Matt Mullenweg – "Developers have to think a lot more about usability" • WordPress Help

Thanks to emip3 I found out that in the newspaper La Nación they have interviewed Matt Mullenweg, soul of WordPress, and for your interest I quote it here so you do not miss any of it. Both the text and the image belong to the original article that you can consult here .

– In early December they released the new version of WordPress (2.7), which is much more customizable than the previous ones, how do you choose the functions to be prioritized in each new release?

– What we try to do is that everything can be used more easily from the beginning, that someone who never used WordPress, but at the same time who has used it can feel it is an advance. It aims to make everything simpler, that every action that the user wants to do will demand less number of clicks.

– In the comments on the latest version, several people complained about the change in the look of the Control Board of WordPress what is your opinion about it?

– It is logical that people resist change, but we have to keep innovating and changing the design. Change is the most important thing for us. If we slow down, we get stuck, and even though our service is free, all bloggers ask us more and more, day after day.

"To design the latest versions of WordPress we used a system that it allows us to know about which places of the control panel the look of our users rests. So we see what they see and we can see which sectors go unnoticed and improve them.

– You work with open source code in everything you can; however, some members of the developer community want you to not interact at any point with closed source companies. In WordPress Google tools are used and your November talk in Buenos Aires was done in the Microsoft offices. How do you live that?

– Critics come in batches, they are like waves that sometimes come and suddenly disappear. I recently received a comment because we used some Google tools to make our blogs work better, we got an email saying that Google will observe us all and save all our information for some unknown purpose. That's obviously not the case.

"We as Autommatic are sure to be open source and the idea is to be fundamentally so, in the foundations of our company. There are a lot of things that will never change, but there are some features like the fact of including videos from YouTube, the signature of Google, which will remain that way.

"There is no way for us to do something like YouTube: to receive a video 100 Megabytes, change format, shrink it and put it in a blog, we can not do that, we would need too much investment in hardware, especially servers. It is a lot of work and very expensive to do, we have developed many things, but the hardware is not trivial, we would have to devote a lot of time to something that is not central.

– There are some tools to make a blog built on WordPress can be managed from the desktop of the PC www.zoundry.com ), what do you think about it?

– ( Laughs ) It's OK, I like that WordPress leaves the browser, the amount of applications that are created related to our platform is great. It is very powerful because people can blog from outside the house, and that will be more interesting every day.

– Do you think that in the near future cell phones will be an important tool for blogging?

-I do not think it will happen in the near future because the experience has to improve a lot, there is a lot to do, in general there is a very bad experience of browsing on cell phones, but some things like Android, the mobile operating system developed by Google, they are interesting. The Blackberries also help in this aspect. The future is to leave home and stay connected.

"We already have a development for the iPhone, which is what I use. With Android we will do the same when our users are there.

– So, what do you think about netbooks, that new segment of small notebooks?

– I love them, the ubiquity of netbooks is great. But they need a good connection to give their full potential and this does not necessarily exist all over the world.

– This is your second time at Wordcamp Buenos Aires (http: // argentina.wordcamp.org/agenda/ ), what goes through your head when people who live so far are interested in WordPress ?

– ( Laugh ) It's very funny and amazing, I've been to more than 20 Wordcamp in 2008. What fascinated me the most was getting to China, because there it's all very different. It's a lot of people and they got together to talk about WordPress it's almost surreal (more laughter).

– Although you were born in Texas, you live in San Francisco, an area with a lot of entrepreneurs, do you have colleagues who Are you worried about the current crisis?

– Yes, because in San Francisco and Silicon Valley, which is very close, there are many companies that are throwing people, closing and merging. This is because the model of the Valley to generate wealth is to obtain one million dollars and spend it, obtain five million dollars and spend them, and so long as possible. It is assumed that you can always get more money, then when you enter at a time when that is over, you have to disappear or reformulate your company.

"It is not a good situation, but in this context the innovation has to appear because you have to survive. And it is also good because we buy companies and now they are much cheaper. In addition, there are many talented people who were left without work and we can add to our company.

– In addition to developing WordPress you use Thunderbird to manage your mail and support Ubuntu as desktop software. These are open source applications that target the general public, what do you think the other companies that promote this type of tool to grow are missing?

– I think that open source has a bad background on how to resolve conflicts. If two developers can not agree on how to solve a function it does not matter, add the two ( laughs) . They do not ask what is better for the user, I think that developers have to think a lot more about usability. There are unified criteria.

– The slogan of WordPress is Code is poetry, but are you still developing?

– Yes!

– Where do you get the time?

-I do not know how; In general, conferences in Spanish, Portuguese or Chinese come in handy, because as I do not understand what is being talked about, I start developing. I have written in WordPress part of the user comments interface. I also work a lot in Akismet, the system that stops spam comments in our blogs. For me, developing is like being on vacation.

Pablo Martín Fernández
LA NACION