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  1. The Alex King interview was really interesting. I’ve used the Carrington theme on a website for a client. I appreciate the concept of Carrington, but in practice, it wasn’t for me.

    I don’t really like the way that the granular structure creates so many extra files and folders. It seems to make things more complicated than it needs to be. But I did try out Carrington like a year ago and there wasn’t much documentation, it looks like there is more documentation available now, which could make using Carrington simpler.

    WordPress.org is a big site, it’s hard to judge which sections are the largest. The support forum must have the most pages, followed by all the plugin, theme, and idea pages in Extend. The forums and Extend are largely powered by bbPress I believe, so bbPress must be the platform for at least a good chunk of the site.

    The Codex is another big section of the site, and that is powered by MediaWiki. I wonder if the Codex would ever be migrated to WordPress if there was a robust wiki plugin?

    My guess is that the rest of the website is powered by WordPress MU rather than the standard version of WordPress. And of course the latest addition to WordPress.org is Profiles, which is run on MU and BuddyPress. I’m looking forward to this section growing, hopefully BuddyPress will play a more important role on wp.org as the focus on the community expands.


  2. @JLeuze – Wow dude, you’re like a hawk! That’s the fastest I’ve ever seen a comment after a post went live LOL. With regards to the trivia question, I only want to know what powers WordPress.org and not the external components such as Extend or the Forums. Only the site itself.


  3. @Jeffro – LOL, the early bird catches the worm!

    Yeah, it’s another tricky question. The codex is quite separate, being on a subdomain, but the forums and extend seem a bit more integrated, being in subdirectories.

    I’m guessing they’re not rocking Drupal or anything, maybe Matt’s kicking it old school with b2? My best guess would be that WordPress.org is primarily running on WordPress MU, with the other sections powered by other apps hanging off of that.


  4. Missed the show (will listen later), but I’ll take a stab at the trivia question anyway: WordPress.org itself runs on WordPress MU.


  5. Maybe wordpress.org runs on Drupal… or maybe GPLPress… or maybe wpmu.org actually runs wordpress.org


  6. bbPress I believe is the answer to the question.


  7. According to Matt Mullenweg it’s driven by the community, so my answer is: powered by community. :p

    More seriously, I’d say it’s not based on a CMS at all, it’s handmade.

    Going to listen to the episode now… didn’t make it last night.

  8. Jacob Santos

    Ryan is correct, it is bbPress.


  9. I would love to have something like the WP Manage Plugins Plugin for all of the back-end. Would make it really easy to hide certain things from users that only want (need) to post posts or pages and be able to upload media files.


  10. With regards to the trivia question, I asked Matt at WordCamp New York if WordPress.org was not powered by bbPress then what was it powered by. The WordPress.org website is comprised of static HTML files which can be validated by looking at the source code. So Oliver Schlöbe got it right by saying it was all handmade. Mind you, this is about the WordPress.org site not anything connected to it such as the forums, codex, etc.

    Also since you’re the only one to get it right, I’ll double your points so this week, you get 6.


  11. @Jeffro – It sounds like WordPress.org needs to start eating more of its own dogfood!


  12. @JLeuze – I was just as shocked as anyone when Matt told me the answer. I’m hoping a new WordPress.org redesign takes a page out of the BuddyPress.org site which I find to be greatly designed around the project.


  13. @Jeffro – Definitely, I’d like to see WordPress.org use BuddyPress to place more emphasis on the community and facilitate things like groups for specific projects that need more attention.

    I think when it comes to involving the the community and building a functioning organization, a lot could be learned from projects like Drupal and Ubuntu.

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