WordPress is a constantly evolving beast. It doesn’t stay still, always innovating every year to create an even better and more agile platform for people to use. The CMS has changed a lot since it was first conceived back in 2003. There’s themes, widgets; improved architecture, more WYSIWYG editing – you name it; it’s grown, been tinkered with and made better over the passing years. That’s because the internet hasn’t stayed still, and there have been lots of new trends to keep up with.
If you run a WordPress site, it can be difficult to keep up with everything that goes on over at Automattic, but it makes sense, after all, there’s a reason they add new functionality to the CMS each year. For example, the move from desktop to mobile has meant a change in the way that many people who use WordPress have been working. This has been helped along by WordPress ensuring that they are staying ahead of the curve when it comes to any new developments in UI.
So what will WordPress look like in the future?
With the inclusion of the REST API to the common core, this is expected to increase the relevance of WordPress from not just the most popular CMS in the world to the one that it would be insane not to be using. If you want to know more, we’ve written extensively on this topic for the past two months.
Custom dashboards are the next logical step. WordPress has one dashboard at the minute, one which unites all of the WordPress websites around. But not everyone needs the same dashboard and soon we’ll see this idea turning into a reality for many as people start to create dashboards which focus on the specifics that you want from your WordPress site.
Similarly, we’ll soon see apps starting to be built using the WordPress interface. With a combination of the REST API, AngularJS, ReactJS, et al., WordPress will soon be used to create a whole heap of apps for the Apple and Android stores.
But it’s not just us at Elementary Digital who have predications. What are the experts saying?
Matt Mullenweg has said, ‘In five years I think that WP will be infinitely easier to use for both power-users, developers, and newbies. You will be able to have a full experience of core, plugins, themes, docs, and support in several dozen languages that will be as large or larger than English. There will be over a million people making their living on top of the platform. Most people will be creating from touch devices, and their content will mostly not come from keyboards (virtual or physical) as an input device.’
So there you have it – here’s to WordPress & here’s to the future!