In a proud moment, WordPress founder Matt Mullenweg revealed on Thursday, that WordPress is now hosting more than 60 million blogs. The open source publishing platform is enjoying the attentions of more than 300 million unique visitors each month.Looking at Mullenweg statement it is quite evident that the ace Website hosting platform is soon going to attain new heights
However hinting at the WordPress development on the social and mobile fronts in the future, he quip it to be just a mere beginning.
“The things that are ultra compelling are more social features,” Mullenweg said in an on-stage interview with Mathew Ingram at the GigaOM RoadMap conference in San Francisco Thursday. The company is really upbeat about the increase in the popularity after adding to the publishing platform various social features. “We were typically doing ten page views per unique user. With some of this new [social] stuff, we see that go up an order of magnitude.”
Mullenweg laid emphasis on the mobile development of the WordPress, sharing with all the appreciation they received from the users in their endeavor to reach out that space. “The mobile platform has grown 7x in the past year, and we have four to five million active users logging into WordPress’ mobile platform daily.”
However don’t take it otherwise. Mullenweg maintained that the new step is not a defense against the threats from other popular web platforms like Tumblr. “We don’t really think about it in terms of competition. We think about it in terms of our users,” he said, acknowledging that WordPress is fundamentally used in a different way than such services as Tumblr and Twitter. “WordPress is about doing your entire website, not just your blog. 92 percent of users are using it as a content management system in addition to a blog.”
Although WordPress is in no mood to abandon is most fundamental feature – being an open source platform even if it wished to grow as a for profit organization. “I’m kind of an open source hippie. Everything I’ve ever built has been built on open source technology,” he said. “I believe morally and philosophically that the future of not just software, but everything, is open source… and along this path, I don’t see any gating factors to our growth.”