Why WordPress Should be Doomed but Isn’t
Okay, I wrote a too catchy headline, and should apologize upfront for it. But first let me present you my reasons why I believe it should be doomed.
The CMS, or Content Management System, got popularized in early 90’s when we started making dynamic websites where content was needed to updated more regularly and no more a process of sending it to tech guy for html codes made sense.
I won’t bore you with the history of features of CMS and their development. They all progressed with the need of the publishers and changing content types, and today we have some powerful and flexible CMSes as per the need of the publisher.
WordPress came in 2003 when Web2.0 was taking its shape and more and more users were going for their own sites and blogs. WordPress made it open, free and fun to start your own blog. We can even see the importance of WordPress in popularizing the hosted websites, which before it was still restricted to those having or affording a tech guy.
But after advent of social networks and particularly twitter and facebook, which has reached 1/7th of human population, the blogs have lost their charm. No more to have an online presence you need your own website. Facebook pages, Twitter Status updates almost serve the purpose of 80 per cent who currently go for their own blogs, though they may not be able to have the ego satisfying own name domain with facebook pages. Though I am sure facebook in the need of revenue for shareholders and trying to kick Google will also open such a service, but that is a topic of another blog post.
So why I believe that WordPress should be doomed? Because the features it provide currently is already available through Facebook and twitter, and few will be made in future. No more one needs to have their own domain name and even spend 50-100 $ yearly in domain registration and hosting.
Now coming to my second part that why WordPress isn’t doomed.
WordPress may not be going to useful for casual users in future. But what WordPress has already achieved is that it has taught thousands, if not millions, of users about CMS. Today in times of dwindling revenue for Media Houses, it is no more feasible for them to continue with the tech team budget of hundred thousands of dollars annually. They all are looking for better and cost effective manner to utilize their resources across different publications.
WordPress with its open platform not only developed users, but also a community of developers who have built plugin for it as per different needs. Though with its regular and numerous updates it gets annoying for many features but still finding a plugin as per one need is highly probable on WordPress due to number of users.
As my premise is that WordPress going to be more effective as editorial publication CMS than a tool just to have a site with writing your daily chatter, let me show you have few sources showing rise of WordPress from CMS to editorial CMS:
Most of the college editorial publications are on or getting on WordPress, WordPress has developed plugins giving it multisite features, one admin for multiple sites, editorial newsroom giving you power to manage your as big editorial team and across various publications with power planning and user management.
Image Source: A working editorial newsroom for WordPress sites via Betaout.com
We know that even after having more than 100 million websites hosting the wordpress.com as a business organization just make 10-12 million USD yearly.
I believe it is the open source community and developers who will develop WordPress for the changing times, which is going to keep WordPress alive for good amount of time. And maybe even Media houses will able to bring their house in order with it a bit so that we all won’t be forced to rely on news source’s copying and rephrasing.