With over 3000 attendees WCEU 2019 Berlin was the largest WordPress event to date.
A much glitzier affair than the London camp that we attended earlier in the year, WCEU 2019 confirmed the WordPress domination of the open source CMS landscape. It was hosted at the vast Estell conference centre and hotel which is near Sonnenallee and very close to the location of the historic East/West border crossing. With reference to falling of the Berlin Wall the event was celebrated with an 80s themed after party.
The figure of 35% was bandied around by many of the speakers. That is thirty five percent of all websites globally are built with WordPress!
Beyond the slightly cultish celebration of this phenomenal achievement the big focus was on all things Gutenberg. Gutenberg is the new WordPress block editor. Its significance is hard to digest on first encounter. Although it quickly became apparent that this radical approach to modularising all content (including paragraphs) has far reaching impact from structured data to design and page layout. There is even a Drupal Gutenberg module.
Google had a big presence and was a key sponsor, understandably as WordPress developers are responsible for a very large percentage of their market. No Facebook though.