Rise of the WordPress “canonical” plugins

December 9, 2009 | No Comments Yet

Over at the WordPress Development blog, a poll is being held to see which term the community prefers to call “canonical” plugins, which are developed closely with the WordPress core.

Canonical plugins would be plugins that are community developed (multiple developers, not just one person) and address the most popular functionality requests with superlative execution. These plugins would be GPL and live in the WordPress.org repo, and would be developed in close connection with WordPress core. There would be a very strong relationship between core and these plugins that ensured that a) the plugin code would be secure and the best possible example of coding standards, and b) that new versions of WordPress would be tested against these plugins prior to release to ensure compatibility. There would be a screen within the Plugins section of the WordPress admin to feature these canonical plugins as a kind of Editor’s Choice or Verified guarantee. These plugins would be a true extension of core WordPress in terms of compatibility, security and support.

The issue is that the term “canonical” may be confusing for a lot of people, so the development team would like to know if there’s a better suited name for this class of plugins. Voting ends on December 10 at 11:59pm UTC time.

I’m more excited, though, about the actual existence of these plugins because they’re setting high standards for the WordPress project. More importantly, they address the issue of how many features should go into the WordPress core before it succumbs to bloat, if it hasn’t already.

I’d love to see examples of such plugins in the coming days. They could be things we’ve already installed on our WordPress sites, or cool new ideas we’d find useful all the same.

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WordPress 2.8.1 Release Candidate 1 & WordPress 2.9 Media features poll

July 9, 2009 | No Comments Yet

WordPress 2.8.1 is almost good to go with Release Candidate 1. Check out the changes since the last revision (which is beta 2).

On the WordPress 2.9 front, Automattic is holding another community poll, this time with regard to the media manager.

Last Wednesday, the core development team and a number of contributing developers met in the IRC #wordpress-dev channel to talk about which features should be included in version 2.9, which is now entering the development phase. We’ve been planning to focus on media features in 2.9 for some time, and unsurprisingly, it was media features that dominated the discussion.* A large percentage of the requests we get from users are for more/better media features, so we’ve decided to focus 2.9 on building an infrastructure for improved media handling that we can continue to build on in versions to come. In that vein, we need your input to determine which features to prioritize and build sooner rather than later.

There are a whole lot of suggested new features, so choose wisely! WordPress is well on its way to becoming a heavy-duty media management machine, and it’s all up to you. Poll permalink is here. Voting ends on July 10 at midnight, UTC time.

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Vote on the WordPress admin header and navigation design tweaks

April 30, 2009 | No Comments Yet

Several members of the WordPress community have volunteered to make tweaks to the WordPress administration panel and now it’s time for you to vote.

For those who haven’t been keeping track, read this background story.

Okay, so here’s the deal. Modifying the nav/header to be a little nicer is was a last-minute design idea, and if it can’t be worked out in the time we have left before 2.8 (which is very little), we’ll just wait until 2.9 to work on it. But! If someone comes up with something the community really likes and it doesn’t break any of the design guidelines for the rest of WordPress, we could sneak it in.

The poll will close at 8pm New York Time or 2am UTC. Here’s another chance to have a say in the development of WordPress!

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What’s your most memorable blogger event?

June 9, 2008 | No Comments Yet

Jayvee Fernandez of A Bugged Life asks, what’s your most memorable blogger event?

I think it’s a great poll question for Filipino bloggers. The long list of choices shows how much blogging has penetrated the local internet community. So far the most popular even is the 2007 b5media Blogger Mixer @ Kape Isla, followed by iBlog4.

Vote for your favorite blog event here!

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