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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.

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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  • 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