State of the Word 2011

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Every year Matt Mullenweg gives an address at the San Francisco WordCamp. Known as ‘State of the Word’, Matt speaks about what we can expect from WordPress in the coming year.

This years address took place last weekend. In the 36 minute speech Matt touched upon a number of subjects.

  • How web developers are pushing the boundaries of what WordPress can do.
  • A new policy about plugins that haven’t been updated within the last two years. These older plugins will still be in the directory however they will not be shown in search results on or via the admin area of your website.
  • The Fauxgo, aka WordPress logos that are not designed correctly, continue to be used online. He wants everyone to stick to the official dimensions and encourages users to email those who use incorrect logos for WordPress.
  • How some of last years predictions like being available on more mobile platforms became true whilst others, such as introducing core plugins, did not.
  • Shows how adaptive WordPress is by showcasing some fantastic examples of websites using WordPress.
  • Matt previews some ideas and plans for WordPress 3.3 including a new responsive admin area, new user experience (NUX!!!) to help new users of WordPress and improved media handling.
  • Reported rates for developing WordPress websites from $5 an hour to a mind boggling $2,000 per year!!

One of the things that was apparent in the address was just how much WordPress is growing every year. There has been over 200 million downloads of WordPress plugins from the official repository and WordPress websites now power around 14.7% of all websites online. They also found out that 22 out of every 100 domains registered in the United States are running WordPress.

I encourage you to view the speech if you have a spare 35 minutes :)


Comments (1)

  • Comment by Jay Andrew Allen
    Jay Andrew Allen

    Good stuff. Looking forward to WP 3.3. Viva WordPress!!