The Future of WordPress (WordCamp Montréal)

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Presentation by Jane Wells of Automattic at WordCamp Montréal on growing community involvement as the future of the WordPress open source project.

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The Future of WordPress (WordCamp Montréal)

  1. The Future of WordPress Jane Wells Automattic WordCamp Montréal July 12, 2009
  2. Jane Wells User Experience Automattic | WordPress jane@automattic.com http://jane.wordpress.com @janeforshort
  3. “Jane Wells will be explaining new features of WordPress 2.9 as well as features to come in future versions of the popular CMS.” -Charles Lapointe ressacmedia.com
  4. Telepathic WordPress (using XMLRPC protocol)
  5. “The future of WordPress is not about features.” -Matt Mullenweg
  6. “The future of WordPress is about people.” -Matt Mullenweg
  7. Growing a Community of Contributors
  8. Core Development QA Testing Forum Moderation Documentation (Codex)
  9. (Plugins) Core Development (Themes) QA Testing Forum Moderation Documentation (Codex) Organize Meetups/WordCamps
  10. (Plugins) Core Development (Themes) QA Testing Forum Moderation Documentation (Codex) Organize Meetups/WordCamps Graphic Design Usability Testing Information Arcitecture Interaction Design Accessibility Screencasts/Presentations
  11. Ben Dunkle Design Professor Designed icons for WordPress 2.7 Icon contest (dev blog) v Icons, core graphics v bbPress icons v Plugin icons
  12. Gordon Brander Designer/Developer Blue admin theme WordCamp Denver v Admin mockups v Post graphics/CSS to Trac v Committed to core, 2.8
  13. WordPress Handbook Series • Only what you need to know • Version-specific (2.7, 2.8...) • SVN, Trac • Editorial authority
  14. WordPress Handbook Editions • End-user (downloaded as help file) • WordPress as a CMS • Theme developer • Plugin developer • System Administrator
  15. Doug Provencio Writer WordPress Handbook, CMS Edition WordCamp SF v CMS Handbook v Outline v Editor
  16. Distributed Usability Testing Argentina | Atlanta | Boise, Idaho | Boston | Chicago Czech Republic | Dallas | Finland | India | Los Angeles | Mexico Minneapolis | Netherlands | New York | New Zealand | Norway Russia | San Francisco | Switzerland | Sydney | Tokyo | Toronto Turkey | UK | Vancouver, BC | Vermont | Washington, DC
  17. Development • Contribute core patches • Test pending patches • Mentor beginning developers • #wordpress-dev • Write plugins
  18. Denis de Bernardy Developer Trac Reports #wordpress-dev IRC chat v Too hard to maintain tickets v Created new reports v Easy to follow tickets
  19. Andy Peatling Developer BuddyPress Client project v Plugins v BuddyPress community v Automattic
  20. Community Building • Meetups • WordCamp • Co-working • Forums • WordPress.tv
  21. Jeremy Clarke Developer WordCamp Theme Organizer WordCamp Montréal v Requested theme v Fixed code v Returned for distribution
  22. What Can You Do?
  23. • Report bugs • Core patches (including design) • Test development versions • Participate in forums • Write plugins • Create themes • Abide by and promote the GPL • Contribute to related projects like bbPress • Mentor less experienced users/developers • Suggest/discuss features on Ideas forum • Vote in surveys
  24. • Media feature design and development for 2.9 • Contribute to or edit a handbook • Add community features to WordCamp.org • Improve WordPress.tv • Find ways to increase participation by women
  25. • Media feature design and development for 2.9 • Contribute to or edit a handbook • Add community features to WordCamp.org • Improve WordPress.tv • Find ways to increase participation by women See me after class.
  26. Questions?
  27. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or suggestions. Jane Wells jane@automattic.com http://jane.wordpress.com twitter: @janeforshort
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