Last week the much anticipated new version of WordPress (version 2.8) was released for download. Many webmasters, bloggers and CMS fans alike have come to expect great things out of the seasoned system, so the expectations were high. According to the earliest reports, WordPress 2.8 not only lives up to the hype, it presents some stiff competition for Volacci’s favorite platform, Drupal.
It’s always nice to see compliments coming from someone who doesn’t have a vested interest in making them. That’s a good indication that you’re doing something right, so congrats to the development team and to the WordPress community. And to give Drupal its due, there are certain types of site setups that are easier to manage in that CMS. And with the Drupal 7 UX effort going on now, it looks like the next release is going to be much easier to administer than it has been in the past.
I have a feeling, though, that future releases of WordPress will be adding more general CMS functionality. And we’ll find more folks in the Drupal camp looking at WordPress as a possible alternative for projects. Really, though, this kind of “competition” only helps to improve both systems. I think users of both WordPress and Drupal can look forward to many improvements in the future.