Host2Go Research: Future of WordPress, WooCommerce and Elementor in 10 Minutes

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Did you know over 455 million websites use WordPress? As WordPress has a whopping 43% market share, it’s no surprise that almost every other website you visit is WordPress-powered. 

Two of the most widely used plugins on WordPress are WooCommerce and Elementor, known as the largest eCommerce platform and the most popular WordPress site builder respectively. They both are growing rapidly since their inception and dominate their respective industries. 

In this article, we’ll explore the future of WordPress, WooCommerce, and Elementor and give you insights into their upcoming features and updates. Let’s dive in.

Future of WordPress – The Largest CMS Platform

WordPress is the largest CMS platform on the internet to date, holding a 43% market share. It’s the first choice for most beginners as well as experts, thanks to its versatility, flexibility, and open-source nature. To be precise, over 455 million websites around the world run off WordPress, including giants like TED Blog, Microsoft news, and BBC America. 

WordPress is not just a content management platform, it also lets you design a beautiful website by writing a code or by customizing a pre-built template. At this moment, WordPress offers 9000+ free themes that are available for anyone to activate on their website and customize, including you. 

Since its inception in 2003, WordPress has improved quite a lot, making it the most widely used content management system available. But as its user base and demand for new features grows, WordPress is prone to improve. 

Here we’ll look at the top changes to WordPress we’re seeing in the future:

No More Bugs

We all know that though WordPress dominates the content management market, it has certain bugs and issues that irritate users down the road. 

For instance, if you’re a WordPress user, you might have experienced any 404 error, internal server error, inability to upload images or parse/syntax error. Though one WordPress update may fix these temporarily, it’s not very long before you start facing them again. 

Thankfully, the WordPress team is working day and night to resolve these bugs permanently to ensure you enjoy a smooth user experience. An experience with minimal glitches and more reliable updates, leading to higher productivity and efficiency. 

Everything Will Be Easier

While WordPress holds the largest market share of 43%, it’s not essentially easier to use than its competitors. WordPress has a steep learning curve, meaning it’ll take a while for you to get used to it. 

But thanks to its prompt team for taking action and improving WordPress’ user-friendliness over time. At this moment, WordPress is much more convenient than it was a few years ago. And we expect it to keep getting better. 

For instance, more WordPress users get away with its pre-built themes to prepare their websites rather than writing lengthy codes in PHP and CSS languages. In simple words, users can now design a website with WordPress 10 times faster than they used to. 

WordPress not only adds new ready-made themes to its collection regularly, but we’ve also learned about the automatic website generator feature WordPress may be adding. As the name suggests, this app will automatically create a website design as per your preferences – within a matter of seconds. 

More Effective Community

Over 455 million websites use WordPress to date, many of which users are a part of its community. As the number grows, so will the number of community members. 

This means you’ll be able to find answers to your WordPress-related queries more easily and quickly. You might get solutions to your issues by just exploring the previous conversations, instead of starting a new one. 

Moreover, a bigger community also means higher chances of grabbing the platform’s attention to your proposition for a new feature or resolving an existing bug. As WordPress is a free-to-use platform, you may not be listened to otherwise. 

Mobile-Friendliness? Maybe!

It’s no surprise that 83.72% of the world’s population owns a smartphone at this moment. That’s the top reason why most platforms like WordPress are creating and improving their native mobile apps. 

The wordPress phone app has been available for years but most users still use their computers for accessing WordPress and making changes to their website/s. The reason is the not-so-effective interface and limited features of WordPress’ mobile app. 

But we’re expecting it to improve a lot in the coming time. Maybe the majority of WordPress users will start actively using its phone app for creating and managing websites as it improves. Plus, it’s possible that developers eventually start using their smartphones for writing code on WordPress, as needed. So no more high-end PC with multiple screen requirements. 

Better Hosting Compatibility

Not all web hosting servers are well-optimized for WordPress. If you choose a hosting provider that doesn’t support WordPress by default, you may experience glitches and performance issues when using it. But WordPress is working to eliminate these issues so that it works smoothly on whatever hosting service you install it on. 

No More Plugin Collisions

It’s not uncommon for two competing plugins to crash and make your WordPress laggy when activated simultaneously. Of course, it’s due to the poor support of WordPress for such plugins, allowing them to indulge in each others’ operations. 

But we’re seeing a lot of improvements in this regard lately and hopefully, this issue will be resolved in the coming years. This means you might not find two competing plugins crashing your WordPress editor in the future.

Support for Even More Languages

WordPress currently supports over 65 languages with 160+ translations. Its polyglots feature automatically translates its interface to all these languages, allowing a wide variety of users to benefit from WordPress. 

But that’s not all: this language support will only get wider in the future, covering even more languages. On top of that, WordPress is planning to make its themes and plugins translation-ready as well, so no more language issues. 

Other than that, WordPress’ versatile language support also makes it easy to translate your existing content and make it available in other languages. This might help you get even more eyeballs on your pages and (possibly) make more money with the same content. 

For instance, if your content is in English but you also want to target a Turkish audience, WordPress makes it doable. With support for even more languages, you’ll never have to worry about using a third-party translater or excessive copy-pasting. 

Better Performance? Looking to it

Data reveals the top ranking websites on Google load within 3 seconds. It also reveals that 57% of people leave a page that takes over 3 seconds to load. These facts are enough to clarify the importance of a fast-loading website, which can only be created using a responsive CMS platform. 

WordPress consistently rolls out new performance updates and bug fixes to ensure the websites of its users load fast enough. Plus, the platform focuses on adding performance-packed and responsive plugins and themes to its platform to boost your website’s page loading performance. 

Apart from that, WordPress provides decent support for caching and other performance-boosting features, allowing you to make your site load as fast as possible. Moreover, WordPress also compresses your site’s pages to allow for fast loading. 

In a nutshell, we’re expecting WordPress to keep improving its platform in terms of performance and stability so that you can rely on it with your eyes closed. Plus, we keep seeing consistent performance updates which is a good sign of WordPress’ performance improvement. 

Apart from that, we believe WordPress sites will give off a perfect speed score in Google page speed results and GT Matrix reports. 

Future of WooCommerce – The Largest eCommerce Platform

WooCommerce is an open-source eCommerce platform based on WordPress. It allows users to create and manage their eCommerce shop without indulging in technical details like coding as the basic features are included by default. These include inventory and tax management, shopping integration, and secure payments. 

The market share of WooCommerce is 29% of all online shops, which is higher than that of Shopify (19%) and other significant eCommerce platforms. Moreover, this versatile platform has 2,500+ plugins dedicated to it, so you get all the features you might need to class up your eCommerce shop. 

WooCommerce is essentially a plugin that you can install on your WordPress websites to enable eCommerce functionalities. It came out in 2011 and we’ve seen a ton of feature and functionality improvements since then. Here’s what our experts say about its future with WordPress:

System Improvements On the Way

Though WooCommerce is incredibly popular and widely used, it comes with its limitations. 

For instance, creating an advanced eCommerce website with WooCommerce requires installing a lot of plugins and extensions. These plugins consume a lot of hardware juice and require a performance-packed web hosting server for your online shop to work smoothly. 

While you may be paying for some of the plugins, paying extra for a powerful server can be quite expensive. Thankfully, WooCommerce is trying its best to overcome these system issues so that you can install as many plugins as you like without needing a monster server. 

Other than that, the support and development teams of WooCommerce are working together to eliminate bugs and issues from their catalog of over 500 products. This means you may not have to complain about system crashes or syntax issues to WooCommerce’s customer support ever again. 

Better WordPress Integration

As you might know, WooCommerce works as a plugin on WordPress. If you’ll be running an online shop, your business will highly depend upon how well WordPress and WooCommerce coordinate with each other. And any disconnection between the two can make you suffer a loss in terms of revenue or customer satisfaction. 

WooCommerce is working on improving its integration with WordPress to make this combination fail-proof. This leads to more reliability as well as more performance, which are important for any online business serving customers now and then. 

Staying Ahead of the eCommerce Market

WooCommerce is already among the most widely used eCommerce platforms with a 29% market share, compared to the 19% share of Shopify. But if you look at the open-source eCommerce market, the case is quite the same: WooCommerce outruns its competitors.

In the future, we’re expecting WooCommerce to grow further and faster than its alternatives. One of the main reasons for that is the incredible market share of WordPress. And since WooCommerce is the most widely used eCommerce plugin on WordPress with thousands of other plugins dedicated to it, its popularity can only grow further. 

Better eCommerce Functionality

Everyone admits that WooCommerce is a basic eCommerce plugin and requires a lot of extra plugins to enable advanced eCommerce features. But we’ve seen that WooCommerce is consistently rolling out new functionalities to eliminate its limitations for online shops. 

For instance, WooCommerce now allows customer accounts and guest checkouts, apart from one-click refunds and easy inventory management. Plus, you’ll find email templates too for quick & easy communications with your customers. You can also add managers to your shop through the admin panel and adjust their access to your online store. 

Future of Elementor – The Largest WordPress Builder

Though WordPress offers a drag-and-drop website builder of its own, the most popular site builder on WordPress is Elementor. Elementor has a whopping 43% market share on WordPress and powers over 5 million websites around the world. 

Elementor is recognized as a code-free website builder, allowing users to create stunning websites without knowing how to code. It packs a graphical drag-and-drop interface that lets you add elements like headers and paragraphs to your website to make it presentable.  

This website builder came out in 2016 and is consistently improved by its developers to provide you with an optimal user experience. Here, we’ll look at how Elementor will evolve as a graphical website builder for WordPress:

Faster Page Loading Performance

As mentioned before, page loading speed is an important factor for any website on the internet. A poor page loading performance can not only divert your potential customers from your site but it can also cripple your chances of ranking high on Google. 

As Elementor provides graphically appealing and vibrant websites designed without code, the sites based on it generally load slower than those built with code. It’s because a website created by using professional code executes faster than a site made from automated code. 

But Elementor is working to resolve this issue and improve the performance of websites using it. For this purpose, Elementor is advancing its AI technology so that it writes highly professional code when you customize your website with the given tools. So, we can expect a better performance from Elementor-based websites. 

More Versatility & Flexibility

Source: Elementor

Despite being a no-code website builder that came out only 5 years ago, Elementor is pretty versatile. For instance, you get a wide variety of pre-built themes and templates you can choose from, in every major industry. On top of that, a lot of different elements are available to let you customize your website at your best. 

But as creativity has no limits, we’re expecting to see even more flexibility in terms of what type of website designs we can create using Elementor. 

Superior Compatibility With WooCommerce

As WooCommerce users like to use Elementor for designing their website as much as WordPress users, the compatibility between WooCommerce and Elementor is being improved. Both platforms have come together to ensure their plugins work seamlessly with each other. This means you’ll be able to design a beautiful eCommerce website using Elementor while using WooCommerce.  

Building a Website Will Be Even Easier 

Elementor is among the easiest website builders to get used to. Its interface is graphically appealing and user-friendly, allowing users to create amazing websites with ease.

But of course, there are certain gaps in terms of convenience, like the lack of useful options in some features. Anyway, we’re looking to see Elementor improve in this regard too, as it has in the past 5 years since it was launched. 

Final Words

It’s exciting that over 5 billion people use the internet, with an addition of 180 million users in the past year. What’s even more exciting is, almost every other website they visit is based on WordPress – making it the largest content management platform worldwide. 

As you might expect, WordPress has a large team of developers and designers who solve bugs and problems every day as well as launch new features. The same goes with the most popular WordPress-based eCommerce platform, WooCommerce, and the no.1 WordPress website builder, Elementor. 

Our experts believe each of these platforms will keep growing for the foreseeable future and add new features for WordPress users. But only time can tell what the future holds. Until next time, cheers!