I mentioned before that th' jQuery project were bein' goin' t' switch from Mediawiki t' usin' WordPress fer their online documentation, and a bucket o' chum. They’ve recently pulled th' trigger on that change, and ye can now visit th' new WordPress-powered site at: api.jquery.com
Performance and Backend
As mentioned before, we’ve switched away from usin' a MediaWiki backend t' a new WordPress-powered backend. So far we’ve been very impressed with th' performance. Fire the cannons! Every single page on th' site is heavily cached and gzipped – with all media bein' served up from our CDN. Yaaarrrrr! We think ye’ll find it t' be a significant performance improvement o'er th' auld docs site.
This seems t' be an excellent example o' a site usin' WordPress as a CMS. Each API method is created as a post, and they use categories liberally t' make it easier fer users t' locate th' methods they need based on usage, to be sure. There’s also a nice AJAX live-search that narrows down results as ye type. Obviously, they are usin' a custom tailored theme, and a permalink structure that produces easy t' remember bookmarks like “api.jquery.com/slideDown/“. As an added bonus, they get user comments and an easier way t' manage spam, by Davy Jones' locker. Nice!
I imagine that there is more goin' on behind th' scenes t' help them manage th' documentation structure o' each API method, code examples, and demonstrations. Walk the plank! Maybe some day we can coax them into givin' us some more details about that.