For software you could say: it’s not important how good it is it, it’s important how fast it is updated. These are all called the iterations of improving software and show how much effort a developer is putting into it’s product. WordPress has it both. The product is already very good, full featured and polished, but it’s also getting better fast. They have just released version 3.0. No wonder it’s the most used blogging and website content management system around. And all that open source and for the cost of zero. I believe they have a very smart business model by providing the software for free to download (and install on your own server, as I have done) or using their server and signing up at WordPress.com. When you use their server the basic model is free but if you want more speed or customization you have to pay extra, and that’s how they make their money.
Exactly because Worpdress is now so full featured and polished, the development team is going to take a development cycle of three months off. Not to sit at the beach and look at their final product, but to improve all the things around the platform, such as the showcase, Codex, forums, profiles, update and compatibility APIs, theme directory, plugin directory, mailing lists, core plugins, wordcamp.org… Sounds like a smart move to me.
I’ve just updated to 3.0 which all went smoothly and am looking at the backside of Thelonious right now (all their updates are named after jazz legends). It looks very similar, but just a little cleaner and fresher. Other improvements are the updated default theme and the incorporation of WordPress MU (Multi User) into the regular version, which lets you administrate multiple sites. For more information on the new version check out their video below.