Terminology – Apples to Oranges
With the WordPress/WordPressMU merge not too far ahead, the core devs have tossed around the idea of shifting some of the terms that we’re used to using here on the BuddyPress and WordPressMU side of things, and this post is meant to both keep everyone in the loop, and act as a discussion about the possible change. I’ll preface this by saying that none of this is set in stone, and I’m putting it out here to keep everyone informed and keep you ahead of the curve.
So… To a normal WordPress user, the term “blog” typically means the “blog-river,” or the index.php/category.php/archive.php/single.php pages that encompass the actual “blog” part of the site. Since lots of plugins build WordPress out and away from the blog by using pages or creating their own custom pages (BuddyPress is a good example), calling each new sub-domain/sub-directory instance a new “blog” doesn’t always work anymore, since each instance can have its own pages, plugins, users, settings, theme, etc…
Also MU was never really “multi-user” since WordPress alone allowed for multiple users. With WordPress becoming less of a blogging tool and more of a publishing platform, the term “blog” has also become a little more specific than saying “multi-blog,” and calling each new instance a “blog” isn’t accurate anymore either.
So what’s being proposed/tossed around/theorized is this…
Blogs = Sites
Sites/Domains = Networks
I doubt this will change much of the way that BuddyPress works, or any of the list items, etc… Even wordpress.com still calls them “blogs” but when talking back and forth to each other, people from the “single” WordPress side that haven’t been working with multiple “sites” have a hard time grasping the idea and wrapping their heads around what exactly the word “blog” means in relation to each “site” or “network” of sites.
Also, if you’re paying attention to the WordPress code merge and the WordPress trunk, you’ll notice lots of files starting with “ms-” rather than “wpmu-”. This is in preparation for the renaming of these files and possible renaming and deprecating of the mu functions going forward, to bring them closer in line with how WordPress functions are named and work.
Long story short, things are going to start to change a little bit on the WordPress front, and we’re going to start to see a lot more “single blog” users needing support. Since we’re all here helping each other, I wanted to set this discussion up so we can get ourselves on the same page, and get ready for what’s about to change for us in the coming months.
I also wanted to thank the countless dedicated volunteers that help moderate and keep an eye on the forums and are there helping others with their questions. You’re help and time is greatly appreciated.
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