With the upcoming birthday of ClassicPress (August 18) I decided to take a break from my projects to take a look at all the things ClassicPress has accomplished since I last wrote.
I see the scheduled release of V1.1.0 has come and gone with very little, if any, talk about what the future holds. Of course, I could go to the Slack/ClassicPress and take a look at what is happening but that doesn’t really work because ClassicPress is still using the free version of Slack which cuts off everything in conversations beyond 10,000 messages. 10,000 messages comes quickly when you start talking about things and of course, when you have multiple channels going at the same time. And I can understand not wanting to pay 239 pounds per month for their 38 active members. Rather pricey.
Then there is the ClassicPress forums where one might expect a bustling community to be eagerly awaiting the release of the, now 17 days past due, 57% complete, version 1.1.0. Nope, not really much being said there either, that I saw.
I know, I’ve not been very active in keeping up with what is going on with ClassicPress. However, much like one of those soap operas my mom used to watch, it seems I can go away for months (four to be exact) and pick up right where I left off, not missing a beat. Sad really, given the hype about being a business centered solution to WordPress yet unable to keep the self imposed release schedule.
So what have I seen that would make me want to continue using ClassicPress?
- I can go away for a weekend, even a week and I don’t have to worry about coming back to a forced change WordPress has implemented that might have broken my websites.
- WooCommerce still works with ClassicPress. I wouldn’t expect that to change a whole lot, since they will continue to support WP 4.9.x for the foreseeable future. That’s a good thing since nobody seems to have taken the “ClassicCommerce” fork of WooCommerce seriously, yet. An eCommerce option for ClassicPress is still going to be a must for viability.
- I have been able to find alternatives to the plugins that have stopped supporting versions of pre 5.0 WordPress. Though more plugins seem to be abandoning pre Gutenberg versions of WordPress.
- Personal preference. I believe it is better to have the hope of the fork eventually amounting to something major, having plugins that work well with it, than to return to WordPress where community seems to be just a word used to further the agenda of tyrants.
I don’t like the way WordPress treats the people and businesses that built it to be what WordPress has become. Whether ClassicPress ever amounts to what the hype promised or not, I think there’s still time for someone to come along with the motivation and resources to provide a very good solution for businesses that just want a stable online platform.
I’m harsh. I get that. I don’t believe a business solution for real businesses can promote itself as being such if it isn’t serious about the schedule created by the lead(s).
If the project can’t come close to meeting their own deadlines, it kind of undermines their own credibility.