We know what WordPress is today but do we know what it will be in 10 years? Surely you can not imagine it, but there are data, statistics, reasonable predictions, that we could unveil the future of WordPress for the next 10 years .
There are many indications that can help us predict the future of WordPress some of which we have already read right here, on the blog.
WordPress as commodity
I called the attention this meaning that used Manuel Vicedo, founder of CPOthemes, in an article in which it was revealed that WordPress is conceived as a commodity, but I have to disagree with your opinion, rather I wish, and I firmly believe that WordPress is already a commodity .
It is true that WordPress should not be considered only as a finalist application to create websites, although it is true that with WordPress you can create websites in a few minutes there is a huge different The need to create a website to create a fantastic professional website requires a developer, a designer and a specialized consultant.
But the reality is that WordPress is already used as a commodity . In an afternoon you can hire a specialized hosting install WordPress with a click, load a professional theme a few plugins and design your website without problems with more than optimal results.
And this will continue to be the trend, on the rise, and WordPress will be perceived, and will be used, as a commodity for the creation, development, design, and management of web content, more and more.
With the emergence of visual layout designers this it will be easier and more obvious, and in a few years we will not understand as before it was not done before .
Equal is not the best way to call it but I could not think of another way to call what we will see more and more, the development and web design from touch devices, leaving the domain of the keyboard.
Although right now it seems impossible to do without key of the computer to be able to create webs this is already being done. Even you yourself do similar things from your mobile application, even if you are not aware of it.
More and more, there is a trend towards visual design and development, through controls instead of commands, and I'm not talking only about visual layout designers, but applications specialized in web development such as Panic Coda use controls and deployments massively so that, without typing a single line of code, power to develop webs, not only at the click of a mouse, but also touch finger .
This does not mean that the code will disappear but simply it will be less and less necessary to write it, you can insert it, add it, drag it, incorporate it with predictive editors.
Just like today you can apply formats to a text by clicking on icons in a visual editor, within nothing the usual way of developing applications will be mostly visual, and WordPress is taking the steps to that this is also the case with respect to the CMS.
The times in which to create a header menu, change a color, a background image or a simple list we had that, yes, in WordPress are not so distant , type code, and right now nobody in their right mind or without a lot of free time comes to do it without using the Customizer and the settings of the theme.
WordPress as business
Although there are already people who live on or for WordPress this will become increasingly common, with thousands, perhaps millions, of people living to create, design, train, manage WordPress.
this we join the amount of possibilities offered by a platform as expandable and scalable as WordPress, will emerge multitude of business opportunities around WordPress .
Whether as an application developer, WordPress system administrator, consultant , for mador, designer, in a few years WordPress will be one of the main platforms for generating business on the Internet.
More than 50% of the Web will use WordPress
If a today 25% of the Web works with WordPress in a few years we will see that WordPress will expand its global implementation.
Do not forget that today more than 57% of the Web is not yet created with no CMS, something absolutely unfeasible at present, and this way of offering content will be quickly obsolete, migrating to some kind of CMS, among which the undisputed king is, and will be, WordPress .
to see also the irreversible death of other CMS, as well as the growth and birth of some others, but they must all adapt to a more scalable model, as WordPress is already doing with the adoption of the REST API.
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As good friend Fernando Puente pointed in the recent interview I did WordPress should become a base architecture, a framework ]on which to elaborate, create and design applications adapted to each environment or need. And this is already a growing reality.
Again, the incorporation of the REST API will allow this and more. We will no longer see WordPress as a whole, but as the basis for the creation, design, distribution and management of web applications that, under the WordPress ecosystem, will adapt to the requirements, interface and features required for each project , adding what is missing, eliminating what is left over.
We will see that projects like Ghost or solutions like Calypso now considered independent products, will soon be the usual application tonic Developed on WordPress for specific needs.
We will no longer have to think about migrations, but on how to extend or adapt WordPress for our specific application.
WordPress will be the main eCommerce platform
Already today WooCommerce is the most used eCommerce software in the United States and the United Kingdom and soon it will be in the rest of the world.
The acquisition by Automattic gives you a clue to the momentum it will have, of course based on its inherent virtues. This will mean, of course, the death (or starvation) of specific CMS that still occupy market share today, such as Magento or PrestaShop.
In addition, with the evolution of WordPress towards an architecture perceived as a commodity, we will decide the structure and configuration of our specific eCommerce application, based on the WordPress ecosystem.
WordPress as an application server
Forget about accessing the WordPress desktop to do everything, or do r specialized WordPress forks, but we will use web applications based on WordPress, which will be opaque for the end user.
WordPress will be the largest Open Source community on the planet
I do not know if there is someone already that measures these things, but if it is not already WordPress today the largest open source community on the planet will soon be.
It is precisely this one of its great strengths, and what guarantees a promising future for WordPress. Only the WordPress community in Spain grows exponentially each week, with more and more collaborators in the translation, plugin developers, blogs on WordPress and people participating in the forums.
For the next years WordPress will be translated completely to dozens of languages and this will make its implementation even greater. The current challenge of the community to translate all the themes and plugins, already integrated in the official repository, will make WordPress reach everyone in the easiest way possible, in their language.
And you are also part of it, if you do not participate and are late to sign up and participate in this great future .
WordPress will make the Web more free
The fact that that WordPress is under a GPL license is not trivial and this, coupled with its huge present and future implementation, will make the rest of the Web more free and open, by inheriting its code, they will that increasingly there is more open, free code.
The "bill of rights" of the philosophy of WordPress for the same core and derived products already guarantees and guarantees us …
- The freedom to execute the program, for any purpose.
- The freedom to study how the program works, and change it to make it do what you want.
- The freedom to redistribute it.
- The freedom to distribute copies of your modified versions to others.
Now imagine more than 50 % of the Web using WordPress as framework in client / server structure for web applications, services and developments that, by inheriting the WordPress license, are GPL. That's what awaits us and what we have to fight for.
A hopeful future awaits us, like WordPress.
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