Re: “Flashy Website, Cheap Backend”
As a web developer experienced with WordPress, I know you have made errors in your understanding of the software. If the mayor has really broken some law with regards to the bidding process, then that is another matter. It is however hard for people to find good, skilled web developers and themers, on a per project basis, when a quality website is needed.
A quick consultation of the home page of http://wordpress.org would show you that this free open source software is used by the New York Times, Wired.com, and many many other individuals and corporations much larger than Global TV. Suffice to say if it is a good choice for NYT then it is probably a good software choice for Mayor Robertson. Actually it is not even so much about the software, but the developers who take steps to ‘harden’ the software from security intrusions during the development and deployment process.
It is a shame that a member of the press such as Global TV does not understand the parallels between freedom of speech and of the press, and the openness of the Free Open Source Software community, and how both are so effective in exposing lies and moving towards the truth.
Free Open Source Software such as WordPress is free as in speech, not free as in beer. Indeed, WordPress is just one software package among thousands of others that the Internet and the World Wide Web rest upon. But I realise by the comments in your report that you are unaware of the massive worldwide movement to create and distribute Free Open Source Software. While the cost of the software may be a factor for the contractors, as it is in every other business, it is the openness that is really important. The openness of the software and the community allow for the exposure of security problems, and then expedites their repair to the entire community of WordPress users. It also allows for such things as the enforcement of high technical standards, and the independent development and release of thousands of additional software add-ons to boost and customise software functionality.
Shawn Moore of thinkprofits.com claims in the news piece that he can quickly hack and steal information submitted through the contact form on Gregor Robertson’s website. Instead of just claiming this, he should prove it. I say this because security breaches in general take more time to manifest themselves than Moore implied when he said ‘quickly’. And if Moore does know of a current security exploit WordPress, he should do the right thing and contribute the exploit to the WordPress development community, or to the head company behind WordPress, Automaticc, so that the patch may be written and released.
It is a shame that a member of the press such as Global TV does not understand the parallels between freedom of speech and of the press, and the openness of the Free Open Source Software community, and how both are so effective in exposing lies and moving towards the truth. You should be really educating your viewers on the benefits of Free Open Source Software instead of insinuating that WordPress is merely a ‘cheap’ alternative.
As I said in the beginning, I dont know if the mayor broke any laws or not. But please understand that good developers may be harder to come across than you think. Neither are they cheap. Please also educate yourselves on the benefits of Free Open Source software because it is in use widely and in many roles across the Internet.