A major part of using WordPress involves relying on and interacting with the WordPress community at large, which has the reputation of being genuinely friendly and helpful. After all, as an open source platform it has been built and maintained by that community!
Although the members of our local WordPress Meetup are by definition a part of that community, few were aware of the range of opportunities available within it.
So, for our last session before the summer break, we chose this as our topic. I put together a slide presentation covering the kind of resources and experiences the WordPress Community can offer you and the ways in which you can contribute to WordPress.
- Community Forums
- The Community Deputy Program
- Contrib to Core
- Component Maintainers
- Contributing/ reviewing plugins and themes
- Freelance/ remote working opportunities
For quick reference, I also put together the following useful resource links:
You may also want to read my account of attending WCUS 2016, WCUS – passion, democratization, accessibility, community
Don’t forget to keep an eye on your WordPress Dashboard for news about local events!
WordPress Resource Sites
WPBeginner – mostly how-to guides for simple tasks
Torque – more editorial content, from development to light pop culture
WPTavern – editorial content, mostly about the project and open sources
WPMU DEV Blog – some free content, some by subscription
WPShout – mostly developer-focused content, with in-depth tutorials
Online WordPress Forums
27 WordPress Support Forums That Have All The Answers – useful article, including a comprehensive list of WordPress Facebook Groups
Contributing to WordPress
Make WordPress – If you want to get involved in WordPress, this is the place to be, with blogs for each contributor group, general news, and upcoming events.
Contib to Core – see also this helpful Developers Guide to Contributing to WordPress Core from Delicious Brains