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The Future of WordPress: What to Expect (Our Predictions)

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Are you curious about the future of WordPress?

With the first 20 years of WordPress history behind us, the platform is already powering 43% of websites. Over the years, WordPress has continued to grow and evolve to meet the changing needs of bloggers and website owners. But what can we expect in the future?

In this article, we will talk about the future of WordPress and what you can expect.

The Future of WordPress: What to Expect

What Improvements Can We Expect From WordPress in the Future?

WordPress was launched in 2003 by Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little. Now that there are over 20 years of WordPress history behind us, you may be wondering what’s coming next.

The future of WordPress is important because it is the content management system (CMS) behind 43% of all websites, including big-name brands like Sony, CNN, Time Magazine, and Disney.

You can expect WordPress to stay modern and relevant and become even easier to use. WordPress is designed to be simple and adaptable, and WordPress developers are already looking a long way down the road and have a detailed roadmap.

In fact, at a recent WordCamp, WordPress co-founder Matt Mullenweg shared that he expects WordPress to be still going strong a century from now.

I could see WordPress being around—not just around, but core to the fabric of the web—100 years from now, and I would love to attend a WordCamp Asia in my 80s.

Matt MullenwegMatt Mullenweg, WordPress Co-founder, WordCamp Asia 2023

With that being said, let’s take a look at what to expect in the future of WordPress. You can use the links below to jump to the sections you are most interested in:

1. Continued Popularity of WordPress

WordPress is very popular. It currently powers 43% of all websites, which translates to 810 million websites in total. This number has also grown a lot when you consider that WordPress was used to build only 29% of websites in 2018.

Besides that, WordPress holds nearly 65% of the global CMS market share. The following chart shows every content management system with more than 1% usage. Nothing comes close to WordPress.

CMS Market Share

These statistics haven’t gone unnoticed. WordPress has been chosen by the most successful companies in the world. In fact, 38% of the top 10,000 websites are powered by WordPress, including big-name brands like Disney, Sony, Facebook, and more.

As you can see, WordPress currently dominates the website market, and this trend will continue in the coming years.

WordPress market share numbers have been steady for some time, and other CMS options have also remained steady without large spikes of growth. We expect WordPress will remain the most popular content management system well into the future.

We can be confident because WordPress is built by a community and doesn’t rely on a single company for its success.

The WordPress community is made up of developers, web designers, and WordPress enthusiasts who contribute to its core development, plugin creation, and theme design.

As WordPress evolves, so will the community that supports it. This will make sure that the platform remains a powerful and accessible tool for individuals, small businesses, and organizations.

Why not become an active part of the WordPress community? You can get started by simply attending WordCamp or a local meetup. To learn more, see our guide on how you can get involved with the WordPress project.

2. The Growth of WordPress for eCommerce

eCommerce is a rapidly growing industry, and the availability of WordPress eCommerce plugins makes WordPress an excellent choice if you are starting an online store.

There are currently more than 5 million WordPress websites powered by the WooCommerce plugin. It has a market share of around 39% among eCommerce solutions, above Shopify, Squarespace, Wix, and others.

WooCommerce Market Position

That makes WooCommerce the most popular eCommerce platform right now, and its market share has had an upward trend over time. This means we can expect more people to keep using it into the future.

Of course, WooCommerce isn’t the only eCommerce solution for WordPress. If you don’t need a full-blown online store, then you can choose a different eCommerce plugin like Easy Digital Downloads or WP Simple Pay.

Overall, we expect to see faster adoption of WordPress for eCommerce in the future. It’s clear that while WordPress is maintaining its position as a leading website builder, it is also expanding its eCommerce market share.

3. More Artificial Intelligence in WordPress

Matt Mullenweg spoke about artificial intelligence during his AMA (Ask Me Anything) at WordCamp Asia 2023. He sees the potential of AI technologies and encourages people to embrace them to create software, websites, and web content.

But he also recognizes the current limitations. He warns that artificial intelligence is still very young and has a lot of room for improvement. We are also not sure how the economic implications of AI will play out in the future.

So you can expect artificial intelligence to be added to the WordPress core eventually, but not until it’s ready.

In the meantime, you can take advantage of WordPress plugins that use AI. For example, All in One SEO (AIOSEO) has a ChatGPT integration that helps you make SEO post titles and meta descriptions.

AI-generated SEO titles from AIOSEO ChatGPT integration

Right now, you can also use AI and machine learning to help you:

In the future, we expect artificial intelligence plugins to become even smarter, giving us better AI-powered website builders, new content tools, more intelligent chatbots, and advanced automated workflows.

4. Easy Collaboration on Multi-Author Blogs

WordPress is about to become more collaborative, adding features needed by multi-author blogs and eLearning sites. This is part of Phase 3 of the Gutenberg project, which is in the planning stage as we write.

For example, WordPress will allow multiple authors to work on the same article at the same time. Think of the experience you have using Google Docs but from your WordPress dashboard.

Authors and editors will be able to write notes to each other and suggest potential edits. You will be able to annotate specific blocks or sections of content and take part in threaded discussions right inside the WordPress content editor.

Website owners will also be able to create editorial workflows for their content team and plan upcoming content on a calendar. Content approval workflows will make sure that specific users or roles will need to review and accept posts before they can be published.

Life is going to become much smoother on multi-author blogs.

5. Multilingual Support in WordPress Core

Since WordPress is used on 43% of the world’s websites, these sites and their content need to be accessible to a global audience. And that means WordPress needs to provide support for multiple languages.

Multilingual websites serve the same content in many different languages. You can allow users to choose their preferred language using a dropdown link, or you can automatically change the website’s language based on the visitor’s geographic location.

Multilingual world map

Currently, you need to use multilingual plugins to achieve this. Unfortunately, not everyone has the time to install and configure these plugins, and they may have some impact on WordPress performance.

Another problem is that the developers need to maintain each plugin independently, support their users, and keep adding more languages. That’s a lot of work, and it makes sense for multilingual WordPress to become a centralized effort within WordPress core.

That’s the goal of Gutenberg Phase 4, which will launch in 2024 or 2025. It will start to add much-needed multilingual features to the WordPress core.

To start with, WordPress will enable you to manually translate your content into languages of your choice and allow visitors to read the content in a language they can understand.

In time, as the technology improves, WordPress will be able to translate your content on the fly so that it will be automatically available to anyone who reads a supported language.

This will make your content accessible to a global audience, significantly improving your reach and bringing more traffic to your WordPress site.

It will also continue to make WordPress even more relevant and popular as we move into the future, as it will be available to everyone, no matter what language they speak.

6. WordPress Legacy Websites, Products, and Companies

As we said at the beginning of this article, WordPress co-founder Matt Mullenweg is looking 100 years into the future as he considers where WordPress is heading.

He suspects that website owners may also have long-term goals for their online projects.

For example, business owners may want to keep permanent documentation of their company’s history. Families might be anxious not to lose valuable photographs and stories. Website owners may also value a permanent online home that adapts to the needs of the future.

As a result, is offering a 100-year “legacy” plan that you can purchase with a single payment. It includes domain name registration and web hosting for the next century.

This will allow users to maintain their online histories without worrying about what will happen when they are gone. Legacy plans can also inspire businesses to think in the extended long term, beyond a typical 5 or 10-year plan.

While isn’t the same as self-hosted, this move toward long-term website hosting plans could signal changes within the overall WordPress ecosystem.

This new plan can set an example for top WordPress hosting providers and plugin developers. They may be inspired to think about marketing their products for very long-term use and building a “legacy”.

It could also change the way that WordPress companies think about their long-term goals. Offering internships and job opportunities to employees’ children and grandchildren could be a more sustainable way to grow a business over time.

FAQs About the Future of WordPress

Before we finish this article, let’s answer a few questions we are regularly asked by our readers about the future of WordPress.

Is WordPress still relevant?

WordPress is now over 20 years old, and new competitors pop up every year. For this reason, some people ask whether WordPress is still relevant.

Since WordPress powers 43% of all websites, it’s more relevant than ever. We hope this article has shown you that it will go on being relevant for decades to come.

We clearly outline why WordPress is relevant and why you should choose it in our guide on the most important reasons to use WordPress.

Is WordPress dying?

With all of its success, some people question how long WordPress can stay on top. There are many rumors that WordPress may die out and stop being popular.

However, when you look at the facts, these rumors are simply not true. There are absolutely no signs that WordPress is dying or its loyal users are about to abandon it.

We have written a detailed guide on the state of WordPress and clearly answered ‘No’ to the question: Is WordPress Dying?

Is WordPress that bad?

You may have heard a tech consultant or a YouTube influencer claim that WordPress is bad.

You might ask, ‘If WordPress is really that bad, then why is it so popular? Why do nearly half of all websites on the web use it?’ The fact is, it’s not bad at all.

That’s why we wrote a detailed guide called Is WordPress Really That Bad? We take a look at common reasons people claim WordPress is bad to help you make the right decision.

What is the future of WordPress careers?

If you are thinking about getting a career in WordPress, then you may be wondering about job security. Will WordPress jobs still be around in the future?

The good news is that the demand for WordPress professionals remains high due to the platform’s popularity and constant growth. Plus, there are lots of WordPress careers for individuals with a wide range of skill sets.

You can learn how to make a living with WordPress in our complete guide to WordPress career options.

We hope this tutorial helped you learn about the future of WordPress. You may also want to see our guide on important reasons why you should use WordPress for your website or our expert picks of the best AI chatbot software for your website.

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  2. A Owadud Bhuiyan says

    I am hoping that in future WordPress will be like react language.

    The only boring thing I am facing on WordPress that we have to load the page if I want to see the changes.

    Let me know your thought regarding my opinion.

    • WPBeginner Support says

      There may be tools to help not require loading in the future but for now they likely won’t be widespread or in WordPress without a plugin.


  3. Mrteesurez says

    Also, multiple authors will lead to community stuffs, this will enhance the community features of WordPress and will lead to effectively collaboration.

    And it’s possible to change PHP or introduce more other code into WordPress in future.
    WordPress core can be re-written with entire another programing code that seems to be better later in future.

    As a self hosted software and having growing community of users, supporters and contributors. They can brainstorm and come with every challenge that might face WordPress in future and fight it.

    I don’t expect WordPress to die even for more than a century unless
    the ‘web’ itself dies, even if web dies, everyone can just convert their website to apps.

    There are a lot to say on this issue.
    I love WordPress, Wpbeginner and I am looking forward to contribute on the WordPress core and WPbeginner to serve more WordPress uses.


  4. Rodrigo Vieira E. da Silva says

    Well, let’s go, I’m a PHP developer and I’ve been working with WordPress since 2012, and what I see and say at Wordcamps and Meetup here in São Paulo is that I believe that WordPress will soon stop using PHP. But I can’t say if this is very far away, but today, for example, the development of silent themes and block themes, all of this is a Meta darling called React. I would honestly be happier if Gutemberg was written in Vue. Everyone knows how well Vue and PHP/Laravel work together. Now with the block editor and under the hood we know that it is react we can soon see more plugins coming out of this PHP issue and becoming blocks, native and with patience we will see great plugins like Woocommerce among others become native in WP itself, and of course everything with React. If you can imagine how much I love it, that’s a lie.

  5. Jiří Vaněk says

    I believe that WordPress and its team will now focus a lot on the Gutenberg editor, which is already becoming apparent. So personally, I expect that Gutenberg will eventually have the potential to replace well-known builders like Elementor and Oxygen. If they additionally implement AI in it in a good way to assist with meta descriptions, headlines, or some direct SEO control, at least within the text writing process and so on, Gutenberg has a great chance of being used much more. For me, for example, this editor is currently very unintuitive, and I think WordPress should work on making this editor easier and more intuitive. For instance, when they introduced features like block backgrounds in WordPress 6.4, I had to find a guide on how to actually set it up because I don’t typically work with Gutenberg by default. It’s easier to find these things in Elementor.

  6. Moinuddin Waheed says

    Powering up more than 43 percent of all websites is extra ordinary achievement in itself.
    There are that much websites on wordpress is a proof that it has a bright future ahead as it has outperformed till now.
    The very fact that it gives flexibility and a tons of options to consider for making any functionality for the web will eventually be the cause for it to stay relevant.

  7. Ralph says

    I think we will get something related to AI. Not soon but in 2 years maybe. Built in function or powerful plugin that will help us get more visitors. Something like mix of AI for SEO auto optimization, A/B tests for titles and meta descriptions or even content versions.

    • WPBeginner Support says

      You may want to look into SEO plugins as those will more likely get those tools sooner :)


  8. Konrad says

    Hey, native multilingual support sounds exciting. Won’t more AI features pose any dangers or inconveniences? Like low quality, repetetive content?

    • WPBeginner Support says

      If you only use AI and don’t modify the content or make it your own that could become an issue but repetitive content will likely not rank well. That does not mean you should never use AI, rather than using it as a solution it would be better to use it as an assistant and brainstorming tool to speed up your writing process.


  9. osq says

    If there was just easy way to modify Gutenberg core elements. Filtering unnecessary features in blocks is still complicated to do. For ex. Why can’t I just have plain image block to work with? I don’t want duotone filters, cropping etc. to be available for the user. These options just make no sense in client development use. The theme.json is a step in the right direction, but it still doesn’t do enough.

    • WPBeginner Support says

      Thank you for sharing your experience, as the block editor gets more use there should be more documentation and more standardized ways to customize the interface. :)


  10. nik says

    Actually, I use and like Gutenberg. It’s definetly not perfect yet, but it can be used. Looking forward to further improvements. I just wonder why very basic functions are not included in the core yet, forcing to install plugins like eg. customize login form to include captcha and/or legal acceptances, redirects, antispam filters, if menu, file manager, polls, etc.

    • WPBeginner Support says

      Thank you for sharing your feedback on Gutenberg, WordPress is used in many different ways so leaving some functionality to plugins or code snippets allow WordPress to be more flexible for those who wouldn’t want to do some things like customize the login form for why some features would not have been implemented.


  11. Joe R says

    Get rid of Gutenberg. Most HATE it. Gutenberg is low rated.
    There is a reason the classic editor plugin and disable Gutenberg plugin are so popular

    • WPBeginner Support says

      There are currently no plans to remove Gutenberg but there are plans to improve the experience.


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