[wp-edu] Managing the WordPress System

Thorp, Timothy timothy_thorp at brown.edu
Wed Sep 25 12:50:56 UTC 2013

Hi. I am a bit new to this list but am writing to discuss methods of
maintaining the system including its themes and plugins.

We currently have everything (core, plugins, themes and local solutions)
installed in one subversion repository of our own. However, upon
discovering that Wordpress maintains its code in subversion, I have been
considering rebuilding our system using the WP Subversion repos and using
svn:externals to manage plugins and themes. reference:

The one problem I have seen in this model is that (so far) when I switch WP
versions, the WP svn externals file in wp-contents/plugins (which
references Akismet) conflicts with my externals file and it is difficult to
manage that conflict. It generally seems like a great way to go but it is a
lot of work to rebuild the whole system in this way.

Along the lines of ongoing maintenance, there is the question of whether to
use JetPack or not and I also just discovered a neat wordpress command-line
interface app at http://wp-cli.org/ and wonder if anyone out there has been
using it.

Tim Thorp | Web Developer
Direct: 401.863.2798 | Fax: 401.863.7908
Brown University Office of Continuing Education / CIS Web Services
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