Some time ago, there was a heated discussion in the WordPress community, about open source, GPL and the theme-industry.
Somewhere in the turmoil, the theme-industry was accused of profiting from a free software, without giving much back.
This inspired me to conduct a study about the matter for my master’s thesis, and evaluate the following questions:
Just to clarify, the hypothesis is not saying, themes and plug-ins are the only reason, for the popularity of WordPress. There are other factors that play a role, like it’s easiness of use.
And of course, the system architecture encourages extensions in general.
If you find this as interesting as I do, and would like to know the results, please take my survey.
It is directed at WordPress users who build websites professionally, or use WordPress for their own website(s).
Since I need at least 1067 participants, I’d really appreciate if you could take 3 minutes of your time for the questionnaire.
The results (diagrams and raw data), as well as the conclusion will be published and linked back to this thread.
Thanks for your support
- Author had a Free File of the Month
- Grew a moustache for the Envato Movember competition
- Sold between 10 000 and 50 000 dollars
- Exclusive Author
- Beta Tester
- Microlancer Beta Tester
- Bought between 50 and 99 items
- Referred between 1 and 9 users
- Has been a member for 1-2 years
Just filled the survey, I hope it helps. The main reason I always choose WordPress is that I can build a complete, full and bug-free website for a client in less than 2 hours. So you can say it’s about the variety of themes/plugins as well as about easiness.
You are the first participant, thanks a lot
Cool, just completed it. Looking forward to the results
Did. Very interested in the results.
First hour, already 15 participants, thanks everyone for the support!
Excellent survey! I am waiting results.
Make that 16. Great survey and I hope you do well on your case study.