One of the major draws for WordCamp San Francisco is the State of the Word, an address to the entire WordPress community from Matt Mullenweg, who shares some favorite moments from WordPress’s past and some looks into its future. Not surprisingly, this year’s State of the Word did not disappoint. Fortunately, the video was released only a few days after the WordCamp, so those of you who missed it can enjoy it now.
Here are some highlights in no particular order:
- Double the number of WordCamp attendees since last year.
- 44 million download of WordPress this year, out of 145 million downloads of WordPress since it launched.
- WordPress 3.5 will feature full support for Apple’s retina displays. Grab Jetpack if you want this now.
- WordPress 3.5 will be available on December 5 with a new commitment to meet release dates without compromise to stability.
- There is a new official handbook for getting involved in WordPress development.
- The WordPress for iOS app will have a full interface redesign to take advantage of touch gestures.
- 27,000 respondents to the 2012 WordPress Survey from 153 countries.
- 66% of respondents use WordPress as a CMS, the majority of responding developers work for small businesses or individuals with an average fee of $2,500 to build a site, and 20,000 respondents make their living with WordPress.
- 16.7% of the web is powered by WordPress.