KDE.org; Drupal to Wordpress

Frederic Sheedy sheedy at kde.org
Mon May 8 16:57:53 UTC 2017

Almost 10 years we talk about the switch to Wordpress or Drupal.
Wordpress is a great choice!

I want to be in the team for the translation part, if it possible.



On Sun, May 7, 2017 at 4:21 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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