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Discussion on: [Discuss] What if WordPress.org Died?

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Curtis Fenner

The code behind WordPress.org is open source and GPL licensed, so if Automatic decided to shutter it, I'm sure it would be immediately forked and continue to receive maintenance (albeit perhaps not as thoroughly as before)

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Christopher Heireth

I mean this is all hypothetical but .org is a gateway to their larger paid ecosystem, a loss leader I suppose you could call it. A way to get you hooked pardon the WP pun. Not sure I see it going away since it's open source.

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Tammy Lee

But the point of this article is what would you do if it did. How it happens isn't really a concern; just what would you do?

Would you support a forked version? Look at a different alternative? Where do you see the future of CMSs that aren't WordPress?

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easternwawoman

ClassicPress has already done this fork and their rapid growth has surprised me. I believe instead that Matt will merge org and com and that we will pay a monthly use fee for cloud-based WP services, while the dev theme community will fade, as will plug-in devs. Their investors want huge returns like all investors. It is the obvious path forward and a reason Matt makes decisions without regard to the ecosystem of devs, their schedules and more.

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Tammy Lee

So is ClassicPress a fork of WP from before Gutenberg?

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Paul

Yes.

fork of WordPress that preserves the classic TinyMCE editor as the default option

classicpress.net/

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Tammy Lee

Thanks! :D

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Ben Halpern

That scenario presents a fracture which could definitely put the project in jeopardy. The soundness of the Wordpress ecosystem is what is keeping it afloat more than the literal code.

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Tammy Lee

I agree with that. There are a lot of businesses that depend on WordPress.

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Tammy Lee

My assumption would be that there'd be a fight over the name?
I'm pretty sure it would be forked, too, but do you think you'd continue to use it for websites or would you look at a different solution?

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Alan Redzepagic • Edited on

Majority of users would continue to use most popular fork. Similar situation happen with Joomla predeccesor Mambo in 2005
en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joomla

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Tammy Lee

Very good point! WordPress also has the advantage of being used in over 50% of websites today... that's a lot of pressure to keep it going.

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easternwawoman

How come you folks do not know of the fork, ClassicPress???

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Alan Redzepagic

Was busy with frontend and graphql CMSs, thank you

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Tammy Lee

Haha there are so many things out there, I'm not surprised I had never heard of ClassicPress!

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Christopher Heireth

The name is owned by the WordPress Foundation which honestly addresses the issues of the .com coming and going away. You might want to read up on that.

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Tammy Lee

Thank you so much! I hadn't heard of the WordPress Foundation before, despite having worked with WP for years.

Of course, this post IS about speculation and not necessarily rooted in fact so in the spirit of that, what would you use if you couldn't use WordPress anymore?