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WordPress and Database Technology – What to Look Forward in 2019

At the end of 2017, we had some expectations regarding 2018 in terms of WordPress CMC and the database technologies, but what we witnessed was a lot more than that. WordPress witnessed many fundamental changes last year since its inception and database technologies have also moved more from the conventional relational database models to more non-relational NoSQL models.

So, let’s take a look at what is there in store for 2019 as expected by experts in the technology community. First, let’s have a look at the expected changes in database technology this year.

Database technology in 2019

The disruptive technologies in database administration mandated the modern-day retailers to take a more innovative approach to keep up with the changing market trends and increasing competition. Even though this may seem to be costly, this is the only way for businesses to survive. The project managers, as well as chief technology offers, are expecting a bigger return with a lower investment on technology projects.

However, unlike olden times when data administration was a slow process, all companies now need real-time data streaming and analytical insights from it to enhance not only the user experience but also to tap the market opportunities. They consider it costly and dead to invest all the effort and time into a unique monolithic DBMS system.

With the advancement in technology, it is possible for you to incorporate various systems which allow the businesses to scale up as and when needed and effectively manage database infrastructures. The technological trends are now moving towards a fluidic data management practice. So, it is essential for all to keep up with the latest data trends and know its implications. Let’s further discuss the major trends expected to shape the future of data technology.

  • Alternate DBMS models

As we have seen above, through its evolution, the database expectations are stretched far beyond the conventional relational model in order to incorporate more flexible non-relational models. Over the last several years, we have seen the rise of many of the alternate non-relations database models like NoSQL and Hadoop for the cloud, etc.

Modern day data scientists are now expecting the evolving cloud-based database platforms to handle a higher and wider range of data workloads by offering additional capabilities in terms of artificial intelligence and deep learning etc. The general-purposes databases of modern times are capable of supporting various data models and also can extend their capabilities in data virtualization, spatial data, graphs, distributed data storage, in-memory storage, etc.

The users are also longing for databases which can support a wider and deeper range of data along with analytical capabilities. The leading database as a service platform now make a significant stride towards the data streaming processes and also succeed in creating some secondary functionalities for the alternative data models.

Real-time data analytics

Along with the need for a quick data store and retrieval, business data users also now demand real-time analytical capabilities of transactional data. Enterprises are now adopting a hybrid model in transactional analysis, which makes it easier for the database systems to simplify the architecture. This new wave is driven by the increasing demand for adaptation operations, which incorporate live data streaming, real-time analysis, and insightful presentation.

As RemoteDBA.com points out, the real-time applications could be live fault detection, re-targeting, or making business recommendations. The industry analysts are now largely recognizing these new trends, and this shift is expected to make a huge impact in 2019. More interestingly, the hybrid model of transactional databases also comes with an in-memory data model, which offers some additional benefits also in architectural simplicity. Now, it is much easier to maintain a database without transfer or sharing simply.

Future of WordPress in 2019

On looking into the shift of WordPress approach to web development, we can see that the latest Gutenberg marks the beginning of a new era with a very fundamental shift in the code-base of WordPress. The latest update of WordPress, Gutenberg is a block-based building concept. These blocks are coded on JavaScript. If you have every developed a plug-in to add meta boxes to a post or screen, then you may be better off adding the blocks now. The need is not to learn PHP, but instead JavaScript.

The same applies to the theme developers too who also need to learn JavaScript. With this, you may have to update the themes styled on the blocks as per Gutenberg to get better output than the old-style editor output. The currently ongoing Phase 2 of project Gutenberg will also take the blocks out from the usage confined to the post and page editing. You may be able to implement the blocks on merely anywhere on WP admin as the menus, widgets, customizers, or whatever you name it. The goal is to turn WP into a WYSIWYG type CMS ultimately, but without the complication of code bloat.

Proposed WYSISYG interface of WP

This seems to be a highly ambitious goal; however, once achieved, it may revolutionize WordPress development both for the developers as well as the users on the other end. Inc case of users, you will come across a much-streamlined brand new interface. For the developers, the shift is more towards learning and using JavaScript deeply as discussed above.

Considering the global WordPress community, it is not a single entity. What we see on the WordCamps is really a group of developers. However, there is a vast and less homogenous WP community is out there, which can effectively serve merely any needs. The WP users of modern times don’t try to align themselves to any community, but they try to create their unique tribe with significant other WP developers working at the same space.

As far as this community approach to WP is concerned, the reaction to Gutenberg is mixed. It is a tendency that people used to react badly to any major change happening in technology, and in case of Gutenberg, the focus seems to be more on the bugs as well as the sites which are cracked. However, Gutenberg is strong enough, and over time, the users will be best served with it.

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Raj Hirvate

Hi, I'm Raj Hirvate and I am a Tech Blogger from India. I like to post about technology and product reviews to the readers of my blog. Apart from blogging i'm a big Anime fan I Love Watching Naruto, One piece and Death Note.