At what point does WordPress get named and we work with that and the version number ? Although releases have been named, we don’t actually use the names do we, refering instead to the version number but at some point soon won’t there be a need to define releases that much better ?
The release of version 1.5.1 is imminent and although it contains a lot of bug fixes and people should upgrade, it isn’t essentially different is it ? The underlying structure remains the same, yet looking at the Codex for Version 1.6 shows that item #1 there is this: “Support for mass deployment (allows people to host multiple blogs securely and without having to manually create each one)“. Now… if you want this feature (though I have no clue why) then this is potentially wonderful news. But if you do not, you will have code in your install which you do not need – and for an individual user, that means the code is bloated. No matter which way you spin it, if 1.6 offers a significant feature that you will never use then why bother getting 1.6 ?
(Given that by now – the time you have been reading this – I could have completed a fresh WP install I have never seen why this need for multiple installs. Just because MT did it that way first does not make it either a good or desirable goal. All I can see is some complex code and a ridiculous amount of questions from people about users levels etc.)
Anyway, 1.6 (or Version 2.0 / whatever) will cater for the “multi-bloggers”. Okay – but who and what is catering for the monoblogger ? Will we be forced to have this capability so we are able to keep up ? (Keep up with what though ? There must be people out there running b2 who are perfectly happy – my host still offers it as a 1-click install!) Or will the view be that 1.5.1 withers and dies and that people will almost be forced to adopt the multi-blogging script simply because of how things will evolve ? This last part seems wrong to me – continually raising the bar is not always a good thing.
I certainly feel that if 1.5.1 is the last code that is purely for monoblogs, it should be named and supported within the current WP framework, and when multi comes along (but WPMu is already here) it slots in there too. In a years time how do we differentiate questions / answers for people with potentially two releases ? I suppose I’ve answered my question in that there will only ever be a current release, but then the more features you add to anything, the more you lift that standard the more room underneath you leave for a competitor – and the goal of WP is blogging domination ? ;)