Is WordPress a monopoly, Should we care?

An interesting discussion is happening in a number of places. Automattic and its CEO Matt Mullenweg are the force behind WordPress. Sure WordPress is open source but the platform is mostly controlled by Automattic. The move to adopt their Gutenberg editor in WordPress is a case in point. It is from my point of view clunky, hard to use, and not ready for prime time. It currently provides a less satisfactory version of what page builder plugins such as Elementor, Beaver Builder, and SiteOrigin Page Builder already provide. But the discussion goes beyond that.

“I think there’s potential to get to a similar market share as Android, which I believe now has 85% of all handsets,” Mullenweg told TechCrunch. “When you think about it, open source has a virtuous cycle of adoption, people building on the platform and more adoption.”

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“‘We want every website, whether it’s e-commerce or anything to be powered by WordPress’ is a nasty, monopolistic goal,” he said. “Listening to Matt muse about 85% marketshare dreams is a real downer.”

The article these quotations come from is Matt Mullenweg and David Heinemeier Hansson Discuss WordPress Market Share, Monopolies, and Power in Open Source Communities at wptavern.com.

I use WordPress and am supporting a fork of WordPress called ClassicPress which is WordPress with out Automattic  and Gutenberg, I love the diversity and stability that comes from a huge user base and developers from all over the world competing to build better web site tools to run on the WordPress platform. Is it appropriate for WordPress to seek ‘Internet Domination’ as a goal?

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