I spun up a test Wagtail install and followed its tutorial which lets you make a basic blog with categories, tags, galleries. The interface looks good on screenshots but is a bit unpolished in places, I tried installing wagtail-blog as well but it’s written for v2 and we’re at v4 now. That could be quite easy to update, I haven’t checked but might do, depending on motivation.
That said compared to the tutorial creating RSS feeds is not too hard, a WordPress Importer would be nice.
After that investigate some indieweb features.
I’ve been switching my local WordPress sideprojects development setup to VVV and one thing I couldn’t find documented is how to setup ElasticSearch and ElasticPress.
There’s a VVV-ElasticSearch plugin on GitHub but it is missing documentation and it’s not been updated for 6 years :D), so I made my own:
Enjoy the WordPress fun while it lasts folks, I’ve seen the light, and I am worried.
Because, while everyone is looking to the left at SquareSpace and Wix, trying to figure out how to improve the publishing workflow, on the right Alejandro Crosa builds an iOS app that publishes notes online by simply saving them. It abstracts the whole publishing process. Similarly to how Dropbox abstracted the filesharing site, a native app removes the web editor. In. Three. Weeks. Using Rails and Swift!
In 3 weeks he did a (subjectively) better job for this use case than the WP app and the WB mobile experience. Just look at it collectednotes.com and it’s blog — the latter which is written using the service itself!). Yes it does less, but it’s about the job to be done. Gutenberg does less than Word 97 and Dreamweaver. The point is, that’s fine.
WP is currently deciding whether the REST API should be open to third party editors. It’s mission is to democratise publishing, but somehow this is up for discussion. However it turns out the best experience is a native one. Should WP forego the admin interface, change Gutenberg’s full site editing into the theme editor, and restructure itself for what’s to come? WP has a lot of moving parts, and consensus isn’t easily reached. It seems to me that the web will experience will refocus on reading documents, with content creation in apps.
If Apple ever adds a backend service to Pages to sync with a static site generator, or someone goes 10% further than iA Writer’s web-publishing feature in a ‘writing app’ than the whole WP ecosystem is sherlocked.
It’s time to wake up.