There are always new toys in the world of technology, and people who either make these new toys, or have decided to be on their team, are ever telling us, the creators and disseminators of information, how their pet concept is the new game-changer in town. There is usually some truth in these claims, often none, but most likely it is the sleight of hand of making a new story out of old news that has only now become possible to present, package or implement in a certain way. Renamed old-wine, obvious next steps and possible side branches of information technology get touted as a revolution, and the vast majority of the herd follow with ignorant gusto. The very same can be seen at present to be happening with the idea of Apps and The Cloud.
WordPress is one of the biggest success stories of both the open source and CMS world. In part this is thanks to their very active development schedule that has resulted in a steady stream of improvements, bug-fixes, security updates and new features, which have kept the community of its users satisfied and growing.
Over the past few years WordPress has maintained a fairly regular release schedule of a couple of major releases per year. In 2010, they released the long awaited version 3.0 which finally integrated the multi-blog fork of WordPress into the regular version and introduced the new default theme Twenty Ten, along with many improvements to do with custom post types. Having done that, they decided to take one release cycle off to work on community building and the WordPress forums, theme repository and other ancillary bits. So needless to say, the next major release, version WordPress 3.1, was enthusiastically awaited.
For me, Drupal is one of the granddaddies of the open source CMS world. While it might not be the oldest by any means, it is the first one I tried, and loved. Even at the time, I heard a lot of complaints about how impossibly difficult it was to get to grips with. While I never shared that sentiment, and setup a reasonably active blog-like site for myself and some friends, which served us well for a few years, this accusation of unfriendliness towards the average user has continued to plague Drupal. So, it came as no surprise that when they set out to plan and design a whole new major version of the software over 3 years ago, they made the usability their main mission.