WordPress Releases Official Guidance On AI-Generated Code

WordPress has issued guidance reminding developers to verify GPL compatibility for all code, including AI-generated code, when creating plugins and themes for WordPress.org.
Published: March 23, 2023
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Recently, guidance has been released by Mika Epstein, the WordPress Plugin Review Team Rep, stressing the importance of maintaining GPL compatibility while using AI-generated code in WordPress plugins. This guidance serves as a reminder to all developers and users who employ AI tools such as our own CodeWP.

In summary, the guidance states that:

  1. All code hosted on WordPress.org must be GPL compatible.
  2. Using generated code is not against any guidelines, but you are responsible for ensuring that the code is properly licensed.
  3. Verify that all the code used in your plugin or theme is GPL compatible, including the AI-generated code.
  4. If it's determined that your code copies someone else's work, or includes code from non-GPL plugins, your submission will be rejected, and any live plugins will be closed.

GPL, or General Public License, is a widely used free software license that grants users the freedom to use, study, share, and modify the software. It was created by the Free Software Foundation (FSF) and is also known as the "GNU GPL" or simply "GNU General Public License."

The GPL aims to ensure that the software released under its license remains free and accessible to users. When a program is licensed under the GPL, its source code must be readily available, and any changes made to the software must also be licensed under the GPL. This concept encourages the open sharing of knowledge and the collaborative improvement of software.

There are different versions of the GPL, with the most current one being GPL version 3.0, released in 2007. Each version has its specific terms and conditions, but the core principle of ensuring software freedom remains across all of them. In the context of WordPress, the GPL compatibility requirement means that all code hosted on WordPress.org, including plugins and themes, must be licensed under GPL or a compatible license, allowing for free distribution and modification.

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At CodeWP, we keep these essential guidelines in mind as we work on our AI-powered code generator designed specifically for WordPress users. Our system covers PHP, JS, WooCommerce, Oxygen, Breakdance, and Regex conditions to help developers build websites faster and more effectively.

In order to ensure that you are using AI-generated code responsibly, we recommend that you review and understand the guidelines provided by WordPress.org. GPL compatibility is crucial in the development process, and it is the developer's responsibility to ensure that all code hosted on WordPress.org, including that generated by AI, complies with these standards.

Our team at CodeWP always strives to provide you with the latest information and tools to help you create the best possible WordPress projects. By abiding by the WordPress guidelines and double-checking the licenses, you'll ensure a smooth experience when submitting your plugins and themes on WordPress.org. Together, we can build a more efficient and thriving WordPress community.

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