Introduction to Cartridge Building | OpenShift by Red Hat

Users interested in creating cartridges or adding fundamental features to OpenShift should read this document. A “fundamental” feature is hard to define but one example would be the difference between PHP and WordPress. WordPress requires PHP to run. It uses the PHP cartridge and in that way, php is a fundamental feature required for wordpress to run. PHP would be a cartridge but wordpress would be an application. WordPress also needs MySQL to run, so in that scenario PHP and MySQL would both be cartridges but WordPress (even if one wanted to package it and provide it to others) would not be a cartridge.

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