Matt Mullenweg, the founding developer of the WordPress, the popular blogging software shared thoughts about what would be the next platform of today. On his blog, Mullenweg took things a step further, discussing what he calls the “fourth phase of our evolution.”:
WordPress was first for pure blogging, then became embraced as a CMS (though some people still deny this), is seeing growth and innovation in being used as an application platform (I think we’re about a third of the way through that), and just now starting to embrace social and mobile — the fourth phase of our evolution.
At the paidContent event, Mullenweg shared that a new “radically simplified” version of WordPress will be available soon.
“We’re doing that, but at the same time we’ve got tens of millions of users who love the other thing,” he said. “WordPress is really on its third or fourth major pivot. It’s easy to pivot if things are going badly, but when it’s going well you have the weight of all your existing users.”
“Blogging has been declared at least five times,” he said. “But that’s like saying creativity is dead, or personal expresion is dead. Ultimately some percentage of the people who get a taste for it through Facebook and Twitter want their own space. And for the most part, that’s a blog.”