Here is the State of the Word presentation I delivered on Saturday, and the following Q&A.
If you just want to check out the slides, here they are on Slideshare:
Yesterday I delivered the State of the Word address to the WordPress community, and the video is already up on WordPress.tv.
Here are the slides if you’d like to view them on their own:
If you just want the bullet points, here are the big things I discussed and announced:
- There will be 81 WordCamps in 2014.
- This was the 9th and final WordCamp San Francisco in its current form. We’ve maxed out the venue for years, so next year we’ll do a WordCamp US at a location and date to be determined.
- Milestone: 2014 was the first year non-English downloads surpassed English downloads of WordPress.
- 33k took our survey: 7,539 (25%) of survey participants make their living from WordPress. Over 90% of people build more than one site, and spend less than 200 hours building one.
- We’ve done five major and seven minor releases since the last WCSF, and have had 785 contributors across them.
- WordPress market share has risen from 19% in 2013 to 23% now.
- We now have 34k plugins and 2.7k themes, and have enjoyed record activity on both — including plugins passing 1,000,000 commits.
- 16 releases of our mobile apps, Android and iOS.
- Code Reference launched.
- 105 active meetup groups in 21 countries, with over 100 meetup and WordCamp organizers present at the event.
- Internationalization will be a big focus of the coming year, including fully-localized plugin and theme directories on language sites and embedded on dashboard in version 4.1, which is coming out December 10th.
- Better stats coming for plugin and theme authors.
- Version fragmentation is a big challenge for WordPress, only a quarter of users are currently on the latest release.
- This is also a problem for PHP — we’ll be working with hosts to help with version fragmentation, as well as to get as many WordPress sites as possible running PHP 5.5 or better.
- Showed off 2015 theme.
- We will be testing a workflow for accepting pull requests on our official WordPress Github repository before the end of the year.
- For the first time in 11 years we’re switching away from IRC as our primary communication method. We’ll be moving to Slack, which has helped us set up so that every member of WordPress.org can use it. (During the keynote address the number of people on Slack surpassed our IRC channels, and is currently over 800 people.) Sign up at chat.wordpress.org.
- Five for the Future, with Gravity Forms and WPMU Dev committing to donate, and Automattic now at 14 full-time contributors to core and community.
- We need to work hard to harmonize the REST API plugin and the WordPress.com REST API.
- The mission of WordPress is to democratize publishing, which means access for everyone regardless of language, geography, gender, wealth, ability, religion, creed, or anything else people might be born with. To do that we need our community to be inclusive and welcoming. There is a sublime beauty in our differences, and they’re as important as the principles that bring us together, like the GPL.
Photos from WordCamp San Francisco 2014 taken by Sheri Bigelow.
Photos from WordCamp San Francisco Contributor Day 2013 taken by Sheri Bigelow, Kevin Conboy, and Aaron Hockley.
WordCamp San Francisco 2013 was wonderfully photographed this year by Sheri Bigelow, Kevin Conboy, and Aaron Hockley. (I didn’t take any of these.)
Hack Day at WordCamp San Francisco went really well. Developers from around the globe met up to work on WordPress. Photos by Sheri Bigelow.
While I was running around WordCamp San Francisco 2010 getting ready for the keynote, guest photographer Sheri Bigelow had my D3S and was snapping all around. Here are the photos from that day.
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I have some cool news: On Sunday the day after WordCamp San Francisco we’re going to host a WordPress developer day at the Automattic office on Pier 38. It will be Barcamp-style with no pre-announced schedule, but expect more hardcore geek content like heavy WordPress performance optimization, BuddyPress internals, an intro to Erlang, a guide to secure coding, WordPress-as-CMS discussions, and more. If there’s a topic you’d like to lead start thinking about it now, there should be plenty of room for everyone to connect. (Try to keep things local though, we’re not sure how the internet will hold up.)
The new site for WordCamp San Francisco is online, go check it out. Got some more speakers and announcements when I get back from Japan.
I’ll be attending our two WordCamps in China: WordCamp China in Shanghai, on April 4, and WordCamp Hong Kong on April 5. I think this says I’m going to be in Japan for WordCamp on April 12th.
WordCamp Denver at the Art Museum, which was a fantastic venue.
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This month there were three WordCamps around the world: WordCamp Las Vegas, WordCamp Indonesia, and WordCamp Whistler. Here’s what’s coming up in the next two months. Asterisks indicate WordCamps I’ll be attending:
- WordCamp Higher Ed NorthEast – February 2, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA
- WordCamp Paris * – February 7, Paris, France
- WordCamp Germany * – February 14, Jena, Germany
- WordCamp Education Vancouver – February 19, Vancouver, Canada
- WordCamp India * – February 21-22, New Delhi, India
- WordCamp Miami – February 22, Miami, Florida, USA
- WordCamp Denver * – February 28, Denver, Colorado, USA
- WordCamp NOLA – March 18-19, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
If you check out the WordCamp San Francisco site you’ll see that registration is open and we’ve already announced some great speakers: Matt Cutts, Tim Ferriss, Philip Greenspun, Doug Hanna, Tara Hunt, yours truly, Andy Peatling, and Steve Souders. (More coming.) It’s going to be a killer event. Mark your calendars: May 30.
The second day of WordCamp followed by a birthday a vintage-themed party for two local artists / performers. Includes famous Sam Bauers tango dance.
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WordCamp Australia at the Red Box in Sydney, and dinner afterwards (including an arm wrestle).
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I’ll be in Honolulu this Saturday for PodCamp / WordCamp Hawaii 2008.
There’s not one but
three four WordCamps this weekend. I just got back from China, where both the Beijing and Shanghai events were great. (More pictures coming soon.) This Saturday you can check out WordPress events in Portland, Salt Lake City (I’ll be attending this one, they asked me first), Vancouver, and Birmingham.
Shanghai WordCamp and dinner afterward.
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