Commons in a Box coming to a WordPress install near you!
When the Cuny Academic Commons approached us just over 6 months ago with their proposal to use Infinity to power the default theme for the ambitious Commons in a Box project, we had a small office party. Since we don’t have an office and live about 12000 miles away from each other, that meant drinking a White Russian at exactly the same time during a Skype chat The reason why we were so happy is because we felt that this project would have a great impact on not only ourselves and the business, but also to those who would be using CBOX. Over the last couple of months we worked closely with the CUNY Team on the project, and I can honestly say it turned out even better then we hoped.
Commons In A Box, funded by a generous grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, is a WordPress plugin that helps you to set up a powerful community site in no time flat. We’ve taken BuddyPress and packaged it with a number of the plugins that enhance the BuddyPress experience; bundled it with a brand-new theme based on the Infinity theme engine and provided an installation experience that downloads, activates and configures these various pieces in just a few clicks. No more scouring Google and the wordpress.org plugin repository for BuddyPress plugins. No more wondering whether an upgrade to BuddyPress or one of your other plugins will break your site. Commons In A Box takes care of these aspects for you, so that you can spend your energy where it really counts: in fostering your community. taken from the CUNY Development blogThe most exciting aspect for us personally was the knowledge of contributing to something that can actually have an impact beyond just WordPress. Since the project was announced we’ve heard stories from people who will be using it to power a wide range of communities, from Academic ones to non-profit sites. Allowing these people to build the communities using the software the CBOX team has written is something that we are incredibly proud of. A good example of how this is already happening is the YouthPolicy.org site that help bring together youth researchers from across the globe. The thousands of hours of work we invested in our Infinity theme has resulted in to something that we’ve always hoped to accomplish, but never dared to reach in such a short time. We would like to thank in no particular order: