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The Future
of WordPress
            Jane Wells
            Automattic




 WordCamp Montréal
           July 12, 2009
Jane Wells
   User Experience
Automattic | WordPress


  jane@automattic.com
http://jane.wordpress.com
      @janeforshort
“Jane Wells will be explaining new
features of WordPress 2.9 as well as
features to come in future versions
of the popular...
Telepathic WordPress
(using XMLRPC protocol)
“The future of WordPress
is not about features.”
             -Matt Mullenweg
“The future of WordPress is about people.”

                              -Matt Mullenweg
Growing a Community
   of Contributors
Core Development
     QA Testing
  Forum Moderation
Documentation (Codex)
(Plugins)        Core Development        (Themes)
                     QA Testing
                 Forum Moderation
      ...
(Plugins)        Core Development         (Themes)
                     QA Testing
                 Forum Moderation
     ...
Ben Dunkle
     Design Professor

    Designed icons
 for WordPress 2.7



Icon contest (dev blog)
                      v...
Gordon Brander
   Designer/Developer

   Blue admin theme




     WordCamp Denver
                        v
         Admi...
WordPress Handbook Series
     •   Only what you need to know

     •   Version-specific (2.7, 2.8...)

     •   SVN, Trac
...
WordPress Handbook Editions
      •   End-user (downloaded as help file)

      •   WordPress as a CMS

      •   Theme dev...
Doug Provencio
             Writer

WordPress Handbook,
        CMS Edition




        WordCamp SF
                   v
 ...
Distributed Usability Testing

     Argentina | Atlanta | Boise, Idaho | Boston | Chicago

Czech Republic | Dallas | Finla...
Development
•   Contribute core patches

•   Test pending patches

•   Mentor beginning developers

•   #wordpress-dev

• ...
Denis de Bernardy
                Developer

            Trac Reports




  #wordpress-dev IRC chat
                      ...
Andy Peatling
           Developer

        BuddyPress




        Client project
                     v
               Pl...
Community Building
 •   Meetups

 •   WordCamp

 •   Co-working

 •   Forums

 •   WordPress.tv
Jeremy Clarke
             Developer

  WordCamp Theme




  Organizer WordCamp
                Montréal
                 ...
What Can You Do?
• Report bugs
• Core patches (including design)
• Test development versions
• Participate in forums
• Write plugins
• Crea...
• Media feature design and development for 2.9
• Contribute to or edit a handbook
• Add community features to WordCamp.org...
• Media feature design and development for 2.9
• Contribute to or edit a handbook
• Add community features to WordCamp.org...
Questions?
Please feel free to contact me
with any questions or suggestions.


        Jane Wells

        jane@automattic.com

     ...
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  1. 1. The Future of WordPress Jane Wells Automattic WordCamp Montréal July 12, 2009
  2. 2. Jane Wells User Experience Automattic | WordPress jane@automattic.com http://jane.wordpress.com @janeforshort
  3. 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. 4. Telepathic WordPress (using XMLRPC protocol)
  5. 5. “The future of WordPress is not about features.” -Matt Mullenweg
  6. 6. “The future of WordPress is about people.” -Matt Mullenweg
  7. 7. Growing a Community of Contributors
  8. 8. Core Development QA Testing Forum Moderation Documentation (Codex)
  9. 9. (Plugins) Core Development (Themes) QA Testing Forum Moderation Documentation (Codex) Organize Meetups/WordCamps
  10. 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. 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. 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. 13. WordPress Handbook Series • Only what you need to know • Version-specific (2.7, 2.8...) • SVN, Trac • Editorial authority
  14. 14. WordPress Handbook Editions • End-user (downloaded as help file) • WordPress as a CMS • Theme developer • Plugin developer • System Administrator
  15. 15. Doug Provencio Writer WordPress Handbook, CMS Edition WordCamp SF v CMS Handbook v Outline v Editor
  16. 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. 17. Development • Contribute core patches • Test pending patches • Mentor beginning developers • #wordpress-dev • Write plugins
  18. 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. 19. Andy Peatling Developer BuddyPress Client project v Plugins v BuddyPress community v Automattic
  20. 20. Community Building • Meetups • WordCamp • Co-working • Forums • WordPress.tv
  21. 21. Jeremy Clarke Developer WordCamp Theme Organizer WordCamp Montréal v Requested theme v Fixed code v Returned for distribution
  22. 22. What Can You Do?
  23. 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. 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. 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. 26. Questions?
  27. 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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