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    SitePoint Wizard ryanhellyer's Avatar
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    Simple CMS WordPress Plugin Demo

    I released a new plugin called the "Simple CMS WordPress Plugin" for WordPress yesterday.

    I've had a few requests for a demo site so that people can see how it works before downloading and installing it. I'm a little wary of doing this though as I'm not sure what sort of security risk there is with giving access to a WordPress account with Editor privileges.

    According to the WordPress Codex, Editors have access to the following WordPress features:
    * moderate_comments
    * manage_categories
    * manage_links
    * upload_files
    * unfiltered_html
    * edit_posts
    * edit_others_posts
    * edit_published_posts
    * publish_posts
    * edit_pages
    * read
    * level_7
    * level_6
    * level_5
    * level_4
    * level_3
    * level_2
    * level_1
    * level_0

    None of these features seem particularly dangerous, but I'm still wary. Or am I being paranoid?

    Any opinions?

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    SitePoint Zealot webfinity's Avatar
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    Most people (myself included) won't try a new plugin unless it can be taken for a test drive first. Looks interesting.

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    you are so confident. but I think to turn WP into one CMS,it is not so easy!

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    SitePoint Wizard ryanhellyer's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by water2filter View Post
    you are so confident. but I think to turn WP into one CMS,it is not so easy!
    Why do you say that? I found it quite easy. It only took about an hour to get the test version running and I haven't had any complaints yet.

    Or are you meaning to make a CMS like Joomla, Drupal etc. which have far more features than WordPress? In which case yes, that would be extraordinarily difficult and is well beyond my meagre abilities.


    My plugin doesn't add any functionality to WordPress at all though. It simply removes features which aren't useful for creating static websites.

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    SitePoint Wizard ryanhellyer's Avatar
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    Since no one has said I'm mad for allowing people access at editor level to a WordPress install, I've opened up a demo site for people to experiment with:

    Site link
    Admin Panel link

    Username: test
    Password: test

    Feel free to edit anything you want as long as you don't post anything potentially offensive to others!

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    ooh. This looks interesting. I'm going to have to give it a look later.

    I use WP as a CMS for a lot of my clients, but they're often intimidated by all the options. Cleaning it up to just the necessary tabs could make my life a lot easier.
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    This definitively looks interesting


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    SitePoint Wizard ryanhellyer's Avatar
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    Important note: Apparently I haven't emphasised the point that this ONLY works with WordPress 2.5, so if you want to try it out on your own site, you will need to upgrade to WordPress2.5 RC1 or newer.

    I've had a few confused emailers asking why it didn't work for them ... it turns out they were using WordPress 2.3.x.

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    The 2.5 version of Wordpress is still in its testing phase I think...it's not available for download on their site yet.

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    SitePoint Wizard ryanhellyer's Avatar
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    WordPress2.5 RC1 is available for download. Matt Mullenweg has said it is ready for release, they're just canvasing the masses for their opinion before confirming it as the official stable version. So (in theory) it should be safe to try.

    I do recommend trying it too, as there are lots of improvements over the 2.3.x line. I've been using the beta for the past few weeks and have been very impressed with the improvements they have made.

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    And just for the record, it was announced at http://wordpress.org/development (with a link to the .zip file that Ryan has already provided). In other words, it's kosher.


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