KDE.org; Drupal to Wordpress

David Wright david.wright12886 at gmail.com
Sun May 7 21:41:02 UTC 2017

Years ago I remember suggesting that KDE switched to WordPress + BuddyPress
to create a social network type setup for its users and developers.

Using WordPress multisite, each component / project could still have its
own unique page / site but be tied into the main social network for
comments and the like.

In fact, it provides an integrated forum and wiki too. Amongst other things.

I also suggested a type of job board, to advertise for skills or
maintainers etc, which too could be easily intergrated.

Of course, this was all dismissed at the time.

Glad to see some progress being made in the right direction though.

On 7 May 2017 9:21 pm, "Ken Vermette" <vermette at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hello everyone;
> I have fairly large update on the kde.org site progress, and as I'm
> planning a change in course I wanted to run it by everyone;
> Instead of Drupal 8 I'm switching to Wordpress for kde.org +1. The Drupal
> 8 design will be discontinued, and instead I will update the Drupal 7
> Neverland theme with responsive header/footers plus a more Aetheric design.
> This will directly service the Akademy and Dot websites (and others which I
> may be forgetting), and will be done shortly after the Wordpress design is
> ready. If there are Drupal websites on the KDE network with maintainers
> potentially wishing to switch to Wordpress, I will set aside time to move
> them if desired.
> The main driving factor behind this is that the work I've done with Drupal
> 8 is nowhere near the acceptable level of quality I demand for kde.org.
> Simply put I'm not a huge fan of how Drupal assets are structured/built,
> and it's been showing in my work despite the best of intentions. I won't
> say Drupal isn't capable, but it has been slowly strangling my motivation
> to do a good job.
> I'd be remissed if I didn't mention that Drupal was chosen as part of a
> group discussion. The biggest factors for picking Drupal were the
> out-of-box features it had, and that Drupal is "better for big sites".
> While it does have everything we need out-of-box for integration, it
> neglects that for either WP or Drupal we need to write several
> extensions/modules to serve our special purposes, and I can see much better
> results in my work with Wordpress. I know how to do all of this with
> Wordpress easily, and there are only a few 3rd-party Wordpress plugins we
> need for our demands from Drupal; ldap/kidentity, caching, and translation
> are the biggies. These are readily available and well-maintained.
> For the past two days I've taken Jonathan's Aether fork of the KDE Espania
> theme and have begun updates to prepare it for use on kde.org. Already
> I'm getting results that are not only promising  - but exciting. I
> earnestly believe that we'll have a better end-result in faster time taking
> this route. For the work already done for Drupal 8, in all honesty, not
> much of value is being lost. If you wish to see some of the preliminary
> work, Jonathan's blog at http://jriddell.org/ is already showing some of
> the early work, and I'm regularly updating the aether-wordpress repo with
> regular developments.
> If there are any issues or concerns I will be happy to address them.
> Cheers!
>  - Ken
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