Justin Tadlock

What's in store for WordPress themes in 2009?

Predicting the future is always an exciting thing to do. Throw in a few WordPress theme developers and you get some interesting ideas about not only where themes are going but WordPress use in general.

Ian Stewart posted his article, The Future of WordPress Themes 2009. He asked 15 “designers, developers, and WordPress enthusiasts” to answer the question of where WordPress themes are headed into the future.

It’s a great read. Of course, I had a few things to say (be glad that Ian held us to 500 words or less). You’ll have to scroll down a bit in the article to read my response.

A few things to note about the article

Several people mentioned theme frameworks, a subject I’m always happy to discuss. Surprisingly, both Jeff Chandler of WP Tavern and I both used the phrase The Year of the Theme Framework. I’m just happy to see folks starting to see the benefits of having a solid base theme.

My Hybrid theme was mentioned several times.

Another thing that I didn’t get to touch on but several others did is BuddyPress. I have some things I’d like to do in that area, but I’m keeping quiet for now.

Go see what the future holds for WordPress themes

I don’t want to go on too long here. You should definitely read The Future of WordPress Themes 2009 and leave your thoughts.

Also, I just wanted to thank Ian for putting all of this together. I know it had to be tough to gathering all of our responses.

And, for those of you that missed it, you can see how right/wrong many of us were in last year’s Future of WordPress Themes post.