress and a suite of plugins will make more entrepreneurs develop and launch interesting SaaS products at a fraction of the cost.
4. WordPress For E-commerce
According to a Statista report from April 2021, WooCommerce is the second leading e-commerce platform (after Squarespace) with a 23.43% market share worldwide. The e-commerce software application market is forecast to grow to approximately $6.3 billion by 2023, and WooCommerce will get a slice of the pie.
Over 1,000 WooCommerce plugins are listed in the official WordPress plugins repository, and on CodeCanyon, a popular premium plugins marketplace, over 1,300 WooCommerce plugins are available to purchase.
Considering that the digital transformation of businesses during the pandemic is here to stay, we can easily predict that the trend of using WordPress for e-commerce will grow even more, and WooCommerce will lead it.
5. Gutenberg Enhancements
The Gutenberg editor was first released in 2018 as part of the fifth version of WordPress. The community did not receive it well, considering it was pretty buggy and difficult to use. Fortunately, with every WordPress version update, it got a lot of new features, and many bugs have been resolved.
Gutenberg 11.9 introduced improvements to the site editor in preparation for full site editing. FSE will change how users design and develop WordPress websites using Gutenberg blocks to post content and edit the website elements like the header, footer, menus, and sidebars.
The next phases of the Gutenberg project will support collaboration and multilanguage websites.
6. Performance Improvements
Code contributors from Yoast and Google outlined the need that WordPress should have a coordinated approach toward improving performance and proposed creating a performance team.
The focus is on achieving the most “impactful” wins on the WordPress core and thinking of ways to help third-party developers create faster themes and plugins.
So in 2202, according to Search Engine Journal, we should expect improvements, new features, and updates related to the following key areas:
- Images: Along with video content, images that are not optimized for the web are slowing down websites. So the performance team wants to offer high-quality images yet keep them small. Recently, WordPress added native support for the WEBP standard.
- Themes/Plugin Requirements: Developers will be encouraged to do automatic tests for performance and optimize their code.
7. Accessibility Improvements
Web accessibility refers to the practice of making your website and its content available for all people, whatever their device, software configuration, language barriers, location, or level of ability.
When you create a site that passes all the accessibility tests, all users have equal access to its functionality and content. Besides the fact that accessibility is essential so your users can access and consume the information, it is also a legal requirement in many territories.
The WordPress Accessibility Team provides expertise to the core development team and third-party theme and plugins developers, helping improve the accessibility of WordPress.
In 2022, we can expect to see more WordPress themes following accessibility good practices and plugins that will make websites compliant with these practices.
The Future Of WordPress
And there you have them: the seven trends that will shape the following releases of WordPress in 2022. While you may be familiar with some of them, others may sound new to some website owners. I suggest keeping close tabs on these new trends to stay competitive and comply with upcoming regulations.
If you need help keeping up with these WordPress trends we suggest you hire a WordPress maintenance agency like WPRiders.
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