If we start with Wordpress to list some points that created Wordpress's popularity success in recent years it would be:
- Excellent backward compatibility
- Minimal core
- Not dependent on third party code / framework
This has made Wordpress in version 2, 3 and 4 very popular with web agencies and plugin manufacturers who could easily develop and customize functions for their pages and also rely on their code to work in old as well as new versions of Wordpress.
Wordpress 5 is a radical update compared to the previous versions. An entirely new way of working with web pages is introduced with Gutenberg. Gutenberg is a tool that makes it very easy and user-friendly to build advanced layouts. BUT Gutenberg also requires modern code and modern third-party frameworks like react.js.
This has moved in the pot for anyone who works with Wordpress and a lot of fragmentation has arisen. For all those who relied on Wordpress's old model with a small core and no forced frameworks needed anything drastic.
Because WordPress is an open source project, it is possible to make a "fork" of the entire project. A fork means that you take all the old code and disconnect it from the original project's development branch (Wordpress) and you then instead create a new branch that is completely independent of the original so that a whole new way forward can be set out.
At the last version of Wordpress 4, this was done to escape Gutenberg. This new project is called ClassicPress.
Classic Press In turn, it reminds very much about the Joomla project in its structure with a focus on democratic decisions and that it is not run by a company.
We see ClassicPress as a natural development of software that is being forced to develop in one direction that the big community cannot follow or agree with. Just like this, Joomla was created from the original Mambo project about 12 years ago.
We keep up with the excitement of Wordpress and ClassicPress and will use both projects according to what your Web project needs.
Read more about ClassicPress on their website: https://www.classicpress.net/