Matt Mullenweg on the State of the Word 2012

Just watched Matt Mullenweg and The State of the Word 2012,

very cool, about 50 min. but the main topics are:
WordPress.org site:
Log-in and show favorite plugins
Make the Plugin directory more Amazon-like
Show reviews of plugins with stars at different levels
and let plugin authors respomd to the reviews

Dashboard/ UI:
More of the front-end editing of your blog like with the
custom header, background, color, etc. editor

Facts about WP:
Approx 44,000,000 downloads over the last year
Twenty-Twelve theme coming in 3.5
3.5 to be delivered on Dec 5th 2012

New features coming soon
Support for the Retina Macbook
New NUX – New User eXperience screens
New Media upload tools to be able to upload galleries
that are not attached to a post
New tab on WP.org called “Get Involved” and links to all the
wordpress.org/make/*** -collaboration pages
“Feature Parity” between WP.org & WP.com
New features for Jetpack namely: email subscriptions, post by email,
publicize and stats
Blog reader interface when you open or create a blog on WP.com works on desktop
and mobile and soon to iPad

More Facts:
5,000,000 downloads of the mobile apps for WP and the tablet interface is getting
more work
More people taking the poll for users of WP 27,000 and two thirds of them
international
66% of users state they use it as only a CMS and not a blog platform
Client types vary with small biz and individuals making the most of the userbase
Non-profit, gov. and education sites next then large biz and enterprise
coming in last
20,000/27,000 people surveyed making their living from creating wordpress sites
Bruce Springsteen and The Rolling Stones use WP for their sites
16.7% of the top 1,000,000 websites are on WP

Whats Coming:
Looking to the future of WP as an App engine and ultimately a mobile UI
Better media tools, More timely releases with 3 releases a year,
Better User Interface, More Community Summit attendance, Smart Iteration, Updates,
Updates, Updates, in the background like how Chrome does and not having to think
whether or not you are on the latest release, Choosing to NOT Update WP from
within your host on sites that use the 1-click install
Make WP more Newbie friendly with user functions available according to skill
level
“Start writing your first post in our redesigned post editor and venture to the full-screen button in the editing toolbar to enter the new distraction-free writing or zen mode, my personal favorite feature of the release(3.2)” -Matt M.

Lower the Attricion rate for WP
Real-Time Editing for those who collaborate on sites like on Google Docs

I think that the State of the Word is looking bright and so is the future of everything WordPress.

If you are not currently using WordPress to build your website or have not even considered making a site because maybe you thought it was beyond you, then think again my friend, because you can do it!

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