Last week I received this email from Automattic. That’s the company that owns WordPress.com and that is a trustee for WordPress.org.
As more collaboration is happening remotely and online — work yes, but increasingly also school and personal relationships — we’re all looking for better ways to work together online. Normally, teachers hand out homework to students in person, and project leaders gather colleagues around a conference table for a presentation. Suddenly all this is happening in email, and Slack, and Zoom, and Google docs, and a dozen other tools.
At WordPress.com, our 15 years as a fully distributed company with over 1,200 employees working from 77 countries relies on P2: an all-in-one team website, blog, database, and social network that consolidates communications and files in one accessible, searchable spot.
It powers work at WordPress.com, WooCommerce, and Tumblr. And today, a beta version is available for anyone — for your newly-remote work team, your homeschooling pod, your geographically scattered friends. P2 is the glue that gives your group an identity and coherence.
The email invited me to set up a site using P2 for internal team communications. So I did. Then I went to a different browser to take a look at what the site I had made looked like to a non-logged in viewer.
And the answer is that the site is marked as private, which is what a team would want if they are using P2 for internal communications.
Is this P2 or P2 version 2?
All good so far except for one thing. I had a P2 site years ago. I am as sure as I can be that that there was a P2 theme in the WP.com repository. And I am sure I used the theme and set up a private P2 on a self-hosted site.
Colour me confused.
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