Out of the box

Great software should work with little configuration and setup. WordPress is designed to get you up and running and fully functional in no longer than five minutes. You shouldn’t have to battle to use the standard functionality of WordPress.

Damos duro para ter certeza de que toda versão mantém esta filosofia. Pedimos só os detalhes técnicos realmente necessários durante o processo de configuração, mas explicamos tudo sobre o que pedimos.

Design for the majority

Many end users of WordPress are non-technically minded. They don’t know what AJAX is, nor do they care about which version of PHP they are using. The average WordPress user simply wants to be able to write without problems or interruption. These are the users that we design the software for as they are ultimately the ones who are going to spend the most time using it for what it was built for.

Decisions, not options

When making decisions these are the users we consider first. A great example of this consideration is software options. Every time you give a user an option, you are asking them to make a decision. When a user doesn’t care or understand the option this ultimately leads to frustration. As developers we sometimes feel that providing options for everything is a good thing, you can never have too many choices, right? Ultimately these choices end up being technical ones, choices that the average end user has no interest in. It’s our duty as developers to make smart design decisions and avoid putting the weight of technical choices on our end users.

Clean, lean, and mean

The core of WordPress will always provide a solid array of basic features. It’s designed to be lean and fast and will always stay that way. We are constantly asked “when will X feature be built” or “why isn’t X plugin integrated into the core”. The rule of thumb is that the core should provide features that 80% or more of end users will actually appreciate and use. If the next version of WordPress comes with a feature that the majority of users immediately want to turn off, or think they’ll never use, then we’ve blown it. If we stick to the 80% principle then this should never happen.

Podemos fazer isso graças ao nosso eficaz sistema de temas e plugins e à fantástica comunidade de desenvolvedores. Pessoas diferentes têm necessidades diferentes e, para isso, o grande número de plugins e temas WordPress de qualidade existentes permite que os usuários personalizem suas instalações como quiserem. Assim os usuários podem encontrar os outros 20% e completar os recursos do WordPress que eles gostam e usam.

Striving for simplicity

We’re never done with simplicity. We want to make WordPress easier to use with every single release. We’ve got a good track record of this, if you don’t believe us then just take a look back at some older versions of WordPress!

In past releases we’ve taken major steps to improve ease of use and ultimately make things simpler to understand. One great example of this is core software updates. Updating used to be a painful manual task that was too tricky for a lot of our users. We decided to focus on this and simplified it down to a single click. Now anyone with a WordPress installation can perform one click upgrades on both the core of WordPress and plugins and themes.

Nós amamos nos desafiar a simplificar as tarefas de forma positiva para a experiência geral do usuário do WordPress. Cada versão do WordPress deve ser mais fácil e mais agradável de usar do que a última.

Deadlines are not arbitrary

Deadlines are not arbitrary, they’re a promise we make to ourselves and our users that helps us rein in the endless possibilities of things that could be a part of every release. We aspire to release three major versions a year because through trial and error we’ve found that to be a good balance between getting cool stuff in each release and not so much that we end up breaking more than we add.

Good deadlines almost always make you trim something from a release. This is not a bad thing, it’s what they’re supposed to do.

The route of delaying a release for that one-more-feature is a rabbit hole. We did that for over a year once, and it wasn’t pleasant for anybody.

The more frequent and regular releases are, the less important it is for any particular feature to be in this release. If it doesn’t make it for this one, it’ll just be a few months before the next one. When releases become unpredictable or few and far between, there’s more pressure to try and squeeze in that one more thing because it’s going to be so long before the next one. Delay begets delay.

The vocal minority

There’s a good rule of thumb within internet culture called the 1% rule. It states that “the number of people who create content on the internet represents approximately 1% (or less) of the people actually viewing that content”.

Portanto, ao mesmo tempo em que consideramos realmente importante ouvir e responder àqueles que enviam comentários e expressam suas opiniões nos fóruns, eles só representam uma pequena fração dos nossos usuários finais. Ao tomar decisões sobre como progredir nas próximas versões do WordPress, nós procuramos envolver mais daqueles usuários que acabam sem tanta voz on-line. Fazemos isso encontrando e conversando com os usuários nos WordCamps por todo o mundo; isso nos dá um melhor entendimento e, por fim, nos permite tomar melhores decisões para que todos possam andar para frente.

Our bill of rights

WordPress is licensed under the General Public License (GPLv2 or later) which provides four core freedoms, consider this as the WordPress “bill of rights”:

  • A liberdade para executar o programa, para qualquer propósito.
  • A liberdade de estudar como o programa funciona e alterá-lo para fazer dele o que você quiser.
  • A liberdade de redistribuir.
  • A liberdade de distribuir cópias das suas versões modificadas para outros.

Parte destes requisitos de licenciamento incluem também licenciar trabalhos derivados ou coisas ligadas às funções dos arquivos básicos do WordPress (como temas, plugins, etc.) sob a GPL, transmitindo, assim, a liberdade de uso destes trabalhos também.

Obviamente existem aqueles que tentam burlar estes ideais e restringir a liberdade de seus usuários tentando encontrar brechas ou contornar de alguma forma a intenção da licença do WordPress, que é garantir a liberdade de uso. Nós acreditamos que a comunidade como um todo recompensará aqueles que focam em apoiar estas liberdades ao invés de evitá-las.

A comunidade WordPress enfatiza que as liberdades na licença GPL proporcionam softwares com alta qualidade.