Thanks for the discussion, folks! In September’s TechCrunch, I read and still remember Matt’s direct quote: "What we want to do is to become the operating system for the open web,” said founder and CEO Matt Mullenweg. “We want every website, whether it’s e-commerce or anything to be powered by WordPress.”
That’s a rather goliath ambition but all the buts and nopes and other asides still leave me with a calm acceptance that that is his mission.
I want ClassicPress to succeed, even though I’m still mentally fussing with “What does success look like in five years?”
This particular /r thread led me again to ponder on defining the look of success and most important, imho, what can ClassicPress become eventually that will make the web better?
Matt’s approach is domination by dimishing the challenges in construction so that the least skilled can build in a more flexible environment than found in Wix, Weebly, SquareSpace. That’s my take; your view?
How will Matt’s path forward improve experiencing internet sites in the year 2030?
The plugin discussion is one aspect of many aspects, all of which should, again, imho, be informed by what is the adult to be once the child has matured.
I got more deeply into coding when I began looking at code inside plugins and themes, when noticing the impact on users of abandoned code and commercialized code and from watching what happens when people can easily click and add plugins from a library of more than 54,000. I have become attentive to the impact on readership from mobile growth, on humans’ ability to discover quality from more than 1 billion websites.
I sometimes dream of a tool that eliminates the need for all plugins. What I do believe, on a more practical level, is that boasting a plethora of plugins is not a good path. Small, single use plugins may be the best. Are we sure? Is there anything we can learn from the AI experiments in web building? What about from code automation, generators or …?
And what about the wealth of knowledge at the Internet Society? (e.g. What Will the Internet Look Like in Ten Years? ) Does that inform us in any way about what the adult CMS should or could look like?
Is security such a pressing issue, per the Internet Society and common sense, that CP could bloom by growing into the most secure CMS on the planet? IDK.
I don’t have answers. I have miles of questions. I am still feeling a need for sizzle. I am feeling a need for something beyond ClassicPress is the Business CMS…something that causes heads to take notice, for the cream of the crop in programmers to join the excellent programmers here because this is going to be really awesome if we can pull it off…
Enough. It’s hard enough for this aging woman to have all of these thoughts in my mind and now I find myself trying to express them in a way that interests you. I pace and I think. And I think more. I think of Gates and his decision to not build just another piece of software. I think of Jobs and his hunger for innovation. I think of ClassicPress’s seedling stage and what the adult will be. Maybe you can add to my head.
Or just ignore me – as another loony human who made it onto the web. Thanks for your time. I appreciate that it is a nonrenewable resource!