ok, that’s not new to this site, we’re looking at the competitors to see what’s above and below us in the ideas…
WordPress the big and popular blog engine is to be merged to a branch called WPMU, a multi-users version of wordpress. so what’s up?…
they develop the biggest multi-users multi-engines system on the market right now… compared to them, vBulletin is just the sand under the carpet.
23 million individual installs over the globe. vB is yet to look at the asian side of things with 50 000 clients, WordPress is already the most popular blog engine in China and India.
ok, so what’s up with us? nothing, really… but i’ve been working with WordPress-Buddypress for the last month, and i think that even if they have a great market, they are unable to answer the needs. They are slow to develop final versions, Buddypress is still in planning their next version, they code slowly but surely.
so, i’ve been in discussions with Andy Peatling, the developer of Buddypress, and from what i see, our best deal would be to take a complete buddypress installed with all our prefered addons and rework it. we don’t even need to recode it completely, remember that WordPress is GPL.
in WordPress we have most of what we need to start, like automatic updates without downloads, automatic i18n, filebased templates, etc… a lot of things or so.
what WordPress needs is the professional twist i always apply to my work. better themes, better markup, better code, better plugins… there is not a single professional addon for wordpress when you browse the free directory… just « approximate » tools.
Buddypress is the best work donw with WordPress yet… merge of twitter, facebook and myspace in a single engine, plugin to wordpress mu, so you offer a load of possibilities to a social network.
but there is more than social network. if you twist it properly, it can become a great intranet for your clients, a great marketplace for shopping malls, etc…