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A modern CMS based on WordPress (a.k.a WordPress fork)

You can read more about the "why" on the project's site at and follow news on the blog

Getting a "ready to use" code

It might come as a surprise to some, but GitHub has bandwidth limits and in order to avoid running into such a corner, all of the distributions will be done from our site. Right now you can get them from the downloads page at

Installation instructions

Same as the WordPress "5 minutes" installations.

Converting from WordPress

calmPress strives to be as DB and API compatible to WordPress as possible, therefore a conversion from WordPress to calmPress should not involve more than pointing to the same DB, probably by copying the wp-config.php, and copying the wp-content directory.

Themes and plugins written for WordPress should work "as is", where "work" in this context is that they will not suffer any kind of PHP level error, although if they are targeting some niche functionality that is being deprecated like trackbacks, they might not be able to do anything meaningful.


In general this kind of project always has a need for non technical contribution. For example, the project needs a nicer logo, and some proofreading.

Reporting issues, whether they are "bugs" or feature requests, is a great way to contribute. A few things to keep in mind

  • We use the term "bug" to describe a situation in which a feature being developed is not working correctly. Once the feature is shipped in a release, any further modifications are "feature requests"
  • Suggestions on improving current implementation in terms of text, UX, or code structure are very welcome (as long as they will not cause regressions ;) )
  • For "new" user facing features you should have a convincing argument as to why more than 30% of the users will be interested to use it
  • If you are interested in making a case for deprecating a feature, you should prove it has an inherent security, privacy or performance problem that can not be fixed, or that the feature is not used.
  • Code contributions are welcome in the form of PR. Still better to open an issue first to be sure that the suggested development fits with the "values" and technical direction the project would like to have.
  • If you are contributing code, it should use the WordPress coding standards as much as possible.


You will need to install NPM's grunt to run a build.

All source code is located under the /src directory, and the grunt/build process builds a "distribution" into the /build directory.

Branches and tags

Since we inherit WordPress's GIT structure with all its branches and tags, we use a cp/ pefix to identify tags and branches which are unique to the calmPress code.