Open Discussion: Revisiting WordPress Expectations for 2012

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Regardless of any recent setbacks, WooThemes is a leader in the WordPress ecosystem and has been for some time. In November 2011, the company issued a survey asking their users and the WordPress community at large to help them understand who is using WordPress, what they’re using it for, how they spend money on and within WordPress/Wordpress Projects, and what they’d like to see in the future. Using Polldaddy, the 30-question survey was offered up to 100k or so respondents; 2000+ actually answered. Upon receiving this new data WooThemes enlisted the help of design group Studio Muti to create this gorgeous infographic.

WooThemes Survey Infographic

Thoughts for discussion

Seeing as it’s June 2012 and we are half way through the year, I thought it the perfect time to revisit this data and make a few observations as well as pose a few questions for discussion.

The first thing I’d like to note is that I’ve seen a big surge in Responsive theme design this year and I think it’s a huge step in the right direction. The need for responsive design isn’t going anywhere and I hope this trend simply becomes the norm. Personally, I think it’s safe to say that’s where we’re headed. I wouldn’t expect to see much else released in most WordPress theme marketplaces from here on out.

Additionally, I would imagine as WordPress continues to mature we will see the number of people who answered no to question number one increase. Meaning, as it becomes easier and easier to do more with Worpdress (i.e. install themes, drag and drop layouts, install plugins for advanced functionality, manage and update the WordPress Admin, etc.) the number of people who are NOT designers and/or developers who use WordPress on a regular basis (And as a source of income/employment) will rise significantly.

Another big point to make, which will parlay us into some questions, is that at the end of 2011 and the beginning of this year 90% of the respondents to this survey already thought of WordPress as a fully-fledged CMS (Content Management System). WooThemes even goes so far as to say it may become a universal CMS. That would indeed be a notable title.

But enough about what I have to say, lets hear from you!

Do you believe WordPress has proven to be a fully-fledged CMS in 2012?

What have your favorite improvements been to Worpdress so far this year?

Do you see the trends in this infographic holding true for 2012 or changing? If changing, how so?

What do you think of my assertions? Agree, disagree, or don’t care?

Tell us about it!

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Comments (1)

  • Comment by elliottrichmond

    Yeah, interesting points, for me I’ve always considered it to be a publishing platform – blog and cms second but, having said that it’s a well designed blogging engine, has become a very powerful CMS and most certainly a market leader. I know it’s easy enough to do but, with core wp functions to make it even easier to edit from the frontend would be a step in the right direction for me.