Talk of the metaverse is rife all around the world today, and we can already see plenty of evidence that suggests Israel will play a central role in the development of tomorrow’s internet.
Although thoughts surrounding Israel’s role in powering the internet may immediately conjure thoughts of multi-billion dollar software firm Wix, formidable rivals are already emerging to create a vibrant outlook for the future of life online.
Set to play a key role in the internet tomorrow is Duda, a web development startup that’s already raised $100 million, and Elementor, which is a software startup that’s built on a massive open-source community with sights already firmly set on optimizing revenue.
When it comes to web development today, the market is categorized fairly evenly between WordPress websites, and the rest of the ecosystem – including more closed platforms. W3Tech data suggests that WordPress is currently used by 43% of the 10 million most popular websites on the internet. On the closed platform side of the industry we can see more evidence of decentralization, with Shopify powering 4.4% of the most popular sites whilst Wix accounts for 2.2% ahead of Squarespace, which is responsible for 1.9% of heavily visited websites.
Wix has been acutely aware of the popularity of WordPress in the field of open-source web development, and recently ran a series of ads based around a web developer complaining to his therapist about the problems he was having with the open-source WordPress before lamenting that “WordPress reminds me of my father, because they both give me zero support.”
The ad campaign was run under the slogan “You Deserve Better,” but drew some criticism from fans of open source web development, who argued that Wix’s rigid format stopped creators from being able to explore its content.
Although Wix is by far the most popular Israeli firm in the world of web development, the country also boasts some major startups that reach across the open-source and closed platform divide, with both setting sights firmly on pioneering Web 3.0.
Much like Wix, startup Duda utilizes standalone content management, design, and storage. However, Elementor is building a free WordPress plugin which adds professional website design options.
The growth of this rich array of Israeli talent can help to pave the way for revolutionary developments in the future of the internet. As the metaverse beckons, we’re likely to see Wix, Duda, and Elementor all reaching businesses and consumers alike – whether they’re building pages themselves, relying on templates, or enlisting the help of ever-popular python development services.