State of the Word 2014

Enjoy Matt Mullenweg’s State of the Word 2014 presentation.

Matt talks about WordCamps, gives some stats from the 33,000 responders of the annual survey and of course lots more about the future of WordPress.

Some highlights

  • 33,000+ responders to the annual survey from 179 countries
  • three quarters of survey responses from international people (non-US)
  • 2014 say WordPress international downloads surpass English ones
  • WordPress as a CMS has been declining every year: 93% in 2012, 89% in 2013 and 87% in 2014
  • WordPress as a blog has been declining every year: 32% in 2013,  26% in 2013 and 20% in 2014
  • WordPress as an App Framework has increased: 5% in 2013 to 6% in 2014
  • 785 contributors to the WordPress project in the past year
  • WordPress 4.1 to be released on Dec 10th
  • WordPress now powers over 23% of all websites
  • over 34,000 plugins in the repository
  •  almost 3,000 themes in the repository
  • new developer code reference at
  • language packs for themes and plugins coming in 2015
  • internationalization will be a big thing next year
  • better stats for plugin and theme developers being worked on actively now
  • push to get WordPress installations running on PHP 5.5+
  • new Twenty Fifteen default theme for next year
  • pull requests for WordPress from GitHub will “not go into a black hole”
  • contributors are now going to use Slack rather than IRC – available to every user on see
  • 5% for the future – see Matt’s blog
  • Full JSON REST API should be available soon


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Wil is a dad, WordPress consultant, WordPress developer, business coach and mentor. He co-organizes the WordPress Sydney meetup group and has been on the organising committee for WordCamp Sydney since 2014. He speaks at many special events and contributes to the WordPress open source project. His likes are chillies, craft beer and electrogravitics.