[thelist] Ruby on Rails: why?

Stephen Rider evolt_org at striderweb.com
Thu Nov 15 14:37:02 CST 2007

On Nov 15, 2007, at 9:04 AM, Mark Howells-Mead wrote:
>>> the high profile shareware/freeware CMS systems, like WordPress  
>>> for example, don't properly support multilingualism. There are of  
>>> course plug-ins, but the majority of them are likely to be way  
>>> less than they could be, because they're based on WordPress itself.
>> WordPress is most definitely multi-lingual.
>> <http://codex.wordpress.org/Installing_WordPress_in_Your_Language>
> That's to say, I can't use the default installation of WordPress to
> power a site where the visitor can switch between (say) English,
> French, German and Italian content at will. That requires an input
> environment which is capable of handling content in several languages
> concurrently, which WordPress - and, as far as I am aware, all other
> popular freeware CMS systems - cannot. (Not without a third party add-
> on, anyway.)

The general philosophy in WordPress is KISS -- put the major  
universal functions in core and leave the bloat for plugins, so users  
can install _only_ what they're going to use.  As the _vast majority_  
of bloggers aren't writing in multiple languages simultaneously, what  
you describe is definitely plugin territory.

HOWEVER: regarding quality of code and such -- a great many plugins  
are written by the same people writing the core.  I am on a mailing  
list for people writing WP core and plugins, and I have even seen  
instances where core was changed to make it easier in future to  
integrate certain types of plugins.


Does WordPress have faults?  Of course.  But it's pretty robust, and  
designed from the start to be capable of significant flexibility via  


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