The Merge Has Begun

January 7th, 2010

The next six months in WordPress development are going to be pretty exciting considering the possible scope of 3.0, a new default theme and of course, the merge of WordPress MU into the codebase of WordPress. Anyone who has been keeping an eye on trac may have noticed that the merging process has already begun. They might have also noticed the addition of a new core commiter known as WPMUGuru who is Ron Rennick. Ron has a ton of experience working with WPMU under the hood so it’s only natural that he was brought on board to help with the merge.

If you’re looking to find out what the scope will be for WordPress 3.0 and are wondering about how the merging process will take place, I invite you to join the WordPress Developers chat being held today at 4PM EST. In fact, here is the detailed information regarding the chat. Note you’ll need an mIRC client in order to participate. There is a host of documents that explain how to configure IRC and connect to the appropriate channel. The meeting agenda is usually posted before the meeting on the WordPress Developments Prologue site.

  • Thursdays @ 21:00 UTC
  • #wordpress-dev

Also on the subject of the WordPress MU merge, I had the opportunity to interview the WPMU Gurus themselves, Ron and Andrea Rennick on WordPress Weekly. We talked about the merging process, compatibility for plugins and themes, the differences between WordPress and WordPressMU and much more.




  1. Markus says:

    Is mIRC the only supported client, or will any IRC-client do?

    (I’m just being an as.. ehrm, annoying besserwisser.)

  2. gestroud (3 comments.) says:

    After reading through some of the new features (as well as the requested features), I guess my primary concern is the possible effects the merge may have on server performance. I have a sneaking suspicion that a lot of users may have to upgrade to dedicated hosting. I hope not.

    • Andrea_R (29 comments.) says:

      If your host is telling you that you’ll need a dedicated package, they are in for a money grab.

      If you’ll just be turning on just a handful multiple blogs and keeping them for yourself, there’s no reason it won’t run on shared.

      but – if you’re opening up your system so anyone can sign up for a free blog, that could violate some hosts TOS.

      I think it’s more a question of how some web hosts are going to handle this new ability. up until know, many of them have disabled MU from working by way of not supporting it.

  3. joecr (20 comments.) says:

    If you do please let me have all the MU features that will kill my shared host off. In fact make sure you do as they are on the lists of hosts that you suggest people use.

  4. christopher (1 comments.) says:

    I am really looking forward to WP becoming one platform for all. I never understood the need for WP and MU to begin with.

  5. Oliver says:

    I hope the MU features will be easy to globally turn off in a few clicks.

    I may be a borderline case, I’m making a 55k daily unique visitors audience, and I’m already very close to the limits of shared hosting plans.

    If WP 3.0 became such a powerhouse because of MU features or code complexification that I’d be forced to move to another hosting plan, I tell you, this would be a huge financial loss :(

    Of course my case is a relatively rare case, however I hope the future WP developments won’t turn out to be a catastrophe for me v_v

  6. toej (1 comments.) says:

    I was using WordPress from the beginning and update their new plugins & version. I think shared hosting will be good enough for MU.

  7. Lars Tong Strömberg (14 comments.) says:

    Although it´s great they finally merge WP and MPMU, hopefully not too many “compromises” have to be done in the merging process. Great to read they have these WPMU ninjas onboard for this project, – I guess they are in shorter supply than corresponding for WP.


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