State of the Word 2014

State of the Word 2014

For the past 11 years, the WordPress community has eagerly awaited the “State of the Word” address from WordPress creator Matt Mullenweg. It’s great to review the recent milestones and hear about the future direction of WordPress.

State of the Word 2014 happened in October, but many people who use WordPress for their website vs developing for WordPress don’t know about it. So I’ve created some highlights of things I think you’ll be interested in you can watch the video here.

This year some of the highlights included:

  • A new kind of WordCamp for 2015 – WordCamp US where people from all over the world can come together. They don’t know when, where or exactly how it’s going to happen yet, but stay tuned. (I think I’m most excited about this one!
  • 23.2% of the web runs WordPress. That’s up from 18.9% in 2013
  • 6,468 plugins and 684 themes were approved

The Future of WordPress:

  • More language packs for themes and plugins because for the first time ever, non-english downloads surpassed English downloads.
  • Fully localized plugin repository – means you can search for plugins and themes in other languages
  • Automatic updates for major releases
  • 5 for the Future: Companies who benefit from WordPress will donate 5% of resources to core or community. Go to Make.wordpress.org to figure out how you can contribute
  • Do you know the mission of WordPress – Democratize Publishing.