[wp-hackers] WP Developer Edition

Brian Layman Brian at TheCodeCave.com
Mon Apr 16 13:22:58 GMT 2007

> Can we offer two or three different versions of WP?  Such as "Basic", 
> "Advanced", and "Developer Edition"?

It's an open source product.  There can be as many versions of the project
as anyone wants to maintain.  But that's the rub.  I'm not so sure you'll
get buy in for maintaining a whole secondary version, meant only to add more
advanced features than what is in the main path.  If you could ensure that
you'll maintain that version from here on out, you certainly could make a
Developers edition and it might catch on.

However, what might be even better is taking a look at the enhancements you
want, and offering them to the trac in a way that integrates them into the
current WP core.  If you can do that, can present your enhancements in a way
that proves their benefit to a significant portion of the community, and if
you submit clean code that performs this addition, there's a good chance
that your code changes will be included in the core.  You could even include
a switch that enables your 'Advanced' interface.  At that point, no one is
maintaining two products, but one product with more features.  That's a much
better world.

If you don't think that's something you can do at this point, you might want
to test your additions as a suite of plugins.  Tie in your extra fields as
tables keyed off of the core tables.  That will give you forward
compatiblity.  Once you have the full feature set in place, you might feel
you're in a better place to suggest adding it to the core.

Brian Layman

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