P2 or P2 Version 2?

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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  1. The Powers That Be retired the older P2/O2 theme that was available on WPcom. Again, if you used it on an older site you can continue to use it. The newest version can only be used on a p2 subdomain, which is a simpler, free version, like the P2Customers and the site you set up. I understand they’ll introduce a version with more features “coming soon” at some point. Have fun!


    1. Thanks, Jen. That clears that up!

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