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  1. Thanks for the link and sharing your thoughts. While I and many others have hopped on the theme frameworks bandwagon, you are entirely correct in that if the majority of end users don’t use the software to develop on top of these frameworks, than in way, the framework idea is somewhat pointless. While the WordPress project is lead by a team and ultimately a leader (Matt Mullenweg) I still believe that the majority rules the minority rights.

    But, WordPress has been classified by some as a framework itself or, a platform. It’s still at a stage of development where it can be used to create things WordPress was not meant for, such as sites that are outside of the realm of blogging. Having WordPress as a platform enables the team to see just how the software is being used. I wouldn’t want to see them move the entire project down a road that only caters to the majority of users though. I don’t think WordPress should be built for a specific audience. Instead, I hope they continue to keep that audience in mind and build the tools necessary to turn WordPress into whatever it is you want to use it for.

    1. Jeff – I agree entirely. They seem to be trying to force it down the blogging route (reducing the position of pages etc), but I think that’s wrong. It should be opened up more. Loads can be done with plugins and the more people are encouraged to use it in creative ways the more people will use it.

  2. I think BuddyPress is really going to add alot of juice to the wordpress experience, it’s going to almost add a whole layer of interactivity with the users of wordpress blogs, and for that reason I’m very much looking forward to what the future has to bring!

    1. Agreed – Buddypress is looking fantastic. I am looking forward to doing something with it – I just need to come up with a killer idea 🙂

  3. I was very disappointed when most of the older themes were removed from the WP Themes Directory. As a user who prefers to begin with an existing theme as a starting point for my customizations, many of the newer themes are far too complicated to be of much use. Fortunately I’ve got a pretty good stash of old themes filed away for future use.

  4. I completely agree that WordPress is moving towards becoming a not blog only CMS. It already is a CMS, it’s just built towards a great love of blogging.

    But honestly, what is a blog? A blog is just a continuous, paginated stream of reverse chronologically sorted posts. Sometimes you can comment on such posts. One can argue that categories, links, tags, widgets and themes aren’t really necessary for blogging. That’s why you’re right in saying WordPress is what its users are using it for.

  5. I agree, it’s evolving to be much more of a powerhouse for those wanting to build a website. The community base is supportive and in great numbers to secure WordPress’s success at least for this year and next. I look forward to watching it grow and change.

  6. Hi, I was wondering what you mean by “With version 2.7 of WordPress pages were demoted in the navigational hierarchy” as I haven’t noticed anything different?

    1. All I meant by the pages being demoted comment, was that in the navigation, media and links are currently above pages. To me this seems that they are trying to demote/ hide pages.

  7. Interesting comment. I have actually started to use WordPress for exactly what you are talking about here. It is an excellent tool to allow clients to manage the content of the website that you design for them. it gives excellent flexibility and capability for growth, and using the pages and categories capaiblities.

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