Profiles – Weekly Update 1

Hi Everyone!

I’m Mert Yazicioglu from Ankara, Turkey and I will be working on enhancing The community site where WordPress code is created and shared by the users. This is where you can download the source code for WordPress core, plugins and themes as well as the central location for community conversations and organization. this summer. I’m currently studying Computer Technology and Information Systems at Bilkent University for a BS degree and I have just completed my junior year.

I have been actively using WordPress for the past 2.5 years and have been trying to contribute WordPress one way or another since. Apart from the countless WordPress projects I worked on and being listed as a CoreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress. Contributor since version 3.3, my most notable involvement with WordPress was participating and successfully completing Google Summer of Code 2011 by developing a migrationMigration Moving the code, database and media files for a website site from one server to another. Most typically done when changing hosting companies. tool for WordPress, called WordPress Move. It has been downloaded more than 58,000 times so far and it is being downloaded more than 100 times every single day.

This summer, I will be working on enhancing which I think has a really great potential to bond the WordPress community even better. As we have a limited time, we can only realise some of the ideas I have proposed in my proposal and to decide which to drop, we held a meeting together with my mentors Boone B. Gorges and Scott Reilly, last Tuesday.

In that meeting, we have decided to drop the following three ideas I have proposed[0] from the scope, as the other tasks need much more attention: Latest Posts, Showcase and Following Each Other. Although we have decided to drop these from the scope, we will most likely implement these after the Google Summer of Code. These are good examples of how we can develop the new profiles further, so naturally these should be worked on after the new profiles are ready to be used.

We have also decided that the following three tasks are relatively easy to tackle and should be a part of the things we will be working on this summer: Better Representation of the Information, Links to Profiles on Other Sites, A Better Way to List Plugins and Enhanced Activity Stream. Though, the last one will really be tricky 🙂

Finally, if we have enough time left, we will be working on creating a Profiles Homepage, on which I’m planning to present some data such as: The Newest Core ContributorsCore Contributors Core contributors are those who have worked on a release of WordPress, by creating the functions or finding and patching bugs. These contributions are done through Trac., The Newest PluginPlugin A plugin is a piece of software containing a group of functions that can be added to a WordPress website. They can extend functionality or add new features to your WordPress websites. WordPress plugins are written in the PHP programming language and integrate seamlessly with WordPress. These can be free in the Plugin Directory or can be cost-based plugin from a third-party Authors, The Newest Theme Creators, The Recent Rockstars etc. and a feed on which we show the recent activities of the users. Our main goal there will be to motivate users.

In my proposal there was also Gamification but having so much on our plates, we had to either pick Profiles Homepage or Gamification as a task to work on if we have some extra time left. As I mentioned before, we will be working on the tasks we are dropping today, after Google Summer of Code completes and Gamification is certainly one of them. We will most probably add simple motivators here and there to provide some simple Gamification anyway.

I think we have a great summer ahead and I’m sure we will be able produce something really valuable for the WordPress community!

See you next week!


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