Every year, Matt Mullenweg delivers the most anticipated, “State of the Word.” His talk last Sunday was enjoyable, informative and packed with WordPress stuff that happened in the past, and things that are happening right now, and of course some more stuff to look forward to in the future.
For the last 7 years, WCSF is being held at Mission Bay, but this will be the last event to be held there. “We’ve outgrown it,” Matt says.
Not to be sad though, because something bigger will take its place to bring more people together, more exhibitors, etc., and just like the very first WordCamp, “WordCamp U.S.” official name, location and date are to be determined.
It’s really very touching to see how far WordPress and WordCamp has come. Looking at the very first one to that of now, the difference is quite massive in terms of organization and the number of attendees. And a big crowd like this needs a big announcement too!
Millions and more
Just before WCSF14, there was a survey where the stats were made public. Based on those who took the survey, 87% use WordPress as a CMS. This decreased by 2% compared to 2013. Although this percentage continues to decline, more stuff continue to rise. Just like the fact that there are more than 7,000 people using WP for a living, and I could say that this value is much higher than what is shown since this value only came from those who took the survey.
Currently, we make 23% of the web. It’s great that the WordPress community is continuing to increase. Even many of us build more than a million active sites. Furthermore, 91% of these sites took less than a month to make.
Collaboration and Internationalization
Our community will not come to this point if not for the amazing collaboration and communication tools we can use these days.
We have GitHub where you can share codes with anyone. It’s the place where you can make pull requests and other things with anyone – anyone in the world at all.
There’s also Slack, a San Francisco-made company that got a good deal of endorsement from Matt himself. It’s cool for communication and much more, even remote work or location won’t be an issue. In fact, these tools solve these issues including that of language.
To add more on language, English is not the first language the majority of the world speaks. So internationalization comes to the picture. There would be language packs coming to plugins and themes in early 2015.
We love WordPress and WordPress loves us, and for this relationship to survive, let’s devote even as little as 5% of time to WordPress. We can share resources, knowledge, organize WordCamps, or contribute to the core, etc. There are many ways to contribute.
What’s the thing that makes WordPress “WordPress”?
I believe that WordPress and the endless list of available collaboration tools will be useless if not for the people.
The people is what makes WordPress even greater, and anyone is welcome to join regardless of their age, gender, race, creed, and so on. If you, like me, believe in a democratic form of publishing, then feel free to tag along with us.