#wcbos: Lean, Agile, Mobile, Social, Local, Organic, Pivot

Quick set of notes from Nacin and Daryl's 1:45 pm session at WordCamp Boston.

This presentation is an insight into what Andrew Nacin (@nacin) and Daryl Koopersmith (@darylkoop) are thinking about, as it pertains to the next few years of WordPress. Nacin is a developer with Matt Mullenweg’s Audrey Capital and Daryl works for Automattic’s WordPress.org team.

The real title: “WordPress isn’t good enough.” There are so many more things that can be done to make WordPress better. Which, was pretty much the essence of the talk.

Improve stability. WordPress should be stable, for anything that you’re doing. How many people have lost content and had to recover through revisions or going back through browser history? It doesn’t happen often, but it still does sometime. There’s a Google Summer of Code project to use local storage in your browser to back up your drafts.

Plugin compatibility. It should be easier to know whether your plugins are compatible with the latest version of WordPress.

Seamless updates. WordPress should update automatically. Many users are distributed amongst a few different versions of Firefox (3, 4, 5, and 6). With Chrome, the version you’re on is less apparent but you can still track it down. On Facebook, there’s no way for you to know which version you’re on. More seamless updates means faster release cycles and better improvements.

Ease of use. Introduce simpler ways to post content. “Telling someone what to do is not as good as making it obvious.” New users should be able to immediately create content.

Better media handling. WordPress needs to improve how it handles non-text content. In the pipeline are a drag and drop media uploader, and a new workflow for managing media content.

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