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This archive was made at the end of 2020 when Fider stopped offering a hosted version.

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30
Remove Emojis (GDPR friendly)

Removes the extra code bloat used to add support for emoji’s in older browsers

Planned

Our roadmap for v2 is to move features into "core plugins" that can be disabled or deleted as needed: https://www.classicpress.net/roadmap/

Emoji support is a great candidate for this effort. We need to build a plugin directory first though.

Request: Modify feature
Request: Remove feature
40
Minimum PHP version should be 7.x

Planned

PHP 7.x (exact version TBD depending on usage, community, and our resources) for v2.0.0.

Request: Modify feature
18
Disable (gr)avatar by default.

Uncheck "Settings > Discussion > Show Avatars" setting by default for new installs. Keep functionality in code.

Difficulty: Moderate
Request: Modify feature
62
Improved Media Library

I suggest an improved media library, because this is a feature of WP which has been strongly neglected in the past. Whenever someone came up with a new proposal, most of it went under, unheard or was post-poned till somewhere in the far-off future.

At least having some option to display files and directories in a classic tree view would be great. Oh, and a slightly more welcoming Media API.

Both features would be very welcome. The former one should sooth newcomers, who are used to having a "regular" overview of their media, while the latter should rush forward plugin development.

Update (2018-12-18)

CP Research Plugin
Difficulty: Hard
Difficulty: Moderate
Request: Add feature
Request: Modify feature
26
Remove XML-RPC specification

Difficulty: Moderate
Request: Remove feature
9
Hash passwords with bcrypt instead of md5

WP uses md5 with key stretching to hash passwords. This is moderately secure, but using bcrypt instead would be significantly more secure. (Argon2 might be even better, but I have no experience with it, whereas I have been using bcrypt for a couple of years, so I know it works fine.)

WP hasn't done this because it supports PHP versions lower than 5.5. Since we have already agreed to drop support for versions of PHP below 5.6, we should be in a position to implement this. See http://php.net/manual/en/function.password-hash.php

Request: Modify feature
23
At installation, leave a choice between adding default content or not

Put a radio button with the choice between installing default/dummy data (like sample page, post and maybe even plugins) or a clean empty installation (could be the default option).

Difficulty: Easy
Request: Modify feature
13
Finish the Custom Fields API

This is a petition to finish the Fields API and integrate it into ClassicPress core.

https://github.com/sc0ttkclark/wordpress-fields-api

In particular, see: https://github.com/sc0ttkclark/wordpress-fields-api#why-a-fields-api

This was a feature plugin that never made it into WordPress core. It would have been a great foundation to further build out CMS capabilities and probably many other things that we haven't even imagined yet.

But, the core developers don't need to imagine everything that people will do with our CMS, we just need to provide a solid base for people to build on.

I see this API as mainly an un-opinionated way for plugins like ACF, Toolset, etc to do their job, but much more easily, without having to re-invent almost every piece of the functionality they provide.

For developers, this would also allow us to easily register all custom post types, fields, etc in the theme or plugin code for a site. We would change the field definitions in our dev environment, test and deploy, and everything in production is already updated. We could build a simple UI to manage only the settings that really need to be changed, but this UI wouldn't let users break the custom content types like what happens on sites today.

For users, it's hard to tell how this would look. I think this would mostly be a back-end improvement, perhaps with some light UI controls, but most user-facing implementation would be up to plugins until clean standards emerge.

CP Research Plugin
Difficulty: Hard
Request: Add feature
7
Cleaning up the <head>

Traditionally the <head> section is bloated with all kinds of things that should not be there, or at least not by default.

There is already an open issue to remove the Windows Live Writer (https://github.com/ClassicPress/ClassicPress/issues/69), but this feature request takes things further.

For example the output of the REST API link tag into page header should not be added by default in my opinion.

Of course there are many more individual links that bloat the <head> of ClassicPress, vote this request up if you agree to a clean up!

Request: Modify feature
10
REST-API authentication option

Add option to expose REST-API only to authenticated users, maybe limited to a certain capability.

Difficulty: Easy
Request: Modify feature
6
Have a page on the website where plugins that support ClassicPress can be added and rated.

Plugin compatibility is one of the biggest concerns for people considering the switch. If there was an easily findable place where plugin support for CP could be documented and rated (eg, 1-works great; 2-minor issues; 3-breaks), it would make it easier to select plugins for CP sites.

14
Change the name of the Uncategorized category

Changing this category to "General" would look more professional in those times when you forget to categorize something.

Difficulty: Moderate
Request: Modify feature
15
Get rid of the "Cheatin' Huh?

For example you've left the browser window open on the WordPress dashboard and your session has expired and you click on a menu item you get redirected to page that says:

Cheatin’ uh?
Sorry, you are not allowed to list users.

This is not professional, nor useful.

It should instead give you a message that says something like:

"You need to login as an administrator to view this page."

With a login form below

Request: Modify feature
11
Add duplicate post into core

A plugin I install on every ClassicPress/WordPress site is https://wordpress.org/plugins/duplicate-post/ (and it looks like 2 million other people also like this feature!).

Basically, it allows you to copy / duplicate a post of any type.

It would be great if we could add this basic functionality into ClassicPress

CP Research Plugin
20
Pages before Posts and change of admin menu

Since ClassicPress has set itself in the market as the business-focused CMS, I think that the Admin Sidebar menu can receive a much needed overhaul.

For starters Pages should be placed higher up in the Dashboard than Posts.

Ideally the order would become:

  • Dashboard
  • Pages
  • CPTs
  • Posts (with Comments being a submenu - see here)
  • Media
  • Appearance
  • Plugins
  • Users
  • Tools
  • Settings
  • and ideally all Settings of Plugins come below here, so the Dashboard can no longer be hijacked anymore).
Difficulty: Moderate
Request: Modify feature
12
Theme/Plugin Editors: disable by default

Following this discussion that asks for complete removal, it seems that most people would actually not want to see them removed at all, but instead they would like to see the editors disabled by default.

Difficulty: Moderate
Request: Modify feature
12
Remove dashboard color schemes

Since a recent poll shows that 70% of users do not use any of the additional color schemes for the dashboard, it would be a good cleanup to remove the lot and simply keep the default color scheme.

source: poll on recent WP Tavern article: https://wptavern.com/dark-mode-is-possibly-coming-to-a-wordpress-dashboard-near-you

Request: Modify feature
13
Add some basic brute force protection please

I would like to see some basic protection against brute force attacks on the wp-login.php and xmlrpc.php. At the moment, you will need to add plugins and/or disable access to xmlrpc.php using plugins. I hope to see ClassicPress with a basic protection like a captcha on the login page.

Request: Add feature
23
SVG Support in Media Library

Automattic's war on SVG is madness in an era of high DPR displays. It's not difficult to fix with the Safe SVG plugin (or with code, if you prefer), however, I feel like the ability to upload SVGs should be a stock feature.

Difficulty: Hard
Request: Add feature
9
Add local avatar functionality

Add functionality similar/same as existing plugin https://wordpress.org/plugins/simple-local-avatars/

Request: Add feature
16
Remove the Theme and Plugin Editors

These are not necessary and can pose a security risk.

Difficulty: Moderate
Request: Remove feature
16
Bring Comments into the Posts menu

Comments belong to Posts, just like Categories and Tags do. There already is a plugin for that, could be a good idea to integrate it.

Difficulty: Easy
Request: Add feature
Request: Modify feature
22
Remove the Customizer / move it to a Core plugin

Businesses do not need the Customizer as they hire developers to customize on their behalf. Business owners simply want a functional website and they certainly don't have time to fuzz around in a sidebar with sliding elements.

This petition therefore aims to remove the thing altogether.

Possibly the Customizer Remove All Parts-plugin which hasn't been updated for more than 2 years can be used as a starter?

Difficulty: Hard
Request: Remove feature
47
Add an Object-Relationship Table

The two things missing from WordPress to make it a stellar CMS is Fields functionality and Posts (and other objects) Relationships functionality.

I requested this 8 years ago for WordPress, and we still don't have one (one of the reasons we can't have nice things.)

https://core.trac.wordpress.org/ticket/14513

Back then I called it posts_relationships but really it should be object_relationships to support many-to-many relationships for post-to-post, post-to-user, post-to-taxonomy, post-to-term, user-to-user, user-to-taxonomy, etc. etc.

CP Research Plugin
Request: Add feature
5
Change basic settings of comment options

First thing I always do when installing a fresh Wordpress is switching off the discussion options. It should defailt to "off" (non active) if you ask me. Because novice users don't do this, resulting in loads of spam to their sites as well as heavy traffic. If people want to use it, they are well capable of switching them on later on.

Difficulty: Easy
Request: Modify feature
5
Remove the Commenting system from Core and implement as (optional) plugin

Not all sites need/want commenting. Implementing this as a plugin allows complete removal of commenting without having to add more code (such as the Disable Comments plugin).

If it's a plugin, it can be added back when needed.

7
auto delete wp-config-sample.php after install

...and rename wp-admin folder

(easy and basics security...)

Request: Modify feature
17
Better frontend search

For years and years (frontend) search has been a complete disaster. There are several plugins that have tried to improve the search functionality, some with better results than others, but should something as fundamental as search be done with a plugin? I think not.

Difficulty: Hard
Request: Modify feature
4
Remove tracking of data from ClassicPress sites

As discussed in slack (about woocommerce tracking users sensible data) I would like to see removed unecessary data tracking from ClassicPress, such as:

https://github.com/ClassicPress/ClassicPress/blob/1.0.1+dev/src/wp-includes/update.php#L93-L94

I think we can just collect statistical data needed for serving updates/troubleshooting, in an anonymous way.

Also I would like to see the enforcing of rules limiting data plugins can collect.

#remove feature

6
Use one configuration file per environment

Like Bedrock does.
A common configuration file using environment variables or using dotenv allowing to define db passwords and salts.

Special configuration files for each environment :

  • development
  • staging
  • production
Request: Add feature
10
jQuery to vanilla JS

I'm going to propose that the core of ClassicPress be rewritten using vanilla Javascript.

Please note that I'm NOT suggesting dropping jQuery. The file will still reside in the product to allow plugin developer to use it if they wish.

The benefits of moving to vanilla Javascript:

  1. Massive runtime performance increase
  2. Less http requests
  3. No B/C break when updating jQuery

If this is done correctly, there will be no B/C breaks and all plugins that depend on any core Javascript will still work in exactly the same manner.

16
Please add 'Enforce strong passwords' and 'Password Expiry' to the core.

These 2 features are often included in bigger plugins (Wordfence, iThemes Security, etc) but they should be core features so new users have to use them from the outset. Thanks!

Difficulty: Easy
Request: Add feature
1
Option to disable (gr)avatar in adminbar

If (gr)avatar is used, provide extra option to disable the (gr)avatar icon in adminbar, it currently allows external tracking of all admin navigation.

Difficulty: Easy
Request: Modify feature
9
Create an Admin Settings page w/icons grouped by category

WordPress's admin console is a rat's nest of complexity, especially when lots of plugins are added.

A while back I was reading https://deliciousbrains.com/craft-cms-self-hosted-wordpress-alternatives/ where they showed a screenshot of CraftCMS' settings page and I feel in love with it. I thought "Wouldn't it be great if WordPress' dashboard (or settings page) could be reconfigured to use categorized icons for core features and features added by plugins rather than the bloated wild-wild-west of the WordPress admin menus?

<img src="https://cdn.deliciousbrains.com/content/uploads/2017/07/04124856/craft-settings.png">

I could envision plugins that don't specify an icon or a category could get listed at the bottom or we could maintain a JSON file on GitHub with categorization for well-know plugins, and then also allow plugins to actively register their own icons and categories if they wanted to explicitly support ClassicPress.

Anyway, posting here hoping that others will get excited about the same.

Difficulty: Hard
Difficulty: Moderate
Request: Modify feature
1
Add REST API key for security

As it is, the existing REST API does not secure itself with a key to prevent unauthorized access, much like how it happened back in WP version 4.7.1.

We need to increase the security around it as a whole.

Request: Add feature
6
Option to put site in maintenance mode

Add an option in "Settings > General" with a meta box to put the site in maintenance mode and add a message that uses the site's theme.

Difficulty: Moderate
Request: Add feature
12
Auto XML Sitemap Generation (SEO)

I would like to see the ability to automatically create an XML sitemap “on-the-fly” built into the CP core.

As with the ability to edit the page title and meta description (see https://petitions.classicpress.net/posts/175/allow-editing-of-page-title-and-meta-description-seo) , a well-structured and up to date XML sitemap is an essential part of SEO, helping Google (and others) to crawl your site.

This feature is only made possible at present through the installation of 3rd party plugins but in my view should be a core feature of any business-focused CMS.

If this feature were to be implemented, there could be global enable/disable setting and/or filter to be used as and when required (e.g. when installing a SEO plugin).

11
SMTP integration settings as core plugin

Users should have an ability to use SMTP easily if they choose to. No reason to have multiple plugins for something basic.

PHPMailer already provides necessary API, which can be accessed using phpmailer_init hook.

10
Support for plugin dev/update on Github

CassicPress should start to avoid using the WordPress repos, develop its own repos and an alternative plugin and theme developmen platform by actively supporting native Github repos for each, and providing the interface people need to fnd what they want without having to scroll through years of outdated, irrelevant and totally pointless dead plugins and themes.

Difficulty: Moderate
Request: Add feature
Request: Modify feature
8
Change Posts to Articles or make them editable so they can be changed into anything

Articles use a more business-like tone than Posts, which belong to a Blog. A business site can have a News section where it publishes Articles.

Difficulty: Easy
Difficulty: Moderate
Request: Modify feature
6
Implement Clean URLs in the Admin

WordPress' admin console with all the .php URLs is a rat's-nest of usability issues.

I propose we consider adding in a Front Controller and make simplified, clean and hackable URLs for the admin. This would be a combination of retrofitting existing admin URLs where there UX is salvagable, and creating new admin page functionality to replace some of aging admin functionality in WordPress.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Front_controller

Difficulty: Hard
Difficulty: Moderate
Request: Modify feature
16
Redesign admin UI in a comprehensive way that addresses the needs of business site users

The current admin was intended primarily for bloggers and single site owners. An admin UI redesign that caters more to the needs of business site users would be a big step in serving CP's primary market.

Difficulty: Hard
Request: Modify feature
5
Choose login url instead wp-admin

Will be great to be able to choose the login name instead of just the plain wp-admin. of course some plugin does, but why not implemented?

Difficulty: Moderate
Request: Add feature
Request: Modify feature
18
Core support for basic backups

It's stupid to have a nag about doing a DB backup before updating core and plugins and not having a simple tool to let the user make that DB backup and recover. A simple DB export (and possibly import) feature should be in core.

Request: Add feature
7
Remove post via e-mail

Please move this to a plugin.
Business sites are very unlikely to post from e-mail.
People who do need this feature should of course still be able to access it, but for the vast majority it is an attack vector that we don't want / need and currently need to secure with more code.
Thanks for reading.

9
DB structure: each CPT should have their own datatable

As we all now in case of CPTs WP stores all the custom fields in post_meta table, which works of course but is far from being ideal. To show render any custom data for the users WP needs to look through 2 tables or join them. Or if the admin adds later a new custom field to a CPT those land at the end of post_meta table making that whole table a complete mess of randomly mixed data. Even worse if one does not need a custom field in a CPT anymore, well then those data remain in post_meta as orphans.

IMHO instead of all the above each CPT should have its own table in the DB. Everything would be much better organized and more flexible that way (one could add or delete rows anytime to any CPT without leaving garbage in post_meta). Even queries would be faster. I do not see cons at the moment.

7
Add option to (more easily) rename /wp-admin/

An easier/built-in way for users to change the login URL/admin path from the default would be nice. I think that if it was a built-in option, it might encourage more people to do it. Purely as an example:

9
Allow editing of page title and meta description (SEO)

The ability to edit the page title and meta description is a fundamental aspect of SEO. Both of these elements combined help with search engine ranking and click through rate. At present, it is only possible to edit these two key elements by installing a plugin.

However, as they are so important to SEO, I feel it would be of great benefit to all if the ability to edit the page title and meta description was made part of the CP core. In my view, this should be an essential feature of any business-focused CMS.

If this feature were to be implemented, the SEO page title could default to the ClassicPress page title + site title and the meta description to the first 155-160 characters of the page content or excerpt.

There could also be a setting and/or filter to globally disable this feature as and when required (e.g. if installing a SEO plugin).

6
Login: Remember me

Below the login credentials there is this cryptic "remember me" that doesn't mean anything at all.

  • Remember me for what, for how long and what for?

The correct syntax for such checkboxes is:

  • Remember me for XX days on this computer
7
Replace dashicons with material icons

This would make a wider variety of icons available to be used on the admin pages.

Difficulty: Moderate
Request: Modify feature
7
Update template hierarchy with blog.php, front-page.php templates, and custom URL routes

To make theming more logical and extensible for CMS users, the following changes should be made to the template hierarchy:

  • a blog.php template should be introduced as the default page template for the blog archive (whether on the front-page or on a dedicated page). After blog.php the template hierarchy would proceed as expected to front-page.php and home.php
  • If a custom page template is selected by a user, it should override all other templates, including blog.php, front-page.php and home.php. As the hierarchy is currently, you cannot offer homepage page templates in a child theme, if the parent theme includes a front-page.php. This removes choice from the user for no apparent reason.
  • TENTATIVE: Custom Permalink routing and embedding non-wordpress PHP functionality could be vastly simplified by offering a new file header comment that defines templates that should run at specific custom paths.

A feature plugin implementing these changes currently exists at: https://gschoppe.com/wordpress/better-template-hierarchy/

Request: Modify feature
2
Ability to change username

One of the things that irritates me about WordPress is that users aren't able to change their username and I never have heard a good reason why. If ClassicPress included the ability for users to do that, it would give them a good advantage to WordPress.

7
Remove Privacy Policy auto-injection

options, not decisions

Request: Add feature
6
Add a setting to limit the number of revisions stored in the database

All revisions to posts and pages are saved by default. This can lead to unnecessary bloat in the database over time. I suggest adding a simple number box on the Settings -> Writing page to allow users to set the number of revisions saved (with zero indicating no revisions are to be kept).

11
Change all meta_key columns to VARCAR(191)

There is an issue with the meta_key field in all meta tables. This issue is that the fields in all meta tables (_postmeta, _usermeta, _commentmeta, _term_meta) are all set as VARCHAR(255). These should be VARCHAR(191)

The meta_key fields in all of these tables is indexed. However, the maximum length of the key is 191 characters. Actually the byte limit is 767 and in utf8mb4 that give us the 191 limit.

What this means is that when searching for a meta_key value the index may not be used used because the field can be longer than the index prefix. I'm going to be honest I don't know all of the technical details here. The only thing that I can say is that I have tested installations where I have altered these DB tables to set the meta_key fields to VARCAR(191) and this has resulted in slightly faster queries. Considering the number of queries made to these meta tables or when doing a "meta_query on posts, this increase in speed can be significant

This issue was address for the options table when the option name field was increased from 64 characters and it was discussed there why 191 was a better choice than 255. You can read that entire discussion there. You can read the entire discussion here if you'd like https://core.trac.wordpress.org/ticket/13310.

Difficulty: Moderate
Request: Modify feature
20
Translatable content & localization at first installation.

Translations is something blogger may not be interested to - indeed when talking about business you want translations to be easy.

When installing WordPress you're asked for languages but this is just for the interface. Location shouldn't be "optional". It is something any CMS today consider at it first (eg ps, drupal etc..)

NOTES:

Translated content shouldn't be a duplicate post (as done by wpml). This is stressful for database that will force to search related ids by language.

For example the "post_content" column should be in a pivot table that contains the language id. When doing "get_the_content" it will take the content per language and so on.

CP Research Plugin
Difficulty: Hard
Request: Add feature
25
ACF in the Core (with an off-switch)

A lot of folks have been asking themselves why the outstanding Advanced Custom Fields plugin is still not baked into WP Core. Seeing the number of installs (1+ Mio) it certainly is not a wrong question to ask.

Out of backward compatiblity, and just easy of use, there should be an off-switch, at best supplied as a simple auto-load option (eg. 'acf_in_core' or 'acf_base_integration' or something like that). This would also ensure that future massive updates to the original ACF plugin may not collide with "our" core version, plus it'd still enable you to properly use ACF Pro ;)

I'd also suggest keeping the ACF infrastructure (field groups CPT / taxonomies etc.) the very same, so in the case of eg. ACF 6 or maybe even a custom version for ClassicPress, one indeed just uses the "off" switch (or the plugin installation hook checks for the enabled option and just disables it automatically during plugin activation).

Suggested version to integrate is 5, not 4. I release its not released yet, only available in a preview relese from the ACF site, but its better to have up-to-date structures in place, than slightly outdated ones. Also, most people who use the pro version are already on 5.x.

My guess is that the official release of the base ("free") version has been delayed thanks to a) the advend of Gutenborg and b) the overwhelmingly massive amount of reviews to be done by the Plugin Review Team (essentially it might just be stuck in the review pipeline).

Difficulty: Hard
Request: Add feature
12
Add Lazy loading by default to CP Core.

Borrowing the description;

In Chrome 76, you can use the loading attribute to completely defer the loading of offscreen images and iframes that can be reached by scrolling:

<img src="image.png" loading="lazy" alt="…" width="200" height="200">
<iframe src="https://example.com" loading="lazy"></iframe>

Here are the supported values for the loading attribute:

&gt; auto: Default lazy-loading behavior of the browser, which is the same as not including the attribute.
&gt; lazy: Defer loading of the resource until it reaches a calculated distance from the viewport.
&gt; eager: Load the resource immediately, regardless of where it's located on the page.

Morten in https://core.trac.wordpress.org/ticket/44427 makes a good case for this. Can we work on this since it does not make any breaking changes? It is an enhancement that I see since I come from a location where we have bad bandwidth and network.

See lazy loading in effect here: https://web.dev/native-lazy-loading/lazyload.webm

10
Core support for modern microformats v2

There's already core support for the older v1 microformats, but it would be nice to modernize to the v2, and in particular for the proper use of h-entry and h-feed. Adding these on top of/in addition to the prior hentry and hfeed shouldn't cause any conflicts.

See also: http://microformats.org/2014/03/05/getting-started-with-microformats2

Request: Modify feature
8
Implement a coding standard

WordPress has their own php coding standard for core. Although far from all code in core actually follows the standard.
I would love for ClassicPress to follow industry standard PSR-2.

6
Implement Custom Comment Types and Status

This is a gap in the current system. Comments are used for things other than pure comments. There is a type field, but not the sort of registration you get with posts, taxonomies, etc.

Comments don't have a staatus, they have Approved, which is overloaded as status now.

The steps to address were outlined a while ago. Comment type for comment, which is an empty string, needs to be moved to type "comment", which requires some migration.

Registration functions need to be built, and any place with hardcoded comment functionality needs to be switched to use the registration system.

Same with approved being used as a true status.

Difficulty: Moderate
Request: Modify feature
Don't show Tools menu if empty

Can be empty for certain roles, don't show it then.

Request: Add feature
6
Add SQLite and PostgreSQL support

Request: Add feature
1
Follow minimum PHP version recommanded for security

Just stick to the security recommendation of http://php.net/supported-versions.php
to keep WordPress/ClassicPress secure and modern.
It's not break WP/CP after if PHP isn't upgrade but just stop update WP/CP until new PHP version installed.

Request: Modify feature
7
Support for webP format

Hi, I like me suggest support for webP, Opera, Android, Chrome and Yandex (and browsers based in Chorme) support webP and the last beta version of Firefox support webP too.

Thanks

Change login header URL to site's homepage

The login header URL points to ClassicPress, which of course is very nice for ClassicPress, but I would like to think that anyone would expect to be taken (back) to the homepage of the site when clicking on it.
I always change it on any of the sites I build for clients, but I would like to petition this to be changed so the default becomes the homepage of the site.

Difficulty: Easy
Request: Modify feature
7
Update Themes or Plugins through the Installer

People are so used to the update notice with 1-click updating for themes and plugins if they get them from .org or a third party site which has that capability (not all do).

But one feature that would be great to have is the ability to utilize the theme/plugin installers to allow updating simply by re-installing a fresh downloaded zip for a theme or plugin. WP doesn't do that but Joomla does and it's so useful and efficient.

Planned
4
Add API for additional required plugins

If a theme / plugin requires / depends on another plugin, show a note to allow/deny during install.

Maybe include a way to preset options/data for the additional plugin, e.g. if CF7 is required, auto-install it (if "allow" is selected) and provide/install custom premade contact-forms.

Planned

Planned for V2.

Request: Add feature
4
change user slug - do not expose user name

could be a cryptic random string

7
Core Plugins and ClassicPress Installation

There are many petitions about removing various features into 'Core Plugins'. And, that should be done with: Customizer, REST-API, XML-RPC, Comments, Links... This will make maintenance easier, and CP core lighter.

But, the main thing related to the Core Plugins would be an extra step during the CP installation - when everything is set up (database, language and admin account), a new screen will be presented to select core plugins to install.

Also, the Plugins menu should be expanded to show the Core Plugins page where the Core plugins can be installed and removed, and not to be mixed with other Plugins.

4
E-mail default "from" and "name"

Please add options during initial setup (and / or on the settings screen) to provide the value for the "from" and "name" fields for WP mail.

Please make the default [email protected]

4
Add Webmention Support

Webmention is a modern reimplementation of things like Pingbacks and Trackbacks. This proposal would be to remove the older standards in favor of the new.

The old standards were abandoned because of abuse and disinterest. But the vision is valuable.

Basic premise...Site A links to site B. Site A tells Site B they've linked to it and it is up to site B to decide what to do with it after verifying it.

That can be parsing the sending site to display a rich comment (Better than WordPress currently showing an unintelligible snippet) or even merely using it in a statistic display.

There is already a plugin to support webmention and a separate one that enhances the response.

5
Allow renaming of file names in Media Library

Users should be able to rename files as needed inside Media Library easily.

2
Add option to inherit parent theme options

If a child theme is installed later, copying all options from parend to child can be pita. When acivating a child theme which has no options saved yet, ask if copy from parent.

Request: Add feature
6
Add PDO support

I personally want to have an SQLite as my default database, as I have a few friends' websites that have extremely low traffic. There's no need to have MySQL installed for such a small website that contains basic information.

No, SQLite can handle high volume of traffic as well and those who don't believe me, go check https://levels.io/remote-ok/

But that is not the point here.

We really need to have more alternatives to MySQL / MariaDB / Persona.

Thanks to PDO, we could have MS-Server, PostgreSQL, SQLite, Oracle...but we really need to support only the three most used: SQLite, MySQL, and PostgreSQL.

Request: Add feature
40
Include a page builder friendly theme in the installation package.

As I have had the opportunity to discuss this with another participant, I think it would be worth considering the inclusion of a basic theme and a theme built with multiple page builders in mind.

The idea stems from a free theme already available on WordPress.org Repository ( https://wordpress.org/themes/page-builder-framework/ ). While I understand there is resistance to builders due to the Gutenberg issue, page builders are a very active part of the WordPress ecosystem.

I personally think that including a theme that is built for use with multiple free and paid page builders would be a valuable asset in helping people begin building their site(s).

This doesn't involve making any changes to core. It isn't something that is automatically activated. It's just a useful tool I think would be nice to see included in the installation package.

4
Add constants to support SSL connections for mysqli

As per this requested and pretty much ignored ticket https://core.trac.wordpress.org/ticket/28625 Allow SSL connection to mysqli - absolute madness this is not in core.

Difficulty: Moderate
Request: Add feature
4
Sell 'featured' plugin slots to sponsors

WP chooses to plug Automattic-owned ones, even when better ones exist.

This is a potential source of income for the CP project.

3
Show error notice in admin when debugging is enabled

A lot of users, including developers, forget to disable WP_DEBUG after they finish troubleshooting. A simple error notice in admin would be a helpful reminder that debugging is enabled. We do that for all of our hosting customers. It's very helpful, reminds me to disable it frequently.

I've seen debug.log files in GBs in size because people forget to disable it for years.

8
Generate random table prefix during installation

It's usually a recommended step to improve security, changing table prefix from wp_ to something random.

8
Show Post/Page ID

Bring back Post/Page/Media ID in Posts/Pages/Media list pages.

3
Add a proper front end image upload mechanism

Include a mechanism where a front end user can add an image inline to their page/post/comment/topic/reply and it is uploaded to the media library upon submission.
I've not seen any plugin for WP that does this properly.

Request: Add feature
1
Do not create month- and year-based folders until some media is uploaded

WP creates a current month one even before you have a chance to decline this feature in settings.

4
Add email logging feature

Email can be complicated, with lots of potential issues related to configuration, deliverability, etc.

To help with auditing emails that a site sends, including debugging and fixing any issues, we need a good email logging system. I think this is valuable enough for our target market to be included with ClassicPress, probably as a core plugin.

I'm imagining basically a custom post type with a lightly customized archive page, like a few meta fields about the email and whether it was sent successfully or not. This could also include an option to resend previous emails and an option to disable email sending entirely for local development, except for logging the emails that would have been sent.

https://wordpress.org/plugins/wp-mail-logging/ already does a lot of this.

Semi-related discussion and links to other related petitions here: https://github.com/ClassicPress/ClassicPress/issues/363

In particular https://petitions.classicpress.net/posts/163/smtp-integration-settings-as-core-plugin would be a fairly natural tie-in here. It would be great if the SMTP settings used to send each email would also be saved as part of the archive metadata.

4
Add options for widget visibility into ClassicPress core

Not sure what your plans are for widgets, but something I've been fighting with WP for many years--something that is common sense--is to have the ability to disable a widget title and to also the option to show/hide widgets on select pages.

You have to install third party plugins to do this and the idea, especially to lessen the security risks, is to have these capabilities in the core. Plus, if you have to use plugins, you never know if they will be maintained, and if not, this creates a problem then. Best to keep these types of options in the core of your cms.

Difficulty: Moderate
Request: Modify feature
Enable STRICT_ALL_TABLES in MySQL

It was the fact that this isn't enabled in WP that led to the addition of emoji.

Request: Add feature
4
Branding and personalise from admin

Let Admin easy brand the whole thing without having to use snipets to hide elements or to modify login etc.

4
Handling ajax other than via admin-ajax.php

There should be a way to handle ajax requests without the downsides of admin-ajax.php

I guess this file has not been intended to how it is used.

There should be a way to do effective ajax requests without loading all plugins, without require the wp-admin folder to stay in place (can also not just be protected by basic auth because of that dependency) etc.

Having a standadized way to handle ajax calls is a good thing and should be possible.

Request: Modify feature
4
Add the ability to disable user accounts in admin

I often have situations where I need to prevent access to a specific user account, sometimes temporarily, sometimes permanently.

More often than not, this is for security reasons.

For accounts that need to be permanently disabled, it would be easy to say "just delete them" but there's often a lot of content associated with that account that would need transferring to other accounts. This may not be appropriate for many reasons.

My way around this at present is to change the password but a much more effective method IMHO would be to have a simple enabled/disabled checkbox.

6
Defence in Depth: Separate database operations by access level

<h3>Background</h3>

ClassicPress has inherited from WordPress a codebase entirely devoid of even the concept of “defence in depth”.

The purpose of this petition is two-fold:

  1. Gain wider acknowledgment and acceptance of the need for defence in depth,
  2. Agree on a concrete first step in the process of providing defence in depth.

Creating full defence in depth properly is going to be a long, slow process, but I believe there are very worthwhile quick wins available.

There are many facets of defence in depth; I shall confine this petition to authorisation [1].

<h3>Why?</h3>

Over the years there have been many bugs in WordPress that have allowed some variation on “an unauthorised user being allowed to access something they shouldn’t”. The most recent is the REST API bug in 4.7.0/1 which allowed an unauthenticated user to insert/update/delete any post. This proposal would have completely prevented the bug from becoming a security issue.

<h3>The Problem</h3>

The fundamental issue is that CP has a single database connection which, by default, can do anything; if the authorisation checks in the code fail for any reason there is no way to catch it before the damage is done.

<h3>The Solution</h3>

The only solution is some form of separation of concerns.

The ideal separation is to have multiple database connections, each with a different level of access; ideal from a security perspective, but impractical.

Instead, I propose the addition of a number of database roles to the existing user, with the default role having only read access.

Roles, in one form or another, are common to all databases (with the exception of sqlite). Their exact functionality differs, but generally MySQL is the least capable; whatever works for MySQL is almost guaranteed to be possible on any other database we might consider supporting.

Each role would have a different level of access, but how the roles are structured requires further discussion. For example, we could mirror the CP user roles - which is probably too coarse, or we could mirror the low-level user rights - which is probably too fine and definitely too hard to implement in the first version [2]. We need a compromise and that requires discussion.

Due to the rather “basic” nature of the existing database schema the effectiveness of this approach is slightly blunted; for example, having all the posts and CPTs in a single table makes it difficult to restrict access by type [2], and unpicking this is not something to be undertaken lightly. However, it would still have stopped the REST API bug from becoming a security issue, and would generally prevent SQL injection attacks.

<h3>Future Implications</h3>

It is vital that any future developments take the security implications of the database schema into account, rather than just simplicity or conformity. For example, the “object relationship” research plugin must use individual tables for relationships so that there is enough granularity for database roles to be effective.

Ultimately, as part of implementing PDO support (which I am very much in favour of and hope we agree to do), we should look at implementing table-per-post-type, amongst other things. However, given the potential for breakage I cannot see how we could attempt that before v3.


[1] Distinct from authentication.
[2] Needing to use row-level permissions almost always means the schema is wrong.

CP Research Plugin
11
Google Docs integration

What might a more robust editing flow with support for collaboration and multiple roles look like as part of ClassicPress?

I think a really solid, seamless integration with Google Docs would be interesting to explore. Google Docs has the best real-time collaborative editing experience I've ever seen, anywhere. This is the result of many years of engineering effort.

There are a couple of existing (or previously existing) solutions:

https://www.wpsuperstars.net/publish-from-google-docs-to-wordpress/ (according to the reviews not supported anymore / not working for common situations, seems to potentially require a WordPress.com account / Jetpack site)

https://www.wordable.io/google-docs-to-wordpress/ (third-party service, requires an account with Wordable, appears to use XML-RPC on the site)

Such a solution could use Apps Script on the Google Docs side to send the document contents to the ClassicPress REST API and store info about the connection in document metadata, but this would require setup for each Google user account.

Another way this could work is with most of the work being done on the ClassicPress PHP side, with a button that prompts you to go through the Google OAuth flow and pick a document to synchronize with a post.

Either way, I think the ideal user experience for this feature would look something like this: the TinyMCE view of post_content becomes read-only on the ClassicPress editing page, but stays connected to the underlying Google doc in the background. Then, people who write and edit stories would have their access managed using Google, and ideally only the person who publishes after everything is reviewed would need to mess with the ClassicPress dashboard.

There are definitely a lot of details to figure out here, such as how to map more complicated content types like embeds over to ClassicPress. This kind of setup would probably be most useful for text-heavy posts.

2
rewrite the shortcode parser to support nested shortcodes and self-nested shortcodes

The current shortcode parser is based on a single regular expression, making it error-prone and incapable of many useful features, such as nesting two instances of the same shortcode.

Here is a proof of concept parser for shortcodes that supports nesting and self-nesting out of the box: https://github.com/gschoppe/Better-Shortcode-Parser

9
Add a templating engine like Twig

In the current state templating is plain spaghetti code. PHP interwoven with HTML. Readability is difficult at best. With a solution like Twig things would get dramatically improved. For WordPress already exists a plugin: https://github.com/timber/timber . With its help you get a separation of concerns. You have PHP files responsible for the logic and control and twig files for the presentation. Way easier to read any maintain, improved security through Twig by default, way easier loop construction and in case you ever need to work with time and unix timestamps in WordPress the Twig functionality is nothing but bliss. And the best it is backward compatible. Themes could run built in the old fashioned way without using Twig functionality at all, you could update certain templates adapting to Twig or migrate or write themes from the ground up for Twig.

CP Research Plugin
Difficulty: Hard
Request: Add feature
15
A secondary repository for open source Scripts

Yes, we have the Plugin repository, but we don't always need to use a plugin for menial tasks. What would be great is tapping into a script repository for simple installations of scripts to be used. WordPress already comes bundled with plenty, although I am talking more about those cool scripts you find on sites like CodePen, JSFiddle, and Codrops.
Imagine a plugin and script repository working side by side.

2
Add Site Options panel with exportable/importable settings

Settings could include things like:
-enable/disable wpautop
-enable/disable theme and plugin editing (role-based?)
-enable/disable autoupdate for core updates
-etc
Could be grouped under various tabs, like 'Content', 'Security', etc

Add no-follow option to links

I think this should a stock feature on installs. When you create a link (internal or external), that option should be there.

1
Add capability to allow editor role edit menus

Currently only possible with granting too broad "edit_theme_options" capability.

Request: Add feature
5
Remove capital_P_dangit content filter

I don't really have strong feelings about this one but I know that others do.

This petition is for removing the capital_P_dangit function that forces WordPress (now ClassicPress) to always be displayed with a capital P.

Like other removed features, I think we should make this (yes, even this) into a core plugin that people can disable if they want.

Pro capital_P_dangit

Many people unintentionally write Wordpress, but this looks unprofessional. Whether WordPress or ClassicPress, it's important to preserve the project's brand and present it consistently.

Anti capital_P_dangit

  • "Don't mess with my content"
  • Early versions of capital_P_dangit had performance and correctness issues, but as far as I know these have been fixed.

 
Anything else?

Feel free to discuss below.

Previously: https://github.com/ClassicPress/ClassicPress/issues/180

Difficulty: Easy
Request: Modify feature
Request: Remove feature
7
Add Micropub support

Micropub is a W3C standard for publishing that is incredibly easy to implement. The advantage of having a platform agnostic posting API that supports simple form encoded or json encoded posts will instantly open up WordPress to many additional editors.

2
Add UUIDs/GUIDs as candidate keys for all tables

In working with some more complex WordPress sites that need to interact with other systems and synchronize data it's becoming clear that the lack of a properly maintained UUID/GUID makes that really, really hard. See:

https://stackoverflow.com/a/45479/102699

I am talking a candidate key here, not UUIDs/GUIDs as primary keys.

1
Empty widget area

Widget area should be empty. No one likes to delete it at start, everyone knows widgets as well, so example is not needed. Optionally search widget could be saved.

4
Default Support for HIBP

People have a terrible habit of using the same password over and over and often times have no clue the password they use isn’t safe anymore. It’s also a common oversight to add this by most creators. Add a Setting to enable/disable of course.

https://haveibeenpwned.com/API/v2

Request: Add feature
16
Add a GraphQL API

The current REST API is currently bloated with so much information one seldom needs when using the software as a headless CMS and could be improved in speed relatively. I suggest running with GraphQL.

This would improve speed of API, All developer to query only information needed.

This could be a start. https://github.com/wp-graphql/wp-graphql

Difficulty: Hard
Request: Modify feature
10
Show Latest Plugins on Plugin Install Screen in ClassicPress backend

The current Plugin Install screen shows different tabs.

This idea, that was originally mentioned by @Rui on Slack, is to remove all tabs and change the current Popular tab with Latest Additions.

Instead of showing the same plugins with millions of downloads, this feature request is to show a more dynamic tab.

Request: Modify feature
3
Menus method rethink

While I understand the thinking behind the 2-steps of firstly making a page, then secondly adding it to a menu, I have found my clients didn't expect 2 steps and using the 'Menus' area for them is very confusing.

How about a feature that upon making a new page, or editing an existing page, there is a menu palette in the right-hand-side of the classicpress admin interface, allowing choice of menu, with ability to assign the order of the current page in the menu.

Difficulty: Hard
Request: Modify feature
3
Have a compatibility with themes & plugins

I think to get a wider adoption CP needs to be compatible with existing plugins and themes.
Maybe somehow keep methods consistent and/or do regular partial merges with WP core.

4
Update admin bar to show "Logged in as username"

Where the howdy text used to be, it now just shows the username. This messes with the symmetry of the area given the big tabs underneath (Screen Options / Help). I'd like to see that string a bit longer, such as "Logged in as username", with the username in bold.

Difficulty: Easy
Request: Modify feature
4
Show notice if plugin update path does not exist any more

in local plugin/theme listing e.g. if plugin/theme is removed from repository or external update-source is not reachable. Maybe dismissable for 'a week, month, forever' or similar.

Request: Modify feature
7
Overrides/Improvements, OOP, Scalability

PROLOGUE:

WordPress is fundamentally old because the "core" has been written years ago and everything inheriting the core must maintain the same "specs": No real use of Namespaces, no autoloading, tiny optimization and tons of "static" functions that you cannot override without action and filters (this is quite stressful for PHP).

OVERRIDES:

As James Nylen said, we have few options when talking about general core-level improvements:

  • Replace the old APIs with new ones. This will break existing sites and plugins.
  • Add new APIs on top of the old ones. This creates more ways to do the same thing, more complexity and bugs, and can be confusing. “

Personally i think this is correct but obviously limited. An option that i want to try is this:

  • Create new APIs that only wrap currently declared APIs but with the benefit to be extendable. So you can still do the same things with the same functions (that keeps compatibility) or you can use the new APIs that should allow you to do "more" or at least in a more semantic way.

This is something i've been thinking about since last year. I created a library called "wordpressify" (not even alpha - just an idea) where I'm scaffolding/experimenting this idea.

A tiny example on this:

Take the get_the_title() function.
Ideally we might have a WP\Posts\Post::title($post = 0) that returns exactly the same as get_the_title traditional function passing the same parameters. But (and that's what i'm doing in my library) it might be used even instanced as (new WP\Post(1))->title() where 1 is the post id.

In my library the Post class extends the abstract class PostObject that implements Meta interface and so on...

As Facades principles suggest it shouldn't be done this hard way. There should be some sort of function/parameters mapping in here.

Overrides will come in action once a proper implementation of the autoloading technology is done. PrestaShop Dispatcher class is an example here (not the best one in my opinion) but it might not be what it suits for WordPress.

OOP

Posts, Terms, Metas and any entity in WordPress should be objectified or at least recognized as Object and may eventually be part of an MVC model.

More Objectification in WordPress will be part of the previous section (refer to Improvements).

I don't want to go deeper into this because it might be too theoretical. Just take a look at https://laravel.com/ as example of how things (in my opinion) should be done.

SCALABILITY

Code, Push, Test, Deploy.
On a business routine you might want environments where you can test features before a production deploy. You may want an easy team process when working locally (eg. the db syncs: we still need to make search replaces on the entire db). This is just a tiny part when talking about DevOps because the scalability part of this is mainly managed by cache. Cache, cache and more cache!

CONCLUSIONS

So what is the solution to all this?

I truly think that the key is on creating a framework that "only" extends what WordPress does. Exactly like Laravel does with PHP.

Laravel does not invent anything on php - it "just" allows you to make it easier, faster and (in general terms) better.

TL;DR; A Laravel-like framework but it is still WordPress... with steroids!

15
Integrate Health Check & Troubleshooting plugin

It is an official plugin by the community started from a ticket https://wordpress.org/plugins/health-check/

I think that we can integrate to improve the debugging and also help the customers/users to understand the system data.

Request: Add feature
11
Automatic ALT tags for images

CP should set automatic ALT tags based on the file name for all images that do not have ALT tag saved in the database. This kills 2 birds with one stone:

  • It helps improve accessibility
  • It helps improve SEO
7
Add TinyMCE, Revisions, and Featured Image in Quick Edit

We have added the TinyMCE editor in Quick Edit plus a few nifty features for quickly creating multiple Posts and Pages. We are currently working on adding Post/Page Revisions and Featured Images in Quick Edit too. I believe in time, this can continually be extended.

I believe this development would be a great edition to add to ClassicPress core and I would be happy for you to freely use this code.

You can check out the developments at our website here: https://gutenberg-free.com

Thanks.

Keep up the great work there.

Regards,
Damian Baker

Difficulty: Moderate
Request: Add feature
9
Make ClassicPress a 12 Factor App...ish

WordPress has long followed an operational model that makes deploying, updating, and maintaining it automatically difficult.

While the formal Twelve-Factor App structure adheres a little too rigidly to the Heroku deployment model, it offers a number of advancements that would greatly aid operational concerns with ClassicPress.

For reference, I'm referring to this: https://12factor.net/

As an example, implementation of configuration in the environment - not on the filesystem - would improve flexibility and make operating ClassicPress in a Docker container more viable. An excellent library for this exists in the form of Vance Lucas's phpdotenv: https://github.com/vlucas/phpdotenv

Another part of the Twelve-Factor App model that would help in operations is logging. WordPress's logging model is just to rely on the reverse proxy serving it. ClassicPress would benefit from adopting Jordi Boggiano's monolog library (https://github.com/Seldaek/monolog), as it implements the PSR-3 standard and makes logging much more manageable from an operations standpoint.

Note: this petition has huge scope, and would be best served by being adopted as an overarching strategy, rather than an atomic change.

2
Separate installation from content

It would be nice if core files, plugins, themes and uploads respectively would be kept separate of one another - both as locations and as objects.

That would make it much easier to move servers or switch between versions in case anything goes wrong.
Several websites could share a single install. It should also make it possible to specify different log-in paths - on subdomains or even different domains.

It would probably take some amount of symlinking and hooking into the existing code to preserve backwards compatibility.

example of directory structure:

  • public_html
    • classicpress-X.1
    • classicpress-X.2
    • plugins
    • themes
    • example.com*
  • -- uploads
    • example2.com*
  • -- uploads

*each with their own config.php etc.

2
Rebuilt the admin menu

Use the frontend menu GUI to create admin menus.
... for each roles.

7
full page cache as core functionality

There are a lot of nice cache plugins for WP (even I wrote one a long time ago), but there's still not one as core functionality.

Microcaching could save a lot of sites out there if they are hit with unexpected amount of traffic.

8
ClassicPress App Development Project

Hi all ! I love ClassicPress as it uses 4.9.x and based on Classic Editor and simple core functionality. I love the Community but the lack is WordPress App. There is many one using App for some uses. So, there should be App for more progression and it's continuous development should be taken place. Involve in growing Community and help build solid foundation upto Enterprise level Web Package. Support my petition of Making ClassicPress app like WP. Thanks ! 🤙

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