It's pretty obvious why Automattic acquired Cloudup and it's a one worded competitor: Ghost. With this acquisition Automattic have just obtained some highly talented Node.JS developers who no doubt will be vital to the survival of Wordpress in the coming months and years. This is actually what Wordpress needed, they've become somewhat comfortable in their own skin in many ways.
I think the reality of Ghost being a serious contender in the blogging space forced Automattic's hand here. When a product gets the backing of not one, but two of the most popular companies currently churning out commercial Wordpress themes (Envato's Themeforest and Woothemes) you know you've got a potential fight on your hands. Not to mention the backing of Microsoft, with Internet Explorer being a support partner of Ghost as well.
Could we potentially be seeing a Node.JS powered version of Wordpress in the coming months as well? A more stripped back and super fast interpretation of the blogging software running a NoSQL database and at the same time, give Ghost a run for their money? I certainly hope so, because it would mean I wouldn't have to spend so much time and money scaling Apache/NGINX/MySQL servers all the time because Wordpress likes to chew RAM and smash MySQL databases.
* > I don't think you understand how well entrenched Wordpress is. *
As someone who makes a living from Wordpress, yes I do realise. However, I also realise there is a market for a better alternative to Wordpress for blogging. Medium I think has shown there is a demand for a nicely designed blog application with focus on content.
Have you ever tried scaling Wordpress to thousands of visitors per day before? It takes a whole lot more than installing a caching plugin... Using Wordpress as a blog from a cost perspective is expensive, especially once you install a few plugins to make the overall experience better. A Node.JS powered version of Wordpress would be something I would jump on if it were to ever come to fruition.
Wordpress for use just as a blog nowadays is crazy. You don't install Wordpress if you want a simple blog, you install it if you want a website. It's a CMS, not a blogging platform any more. People are yearning for alternatives, Ghost might not reach the scale of Wordpress and usage stats over night, but I think it will make a splash. It's launch partners (Microsoft, Woothemes, Envato) have a lot of pulling power to get people on board.
* > In case you were wondering, ShitHNSays was shut down by Twitter. So there's no point trying to get syndicated, sorry. *
What the hell is that supposed to mean? I just Googled ShitHNSays and didn't even realise it existed until now. No need for the sarcasm and condescending attitude. Just because you are obviously against people voicing their opinions on subjects you deem yourself to be all knowing about, doesn't give you the right to be a jerk about it.
> Have you ever tried scaling Wordpress to thousands of visitors per day before?
Yes. I've been doing it for almost a decade.
I hate Wordpress. But basically, we're going to be stuck with it for a while. Network effects and path dependency cannot be shifted by a technology that is merely a bit better from the POV of commissioning end-users.
Consider: under what circumstances will the thousands of PHP developers who write the tangled cthulucode which underpins Wordpress and its ecosystem drop everything and simultaneously rewrite the core + thousands of plugins + tens of thousands of themes?
Your remarks are wildly wishful thinking. They remind me of "imagine a beowulf cluster".