WordPress is due to be upgraded to version 5.0 on November 27, 2018. It is slated as a major new release, but there is little that will affect the overall look and feel of WordPress sites:
There is a new block editor, that WP pompously calls Gutenberg. Lots of people are grumbling about it, but I do not anticipate any problems myself, and it will not affect the site directly.
There is a new official theme called Twenty Nineteen.
This site uses a heavily customised child version of the Twenty Sixteen theme. I had issues with the Twenty Seventeen theme, and there was no Twenty Eighteen. I will check out the Twenty Nineteen theme, but given the investment I have already made in the current theme, I would be reluctant to switch. The main motivation would be responsiveness, i.e. the ability to work on smaller screens. But the current site looks OK on my elderly Nexus 4, with its 4.7″ screen.
Just to clarify, the main website runs WordPress, but the hosting service does not.
Android is clamping down on apps sending SMS messages, and accessing the call log. I can understand the reasoning behind this, but it means that the Sales Manager will suffer collateral damage. The deadline for compliance is January 9, 2019, but I intend to release a compliant version of the app ASAP, probably over the weekend.
The features that will be pulled are the SMS and Call Log options on the Contact menu on the Customer screen, as shown on the screen on the right.
I have bought an iPhone 5S on eBay, which I hope will serve as my new test device. The last one I bought had not been reset properly, and I had to send it back. The iPhone 5S is the oldest model that still runs the latest version of iOS.
In the meantime, I am working my way through a cloudkit tutorial, and have I discovered that I may be able to test iCloud apps on the simulator as well. If all goes well, the new release should be ready by the end of the month.
Although iCloud support is the most pressing issue, the most important one in the long run is an analogue for the navigation drawer in iOS. That will involve redesigning all the existing storyboards, and I am hoping that my new development system will help with that.