WordPress: Pros, cons and what’s coming
Pros: WordPress is widely considered to be the easiest CMS for the nontechnical user and offers more than 21,000 plug-ins. “People come to WordPress when they want to do something quickly and when they want it to be easy to maintain,” says Matt Mullenweg, co-founder of WordPress and founder of Automattic, which operates the website hosting service WordPress.com.
Cons: The way in which WordPress handles multimedia could use improvement. “Right now I think it’s too hard,” Mullenweg says. Over the next year, he says, developers will be working to make that easier.
The WordPress community is also working to improve social integration, particularly with Facebook and Twitter, and to support mobile apps. Right now, Mullenweg says, “If you’re a brand-new user signing up for a WordPress website from a mobile device, the process could be a lot smoother.”
What’s coming: Over the years, WordPress has evolved from a simple blogging platform to a CMS. As people use the platform to build more complex websites, it is now evolving into an app engine, says Mullenweg. “It will be more like a development environment like Django or Rails. It’s already happening for advanced developers.”
Today, he says, it’s possible to use WordPress as a back end for mobile apps and not even have a website.
- An interview with WordPress co-founder Mike Little (poststat.us)
- WordPress 10 year anniversary this May 27th! (eliheiss.net)
- Choosing an open-source CMS, part 3: Why we use WordPress (techworld.com.au)
- the economy of wordpress plugins (igzebedze.com)
- WordPress – A 10 year journey (zed1.com)
- New ‘radically simplified’ WordPress is on the way (nextlevelofnews.com)