[wp-hackers] WordPress as CMS (was: wordpress security)

Stephen Rider wp-hackers at striderweb.com
Thu Oct 22 04:20:59 UTC 2009

On Oct 21, 2009, at 4:31 PM, Otto wrote:

> WordPress won't be good at static sites for until somebody comes along
> and actually fixes all those bits up. Because of this, it's going to
> be pretty poor at being a "traditional" CMS in the static site sense.
> Now, it is getting better. The recent updates to add custom post type
> taxonomies is a decent start.

For the record, I think he's referring to this: <http://core.trac.wordpress.org/ticket/9674 
 >.  Hopefully this will make 2.9.  If not, 3.0?

> <snip> Anyway, once things are made generic, then interfaces can be  
> made for
> them. You'll be able to drag and drop a comments section onto the page
> you want, or not, or whatever. And it'll be neat.
> But that day isn't quite today. It's not up for it yet. WordPress is
> indeed a CMS, but that depends on how you actually define "CMS". If
> you think "Content Management System", then that's true, but if you
> think that means every type of "content" under the sun, then you've
> still got another think, I'd say.

I suppose that in a way this discussion is an attempt to push it in  
that direction, and in that sense you don't disagree with us as much  
as you think. ;-)

Overall this is a great post, Otto. I agree with a lot of it you say,  
but I tihnk you're just a bit pessimistic about what can be done  
*today*.  The trac ticket I reference above is important, and appears  
to be a big first step toward where we would both like to see  
WordPress go.

> In the meantime, it makes a damn fine "blog" system, and I'd advice
> people to stick with that. If they want to help make it more generic,
> then I'd work on those bits. Post taxonomies is the next big thing
> that needs that sort of work.

It's the best blog system out there.  I just see the potential, even  
in its present state, to do other things very well; and that's where  
I'm trying to go.

Off to bed....


Stephen Rider

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