Last week I was in sunny Chandler, Arizona (just outside Phoenix) for the first annual PressNomics event; the economics of the WordPress ecosystem.
The event sessions were amazing and even better was the caliber of the attendees. There were all types of WordPress and technology professionals in attendance from around the world including freelance designers & developers, enterprise level web development agencies, hosting companies, commercial theme and plugin shops, representatives from Automattic including the founder Matt Mullenweg, tech startup founders, and many more.
It was a great reminder that people make up the core of any great group or business, including open source software like WordPress.
Where WordPress Is Heading
One session was led by Pete Davies of Automattic who shared some great stats about the current usage of WordPress and where he believes it’s heading:
- WordPress powers 11% of the top 1000 websites on the web
- WordPress powers 17.2% of top 1 million websites
- Overall, the estimated usage of WordPress is around 57.5 million websites worldwide
The next content management system in use is even close to WordPress’ numbers, and WordPress usage is expanding around the world on an upward curve.
What does this mean?
To me it simply means opportunity. Opportunity for people like us who make a living from working with WordPress knowing that the demand will continue, and opportunity for business owners who have adopted WordPress to power their website(s) or those considering it. With statistics like this, it should show anyone who doubts WordPress that it will be around for a long time and continue to be supported in the future.
On opportunity, a few statements made by PressNomics speakers made an impression on me (paraphrased below):
- “Any product or business built around features will eventually be commoditized.”
- “You must build your business on problem solving, service, and innovation.”
- “You must innovate faster than your competitors can copy.”
- “Design your customer experience.”
- “View support not as an expense, but as a possibility for further engagement with your customers.”
As we continue to evolve Bourn Creative and consider these statements in our decision process, I am grateful for the WordPress community and am excited about the future of WordPress.
Events like PressNomics are long overdue and I definitely hope that it continues in the future.
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