In today’s State of the Word speech at WordCamp SF by Matt Mullenweg, co-founder of WordPress, he announced that WordPress 3.7 will be released as an application platform.
This is an interesting announcement for a couple of reasons.
First, WordPress was created as a blogging platform, but has clearly shifted away from that being the primary focus of how WordPress is used across the web. Yes, a good majority of sites running WordPress use it for some sort of content management, not strictly blogging. But there are a number of growing use cases where blogging is not the focus.
Secondly, we’ve started seeing a shift away from the blogging focus in the admin, such as the removal of Links from the core, shifting the entire functionality of Links to a plugin. I suspect this will continue as WordPress continues to move away from being just a blogging platform.
In an article I published this past May, with the title “WordPress as a CMS? As an App? For the Enterprise?“, the announcement by Matt becomes even more relevant to the discussion of how WordPress is being used.
Personally, I’m using WordPress here on WP Force for more than just blogging. I announced the release of BizForce while on the DradCast last week, which I have plans to offer some cool features on that are 100% not blogging related.
Another good example of non-blogging related functions would be the Thermal API, which allows for any external app to easily communicate with a WordPress-powered site through an API.
With the announcement, what kind of tools or applications do you think you could build with WordPress?