When I first started writing a journal on my site, it was nothing more than an html news page that I kept updated using my favorite text editors. Later, I was introduced to PHP, and wrote some simple scripts that helped me keep my site updated, without worrying about coding html every time I had something to say. Then I started looking into tools that would help make things even easier.
Everyone at the time seemed to be talking about Movable Type and how great it was. I had recently run into a piece of software called WordPress. It was currently only at 0.72, but showed real promise in my opinion, so after running it for a while, I was happy. Now, you can’t go anywhere without seeing a new WordPress blog, be it WordPress.com or WordPress.org.
I don’t know their install base, but I can tell you that it is still quickly rising as corporations start using the software for their blogs, and basic users jump on WordPress.com for their own blogs, WordPress has become one of, if not the most popular software for blogging.
I wonder though if we are getting close to having WordPress and a blogging application be synonymous like with Kleenex and tissues or Coke and colas or Tylenol and pain medication. I have already heard many people use WordPress as a comparison to something they are doing. “I am making a WordPress-like application”, or “You will recognize this feature, as it is similar to WordPress.”
I don’t know if we will ever get to the point where you say “I want a WordPress”, but I don’t think Matt Mullenweg would mind if that ever did happen.
One thing that worries me when it comes to something finally being so well known in the market, is that real development begins to slow down, as the company works towards not losing any of their market. Coke tried to bring out a new version of their popular beverage, but had to bring back their older recipe as the new Coke was not well received. Could there come a day when WordPress tries to be revolutionary only to fall flat on their face? I really hope not, as the tool has become a staple in over two dozen websites I manage, and deal with.
Do you think WordPress has become the de facto blogging application, or do you still prefer Movable Type or Expression Engine, and do you think that WordPress’ popularity will lead to a slow down in development of new features?