WordCampUS happened the first weekend in December and with it Matt Mullenweg’s annual State of the Word with updates and future trends for WordPress and by projection also for WordPressdotcom. There were plenty of jaw-dropping announcements for everyone in Matt’s presentation, but the statistic that blew me away was this:
Those are statistics for one month on WordPress.com. (69,525,528 Posts and 11,340,680 Pages published in November 2016) What is disappointing is that even that 15% is being squeezed out as the link to WP Admin disappears, first in the Calypso dashboard for new sites and apparently now being quietly removed for everyone else. For the moment, we can still get to the WP Admin by adding /wp-admin to our site address. Matt said that he believes that the Calypso dashboard is the future of WordPress overall.
Another big announcement Matt made is that Calypso is now plugin aware so the move is on to first bring all of Automattic’s plugins to the Calypso interface. Since WordPressdotcom has been without any e-commerce alternative since it retired the 3 available options in February 2016, bringing Woocommerce to WordPressdotcom is a big deal. While Matt didn’t explicitly say when this would happen during his talk, it is actively being worked on a former Automattic employee assured me. If you sign up as a new WordPressdotcom user today and choose the “an online store” option, you are redirected to Pressable, a hosted WordPress provider starting at $25/month.
Lastly also big news, but maybe only sys admins can love, are the above charts which show the huge improvements in server CPU use and Latency after moving WordPress.com to PHP7, which is now the recommended PHP version for all WordPress sites. What that means for us WordPressdotcom users is that the backend of the over 110 million sites* registered on WordPressdotcom is amazingly fast. So much the better for pinging back and forth from the Calypso API. 😉
Matt’s entire State of the Word for 2016 can be found on WordPress.tv, along with all the other presentations from this year’s WordCampUS.
*This is the last total figure I heard during WordCampIsrael in March 2016 during a talk given by one of Automattic’s data scientists. In November 2016 alone there were 1,316,350 new sites created on WordPressdotcom. That’s 43,878 new sites created each day.