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  1. Mayank Gupta

    one should ask the question from those who are complaining – “will they be saying the same things if all those developers who contributed to WordPress also thought like them?”

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  2. Benjamin Lupu

    I’d like to focus on the mobile thing.

    I praise Matt Mullenweg for having this vision. For me, he’s totally right.

    I work for a company dedicated to Africa and I can confirm the importance of mobile for this continent too.

    “Obviously, you cannot simply download PHP files to your phone and get started.”

    True but we can work to recreate that.

    I’ve already heard Matt Mulleweg saying that one of the main difficulty of going mobile is the technology (ie. not web based, proprietary…). I agree with that. Even, they’re open sourced, apps are not easy to grab for the average developer. At least not as WordPress is. And more, they’re not easy for web developers.

    I believe that one of the key to success for mobile apps is to find a way to recreate the easiness of WordPress technology and to be web developers friendly.

    One way to achieve that is to build hybrid apps (ie. HTML/CSS/JS webapps encapsulated in native containers and distributed as regular apps in app stores). One of the most successful technology in that field is Cordova/PhoneGap. What if, using it, we could literally bring to life app’s themes? For me, it would be wonderful :-)

    This the way of people at AppPresser or WP-AppKit (disclaimer: I’m part of that project).

    I really hope that we’ll be able to achieve mobile apps with the same spirit of democratization WordPress brought regarding building web sites.

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  3. Keith Davis

    Let me take this opportunity to thank everyone who contributes to WordPress – can’t imagine web design without it.

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  4. barniwebs

    WordPress is a solution for today’s modern web devs and agencies. Its like a treasure we find and love to tell people how awesome it is. I agreed with Matt, every firm that uses WordPress should be eager to add back to it.

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  5. danielpataki

    I think he’s totally right. If it were me giving the speech I would have amended it with “if they can”, although I think he meant it that way. There are plenty of companies consisting of 3 people putting in 12 hour work days. I think it is safe to say they don’t have to contribute back right this second.

    However, if you own a company making hundreds of thousands a year from WordPress I think it is fair to say that while it is in no way required, the morally right thing to do is give back. If you rely on WordPress for your business, the better it is, the better it is for you as well.

    Being a nice guy is always a good tactic, not just in business :)

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  6. Alex Miller

    I think the easiest form for anybody to contribute (WP expert to the average joe) is support forums, unfortunately the WordPress Support forums are buddy and unsightly. Community is a huge part of WordPress and I think moving forward they really need to take a step back and look at their website and how people use it.

    The same forums are use mostly for Plugin Support by both big and small developers but tracking a question or trying to figure out if somebody has replied to an inquiry is just a pain. They need to develop something more modern and useable for their own support forums.

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  7. Brent Norris

    Totally agree. A strong des/dev community has been critical to the success of every major software company. WordPress, perhaps more than the other companies stands for freedom and freedom isn’t free. Thanks for the post Sarah!

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  8. Matt Kittrell

    WordPress is not going anywhere, ever. We will always develop on the wordpress platform. Why you ask? Because its the best!

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