[wp-hackers] This was painful to read...

Mike Schinkel mikeschinkel at newclarity.net
Mon Nov 30 02:19:43 UTC 2009

On Nov 29, 2009, at 9:06 PM, Stephen Rider wrote:
> On Nov 28, 2009, at 3:00 PM, Mike Schinkel wrote:
>> What's more, I'd really like to see the artificial distinction between Posts and Pages minimized, i.e. Currently Posts can have tags and categories, but not Pages while Pages can be part of a menu but not Posts. etc.  It would be nice to have each of these features decoupled and allowed to be assigned in the admin.
> I actually have no problem with the way it is, as it's designed to work well, by default, for the way most people do blogs.  That's fine.
> The point is that plugins should be able to easily add such things to Pages (for example).  I currently use a (tiny) plugin that adds the Description field to Edit Pages.
>> The default configure would be to have Posts and Pages the way they are now but if I wanted to add tagging to Pages then it would be great if I could just add it.
> No distinct need for it to be in core if it can readily be done with a plugin.  Let's leave the default as is, and make it *easy* for plugins to do all this as needed.

There's two concerns; how it's architected and what's in the admin console.  I was proposing it to be architected so that the functionality is plugin and play rather than hardcoded.

OTOH I would prefer it to be surfaced in the admin as an advanced option too although I'll willingly cede that concern as long as the architecture is in place for a plugin to leverage it.  

I personally think that if it were in the admin the majority of WordPress sites would be using it within 18 months (note: when I say majority I refer to many sites which haven't been launched yet but would be if the functionality were in the core admin. There is just far too much value that this would create for people who want to launch sites to ignore it.)

-Mike Schinkel

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