WordPress, Mobile, 5% and the future

Being a WordPress Agency.

WordCamp San Francisco News : The future of WordPress

If you were lucky enough to attend, you’ll know that this year’s World WordCamp event was the biggest yet.

There was loads of really useful stuff on over the weekend and the lightning talks were great. Seeing WordPress grow-up from a petulant blogging platform 10 years ago into the fastest growing digital platform has been a source of pride for us.

The highlight, though, was Matt Mullenweg’s talk on the “State of Word“. Sporting a hipster-looking beard and jacket, Matt piled through the future of WordPress at an impressive pace. It was quite inspiring, might he be the new Steve Jobs? (sic)

Mobile, mobile & mobile

If you’re not mobile then you’ve left it exceedingly late. Maybe too late. WordPress has been responsive and mobile-first for over 5 years (ed: like us!). This means using responsive designs and platforms. However, this is just the start.

The future for WordPress is leading the way for the next generation of the mobile web, and that means a full-blown application platform is on it’s way. The distinction between apps and native is closing and the explosive growth of mobile shows us where the future lies.

Not mobile yet? Contact us and we’ll get your going in under 30 days.

Improved collaboration

If you’re ever worked in and around the core of the WordPress team you’ll be used to ad-hoc Skype chats and email. It’s a pain, really, and IRC is not the best way to communicate – for a while we’ve been trialling SLACK as a way to communicate.

Now, after 11 years, Matt announced that the WordPress Community will be trying out Slack for real-time communication for contributor teams. You can visit chat.wordpress.org to initiate your invite.

Five percent

WordPress is Open Source, that is the core development is carried out by a loose group of unpaid developers. Mostly, like us, they are developers working for agencies and software houses. This unpaid work benefits the whole community.

WordPress.org is a non-profit organisation and to maintain the ongoing development we need to do more so Matt Mullenweg has politely asked agencies, software houses and end-users to support the ongoing development of WordPress by committing 5% of resource to the core.

The Presentation

You can find it here.