[wp-hackers] Two new, long-overdue plugins to make your wordpress life a little easier...

Robert Lusby nanogwp at gmail.com
Fri Oct 28 18:32:35 UTC 2011

On 28/10/2011 17:44, Otto wrote:
> On Thu, Oct 27, 2011 at 8:45 PM, Marcus Pope<Marcus.Pope at springbox.com>  wrote:
>> Blown away by the dozens of posts from Core WP developers that root relative urls are not possible
> A fully qualified URL works every time, everywhere. It's easily parsed
> by search engines. It works in feed readers. It works no matter where
> your content is displayed.
> You most certainly *can* use relative URLs. You just *shouldn't*.
> -Otto
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I disagree on a number of points - once again.

While writing this I've just seen "because you might write a book" 
listed as a reason for not changing. Seriously?

Relative URL's change. Sites change domain. Your entire DB is then out 
of date.

Also - access on different platforms can often end up using different 
URL's - if I want my content avaiable in my native iOS application, I 
have to "strip out" the URLs, and replace them with ones that keep the 
user within my native application (rather than the web browser).

Although I feel "because you might write a book", is the poorest reason 
ever, what if I want my book readers to have access to a local version 
of the website (.co.uk VS .com) etc ...?

As stressed many times before - relative URL's *don't* break things for 

If need-be: I'd love for this feature to go to a vote - and be decided 
that way.

I beg of the core team to re-think this - the DB overhead that's added 
on our enterprise sites.....

Otto - how do you show clients your test site? I'm sorry but you can't 
call that staging method wrong. Working with a big blue-chip, approval 
often has to be acheived from a number of different teams/companies, 
before part of a website can go live - WITHOUT STOPPING THEIR ACCESS to 
the current live site. Do you want me to go round and change the 
DNS/Host files for *all* of these users in often 4/5 different 
companies? If so - then please also explain how do they access the 
current live site?

DB changes are the only way - yes it can be automated. But why should it 
be. Just because you might write a book?


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