Post Status Comments — Join Us May 24th for “What If There Was a WordPress Lite?”
In an alternate universe two WordPress “products” exist: the WordPress we know today plus a slimmed-down or highly streamlined “lite” version. We gather a panel of WordPress professionals to ask “what if” and “what could be done” and “would it be practical?”
WordPress has had more and more competition in recent years for very simple applications and tasks like simple blogs, simple storefronts, and simple ways of selling access to subscribers for digital content. Our conversations within the WordPress space about competition and declining market share.
What If WordPress…
What if there was a “lite” version of WordPress that was still WordPress — still customizable under the hood but tuned up for a great user experience for particular use cases? For example — could a lite version be used to allow an admin to literally build an online store in minutes from a mobile device? How about just a note taking app with cool open web features? What if, what if, what if…!!!
David Bisset, Bob Dunn, Jess Frick, and Eric Karkovack will share live on Twitter Spaces what their own versions of WordPress Lite would do — what market or niche it would fit — and whether it’s practical for something like this to run on WordPress at all.
We would also love YOUR ideas about “WordPress Lite” and how something like this could be useful for your industry or market. Come to the show or ping David Bisset on Post Status Slack if you want to join the conversation.
Join us On Twitter Spaces
May 24th, 2022 – 2pm ET / 6pm UTC
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Isn’t that what Ghost tried to do?
Yes — and it’s doing it very well!
I’m not honestly on board with that. It’s different but not a minimal version of WordPress today IMO.
No, today Ghost is not WP Lite — but as I understand it, that was part of its original motivation. Just blogging. But given any minimalistic product time, and it will add features that change its purpose to suit paying customers.
My sense is that Ghost iterated toward something I thought WP+Jetpack would do, especially if they had bought Postmatic/Replyable. It’s not exactly “lite” blogging but one good step farther that makes it capable of basic e-commerce, subscription, and patronage-driven content. Like Substack. Or now WP+Leemon Squeezy.
It’s a particular feature set that could be easily packaged into an indieweb Lite WP+subscriptions/newsletter distro. I’m surprised nobody has done it as a SaaS or public “blueprint” for site builders. It’s basically the intermediate small business step between “just blogging for myself” and a full-flegded e-commerce or content site. The ability to start simple, grow, and branch in different paths (with supportive communities baked in) might be a unique WP strength.
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