WordPress is an open source platform, meaning that it is worked on by a community of developers and is free for users to download, and install. The nature of this development allows the community to freely develop addons, plugins and themes without any limitations. Open Source software sometimes can suffer from not being regularly maintaned and updated, however WordPress does not have that problem, and is continually improved and updated, becoming one of the most popular and stable products available. One of our biggest loves of WordPress 3 is the ability to automatically update, this helps to keep user’s sites safe and secure when they are unable to regularly maintain it.
What blows our mind about WordPress is that, software usually evolves a lot further than their developers ever intend. This is where WordPress has been a key example, and in my eyes has really taken the title for gaining this stature. WordPress goes from being the simple blogging platform with a huge variety of free templates that are easily customisable using basic HTML & CSS knowledge, as well as WordPress’ extensive library of Plugins. Some developers now call WordPress the all in one platform that lets you create your own social network, take bookings for your hotel, blog about your favorite industry, and even now a fully fledged e-commerce platform that lets you track, manage and process your customer’s orders.
With the release of WordPress 3.9.2 today, and version 4 planned for August 2014, the platform has came a considerable way and achieved a lot throughout it’s life time.
We have seen a few screenshots floating around the Internet that shows WordPress 4 includes some interesting new features from an administrative perspective –
- Changes to Editor Screen – Videos that can be inserted by simply adding the URL to your page’s HTML code, such as YouTube or Vimeo videos, can now be seen in the Visual editor screen.
- Changes to the Media Library – Improved Media Library which now offers a grid view similar to what you get when you click the Add Media button in a post. This user interface experience is designed to make working with images easier.
- Changes to Plugin Search Screens – The latest version of WordPress gives you more of an overview per plugin, making it easier to manage and see when the plugin was last updated, the current community rating, and how many downloads it has had.
- Changes to Language Prompt – WordPress are opening the door to developers around the world by supporting additional languages.
So far, WordPress has been downloaded over 36 million times, this is equivalent to six times the amount of people that live in London, and just shorter than the population of Poland.