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In this comment, Jane Wells mentioned the idea of volunteering for 2 hrs per month toward the WordPress community. Even though Andrea & I do significantly more hours than that on any month, I think it’s a great idea. So, last night I revisited the exploratory development work I did a few months back.

The reason I chose to revisit that particular project was that the discussion of the code base merge between WordPress and WordPress MU resurfaced again. The merge was announced about 4 months ago. About once a month a conversation sparks about the uncertain outcome of the merge. What’s unfortunate about those conversations is that most of the code merge has already been done.

The 3 significant things remaining to be done to merge the two code bases are:

  1. Implement a common installation process
  2. Implement a common registration process
  3. Develop the ability to turn on multi-blogs via option settings

The link below is to an archive containing a slightly modified version of WordPress MU. I added 2 check boxes to the install screen:


If you do not check the “Use the existing WordPress blog as the main blog”, the installer will create a standard WordPress MU 2.8.5-dev install. The install should function the same as WordPress MU 2.8.5-dev from trac.

If you do check the “Use the existing WordPress blog as the main blog”, provide the database details for a standard WordPress 2.8.4 blog. The resulting install should function the same as a standard WordPress MU 2.8.5-dev from trac install. Note that the main blog’s upload directory will remain /wp-content/uploads.

The Terms of Use checkbox is there to remind the person installing that this is a development version. Please practice safe hex by using this on a test site. [download#14]


  1. sounds like a step in the right direction to me. I’d like to not see wpmu go by the way side thats for sure. But I think there are several ups to just plain wordpress when you have a smaller number of users, but the scalable features of wpmu are great as well when the site gets large.