Future of WordPress and CMS based Websites
The year 2019 marks the 16th anniversary of WordPress, from its foundation days in 2003 to all these years, WordPress has assuredly come a long way in developing as the most popular CMS pick for online platforms, especially for the blogging platforms. With its awesome free premium WordPress themes for almost any industry, WordPress is a foreseeable favorite for people looking to make their footprints online, regardless of their trade. Over time, the WordPress CMS has evolved beautifully with a mass of WordPress Themes, widgets and more. Now here lies a vibrant question? So, what lies in the future of WordPress? Will it still be able to maintain its stronghold as the most popular CMS?
Well, yes, every big family had an ending date but then that doesn’t necessarily mean that it would be the same fate for everything. If WordPress keeps on developing in tune with time, the way it has shown with its WordPress Templates, themes as well as plugins till date- it can be safely assumed that the future is actually bright for our favorite CMS platform. In fact, it must be mentioned here that there isn’t any one single person developing the WordPress but you have a active community of professional and passionate developers behind it. There’re countless numbers of both large and small businesses using WordPress & they are quite active in WordPress community. With so many capitalizing passionately in WordPress, with so many believing in WordPress, the bustling WP community is consistently geared for further betterment of the widely favorite CMS platform to meet and exceed the user expectations, no and in the years to come.
The article below offers an insight on what avenues WordPress team would be taking to keep it relevant to the market demands with time.
Relatively Easier and Better User Interface
It’s a digital world today; the digital awareness is fast spreading to the non-tech-savvy population as well. Such a situation demands a better and more convenient UI for a CMS which can be easily handled by the non-tech folks to power their online platforms and the WordPress team is anticipating in a similar line as well. So, in the years to come, we can definitely expect a simpler and better UI for the WordPress CMS. In fact, WP co-founder Mike Little has also expressed his team’s progressing efforts in achieving better UI with WordPress to cater to people less tech-savvy.
The point is especially important because WordPress’ rival CMS companies have already started on with easier UIs for the average online users. While the WordPress team is focused on offering advanced functionality for power users, it’s also geared to make the entire experience not so harder for average users.
No change to backward compatibility
In the words of celebrated WordPress developer Matt Mullenweg, the biggest strength of WordPress lies in its backward compatibility while again it’s WP’s “biggest albatross”.
It’s the CMS’ platforms backward compatibility which enables the developers to feel confident while building the WordPress Themes, plugins, and extensions as they are aware that the future changes in WP won’t be breaking their code. In fact, this is one of the main reasons behind WordPress’ widespread adoption. No wonder, the WP team is firm on not making any big change with the backward compatibility feature.
When WordPress’ chief contender Drupal changed the backward compatibility of its platform, it actually miffed the developers and users. It’s the backward compatibility which makes WP more reliable – the WordPress team might make some incremental changes but it’s never going risk anyone, which is one of the main reasons behind its massive popularity.
A more widespread platform
Yes, it’s true that WordPress is chiefly made for blogging but over time, it’s going to have a more generalized application across the web world. By now, it’s not just limited to blogs but a good host of e-commerce sites, magazines, membership sites, forums, enterprise services and mobile applications are taking to WordPress and the volume is going to enhance at a rapid scale in near future.
Now, some might ask whether such a generalized use would hamper WP’s identity as its specialized platform for blogging, especially in the competition against strictly specialized CMS portals with clear use-case & clear user-base. But then again, according to tech pundits, WordPress does have the power to retain its specialized identity despite being increasingly adopted for other web portals, added to blogging. In fact, according to the market experts, this generalized application of WordPress only proves its strength & not weakness. Yes, WordPress can be the CMS platform for just anything yet there are themes& plugins that can turn it to specialized tool any day.
The approach of plugin-driven development introduced by Matt Mullenweg has been accordingly incorporated by the WordPress team and the trend is to endure in full plan in the future years as well. The process counts on evolving any new feature for the CMS as plugins initially till it reaches enough ripeness to get united into WordPress itself. The plugin proportion allows the WordPress team to have an actual test on the functionality of the feature prior to participating into WordPress core, a safe and smart way to do things. In fact, the plugin stage for new features paces up the development cycle & helps to avoid the difficulties of creating things directly.
English is no longer the only language over the internet and the non-English speaking circle is steadily making its way into the virtual world. Keeping that in mind, the WordPress team is looking forward to internationalized plugins that would cater to the market beyond the Anglo sphere. In fact, the WP translation project has already included themes and plugins are to be included soon. The good thing is that language packs would be extended to plugins in near future.
With the whole world getting smart at an accelerated pace, websites are rapidly going responsive to safeguard a suitable browsing capability from the small-screened mobile devices as well. But then there are still some encounters. One of them is the challenge of making the images actually responsive. The fact is the contemporary techniques related to creating responsive images can’t change the file size & just shrink the big picture to befit the small frame that could mean a compromise with picture quality in some cases. The good thing is that WP is presently working on cutting edge solutions to make the images actually responsive for a wide range of screen sizes.
In conclusion, it could be said that with 1 in every 5 websites being powered by WordPress, the popular CMS platform only speaks of a glorious future. In the coming years, we can definitely expect more increased adoption of WP and a more enhanced user base.