The State of CSS 2019 survey results didn’t surprise me. Since WordPress moved to Gutenberg in late 2018 I’ve found relearning JavaScript and taking on ReactJS has become necessary. What I could do with my knowledge of CSS and PHP will not be enough to ‘get by’ in a few years.

Thoughts on the near future

  • CSS Grid will replace CSS frameworks
  • ReactJS will start to replace PHP in WordPress theme development
  • Methodologies used in static site generators like Gatsby and Hugo are also worth a serious review.

While learning Gatsby it became quickly apparent quicker load times and lower bandwidth static site generators can provide. I expect WordPress and Drupal may work some of these concepts into core to speed up user experience at some point.


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