Mike Little was interviewed by Siobhan McKeown of WPMU.org at WordCamp Portsmouth over the weekend. During the interview they discussed many things, including the future of WordPress. Little didn’t want to speculate too much, but did say that he believes that in the future WordPress will see “an increasing vertical use.”
Toward the end of the interview (around 9:50 in the video) Little said:
…I think there’s going to be an increasing vertical use of WordPress. So, people putting together specalized packages based on WordPress. It might be WordPress with a selection of custom themes for the real estate business with all the plugins all preinstalled and preconfigured so that you get a much bigger out of the box experience for your particular area. I’ve seen people doing that kind of thing a little bit with churches, for example.
I think there’s going to be more of that as people start to really specialize in what they do with WordPress, and get the most out of it in their niche. And then realize that they’ve effectively created a package that they can sell to other people, or provide to other people to help them setup themselves.
Little started WordPress with Matt Mullenweg in 2003 as a fork of the b2 project. Now Little continues to contribute to the project, as well as work with his own clients professionally. You can follow him on Twitter at @mikelittlezed1.
What do you think of Little’s thoughts on the future of WordPress? Will we begin to see more pros building out specialized packages based on WordPress?