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2016 - Year in Review

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2016 was crazy: Brexit, terrorist attacks, and Trump's election triumph. At least Peyton Manning got his second Super Bowl win. Brandon Kelly has written down how the year went for Craft CMS.

The State of Craft: End-of-2016 Edition

According to Google Trends, they overtook ExpressionEngine for the first time. Craft Slack has 3,423, and Crafts Stack Exchange is at 3,590 members. John Morton's Craft Link List is currently at 500 subscribers.


This year, only one major update for Craft, 2.6, contained a vital innovation with eager loading support.

Work on Craft 3 has started, a dev preview has been launched, and the next step will be a public beta in the first quarter of 2017. This beta is supposed to be identical to the dev preview in terms of functions.


Craft Commerce 1.0 was released on December 1, 2015. In 2016, 30 updates followed, including versions 1.1 and 1.2, which include shipping zones and shipping categories. Also, the Digital Products plugin was released, thanks to which digital goods such as e-books can be sold with Commerce.


In 2016, Pixel & Tonic moved three times and now moved into a new office in downtown Bend, Oregon (USA) with Tim Sabat from CodePen.

Craft CMS has generated $1 million in revenue, excluding Commerce sales.

Pixel & Tonic works with design and communications partners, including Bright Umbrella, Sharon Steed, and Leah Stephenson, to provide case studies, documentation, and marketing pages.

What's next?

In the 1st quarter of 2017, the public Craft 3 beta will start. Plugin store and Commerce 2 should follow 6-9 months later. The Craft showcase on the official site should be available from Q1 or Q2.

A new Craft Summit will also be held again the week of May 4, 2017. For this, an actual Craft conference will be held later in the year.

Thanks to everyone who builds awesome stuff with Craft, to everyone who uses it to produce great content, to everyone who helps promote it, to everyone who writes in with suggestions and bug reports, and of course to everyone who sends us booze :) We never cease to be amazed and inspired by everything you do - your talent, your integrity, your generosity, and your persistence. You made 2016 great, despite everything, and we can’t wait to see what happens in 2017. - Brandon Kelly
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Self-employed web developer from Germany who started with WordPress websites in 2005, then moved to ExpressionEngine and lost his heart to Craft CMS in 2013. As the founder of Craftentries, he has been covering the Craft ecosystem since 2015.

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