This post is a little late… better than never, right?
Connections 10.2 was just released this week, bringing with it major under-the-hood changes that add proper support for custom taxonomies. This was basically just the first pass. there is still more work to do, primarily adding support for queueing Entries attached to a custom taxonomy and adding REST API support for custom taxonomies.
In 2018 support for the new Gutenberg Block Post Editor was added to Connections with the addition of the Directory and Upcoming List Blocks. In 2019 the Team Block was added, and in 2020, the Carousel Block was added. The latter two blocks have had a few feature requests, such as linking to the entry detail page. These feature requests will be added, making these two blocks even more useful.
Faceted search (advanced search by multiple fields) is another often requested feature. Work will begin on adding an API to build out this feature for and advanced search addon.
Content Blocks, no to be confused with Editor Blocks. In 2020 a Content Block API was added to Connections which added the ability for you to add many “Related to Entry” Content Blocks. This year, we plan to add even more, such as “Most Viewed” and “Most Popular” entries.
The Content Blocks have a carousel design leveraging feature (script libraries) of the WordPress Post Block Editor. This has resulted in a bit of script bloat. We will be looking to better optimize this with better conditional loading.
In summary the 20221 plan is to:
- Continue the work to add support for custom taxonomies.
- Add requested features to the Post Editor Blocks.
- Work on a faceted search API.
- Add new content blocks.
- Optimize script loading with targeted, conditional loading.
- Continue building out the REST API