WordPress has seen massive growth during its relatively short lifetime and now powers almost a quarter of the world's websites. But will it ever reach Matt Mullenweg's lofty 50% market share goal? We take a look at the influential websites already using WordPress and what WordPress needs to do.
Ghost is one of a new breed of WordPress competitors focusing primarily on blogging and seeking to disrupt the platform from below. We look at the background of Ghost, its current incarnation and the lessons WordPress can learn from the new kid in town.
Which web design trends have come to define 2015? And more importantly, is WordPress keeping up? We scrutinized a whopping 200 websites as part of an exhaustive search, revealing some obvious insights and a few surprises along the way.
Does WordPress deserve accusations of bloat for its implementation and complexity? In today's post, we examine whether those charges stand up to scrutiny.
The online publishing platform Medium has made waves with the simplicity of its approach to content creation and the slickness of its execution. What does WordPress stand to learn from its example?
WordPress has been at the forefront of publishing disruption by bringing smart, easy, capable, industrial-strength publishing to anyone and everyone. That’s why we love it.
But if WordPress is to keep its mantle as the “people’s champion” then it has to respond as publishing and publishers’ needs evolve and the issue with the upcoming 4.0 major release (like many before it) is that there’s precious few signs of what might lie ahead.
Where is the roadmap? What features or capabilities could future WordPress releases include? How will WordPress maintain its position as the world’s favourite online publishing tool?
Blogs such as this one are about one thing: creating an audience to sell to. And to do that you need posts that get traffic.
The analytics for the first six months of 2014 for this blog throw up some interesting results, interesting dilemmas and a key question.
Are those that write about WordPress driving the free mentality of WordPress users by continuously telling readers how great, awesome, super, impressive and stunning free is?
The line, “If you build it, he will come,” may have worked for Kevin Costner’s character in Field of Dreams, but such advice doesn’t necessarily ring true online.
It doesn’t matter how much time you spend carefully crafting a beautiful and functional site. Without visitors it may as well be a piece of paper flapping about in the breeze.
So how do you drive traffic to your site?
Blogging can offer a relatively simple way to increase your page views, build authority in your niche and connect with new and existing customers, all while promoting and reinforcing your brand.
Drive Traffic to Your Site
The Aesop Story Engine plugin made a somewhat muted debut on the WordPress Plugin Repository this week.
It’s been well-received but is certainly not taking the WordPress community by storm (maybe it should have called itself the Ghost or Medium Story Engine?) but it should be as it puts high-production long-form storytelling in the hands of every WordPress owner.
And that could be enough to make it the Next Big Thing in WordPress.
The Aesop Story Engine (ASE) has had a somewhat bumpy path to version 1.0 and a listing in the WordPress repository.