Core Dev Team Meetup Q&A (52 posts)

  1. Jen
    Community Organizer
    Posted 3 years ago #

    The WordPress core development team will be having an in-person meetup the week of December 12, 2011. This thread is to collect questions you have for the team (Matt Mullenweg, Ryan Boren, Jane Wells, Mark Jaquith, Peter Westwood, Andrew Ozz, Andrew Nacin, Dion Hulse, Daryl Koopersmith, Jon Cave) so that we can answer them in a series of posts/videos coming out of the meetup. Leave a comment on this thread if you have questions you'd like the team (a specific member or any/all) to answer.


    • Make your questions specific whenever possible.
    • If asking a code-related question, mention the relevant core file or link to an example site/plugin/theme in your question.
    • Be polite, even if you're asking about something that drives you crazy.
    • Ask things we haven't answered a million times before.


    • Reply to or comment on other people's questions; that will get in the way for this thread (and will get deleted; please respect that this thread has a different purpose than normal support threads). Just ask your own questions, please.
    • Be aggressive, use profanity or a rude tone.
    • Be afraid of asking a silly/dumb question. We were all newbies once.

    We'll try to answer as many questions as we can, and will come back and leave replies with links to the posts or videos where we answered the question after the meetup.


  2. Creative Slice
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Why are you using Joomla for the WordPress swag store? There are so many great WP plugin options out there and Cart66 worked great for the old shop!

  3. Marko Heijnen
    Posted 3 years ago #

    This is probably a question you heared before but I still want to know since the amount is getting bigger it seems.

    What are you guys going to do about the 960 tickets awaiting for review and 1805 tickets that are for future release. Shouldn't there be a special release so address all the tickets?

  4. Jeff Sebring
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Do you think moving from subversion to git would increase contributions to core and the theme / plugin repositories? If so, what is it going to take?

    I know this is something that has been talked about before, but it would be great to hear more discussion about this important topic.

  5. Marko Heijnen
    Posted 3 years ago #

    WordPress got several mobile apps. At the moment it isn't really on the roadmap for WordPress core. Does this going to happen? The reason I ask is that the XMLRPC should be replaced by a JSON variant because of speed. Also a lot of functionality is missing to make the mobile apps really useful. Would love to hear the thoughts from Matt about it.

  6. snaushads
    Posted 3 years ago #

    A clone to replicate twitter functionality, and accesible via Mobile apps.
    P2 Theme doesnt work perfectly :(

  7. ethicalhack3r
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Can Full Path Disclosure (FPD) vulnerabilities be remediated throughout WordPress and can the development team stop blaming FPD on the users environment.

    Please see

  8. ethicalhack3r
    Posted 3 years ago #

    What is being done to increase the security of WordPress plugins? These have now become the weak link in WordPress security.

  9. RoyScribner
    Posted 3 years ago #

    I am happy to see that Post Format has been added to the Quick Press applet (and hopefully the mobile app, soon) - can you speak to the WordPress vision, with regards to enhancing the user's ability to post content from outside the traditional Dashboard?

  10. infected
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Simple but interesting: When wordpress will be able to reduce the used memory limit?

  11. Robert Dall
    Posted 3 years ago #

    I would like to know and/or understand why we aren't able to hide or not index media that has been upload to a WordPress site. I think having the ability to make media private or password protected like we can pages and post. This functionality could be of extreme benefit to WordPress as a CMS.

  12. Joshua Lyman
    Posted 3 years ago #

    The past couple of years have scene a schism form in the Drupal community over the size, scope, and goals of the package. Has the WordPress team considered ways to ensure that the same thing doesn't happen to the WP core, and if so, what are those plans?

  13. Nick
    Posted 3 years ago #

    So, what are your priorities for 2012? Could each core developer please name one functionality he/she would like to add to WP core in 2012. Thanks in advance...

  14. Ross Wintle
    Posted 3 years ago #

    WordPress is pretty good at what it does. I recommend it to people because of its great balance between ease of use and extensibility. I have seen other products suffer by trying to be all things to all men - this leads to bloat in the code and UI and could severely hamper ease of use.. Do the team envisage a point where the core functionality of WP is, essentially, complete, and development of major new features ceases (or at least reduces)?

  15. giovanealex
    Posted 3 years ago #

    I want to know if you will at some point focus on improving the built-in search system. It's really the only thing in WordPress that has not been improved so far.

  16. Where do any of you see the development of the multisite feature headed? Is it just a matter of cleanup now and code improvements?

    Given how more people are using it for related sites, do you see a point at which it will be easier to share content between sites in a network? Or will this always remain plugin territory?

  17. Justin Tadlock
    WordPress God
    Posted 3 years ago #

    • Will we ever get a term meta table? This could be particularly useful for plugin/theme developers to add extra features on term archives. For example, an SEO plugin might allow users to input a custom title for category archives. Or, a theme developer might develop user-selectable custom templates for tag archives. One could always throw all this in the options table, but it doesn't really seem like an ideal solution.
    • I mentioned this in the 2011 discussion, but I'd really love to see sidebars handled like nav menus. Particularly, themes should be able to register "theme locations" and have users assign custom-created sidebars to these locations. It would definitely solve the losing widgets when switching themes issue in an elegant way.
    • Post-to-post relationships?
    • Finish custom post statuses (#12706)?
    • Custom comment types API?
  18. luciferdreams
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Will there be a development path that leads to a reduction in the amount of style sheets that can be called upon on load in WordPress?

    I know you min the style sheets to combine as many into one but it still seems to be a lot of over head that unnecessarily can bog a site down and cause the web master more work than necessary to achieve page speed.

    It would be nice if there were only 2 style sheets. 1 for the theme and one for all plugins to use. A new plugin would automatically get assigned it's values to the plugin style sheet which maybe can be kept track of via database tag.

    If plugin removed, database tag is drop entries of the plugin stye sheet is dropped. Something like that. It seems that if there was a core way to handle this then it would reduce the amount of extra plugins needed to achieve performance.

    Please don't get me wrong, they are very good plugins. The WordPress core runs blazing fast, but it doesn't take to long for it to slow down to snail pace because of the functionality that is desired from plugins or themes.

    If this would be address I think it would allow one common solve an issue that can cause a lot of extra work. It is not WordPress in itself that is the issue, but the extra.

    I know you have to use common sense when plugins are used, but still a lot of time is used when adding those functions that the client might want and to move it along faster you use the plugins. Never ending circle.

  19. wycks
    Posted 3 years ago #

    I'm agree with Jeff Sebring's question.


    From a social standpoint I think moving to WordPress to a DVCS would improve the plugin/theme experiences and user contributions. Github is more a social experience then strictly a repository. Moving WordPress into this revision style would be a nice step forward ( not necessarily git, I'm also a huge fan of mercurial).

    So when ?:)

    Media API

    More developer love in the form of a Media API. Media (photos, video, etc) rules the web, and WordPress could certainly handle it much better, it is currently a pita.

    Also when? :)

    Some social improvements to wordpress.org itself, the idea that someone had (otto?) of plugin/theme developers working on the same project through an online social interface ( have a look at Cloud9 IDE formally from Mozilla). It's time WordPress brought developer tools into a stronger social network.
    Some thoughts would be nice on this subject, I think this was brought up at WordCamp Sf.

    I guess my overall question would be: What is WordPress doing to integrate more social tools aimed at developers?

  20. Joey Kudish
    Posted 3 years ago #

    In the past year, we've seen a lot of plugins (or reusable snippets of code) that allow users to register custom fields/metaboxes and/or custom option pages, either via database or code. One of the main debates surrounding these plugins (and themes that implement them) is the lack of consistency in the UI that these different implementations have.

    I (and many others) believe it would be beneficial to have a single UI that can be used and reused by plugins and themes.

    What are (if any) the plans to implement core features to easily register custom metaboxes and options?

  21. davedenis
    Posted 3 years ago #

    What other core features need to be added as WordPress embraces more CMS functionality? How about a GUI for Custom Posts and creating views for these such as:
    http://wp-types.com/ Flexible ways to create and display content/data seem to be at the core of this.

  22. Mike Schinkel
    Posted 3 years ago #

    At a higher level than individual features, I'd love to hear what the team's vision is for WordPress in their ideal world; specifically, what will WordPress and its ecosystem look like 1, 2 and 3 years from now?

  23. Max Cutler
    Posted 3 years ago #

    At many of the WordCamps this summer (culminating in WCSF) there was much talk of using responsive design techniques in the admin interface. How have the responsive design efforts in the 3.3 dev cycle changed or influenced this vision?

    In addition to supporting very large screens, what about smaller screens? Do you see the admin interface scaling down to phones to give the full power of WordPress on-the-go, or are the relatively simple mobile apps going to have to stick around for the foreseeable future?

  24. mixlplex
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Some of the wording presented to users is not very professional. For example, wp-signup.php has 'so create to your heart’s content, but write responsibly!' and 'Now have at it!'

    ms-delete-site.php also has 'Happy trails to you until we meet again.'

    It'd be nice to have hooks to change the wording for these without hacking core.

  25. jk2
    Posted 3 years ago #

    I would like to see videos accompanying with the WordPress core themes (such as twenteleven or twentytwelve theme video) showing how WordPress Themes was created so that other (new) developers will have ideas on how (easily) create their own framework...

    I think it will be beneficial to have video(s) from WordPress Team explaining how TwentyTwelve theme was created, logic behind its functionality, why its option pages was chosen that way, how TwentyTwelve parent theme was set up so that it could work with any child theme, etc... Thank you in advance.

  26. Anointed
    Posted 3 years ago #

    It's been over 2 years since we last saw a code update to videopress. Are we just plain stuck with what is there now, or are we going to get updates to bring us more in line with what the videopress site itself uses?

    Also like many others, would love to see some major improvements to media in general in WordPress.

  27. julienbechade
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Will you or will you not implement a MULTILINGUAL core solution in a near future ?

    You know how many WordPress users will be bothered by the extra bytes but what you do not know is how many people are waiting for this to happen in order to start using WordPress.

    Will you or will you not make it easy to manage the media library by ordering it into intuitive files (eg. /post_name/media.jpeg) ?

    Thanks for your answer.

  28. m3tabar0n
    Posted 3 years ago #

    CMS feature requests:
    * multilingual

    • provide multilingual support as a core plugin
    • theme localization should not draw from backend localization file (separate completely)
    • no hardcoded entries

    * media

    • media handling: organize files in folders with different access rights (file manager)
    • search for / sort by file types / formats
    • assign unique IDs to all files / entries (in the DB, no hotlinking for internal links to posts & pages)
    • css from gallery thumbnail borders is hardcoded
    • multiple galleries on one page or post
    • always visible page tree for better page handling

    BTW: Thanx for your hard work!

  29. ronia
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Please : just 3 things please :

    1) A Google Plus or Facebook Like or WordPress.com Like Equivalent that can be used across all wordpress.org sites && that can be implemented by other sites for an individual site

    2) Drupal Equivalent of CCK and Views, the two absent things for which we still need to use Drupal for some use cases

    3) Seamless integration of WordPress activity stream in Buddypress : for example, comment from bp stream to a blog &/or comment in a blog that shows up in a stream

    Last but not the least : remove all traces of FB and Twitter : they do not use you/your icon/piggyback on you/whatever ... you got the point : Be unique!
    Contrary to what u believe, this will actually get u more users :)

  30. kmardahl
    Posted 3 years ago #

    What specific accessibility topics are on the WP roadmap?
    There's http://make.wordpress.org/accessibility/ where people can discuss accessibility issues, but how much is getting major attention from the decision makers for new releases? How are these things being prioritized?

    One tiny thing with a big impact would be to have the alt text field be mandatory - not title! - when you are uploading pictures. There could be a little UI snippet to help users know what to write - or a link to a good page of information.

    If the core sets accessibility standards, maybe it can be a role model for all the add-ons and plug-ins people create.

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