If you have any interest at all in WordPress I strongly advise you to watch State of the Word 2013 presented by Automattic CEO the ever affable Matt Mullenweg.
It provides a great overview of the current state of the platform, and reveals it now powers an amazing 18.9% of the web.
Let’s push things forward
It’s interesting to see the way WordPress has evolved from a robust blogging platform towards being a fully featured CMS, and increasingly a technology stack to support applications. The best thing is that the growth of individual features and usages hasn’t been to the detriment of any of the existing services. Quite a cool achievement.
OK, so I have to nail my colours to my mast here, and admit to being a bit of WordPress fanboy. The flexibility, ease of use and community support is second to none. Have deployed a ton of websites using it (including this one), and rarely hit any major issues or barriers. Don’t like the features? Simple. Build your own.
Although it’s not perfect, by being open source there’s usually a workaround or hack that can be deployed.
I think you have to respect any company who have this as their corporate creed:
I will never stop learning. I won’t just work on things that are assigned to me. I know there’s no such thing as a status quo. I will build our business sustainably through passionate and loyal customers. I will never pass up an opportunity to help out a colleague, and I’ll remember the days before I knew everything. I am more motivated by impact than money, and I know that Open Source is one of the most powerful ideas of our generation. I will communicate as much as possible, because it’s the oxygen of a distributed company. I am in a marathon, not a sprint, and no matter how far away the goal is, the only way to get there is by putting one foot in front of another every day. Given time, there is no problem that’s insurmountable.