A couple of weeks ago Paul, Clint, and I attended WordCamp in San Fransisco. WordCamps are held all over the world, but the annual one in San Fransisco is the big convention where WordPress experts and enthusiasts (okay, nerds) all get together to talk about new and exciting features of WordPress and the web in general. It’s also where we put our heads together on where WordPress is going in the future (it’s an open source platform, so the enormous community of developers who use it, also help to build and improve it). Finally, it is where WordPress founder, lead developer, and all around internet hero Matt Mullenweg gives his annual ‘State of the Word’ where he reviews accomplishments and improvements in WordPress over the course of the previous year, and lays out a vision of the future. He’s an inspirational speaker if you are into open source web projects (which we are) and it quickly becomes apparent that his leadership and vision is a huge part of the reason why WordPress has been so successful. WordPress now powers over 23% of the web, and 61% of all content management-based systems (second place is under 8%), and these numbers continue to grow.
Overall it was a fabulous weekend which left us happy and confident in our choice to use WordPress for the majority of our new projects, and also provided us with some exciting new ideas which we’ll look forward to incorporating into the products we create for new and existing clients.