Listo para funcionar

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.

Trabajamos duro para asegurarnos de que cada lanzamiento se ajuste a esta filosofía. Solicitamos el menor número de detalles técnicos posible durante el proceso de configuración, y ofrecemos explicaciones completas de todo lo que hacemos.

Diseño para la mayoría

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.

Decisiones, no opciones

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.

Limpio, ágil y genial

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 hacer esto porque tenemos un sistema de plugins y temas muy capaz y una fantástica comunidad de desarrolladores. Diferentes personas tienen diferentes necesidades, y tener la gran cantidad de plugins y temas de calidad de WordPress permite a los usuarios personalizar sus instalaciones a su gusto. Eso debería permitir a todos los usuarios encontrar el 20% restante y hacer que todas las funciones de WordPress sean apreciadas y utilizadas.

Esforzándonos por la simplicidad

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.

Nos encanta desafiarnos y simplificar las tareas de forma positiva para la experiencia general de usuario de WordPress. Cada versión de WordPress debería ser más fácil y más agradable de usar que la anterior.

Los plazos no son arbitrarios

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.

La minoría vocal

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”.

Por lo tanto, si bien consideramos que es muy importante escuchar y responder a quienes publican comentarios y expresan sus opiniones en los foros, solo representan una pequeña fracción de nuestros usuarios finales. Al tomar decisiones sobre cómo avanzar con versiones futuras de WordPress, buscamos involucrar a más usuarios que no son tan activos online. Hacemos esto al reunirnos y hablar con los usuarios de WordCamps en todo el mundo, esto nos da un mejor equilibrio de comprensión y, en última instancia, nos permite tomar mejores decisiones para que todos avancemos.

Nuestra carta de derechos

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

  • La libertad de ejecutar el programa, para cualquier propósito.
  • La libertad de estudiar cómo funciona el programa, y cambiarlo para hacerlo adecuarlo a tus deseos.
  • La libertad de redistribuir.
  • La libertad de distribuir copias de tus versiones modificadas a otros.

Parte de esos requisitos de licencia incluyen trabajos derivados de licencias o cosas que vinculan funciones centrales de WordPress (como temas, plugins, etc.) también bajo GPL, transmitiendo también así la libertad de uso para estos trabajos.

Obviamente, hay quienes intentarán sortear estos ideales y restringir la libertad de sus usuarios tratando de encontrar lagunas o de alguna manera eludir la intención de las licencias de WordPress, que es garantizar la libertad de uso. Creemos que la comunidad como un todo recompensará a quienes se centran en apoyar estas libertades de licencia en lugar de tratar de evitarlas.

The WordPress community should emphasize that the freedoms in the GPL help provide high quality software.