[wp-hackers] Confused regarding ideas for GSOC 2011

Gaurav Aggarwal gaurav91.2008 at gmail.com
Mon Mar 21 17:02:29 UTC 2011

So we can apply submit multiple project ideas in WordPress. Do we need to
create multiple proposal one for each idea ??

On Mon, Mar 21, 2011 at 10:15 PM, Aaron D. Campbell <aaron at xavisys.com>wrote:

> I responded to a similar E-Mail you sent me directly, but thought I'd post
> this here as well:
> First of all, you are not limited to one application.  You're more than
> welcome to put together an application for each of these ideas and submit
> all three.  You will only be chosen for one, so make sure to mention in each
> that you have other applications and which one you would most like to do.
>  1. With the Android for tablets, make sure that you understand there
>     are currently some limitations with WordPress's XMLRPC setup.  Be
>     careful how much you bite off for this one.  As for the current
>     Android App, it of course works on the tablets, but it doesn't
>     make the best use of the available space.  I think that a re-work
>     of the user interface to really take advantage of the size of the
>     tablets is what they're looking for.
>  2. Move WordPress: This one didn't turn out as great as it could have
>     last year.  I didn't mentor that project, so I don't know all the
>     details, but we wanted something that could ultimately make moving
>     a WP install simple.  Think about people that don't know how to
>     use FTP.  Maybe they know their FTP details, maybe they don't.
>  This would probably require that either the functionality be built
>     into core or that the plugin be uploaded to both sides.  Remember
>     that there are two basic things this should do:
>        1. Move a site from one server to another
>               * This basically means you need to bring across all the
>                 files as well as the database.  Additionally it should
>                 check for things like upload path to make sure it's
>                 still valid (upload paths are sometimes absolute and
>                 this change from server to server), etc.
>        2. Move a site from one domain to another
>               * This is actually trickier.  The main reason is that
>                 the domain name is in a lot of places:
>                     o In the settings
>                     o In posts, pages, etc in links, image src
>                       elements, etc
>                     o In menus
>                     o In widgets - which is even more difficult
>                       because widget settings including widget content
>                       is stored in a serialized array, so the data
>                       needs to be unserialized, the domain name
>                       changed, then the data needs to be re-serialized
>                       and stored.
>        3. Both (changing servers at the same time as changing domains)
>           - Nothing new here, but it should be able to do both
>           simultaneously.
>  3. New User Walkthrough: I like your idea of making this a "site
>     health" thing that could be useful throughout the life of a site.
>  I definitely recommend that you pursue it if only because it's
>     something unique that you came up with.  Remember though that
>     while this sounds like a simple thing, you need to make it
>     extensible.  Other plugins are going to want to hook into it and
>     add their own list of things for new users to do and their own
>     ongoing site health info.  For example, a forum (like BBPress or
>     SimplePress) might want to have a user upload an avatar or put
>     unread threads or private messages into the list, etc.
> Good luck!  Also, as a quick side note: WordPress has a capital P in the
> middle <http://twitter.com/#%21/sivel/status/49503908674027520>.  Make
> sure you spell it that way in your applications!
> On 3/20/2011 5:15 AM, Gaurav Aggarwal wrote:
>> 1* Wordpress Android Tablet Idea*
>> 2 *Move WordPress
>> 3* User Notification and support*
>> Warm regards,
>> Gaurav Aggarwal
>> IIIrd year student
>> Delhi College of Engineering
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Gaurav Aggarwal
IIIrd year student
Computers Engineering
Delhi College of Engineering

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