WordPress Reboots and Opens Up Code Base

Today we’re announcing something brand new, a new approach to WordPress, and open sourcing the code behind it.

Source: Dance to Calypso | Matt Mullenweg

I frequently talk with clients or perspective clients about the differences between having a site on WordPress.com and having a self-hosted site on WordPress (I’ll write more about that soon). The biggest difference being that if you have your site on WordPress.com, you’re trading off some functionality and customization for a more “set it and forget it” approach to having a site or blog. Of course, both options have their advantages and disadvantages (again, more soon on that).

I’m glad to see WordPress.com code being opened up and the switch from PHP and MySQL to Javascript and an API for backend power, but I’m a little cautious about what that means for the self-hosted sites (WordPress 4.4 is coming) in terms of the amount of work I’ll be doing in December to update our clients’ sites 🙂

Regardless, glad to see the open web taking on the likes of Medium and Facebook.