WordPress Saves Creative Commons Search Engine From Shutting Down

WordPress Saves Creative Commons Search Engine From Shutting Down

Creative Commons Search is connecting to WordPress.org, which will help keep the search engine of free-to-use images for the future.

Matt Mullenweg, CEO of the WordPress parent company Automatic, says he decided to bring CC Search on board, which was in danger of being shut down after hearing:

“I am a long-time supporter of Creative Commons and do their impressive work on open content licenses, and when we heard that they were considering shutting down their CC search engine, we immediately started exploring those methods Is what we can keep it going. “

Mullenweg is a way to keep CC Search running, giving it a new home on WordPress.org.


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This would remove significant overhead expenses for CC search, as WordPress would cover the costs of hosting its repository of 500 million images.

“I look forward to giving Source Open Freedom a new home at WordPress.org in continuing commitment to continue to source freedom, and to provide this community resource for decades to come.”

Creative Commons is a non-profit organization that provides an ad-free search experience. CC search is dependent on donations to continue.

With the removal of hosting costs, CC search will be less dependent on the generosity of users going forward.

In addition, Automatic CC is hiring key members of the search team and sponsoring their work.


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Creative Commons relies on a team of volunteer developers to maintain its open source projects.

It is possible that some of those volunteers will be paid for their work for the first time. However, it is unclear whether Automatic is hiring CC volunteers or members of its full-time engineering staff.

In any case, this is a major win for Creative Commons, which has been helping publishers to get openly licensed since 2001.

Mullenweg noted that CC Search would soon add support for audio and video. It is likely that this would not be possible without this help from WordPress.

Recruitment of CC search team members opens the door to expand their capabilities with more facilities in the future.

Mullenweg says he will share details about upcoming plans in a few weeks, when everything from CC Search will be running live and on WordPress.

At this time it is not known what the change will mean for WordPress site owners. In addition to the benefit of having constant access to CC search.

I’m sure everyone has the ability to search and add images to post without leaving the WordPress editor at the top of the wish list.

Creative Commons currently offers an official WordPress plugin that makes it easy for site owners to add free usage licenses to their content. It is possible that the functionality may be introduced natively in future versions of WordPress.


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Creative Commons has not yet released an official statement, but former CEO Ryan Merkle offered his thoughts Twitter:

“When I started CC search, I always hoped that it would become part of the Internet infrastructure. [Matt Mullenweg] And I first talked about CC Search in 2018, and they immediately saw the potential. I am very happy to see this happen. This is great for WordPress, and great for the commons. “

Source: Matt Mullenweg’s personal blog