Initiatives Being Developed Alongside WordPress

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While it’s easy to focus on WordPress core development, there are a handful of satellite projects to keep an eye on. There is so much happening around the WordPress project, it’s tough to keep up. This post highlights some of the satellite projects and initiatives that are being developed concurrently with WordPress.

Feature Plugin: Improve Image Editing

Led by Siobhan McKeown, the Image Flow project is aimed at improving the image editing experience in WordPress. It’s a feature that will likely not be removed, so the team is doing what it can to improve it. In the most recent meeting, the group discussed various wireframes and will be making changes based on community feedback. The group meets every Friday and uses Google Hangout to conduct meetings.

Scalable Dropdowns

Created by Helen Hou-Sandi, the scalable dropdowns project is focused on addressing some long-standing issues with dropdowns in WordPress, specifically for users and pages. An initial meeting has taken place on IRC and as a result, several issues have been opened on Github for work and discussion. If you’re interested, review the issues on Github and contribute where you’re able to. Questions related to the project can be asked here.

Meta, Date, and Taxonomy Query Improvements

Boone Gorges is leading the way towards improving WP_Meta_Query, WP_Tax_Query, and WP_Date_Query. The improvements are slated for WordPress 4.1. According to a recent project update, most of the proposed changes Gorges listed in the initial post have been made.

Inline Documentation

Shortly after WordCamp San Francisco 2013, the inline docs team began working on providing inline documentation to every hook in WordPress. The team successfully completed documented every action and filter hook as part of the release of WordPress 3.9. In a recent meeting, the group discussed options for adopting a documentation standard for core JavaScript.

WordPress Training

The training initiative is a proposed curriculum that covers everything from explaining what a theme is, to creating and altering child themes. The group is working on various training modules that make up each class. In their most recent meeting, the group discussed the status of modules in progress, infrastructure for testing modules, and a team training sign up form. If you’re interested in contributing to this project, the team has meetings every Tuesday 18:00 UTC in the #wordpress-getinvolved IRC channel.

Opportunities to Contribute

I’ve only scratched the surface with the number of initiatives available to contribute to. Whether you have a special interest in accessibility, UI, mobile, support, themes, or translations, there’s a project that could use your help. The best way to stay informed of new and existing initiatives is visit Make.WordPress.org.

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  1. Hi Jeff, again a very good article. I have a question for you.

    At the beginning of 2013, I have launched with friends the Advanced Page Manager plugin. It is an attempt to resolve the UI issues regarding page management in WordPress.

    I believe (and hope) that from the UI and technical point of view, it might inspire the core developers or at least get their attention. Pages are massively used when using WordPress as a CMS (posts often becoming a News category). But the UI to manage them is clunky.

    What would you recommend to try to bring that issue back on stage?

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    1. I recommend taking a look at https://core.trac.wordpress.org/ticket/9864 to see if you can contribute anything there whether it be discussion or improve the patch. Alternatively, I’d visit https://make.wordpress.org/core/2014/10/10/scalable-dropdowns-update/ and tell Helen the same thing you told me. She’d be able to give you insight. At the very least, that’s where you’ll be able to get involved in the conversation surrounding the topic.

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  2. During WordCamp SF, Matt announced http://chat.wordpress.org – and since then there’s been lots of work happening on the WordPress channel on Slack (wordpress.slack.com) – in addition to make.wordpress.org, Slack has been a great place to keep tabs on all these projects.

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