I close the forums, to create community

Well yes, although it sounds incongruent that is the reason for the closure of the WordPress Help forums: create community . You have your explanation, of course.

Do you feel like doing a bit of (brief) history of the WordPress community in Spanish?

It seems like a lie, but 8 years ago the WordPress community was not even asomo of what has become today . There was some heroic blog that offered information about WordPress when it could, a group of Google that combined the efforts of those who did translations of WordPress into Spanish and little else.

In those years the people who collaborated with the effort to grow the WordPress community was counted on the fingers of one hand, and spoke of people like Angeles Portillo, Luis Rull, David Carrero, Rafa Poveda or Reyson, most still struggling to make WordPress take the place that deserves in the Hispanic community.

If you needed WordPress support you had to go to generic forums for bloggers or the WordPress.com forums where they kindly reminded you that they did not support WordPress hosted on your own server (in case it needed another reminder that it is a product of the Automattic company)

In fact, the creation of WordPress Help was aimed at covering that gap information and help in Spanish in passing that we used to the editors to have written somewhere that we were learning from WordPress, as an online notebook or something like that. What things!

But a month after opening the blog we saw that something more was needed because there were many users who had the need to ask questions about WordPress not related to what was posted on the blog, so we opened the forums, initially with the software phpBB a reputed, veteran, and above all free system.

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<p> It was a few intense months, a lot of work, and also a lot of good people help, because maintaining a forum is always a huge task, especially when you are the only one that covers the offer in a niche, which was the case at that time. [19659003] Much later, I decided to launch myself and <strong> use bbPress, the WordPress forums software </strong>for the purpose of unifying everything and supporting the entire WordPress ecosystem, and although things are always lost along the way, the result was that we had support on WordPress with WordPress software, a kind of perfect circle. </p>
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<p> In those days, in fact it does not do so much either, <strong> there was no translation of bbPress </strong> either, so I also <a href= got into it as with so many other things before, but the important thing was that the WordPress community in e spañol grow and prosper.

Later, when bbPress became a plugin, taking advantage of one of the many migrations it has suffered Help WordPress I migrated the old independent forums to bbPress plugin , and the thing did not go wrong: nothing was lost and it was won in integration with the blog.

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<p> And so on until today … </p>
<p> What has happened since then is that <strong> the WordPress community in Spanish has grown a lot </strong>and today this does not seem anywhere near that páramo that was a few years ago. </p>
<p> <strong> With the push of a The few now we are many, and with desire to collaborate </strong>. More and more companies are betting on WordPress, today there is no hosting company that does not have specialized specialized hosting for WordPress, and many of them even collaborate with the community. </p>
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And in that way, a stable WordPress translation community was created, we got an official blog for Spain WordCamps and Meetups in half of Spain, including some ] official forums in Spanish . To this day it can be said that the WordPress community in Spain is in very good health . And that is the question to which the reason for this decision brings me.

The objective of the WordPress community is to unify resources help the user and that WordPress remains king and free, and for that you have to stop having franchises embassies or whatever you want to call them.

The times have passed when there were several translations of WordPress and we were all free. Today there are more people participating, helping in the official forums, creating blogs about WordPress, and even a growing community of collaborators in Slack . And if the path traveled by WordPress Help and this veteran blogger has served as something for WordPress to continue growing, it's time to take a step forward .

And I think the right way is to unify the support in the official forums of WordPress.org, that does not depend on which this blog (or another one) follows alive so that the users have support in definite.

For that reason, I have decided to close the forums of Help WordPress . I'm not going to erase them, they're still here for consultation but closed for new consultations, which should be done right now in the official WordPress.org support forum in Spanish, this:

 WordPress Forums Spanish

WordPress Forums English

So what it's all about is helping and collaborating in the official WordPress support forums in Spanish where you'll also find me participating and helping, as always.

It's more , I encourage all those who have WordPress forums in Spanish to do the same thing so that does not disperse the information among several sources, or that it is lost if some day you stop having time to keep them.

I think that's what you're playing, do not you think?

NOTICE : this publication is from two years ago or more. If it's a code or a plugin it might not work in the latest versions of WordPress, and if it's a news story it might be obsolete. Then do not say that we have not warned you.

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Are decisions on WordPress democratic?

WordPress, like all open source development had its beginning from a brilliant idea, and 11 years later, that great idea has become in the most used content management system in the world, boosting no less than 25% of the entire Web .

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Surely when Mike Little and Matt Mullenweg were they launched to create a friendly and powerful content management system they had no idea how far the project would go, but look where the idea worked, and we enjoy it every day.

Now, everything growth has its problems, and one of them is that currently the development orientation of WordPress seems to depend on just one person: Matt Mullenweg, for good and for bad .

Indeed there are many people that WordPr ess is a product of Matt's company, Automattic and it's not like that, your company has other products like WordPress.com or Akismet, but WordPress itself is not yours, it's from the community . Automattic is a great company, that bets on WordPress as there is no other, but WordPress is not a product of yours but on which they base their products.

Not even the WordPress Foundation is thought for this purpose, it is only limited to the protection of marks and principles.

So who decides the future of WordPress? for now Matt.

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Matt has been and is a great project leader, making very wise decisions about where WordPress should go but is it good that this is so?

There are development groups of the Most of the elements and parts of WordPress, but the decisions, the leadership, is held by Mullenweg.

One of the handicaps of the dependence on the genius of a single person is that if that person is missing, and we hope not, or decides to dedicate himself to something else, then the project res will understand, at least until other leaders are found who substitute their vision. Something very similar is happening in Apple, but it is a different case, Apple is a company.

Open source projects have long experience in this regard, and many times this issue has been solved by a kind of advice advisor a group of users involved in the future of the project who make decisions about it. These advisory councils, usually, must also consult the entire community before making relevant decisions in order to obtain greater involvement of all, in addition to obtaining the necessary support.

Currently any decision on the future of WordPress takes only and exclusively Matt Mullenweg, which is not at all democratic, not even recommended . Do not forget that Matt is a person, as well as a personality, and although he has a privileged mind, he is not exempt from the possibility of making mistakes, even having personal feelings and tastes, which do not always have to coincide with the bulk of the community of developers and users of WordPress.

If the possibility of organizing a kind of advisory council were to be considered, it would cease to be the responsibility of Matt, and the decisions would be much more consensual, much more democratic and transparent, accurate or not . In any case it would never be a problem because the beauty of an open source project is the ability to respond before mistakes, precisely due to the involvement of the community itself.

Currently, beyond the debates at community meetings of WordPress users and some timely survey, there is no such thing as "voting" on the future of WordPress, the decisions are unipersonal something that we have socially overcome but, interestingly, in a development as open as WordPress we continue to depend on one, let me call it that, consensual dictatorship like the one the ancient Romans had occasionally.

Okay, we are all grateful to Matt for his decision, praise and good work, but do not we? would it be necessary to question that 11 years later the project should not advance in this sense?

Matt is a great leader and visionary but he can make mistakes, and he could even take pride of your companies to those of WordPress, had not it occurred to you? In any case it has a great responsibility, and possibly it is time to free him from some, at least in its entirety.

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It is also not easy to choose to the members of a possible advisory council, because they too could be wrong, but they can take advantage of the advances in direct democracy and organizational transparency existing to provide this entity with sufficient guarantees to enable them to do their hard work at the same time to free them from excessive external and internal pressure.

We are currently faced with decisions about the future of WordPress in interviews with Matt or with his interventions in WordCamps, but is this transparent? Do we know what has led you to make these decisions? Are they subject to debate and / or approval? The answer to all these questions is NO.

I think these are issues that should be left behind and that the WordPress development process be a lot more transparent and, above all, participatory.

A decision process governed by an advisory council, as proposed by Vladimir Prevolac would have many advantages:

  • The operating rules and decision processes of the council , even meetings, would be completely public, greatly improving the transparency of the project.
  • It would be much more effective than just relying on the availability and good judgment of a single person.
  • It would eliminate the feeling of being a personal project, that in case Matt left it would greatly harm his future and reliability .
  • All the documentation generated Given the usual functioning, meetings and decisions of the advisory council would serve as tremendously valuable information for the future of WordPress.
  • Would delve into the empowerment of each user of the community, an unavoidable result of the policy of open and transparent government reinforcing the involvement and commitment of the entire community.

Of course, a council of this kind would not be exempt from making mistakes, that its members also prioritize their tastes or interests to the time to make decisions, but everything would be much more transparent and accessible, being able to assess each decision and guidance.

Personally I think it has more advantages than inconveniences, and I'm not talking about getting rid of Matt Mullenweg, who of course he should be a born member of the council, but of two fundamental questions:

  1. Free Matt from responsibilities
  2. Provide transparency and democracy to decisions about the future of WordPress

I do not know what you'll think about all this, I'm looking forward to reading your impressions about it.

NOTICE : this publication is from two years ago or more. If it's a code or a plugin it might not work in the latest versions of WordPress, and if it's a news story it might be obsolete. Then do not say we have not warned you.

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The difficult task of choosing a WordPress plugin • WordPress Help

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Choosing the perfect plugin in WordPress can be a tedious, sometimes almost impossible task, especially for the huge amount of them that there is for almost every need we have.

If you do a simple search for, say, choose a plugin that is integrated / connect / share on Twitter, the more than 3,000 results will not help us choose, rather just the opposite .

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If, in addition, you choose to check the box to show them by relevance, what you get is a list of the most popular, but not in that category, what you're looking for, but in general, what again does not help you anything, but vice versa .

This is is becoming a problem because, despite the elements that can encourage us to choose between one plugin or another: favorites of a trusted user, stars, number of downloads, prestige of the developer; the reality is that for the newly arrived user is an awful task where the only solution is to turn to the community to you, to me, and ask "which is better for this that I want to do?".

Possible solutions ?, I can think of some …

  • Star rating by category, not globally
  • Improve the plugin search to discriminate much more, of course forcing developers to follow certain conventions of labeling and classification by categories
  • Remove from the repository all plugins that do not have 100% compatibility with the latest version of WordPress.
  • Process of more exhaustive approval of authorized developers, with some requirements and clear prior tests.
  • Complete redesign of the official repository of plugins for a more detailed classification by categories and subcategories where to lock each plugin.
  • Create more person lists the "best plugins"
  • Close the plugin repository and have each developer publish them in their own space or online plug-in markets or search engines more effective .

Those who will take advantage, meanwhile, this lack of control with the marasmus of plugins will be paid developers, who will stand out even if only for that, in addition to the user support.

Do you agree that this is a problem? Do you think of another one? possible solution?

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The WordPress Philosophy • WordPress Help

WordPress has some objectives, a rationale and a philosophy of use that is what has contributed to the fact that today he is the king of CMS and that it remains so for many years, if you keep the principles of its philosophy, this …


Out of the box

A great software should work with little configuration and adjustments . WordPress is designed to be up and running in full in no more than five minutes. You should not have to fight to use the standard WordPress functionality.

We work hard to ensure that each release maintains this philosophy. We ask for the minimum possible technical details during the installation process and we offer full explanations of everything we ask for.

Designed for most

Many WordPress end users are not technically prepared. They do not know what AJAX is, nor do they care what version of PHP they are using. The average WordPress user simply wants to be able to write without problems or interruptions. These are the users for whom we design the software since in the end they are the ones who will spend the most time using it for what it was created.

Decisions, not options

When we make decisions, the users are the that we have in mind first A good example of this consideration are the software options. Every time you give an option to a user you are asking him to make a decision. When a user does not care or does not understand the option this leads to frustration. As developers, we sometimes feel that offering options for everything is a good thing, because you never have too many things to choose, right? In the end, these options end up being technical decisions, choices in which the average user has no interest whatsoever. It is our obligation, as developers, to make intelligent design decisions and avoid putting the weight of technical decisions on the end user.

Clean, light and average

The WordPress core will always offer a solid range of basic features. It is designed to be light and fast, and it will always be like this. We constantly ask " when feature X " or " will be mounted why is not plugin X integrated into the kernel ". The golden rule is that the core must offer features that 80% or more of the end users will truly appreciate and use. If the next version of WordPress comes with a feature that most users want to disable immediately, or they think they will never use it, then we will remove it. If we stay at the beginning of 80% this should never happen.

We are able to do this since we have a very capable plugins and themes system, and a fantastic community of developers. Different people have different needs, and having a huge number of quality WordPress plugins and themes allows users to customize the facilities to their liking. This should allow all users to find the remaining 20% ​​and make WordPress features that everyone appreciates and uses.

The struggle for simplicity

We never have enough simplicity. We want to make WordPress easier to use in each version. We have a good track record in this regard, and if you do not believe us then check out some of the older versions of WordPress!

In the latest versions we have taken big steps to improve the ease of use and make things better. really easier to understand. A great example of this is the kernel software updates. Upgrading used to be a painful manual task, too compiled for most users. We decided to focus on this and simplify it until we get it in a single click. Now anyone who has a WordPress installation can do one-click updates, both with the WordPress kernel and with the plugins and themes.

We love challenging ourselves and simplifying tasks to get positive results for the overall user experience. with WordPress. Each version of WordPress should be easier and more pleasant to use than the previous one.

Deadlines are not arbitrary

Deadlines are not arbitrary, they are a promise we make to ourselves and our users to help us to control the infinite possibilities of everything that could be part of each version. We aspire to launch three major versions a year because based on successes and mistakes we have discovered that it is a good balance between offering cool things in each version and not ending up doing so much that we break more than we add.

Meet deadlines almost It always forces you to remove something from each version. And this is not a bad thing, it is what it should be.

The routine of delaying a version to get " that feature most " is, literally, a warren. We did it for a year, and it was not pleasant for anyone.

The more frequent and regular the versions the less important it is for each specific characteristic to be in that version. If it is not available for this version it will be in a few months, in the following one. When the versions are unpredictable, or lengthen or shorten, there is more pressure to try to put in them more than one thing because it will spend a lot of time until the next. The delay begets delay.

The loquacious minority

There is a good rule of thumb in Internet culture called the 1% rule. It states that " the number of people creating content on the Internet represents approximately 1% (or less) of the people who see that content ."

So, although we consider it really important to listen and respond to all those who post comments and express their opinions in forums, they only represent a fraction of our end users. When we make decisions about how to move forward with future versions of WordPress we try to involve more of those users who are not so talkative in the network. We do it by meeting and talking with WordCamps users all over the world, this gives us a better balance and understanding, and in the end it allows us to make better decisions so that everything goes forward.

Our bill of rights

WordPress is under the General Public License (GPL v2 or later), which offers four fundamental freedoms, considered as the WordPress "declaration of rights":

  • The freedom to execute the program, for any purpose.
  • Freedom to study how the program works, and change it to make it do what you want.
  • The freedom to redistribute it.
  • The freedom to distribute copies of your modified versions to others.

Part of these requirements of the The license includes also collecting in the GPL license the derivative works or elements that link to WordPress core functions (such as themes, plugins, etc.), transmitting in this way the I also think that there are people who will try to bypass these ideals and restrict freedom to their users, trying to find loopholes or any way to circumvent the intention of the WordPress license, which is to ensure freedom of use. We believe that the community as a whole will reward those who focus on supporting the freedoms of this license rather than those who try to prevent them.

Responsible use of WordPress community resources should therefore be subject to best use possible, emphasizing high-quality collaborations that encompass the freedoms offered by the GPL.

Source: WordPress.org

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WordCamp Sevilla 2013

How, you still do not know that this weekend you have an unmissable date ?, well yes, and nothing less than in Seville where a new one is celebrated ] WordCamp where to learn and share knowledge.

In addition, this year comes with an impressive panel of speakers and some of those novelties that mark differences, such as Happiness bar ] where to make quickly those fixes that you do not dare for yourself.

I will not tell you that we see you there, because lately my agenda is hell but do not miss it, besides knowing the best of the community Spanish WordPress you can share unforgettable moments … and it's also in Seville, what else can you ask for?

List of the last registered users • WordPress Help

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If you have an important community every element that makes the sense of belonging is vital, and you should not waste any opportunity of that the users of your site feel integrated .

This, with a BuddyPress installation, is simple, since it offers widgets of all kinds to show groups, users connected or new users, but what happens in a WordPress " normal "? without additions.

One of the vital elements for fidelizar generate conversation and community is to show a list of new users, of the last ones that have registered and for it you only have to add a small code to your sidebar (for example), something like this: [19659006] Newcomers

get_results ("SEL ECT user_nicename, user_url FROM $ wpdb-> users ORDER BY ID DESC LIMIT 5 ");
        foreach ($ usernames as $ username) {
                echo '

  • ' .get_avatar ($ username-> comment_author_email, 45). '

      ] The newcomers

      <? Php $ usernames = $ wpdb -> get_results ( "SELECT user_nicename, user_url FROM $ wpdb-> users ORDER BY ID DESC LIMIT 5" ) ;

      [19659021] foreach ( $ usernames as $ username ) { echo '

    • ' . get_avatar ( $ username -> comment_author_email 45 ) . '< a href = "'. $ username -> user_url . '"> '. $ username -> ] ; ; ; ]

  • What makes this code, apart from giving a title to the block (the defined by h3 ), is to retrieve the list of users and display the last 5 registered, then display them by their username chosen in the WordPress profile, next to their gravatar in a decent size (45), which is not too big, and with the name linked to its author page, there is nothing.

    Nice trick shared by emobot

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