WordPress is one of the most popular open source content management systems on the web. There are over 23 million websites powered by WordPress.org and over 16,000 plug-ins. WordPress has a very active development community which, on Thursday, May 5, convened at WordCamp in Vancouver to share their experiences, tips, and tools.
The WordPress web developer conference kicked off with a keynote from Andrew Nacin and Lorelle VanFossen. Lorelle asked Andrew to share his experiences contributing to the open source project and hint at upcoming features (which sounded very cool!). With a clear focus on pushing the limits, Andrew expressed his excitement on how the developer community is constantly innovating.
Andrew also shared insight into the complexity of developing and testing the ~200,000 line code base. Not only does each WordPress update need a solid round of functional testing, it must go undergo compatibility testing in each browser, operating system, and the latest few versions of PHP and mySQL. With an install base of 23 million, that’s a lot of responsibility.
After the keynote, the event split apart into two tracks: development and design. I spent my time in the development track but heard there were some great presentations from the designers as well. Over the coming weeks I will post the best tips I learned from the talented presenters.