WordPress is Infinitely Extensible

The main “Extend” page on WordPress.org states:

One of the core philosophies of WordPress is to keep the core code as light and fast as possible but to provide a rich framework for the huge community to expand what WordPress can do, limited only by their imagination.

That’s a statement I’ve heard about countless platforms before, but have often been disappointed to find it to be more of a marketing catch-phrase than anything concrete. Not so with WordPress!

I’ve been doing research on how to achieve specific goals with yet another plugin project, and the more I look, the easier it gets. Every time I catch myself thinking “hmm, this one’s gonna be tough”, a quick trip to the WP Codex changes my attitude within just a few minutes. Everything is possible.

Don’t get me wrong, WP is far from the only extensible platform out there and everybody has their personal pet peeves with the code base, but when coupled with amenities such as the wp-hackers mailing list and the wp-plugins dev repo, Matt and Automattic sure made it easy to adopt WordPress as a full featured scaffolding. And that’s coming from a guy who’s usually happy to start his projects from scratch.

16 thoughts on “WordPress is Infinitely Extensible

  1. Well said. As a user of WordPress, I’m always thinking of ways to improve my blog or add a few more features that I think would be nifty and taking a trip to the WordPress plugin database almost always provides me with a plugin that has already been developed with my ideas in mind.

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  2. WordPress amazed me when I started using it. I was never a fan of the whole ‘blogging’ thing, so I never really payed much attention to WP. However, a friend of mine talked consistently about the power of WP and I did some coding for his site, and saw how simple it really was – yet versatile.

    I’ve used countless CMS before. PHPNuke, PostNuke, Subdreamer, Joomla, Mambo, PHP Update, Fuzzy CMS and a slew of others that I can’t even remember their names – but WordPress is probably the best, and most accessible package I’ve ever used.

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  3. yep. i love the wp codex too.

    i’m more of a java/solaris/jboss and asp.net/windows/iis person, so php is not familiar to me (even though it is easy to get into it) and wp codex helped a lot with the latest theme i did from scratch.

    :)

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  4. I just spent 8 hours going through our servers and updating all of our WordPress installs for yet another security issue. What’s that? 9th one this year?

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  5. Drupal is good for everything, but it’s not great for anything. I find that if I’m trying to do something “blog-like” then WordPress is by far the best choice.

    I’ll second Stephane. SVN is your friend — the couple hours it took me to figure out how to use it has been repaid hundreds of times over.

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