(seen on http://tech.slashdot.org/story/15/11/08/2334257/wordpress-now-powers-25-of-the-web)
What do the Moodlers think?
Congratulations to Automattic. I like what I have seen in Wordpress. however it is wise to be careful when comparing Moodle with Wordpress as they are very different systems.
Wordpress core is a relatively small small system. A fresh install of Wordpress is around 11 tables and a fresh install of Moodle is around 300. Word press concentrates on doing one thing well, Moodle core does lots of things. Wordpress seems to have done a good job of encouraging 3rd party plugin development. Moodle has improved in this area over the last few years, and now I find the world of wordpress 3rd party tools to have a slightly wild and exciting edge.
But, 25% of the web is incredible.
I had never heard of Ghost, thanks for that Derek. I have been reading the discussions on Wordpress at 25% of the web at Slashdot. Some folks were disputing that figure, but however you slice and dice it, Wordpress is running a huge amount of the web. One of the dangers of this of course is that any security issues will also affect a huge percent of the web. That's no fault of the Wordpress people who I believe take security seriously.
The point is, WordPress must be the number one CMS by a huge margin. Can Moodle claim that for LMS?
I suspect the answer is yes as the site registration indicates around 79 million users and I suspect the number of sites in use is bigger by several orders of magnitude. But that is just guesswork and I'm happy if nobody focusses on proving it.
I think one of the lessons is pluggability, Moodle should make even more things open to having plugins work with it.