WordPress in Google Summer of Code 2010

March 30, 2010 | No Comments Yet

WordPress is once again participating in the annual Google Summer of Code, whose application period just opened. For the unfamiliar, GSoC gives initiatives for student developers to work on open source projects (such as WordPress) in preparation for their foray into real-world software development.

Here is this year’s list of ideas for WordPress:

  • BuddyPress
  • GlotPress
  • bbPress
  • Media
  • Widgets
  • Blog Import/Export
  • User Roles
  • Template Versioning
  • Comment Moderation
  • Move WordPress
  • Enhance Profiles.WordPress.org

The WP GSoC also gathers some of the biggest names in the community to act as mentors to the participants. IRC chats will be held on March 31, April 3, and April 7 to interact with them.

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An early look at WordPress.org Profiles

September 4, 2009 | 1 Comment

WP Tavern reports on the first instance of BuddyPress running on an official WordPress site: WP Profiles.

While we briefly talked about this during episode 70 of WordPress Weekly with Andy Peatling, today during the early part of the WordPress developer chat, Jane Wells passed on a link to http://profiles.wordpress.org which is the first public instance of BuddyPress in action on the WordPress.org domain

On the front page is a list of the recently active members. Click on one of them to view his/her profile, which lists contributions to the WordPress project, particularly the following sections: Plugins, Support forums, Ideas, and Trac. From that you can deduce that if you have an account at WordPress.org, you can login to WP Profiles.

One of its more important features is the ability to add oneself to the Consultants List. WordPress professionals can opt to have their names listed in the WordPress consultants list, presumably this page or something similar on WordPress.org. That’s instant exposure for your business, courtesy of the official WordPress site itself!

The WP Profiles site is a good example of taking BuddyPress to the next level with a custom members site, and of course increasing the social aspect of the official WordPress community site. But is this also a hint at the previous cryptic announcement at WordCamp San Francisco that WordPress.org and WordPress MU are going to merge?

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