According to Matt Mullenweg who made a visit to the Forbes offices recently, it’s all about the author. That’s the phrase that was heard repeatedly as he conversed with the Forbes team. Lewis then talks about why they chose to go with WordPress when revamping the True/Slant website:
True/Slant was also about the author — just as Forbes has been for 93 years. At T/S, easy-to-use WordPress tools enabled our contributors to do what they loved to do: create content. They freely self-published 100 to 125 posts a day, sometimes more.
When you stop to take a look at the development of WordPress over the past few years, it’s hard to argue that most of the improvements have NOT been centered around the author. Just a few author specific features that have occurred recently are: Post Revisions, continually improving media management system, Quickpress, word count, quick edit, reply to comments from the back-end, and although not directly in the core of WordPress itself, the acquisition of After The Deadline. As Matt was quoted in the article, even their acquisitions deal with the author. It’s this dedication that has propelled WordPress to be the most popular publishing platform in use today. Yes, there are other factors that go into the popularity of WordPress but I’d say the ease of use along with the ease of publishing content is a large majority of its popularity.
Strictly from an authors point of view, what makes WordPress a better publishing system than Drupal, Joomla or a myriad of other systems?