WPCandy reported recently that at the age of nine WordPress is at work on its next major development.
While attending the GigaOM/PaidContent conference in New York city, WordPress Founder and Lead Developer Matt Mullenweg blogged that “function reforms form, perpetually.” These reforms relate to the shift from publication on the desk/laptop to mobile devices; devices that have reformed Mullenweg’s expectations about how WordPress should function for a new audience, while maintaining the key features that have fueled its growth.
With this in mind, the new development version of WordPress is more responsive, works with smaller screen sizes, and allows for dragging and dropping dashboard elements with touch-enabled devices. Still, Mullenweg notes this fourth phase of WordPress development is more radical than those features would imply: “It’s not a matter of a responsive stylesheet or incremental UX improvements, it’s re-imagining and radically simplifying what we currently do, thinking outside the box of wp-admin.”
WordPress 3.4, the latest release, has already made the mobile dashboard experience more pleasant, by implementing things like jQuery UI Touch Punch. In the next release, users can expect much more. “I don’t have all the answers yet,” notes Mullenweg, but he does know that by its tenth birthday, “the ways people experience and publish with WordPress will be shorter, simpler, faster.”
Are you excited about this new direction? Do you think it’s necessary? Overdue? Or are you still trying to wrap your head around “Sonny”?
Let us know!