This year at WordCamp SF, Matt Mullenweg (the founder of the WordPress project), delivered the State of the Word – a compilation of 33,000 survey responses. We live tweeted part of it here.
Some highlights of The State of the Word :
- over 23% of the web is powered by WordPress
- nearly 25% of respondents to the survey (7,500+ people) make their living off of WordPress
- Making WordPress generates over $1 billion in full-time jobs
- 2014 was the first year where more people used WordPress in languages other than English
- encouraging WordPress makers to contribute 5% of our time to making WordPress better
- Planning for a WordCamp USA (a large WordPress conference)
Throughout his presentation, Matt emphasized #mobile. From making the WordPress admin area responsive, to the fact that there are more mobile phones than there are people in the world, it’s clear that mobile is not only the future – mobile has arrived.
In addition to these announcements, Matt highlighted some great new tools for WordPress makers :
- Github and WordPress.org integration
- Emphasizing partnerships between WordPress makers and hosting companies for auto-updates
- Replacing #IRC with #Slack for chat on WordPress.org (chat.wordpress.org)
- Activation of a developer hub on WordPress.org
Overall, these updates will make Making WordPress easier. And hopefully, it will make the mission of WordPress – to democratize publishing – even easier.
For more on Matt’s State of the Word :
- check out PostStatus
- review the #wcsf14 hashtag on twitter
- check out some of the photos from the livestream below
Did you watch this year’s State of the Word? What were some of the highlights for you?
UPDATE : The video has been posted on WordPress.tv – check it out below