WordPress Begins Closing Down
An accumulation of security, performance and and competitive reasons has seen WordPress closing down traditional development options. For example, more than 100 thousand WordPress sites get hacked every year But the cause of those hacks are out of date WordPress core versions, weak passwords and old or incompatible theme or plugin versions.
To combat these problems WordPress polices password suggesting tough default password and requiring the the user to okay passwords that are not strong. WordPress also provides options for automatic updates to core code, themes and plugin. Hosting Services for WordPress are encouraged to do the same. Warnings are issued if a theme or plugin has not been tested by its developer in the last 3 versions of theWordPress core code.
In sum, WordPress is cracking down on security and its just in time as updates now arrive every 3-10 days for most themes and plugins. Hence the attraction of Managed WordPress sites where all updates ad backups are done automatically by the Hosting Service. But the consequence is a loss of WordPress backward compatibility.
Google and at least a dozen SEO Marketing firms have made it clear website performance of 2 seconds or less is the basic customers expectations. So Google in 2018 made mobile speed a ranking factor along with responsive designs. And in 2021 Google extended that to all web pages.
Both WordPress core team and PageBuilder developers were alert to the responsive design needs making them a priority: