There is no longer such a strong notion that WordPress is “just a blogging platform,” because it’s actually no longer a blogging platform at all. Matt Mullenweg himself now says that the future of WordPress is as a “web operating system.”
The state of online publishing is clear. All around us we see new platforms popping up, growing, and trying to fill the very large shoes which WordPress has left behind. These are all proprietary products with closed licenses that exist–like LiveJournal and TextPattern did–to make their companies wealthy.
For many of the same reasons as Matt created WordPress in 2003, I launched a Kickstarter campaign for a new product called Ghost that proudly wears the mantle which WordPress cast aside: It’s just a blogging platform.
Is Ghost going to be the new blogging defacto winner – or is it a matter of time before Ghost starts entertaining more CMS-like features as the product scales, grows, and becomes more popular?
Honestly, who’s to tell.
A constant and somewhat superficial point that always comes up is this reverting back to a state of more “simplicity” – Matt debunks this in a comment regarding O’Nolan’s post:
I think simplicity is relative, and the first few years of WordPress were actually pretty complex.
Milan also nails it that people don’t necessary want simplicity or their site to be cookie cutter. If you look at the comments on the Ghost article it is a mix of people who want simpler blogging and some who want crazy built-in post types.
I have some ideas for the post editor, though, that I think people will really dig. You can satisfy both camps, it just takes iterations and probably a few missteps along the way.
He’s right, in a few ways – WordPress from many perspectives hasn’t become much more simple or much more complex. There have a been a lot of tradeoffs over the years and in most ways it is subjective.
If anything I believe that WP must continue to innovate or die trying. Market leadership is just that – market leadership which can be quickly stripped as quickly as it is gained.
Stay competitive, stay hungry. Perhaps, even, stay foolish (minute 14, specifically):
Get it done.