As it is the season for prediction posts, I’m going to try my hand at some predictions for WordPress and the WordPress ecosystem in 2014. These will be equal parts fun, guesstimates and wishful thinking. So without further ado:
WordPress development has been full steam ahead over the last few months. It was only October 24th that saw 3.7 released and now it looks like we can expect 3.8 toward the end of December. WordPress 3.8 is a little different to other releases in that it’s changes are more visual, one of the headline features being a new admin design.
20 percent… or put another way, 1 in every 5.
As of a few days ago that is how many websites WordPress powers on the internet. What is even more staggering is that if you take out the websites that don’t use a content management system, WordPress is just shy of 60% of the top 10 million websites that use a CMS. Not a bad statistic considering that it was only 3 years ago Sennza made the rally cry that “WordPress is not just for blogs, Dammit“. At that time we were pretty excited that WordPress’s market share was at 8.5%. How things have changed.
From this year’s State of the Word talk at WordCamp San Francisco the main takeaway for me is that WordPress will taking a whole new direction.
In the past, WordPress release cycles have typically only looked forward 1 point release at a time. From an outsiders perspective it seems as though the features for the next release are decided just prior to starting development, development then starts and there is a lot of focus and iteration on these chosen features but anything outside this set aren’t talked about until the next development cycle. This means that the future of WordPress is only 3 to 4 months forward.
The Sennza team packed their bags once again to head to the biggest and best WordCamp in the world: WordCamp San Francisco. We’ve almost overcome our jet lag as it takes about 22 hours straight in airports and aeroplanes to get to America from Brisbane but it’s always worth it! We try to the make the most of our time here by balancing socialising alongside attending the amazing talks in both the WordCamp streams. I’ll do a quick recap of our last couple of days so far for everyone who isn’t lucky enough to be attending the conference.
At the start of the year, Sennza were invited by Google to be part of the Trusted Tester program for PHP on Google App Engine. When it came to choosing a PHP application to showcase on App Engine, WordPress seemed like the obvious choice given that it is currently run on over 18% of the internet and is over 57% of the content management systems. Over the years we have had the chance to use WordPress on many different hosting environments so it was exciting to be able test a variety of different WordPress sites on App Engine.
This panel was recorded at WordCamp Sydney 2012 so that WordCamp attendees could learn how different WordPress developers make use of theme frameworks or starter themes for producing WordPress websites. This session gathers some of the WordPress theme development gurus who use theme frameworks or starter themes. We explain about why we use them, which frameworks we use, and their benefits and drawbacks in a Theme Development workflow.
We are often asked by potential clients about our web design process and although we have a little infographic on our ‘what we do‘ page we decided that this information could be presented in a fun way. We were approached by Claude from Kinetext who produces text based videos for businesses and we worked with Claude on a script, which he then turned into the fabulous video below.
Let us know what you think of the video in the comments!