WordPress as a content management system has changed the web development world once and for all. It has empowered an average Internet user to manage a robust website without the knowledge of coding. Today, this CMS is powering different genre of websites ranging from corporate websites to social networks and ecommerce stores. Doesn’t it sometimes surprise you that WordPress started as a mere blogging platform? In less than a decade it has become the most powerful web publishing tool cutting across the globe allowing users to manage different genre of websites. Now, what has powered this phenomenal success of this content management system and what’s in store for it in the future?
The Community Behind the CMS…
There are many reasons which have led to WordPress becoming the numero uno content management system in the world. The biggest among them is the fact that it is an open source system which has attracted creative ideas and technical stills alike. It may me noted that WordPress came out at a time when most of the web developers were either struck with writing lines of HTML codes or using one of the premium software such as Dreamweaver to develop website. This ensured that only people with serious knowledge of web development dared to venture in the world of managing a website. WordPress changed the rules of the game by allowing an average user to manage a websites. No coding skills are required to manage a WordPress website as the web based interface with its WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) editor allows users to post text, images and multimedia content with ease. Users further gain from the thousands of plugins and themes which allow them to develop highly customized websites with high levels of functionality.
The Future is Bright…
What will WordPress be like in the future? This is one question that many WordPress users and developers have in their mind. Going by the rate at which this content management system has evolved it isn’t hard to imagine that the future might be straight out of sci-fi movie where WordPress will move from being a robust web publishing and management tool to an versatile platform. Here are some of the things that we can expect from WordPress in the future.
- Content Publishing and Management
There isn’t anything new about content publishing and management as this has been the primary function of WordPress all these years. But in the future content publishing would improve immensely giving the users a more robust system where multimedia content can be published into a website remotely in real-time. Things like web-casting and podcasting would become more dynamic allowing businesses keep their customers hooked 24×7.
- Customer Relationship Management
We are already seeing the signs of this in the customized chat boxes and email forms in WordPress. Customer relationship management is one of biggest determining factors for any business. In the future customers would be able to have live video chats with the businesses using the WordPress websites. The phone calls and all other form of communication between the business and the customer would be held in real-time.
- Project Management
ERP solutions are very popular with businesses around the world which see this as a means to serve their customers efficiently, increase productivity and cut cost of operations. WordPress is slowly evolving into a complete ERP tool and will allow businesses to manage all aspects of their operations, marketing, customer relationship, accounting etc. using a single platform.
- Managing Advertisement Campaigns
For any business, managing advertisement campaigns is one of the most important things to do. Today, to advertise online most WordPress users have to use third-party platforms and keep track of the progress from multiple sources. In this future the CMS would be able to manage and measure progress of all advertisement campaigns not only in the online mode but also ones using other mediums.
The Virtual World Is Here…
Imagine visiting an ecommerce websites and getting a 3-D look and feel of the product that you would purchase. Does it sound out of the world? Getting to download a complete video or being able to carry out a live video chat with someone sitting thousands of miles away would have sounded the same two decades ago. That day may not be far away when users can touch and feel what they see on their screens people have already started working on the technology to do so.
WordPress developers are already experimenting with prototype programs as the industry is busy developing hardware to cater to such solutions. You will be able to touch and feel a virtual representation of the product that you purchase in an ecommerce store. Ecommerce stores would be one of the biggest beneficiary of this revolutionary concept as they would head to head compete with their brick and mortar competitors over the ‘touch and feel’ factor which they presently lack. So what are you thinking of? What we have witnessed of WordPress all these years is just the tip of the iceberg as this CMS is going through several phases of evolutions.
Author Bio: This guest post is contributed by Jeff Thomson. He is working as a wordpress developer with MarkupBox.com. Markupbox.com is a specialized PSD to HTML Conversion Company, backed with years of experience and diligent professionals. MarkupBox offers PSD to HTML, PSD to WordPress, and other conversion services like PSD to Email, PSD to Magento, PSD to Joomla, PSD to CSS, PSD to Drupal and much more.