What’s Next For Toolset
Are you using Toolset and wondering what’s the roadmap for the coming months? In this post, we go over the current status of the project and what we have planned for the future.
Recent Changes in the Toolset Project
In the past months, the Toolset project and its team saw a number of important changes that we want to share with you. The biggest decision, which was extremely hard to make, is to pause the development of new features – for now.
However, we are well aware that there are thousands of sites relying on Toolset and there is no way we will let them down. This is why we’ll definitely keep working on bug fixes, compatibility, and stability improvements.
What this Means for Toolset Users
Again, Toolset isn’t going anywhere and we’re still very actively maintaining it. For example, we just recently released an update to all Toolset plugins with complete support for PHP 8. This was quite a project in itself and we believe it proves our commitment to Toolset.
We will make sure Toolset runs perfectly fine with all upcoming WordPress releases. We will also be actively working on fixing any important bugs as they are reported.
Most importantly, our Toolset Support Team is not going anywhere and you can count on it in the future.
Finally, Toolset already has a huge array of features and allows you to create any kind of a site you need. This isn’t changing and you have two workflows to choose from – Gutenberg blocks or the legacy workflow based on shortcodes.
Reasons Behind this Decision
As Full Site Editing (FSE) was introduced to WordPress, we realized we’ll need to make some changes. What we need to see now is what exactly WordPress will do with FSE and how it will work for things that people use Toolset for: templates, archives pages, lists of posts, etc.
With WordPress completely changing the flow for creating themes and sites, it’s currently impossible for us to know what our clients will need in the coming months. Toolset is a plugin. It cannot compete with the platform.
There is little point in adding big features that might be made obsolete by WordPress core features in the coming months. We want to work with the platform instead of competing against it.
Are There Any Big Features Coming in the Future?
We most certainly hope so! As outlined above, it remains to be seen where exactly WordPress intends to go with Full Site Editing and what people building sites will need from a plugin like Toolset.
However, we have to be honest here, this also depends on other factors like the number of active clients.
At the moment, we don’t plan on adding new features to Toolset in the next 18 months or so. We realize that in a way, that’s a lot. However, as Toolset is already a fully featured product that will continue to be updated, maintained, and supported in the meantime, we hope that we do get that chance.
Just to confirm our commitment to fully maintaining and supporting Toolset, here’s what you can expect from us in the coming months:
- Updates related to all major WordPress releases
- Bugfix releases for important bugs and issues
- An in-depth review of how Toolset fits into WordPress with Full Site Editing as it matures
When we see where Full Site Editing ends up as a feature, we’ll update you again about how we see Toolset fitting into it.
Is There Anything You Can Do?
Actually, all we hope you will do is keep using Toolset and find value in it. In the meantime, you can count on us to maintain it as we did so far, and fully support you in using all its features.
And if you’d like to spread the word about Toolset to your friends, you can even join our Affiliate program and earn something in the process.
What Are Your Thoughts On This News?
We know this is important news and we’re looking forward to hearing your thoughts on this update.