NoPoCo is the multi-site (or “multi-user”, MU) base for a network of WordPress (WP) sites that are either the product of the Stewards of Portland or are products of groups or individuals the Stewards support.
None of these NoPoCo sites are commercial. Some are related to church (Eastrose Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship) or neopagan spirituality (Lyceum Of Trees). Several have to do with the Stewards’ personal interests.
Technical Raison D’Etre
Using a WPMU simplifies the backroom of nopoco.net considerably. Rather than maintaining several instances of a couple of different wiki engines, there is now just one instance of the WP engine to manage. As nopoco is a one man operation, this frees much more time for developing content.
Another advantage is that WP is now the most popular CMS in the world, powering more than 75 million websites, which is about 25% of all websites, and serving up content in more than 2.5 billion page views each month. One of the benefits of joining this crowd is an assurance that the producers of WP will be doing everything in their power to provide an environment free of goofs and malicious activities; that updates and upgrades will be well-tested and rolled out in good time. Perhaps because of my experience in dealing with websites that had to have strong security, I am more conscious of, and appreciative of, this kind of effort.
Another advantage of WP is that it is FOSS: Free Open Source Software. It is free to use, its raw code is available to anyone, and its license allows anyone to take that raw code and modify it however they wish– so long as they accept the FOSS licensing terms. Combined with the huge installed base, this means that a great number of very bright developers are constantly improving and extending WP’s capabilities.
The following comments document and discuss the decisions made in bringing NoPoCo to life, and its continued management.