The final of our community series, slightly later than planned asks twenty one of the WordPress community what they think the future of WordPress should be. Again, in no particular order, here are the responses.
Yikes, after the doom and gloom of the previous question, I had better turn it around a bit here and try to look at the bright side of things…
If WordPress stays on its current trajectory, expect to see hundreds if not thousands of additional upgrades. I think the WP devs are fixated on updating the core at least four times a year, last I read. That is an *insane* amount of work for users, who will be constantly updating WordPress until the day they die.
The good news is that all of these updates theoretically will be improving WordPress with more features, stronger security, and better code. I think eventually WordPress will hit critical mass and be bought out by some corpo-giant like Yahoo or Google. I will leave it up to you to contemplate the future if something like that should happen.
In the meantime, WordPress will continue to grow and evolve into an increasingly awesome piece of blogging/CMS software. Something we can all look forward to! :)
I think blogging will decline in the future and will be replaced by micro-blogging. Blogging will be just another extension of micro blogging like a read more link.
I see WordPress powering nearly every new website that needs ‘a few pages and a news section’. That and easy-to-create installation profiles helping nearly anyone distribute ‘It’s the next Facebook!’-type solutions. In a box, so to speak. WordPress will be something more than a blogging platform then.
By nature of the businesses that are being created around it, WordPress as a flatform will continue to grow. In a matter of a few short years, WordPress is already beginning to shed its notoriety of being “only” a blog platform and is being seeing as more of a content management system.
I’m pretty sure that in the future it will be possible to do even more than now using WordPress. And man, I can’t wait!
I think you just answered it. During the next few years I think you are going to see WordPress evolve into more of a CMS friendly platform. You can pretty much do anything with it already, but it’s going to get easier to do so in the future.
Heh, that may be one of the challenges for WP: it’s just capable of anything now (or, after WPMU & WP merge, it really will), so maybe it will come to a point where there’s just nothing more to add? I guess I’m not visionary enough for this question :)
With free platforms like these basically anyone can set up a blog or even a website in a very short time. So this means that the need for smaller companies selling their services with poor CMS systems would fade.
Like you said, anything is possible at the moment. It’s just a matter of what emerges. A trend that seems to be gaining some steam lately is the custom single post templates which could be interesting for certain types of sites.
I think some huge steps are being made at the moment to make people realise that WordPress isn’t so narrowly defined. Part of this process is integrating certain things into core that give huge diversity possibilities. I’m talking essentially about things like post_class and post types, custom taxonomies and the like.
It was only a week or two ago that WordPress won at the Open Source CMS Awards [at time of writing], and was only topped by Drupal in the PHP CMS category.
Even a year or two ago, WordPress was definitely very blog oriented, but that’s changing. A lot of people will certainly still see it as a blogging system for a while to come, but all WP can do is keep growing and keep making its users talk about it. Sooner or later, it’s going to lose that blog-only stigma altogether.
Tough question… I’m really bad at predicting the future, as I saw myself working a 8-4 job, but here I am, making a living of WP. I think WP will continue to dominate blogging market, but also gain on other CMS’s like EE, Drupal etc once everybody sees the potential.
It will evolve into a CMS framework powering majority of the sites on internet.
I think WordPress is being seen more and more as a CMS, I believe it will be always seen as the best blogging open source platform, but the usage as a CMS will grow more and more.
More flexibility. In Piwik for example everything is a plugin: individual data visualizations, the installation routine and even the plugin API. I like the ability to replace nearly every code fragment with my own.
This would push WordPress to the next level.
I haven’t looked at WordPress as a blogging platform in years, but perhaps that is because my team and I at Crowd Favorite spend almost all of our time building large scale sites on it – many of which have no blog.
I expect the core product to continue to be enhanced with improvements to basic features, and that the surrounding projects (bbPress, BuddyPress, etc.) will continue to mature as well. Eventually, there will be some more formal support for CMS style sites either in core or through a different *Press offshoot. I’ve taken a step on doing this for our needs with the Carrington CMS theme framework.
The 3.0 release (merging with WPMU) will be an interesting pivot point for the project – I think there will be some hard decisions that will be going into that release.
WordPress will continue to be used as a platform to do things that go far beyond blogging. As these projects end up in the showcase and acquire press, more people will begin to realize that WordPress is an excellent blogging tool but it’s by far the not only thing it is capable of doing. WordPress will continue to evolve as a framework or a platform that will enable these creative uses of the software. Hopefully one day, when Matt is asked what is WordPress capable of doing, his response will be, anything you can imagine.
With the addition of custom post types WordPress is clearly heading more towards cms territory – and there will be no limit for premium theme authors, who will no doubt lead the way in the innovations with them (hopefully Darren and I will be at the top of the list :) ). I think that will also spark more plugins and themes that turn WordPress into a cms, much like the POD’s plugin does now – only in a way that is more specific/ relevant to the theme.
People will start taking WordPress seriously as a powerful CMS in the next year. Maybe I’ll even be able to quit reading those articles titled “How to use WordPress as a CMS” (yes, I hate that phrase). When custom post type functionality becomes as easy as adding a few lines of code coupled with custom taxonomies, WordPress will be all-powerful.
WordPress is a strong blogging tool. It also won a CMS award (http://wordpress.org/development/2009/11/wordpress-wins-cms-award/). With third party plugins (http://www.instinct.co.nz/e-commerce/), it is easy to convert WordPress into a store but what I am expecting from future of WordPress is to see itself as a shop/e-commerce solution built in core files.