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Has Blogging and WordPress Become Synonymous

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?

Categories: Blogging News, WordPress News

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  1. jhay ) says: 8/3/2006

    It’s just because that WordPress has become so popular among bloggers. It is also a challenge to the other blogging software makers to step up and do something about WP’s dominance. The result would be more choices of blogging software for bloggers to choose from.

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  2. Robert says: 8/3/2006

    Just as the term “Google it” has become synonymous with searching, the term “Press it” could very well become synonymous with blogging.

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  3. Diane Ensey says: 8/3/2006

    After many, many problems with downtime, crashes and lost posts on Typepad, I switched to WordPress, hosting it myself. Now I recommend it for everyone. It is easy to tweak, easy to template and hosting it yourself means you aren’t dependant on the crashes of a public host like Typepad or Blogger.

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  4. Aaron B. Hockley says: 8/3/2006

    I host a couple of my own blogs on WordPress and write for a blog network that uses Movable Type. Just today I (again) asked for a feature on the blog network that is something built-in to WordPress, and (again) I was told it’s just too hard to implement. Sigh.

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