WordPress may be the world’s most popular CMS as a long time user and enthusiast i was wondering that it was lacking on two counts. One is the semantic web front and the other is data storage and manipulation capabilities. One can easily imagine running a million pageviews a day website on WordPress like Mashable or TechCrunch. WordPress has covered a lot of ground by adding custom post types and custom taxonomy to reincarnate the blogging platform into a full fledged CMS.
Meanwhile other contenders in the open source CMS like Drupal and Joomla made considerable progress and created a niche for themselves. Drupal dominates the high end portals and websites, government websites and data intensive applications. Almost all of Open Data initiatives in US, UK, Norway and even in India are based on Drupal with special modules. We will running experiments on these platforms and report it at GovHash.
But the biggest strength of WordPress is the strong and passionate user community which keeps coming up with excellent solutions to solve problems. The team at InsideOut10 an italian startup has released WordLift which marries semantic web technology to WordPress. The Interactive Knowledge Stack (IKS) is the open source technology that is behind WordLift.
Now the real story is that WordLift is inviting beta-testers. If you are interested in testing how microdata can help machines understand and relate to your website/blog content then go here and join. I have signed up and hope to get invited. Stay tuned in to get more updates. Meanwhile you can watch this presentation to know more about the semantic possibilities. It is the future.