Beginning at 5:00pm Eastern, we’ll be running a live stream blog of Matt Mullenweg’s State of the Word address from WordCamp US. The page will automatically load new content as it becomes available.
We’ll be posting here starting at 5:00pm Eastern Time, live from State of the Word!
We have front row seats! Matt to take the stage soon…
We’d like to take a moment to thank our fellow #wcus sponsors for helping put on a great event!
Folks are seated and the doors are closed. We’re almost ready for showtime!
December 5th shall be known as WordPress Day in Philadelphia! 🙂
WordCamp US is the largest gathering of people who use WordPress
Today marks the 10th State of the Word
This is the largest WordCamp ever in the world
1,801 tickets were sold! And at least 700 live streams
Taking a quick look at the history of WordCamps now…
This Friday, “Milestones: The Story of WordPress” book will be released
This is the first of many versions of the book 🙂
There will be 89 camps this year, with 21k attendees in 34 countries
40k people have attended 2.0k meetups too
Theme and plugin directories now show you how many active installs, instead of just downloads
WordPress.tv code is now open source, and all sessions will be posted there
Last year, non-English downloads surpassed English downloads of WP
All themes and plugins now support language packs for translation
The plugin directory crossed 1B downloads, with over 9,000 plugins added in the past year
WordPress officially powers 25% of the web! 75% to go…
Twenty Fifteen theme is the most popular theme of all time with 1.6 million active sites
WP Core releases 3 updates per year
There are lots of different versions of WP out there. It’s more like Android than iOS
80% of Bluehost users were running an older version of WP
After auto-updating core, plugins, and themes, .006% of customers contacted Bluehost support
49% of all sites are on the latest version of WP
WP 4.4 is shipping Tuesday!
4.4 Release Lead Scott Taylor has taken the stage for an update
4.4 had over 2,000 commits and over 400 contributors
4.4 brings Pretty Permalinks for all Media, attached or not
Also includes scaffolding of REST API
NY Times is already using it
REST API is an alternative to XML-RPC to speak JSON with other websites
New default theme Twenty Sixteen comes with 4.4, and is mobile-first. Responsive Images are also coming thanks to a solid group of people!
Responsive Images have automatic retina support, with potentially smaller images on mobile
When WordPress adopts modern technology, the rest of the web follows
Matt Mullenweg himself will lead the WP 4.7 release, his first since 3.8
205 accessibility tickets have been completed this year, an 80% increase from last year
Microsoft has been using Open Source more, including with their Dynamics AX offering
The StoryCorps website and app use the REST API to connect data, and was powerful enough to withstand a link from the Google homepage during Thanksgiving!
WordPress has gone from a blogging platform, to a CMS, to now a growing app platform
Last Monday, Automattic released a project called Calypso – “what would it look like if the recreated the WP Admin from scratch?”
Calypso is fully responsive, which is also a roadmap for their iOS and Android apps. It’s also a universal dashboard for all your sites
Calypso is available for a Mac App download with over 50k downloads, Windows and Linux coming soon
Calypso is a version 1.0. It’s just the basics, but it will grow over time
Calypso, with a cache, is 14x faster than WP Admin
“APIs are the key to an open web” – Matt
When WordPress launched, the biggest criticism was that there were already too many blogging systems
The LetsEncrypt SSL project is coming to WordPress – meaning free SSL certificates for all sites
PHP7 also came out this week – much of the success of WordPress is dependent on the technologies it’s built on
PHP7 can be twice as fast in many instances
It’s code-compatible and twice as fast
WP is going to work on getting the top plugin and themes available in every language over the next year
Customization is the biggest opportunity for improving the WP new user experience
The final announcement is that WordCamp US 2016 is here in Philly again – December 2-4 2016
Matt opening it up to the Q&A session now
Matt will be meeting with the WooThemes leadership team to create a roadmap for the future
Both WP Admin MP6 and Calypso can co-exist and co-evolve
Looking to future, WP Dashboard could be more user-centric, and less site-centric, including managing multiple sites at once
An attendee has asked Matt to call on everyone to push for making all sites accessible, which has been a large theme in this year’s WordCamp
Accessibility isn’t just about those with disabilities, but also for those in regions with poor connectivity, language barriers and lack of translations, etc.
Many companies built on WordPress are distributed, inclusive, and progressive, much like WordPress itself
Hoping for more of WP Core using Git in the future!
~9,200+ people said they use WordPress to make their living in this year’s survey – that includes the Press Foundry team!
Matt on freemium plugins and themes – they’re gotchas that drive you to a paid version. Paid plugins in the directory could help developers in the short term, but could be corrosive in the long term
People building things to be open and free for the world is what WordPress is built on, so not likely there will be a premium marketplace on WordPress.org
Changing the minimum PHP version for WP would leave a lot of people behind. Web hosts are mostly driving PHP versions, not users. WP is reaching out to hosts to increase those to more modern versions
If the ability to protect sites is there, even older versions, it happens
That concludes the 2015 State of the Word Speech! Thanks to everyone who followed along, and happy Pressing!
The Press Foundry Team