July 8th, 2008

Simplifying Plone: Conclusion

What are the next steps?

In the articles Simplifying the content authoring experience, Improved handling of rich media and Composite pages, listings and content proxies, we have laid out an approach to radically simplify the content authoring experience in Plone.

We have in one fell swoop eliminated the need for:

We have made it substantially easier to handle:

We have made it possible to:

…all while making the UI massively simpler and easier to work with.

And if that wasn’t enough, the infrastructure improvements can be done gradually over a number of small releases in the 3.x series, and then culminate in a Plone 4.0 or 5.0 where we make the entire picture come together in a coherent new user experience. And we mostly don’t need to invent new infrastructure, instead we can build on work done in the Plone 3.x releases.

Next Steps

Where do we go from here? I want you all to help with fleshing out the plan, as well as contributing code and testing resources to make this happen. The next steps will be: