PHP Community Site

by Chris Shiflett

PHP has one of the largest developer communities in the world, yet we have
no community gathering place like those you can find for other languages
(Perl has, for example).

Want to help change this?

I am coordinating the development of a Web site that is built by and for
the PHP community. Its features will include such things as:

  • Personal blogs for all registered users

  • Frequent community news and user comments (Slashdot style)

  • Weekly summaries of key mailing lists (such as php-general)

  • Weekly summaries of other news from related communities

  • News from various user groups (such as NYPHP)

  • Links, FAQs, articles, tutorials, and other helpful documentation

More importantly, the features will be driven by the needs of the
community and not any one person. This list is just an example of the most
common features found on other community sites.

Will this site seek to eliminate other PHP sites that offer one or more of
these features already? Absolutely not. My hope is to help bring the
community together, both the people in the community as well as all
related Web sites.

I have spoken with O'Reilly, and they have agreed to support us in this
endeavor with servers, bandwidth, administration, and anything else we
need. All we have to do is provide the people to develop and maintain the
site and its content.

You don't have to be an expert to help out. I need people to fill the
following roles (multiple people can fill the same role and a single
person can fill multiple roles):

  • Site management and global vision

  • Coding standards creation and software architecture

  • Security audits and general guidance

  • Weekly summary of php-general

  • Weekly summary of php-internals

  • Weekly summary of general community news

  • News item selection and posting (users can submit suggested news)

  • Database design

  • Software development (PHP, Perl, etc.)

  • PHP user group representatives (updated news from your group)

  • Content writers (FAQs, articles, tutorials, etc.)

  • Graphic designers, user interface specialists, etc.

  • Translators

  • Advocacy (get the word out, solicit volunteers, etc.)

There are likely many other roles to be filled. If you think you can help
out a lot, please consider the first role, site management and global
vision. If you want to help but don't feel like you fit into any specific
role, don't worry about it (any help is very much appreciated).

There will be mailing lists, CVS, and other tools available to assist in
the creation of this site. More information about these things will be
given to those who are interested in being involved.

Please send me an email at if you are willing to help.
Mention where you are interested in helping and any information about
yourself that you think is important. This information is not intended to
determine whether anyone is "worthy" or any silliness like that, but it is
rather to help organize the contributors so that everyone is doing
something they enjoy.

What features would you like to see in a PHP community site?


2003-12-02 07:13:30
already a community site -- Tim Purdue is the founder.
2003-12-02 07:37:04
already a community site
I've visited this site many times and left. Useful, but no place to setup camp. No discredit to Tim.
2003-12-05 01:21:41
already a community site
Tim Purdue sold phpbuilder some time ago, that's why the site made a rapid descend concerning it's value of content.
2003-12-05 08:21:26
Project hosting?
What are the odds of providing some sort of project hosting capability a la SourceForge? CVS or Subversion repositories, bug tracking / change management, release management, etc.

Probably massive duplication of effort there, but might be fun.

2003-12-06 16:57:23
Project hosting?
A feature like this is definitely a possibility. Another way of describing it is an incubator for PHP projects. This might actually be a good way of combining the efforts of the PHP community more, so that instead of having a dozen broken wheels in any particular genre (forum, CMS, etc.), we have one really good one.
2005-03-07 03:19:58
secure login

I am designing a site and need an extremely secure PHP login module. Can anyone suggest. I am happy to pay for one, but it has to be securer than the average ones available. Thanks.