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In this session we look at the kind of resources and experiences the WordPress Community can offer you and the ways in which you can contribute to WordPress, as well as touching on the WordPress freelance working community.

In this session we look at the kind of resources and experiences the WordPress Community can offer you and the ways in which you can contribute to WordPress, as well as touching on the WordPress freelance working community.


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  2. 2. The WordPress Community PASSION AND PARTICIPATION
  3. 3. Context  33.4% of websites  61.1% of CMS based sites  Almost 75 million users  661 new sites every day  Non-English downloads surpassed English ones in 2014 WordPress Usage
  4. 4. Culture “The WordPress Lifestyle is the idea that WordPress goes far beyond being just software. Anyone who gets involved with the WordPress community can benefit in many ways.” Brian Rotsztein,
  5. 5. Community Overview  Meetups  WordCamps o Contributor Days  Community Forums  Community Deputy Program WordPress Development:  Contrib to Core  Component Maintainer  Contribute Plugins/Themes  Review Plugins/Themes Freelance and Remote Working Opportunities PARTICIPATE LEARN CONTRIBUTE
  6. 6. Meetups
  7. 7. A WordPress Meetup is . . . “an opportunity for people who love and value WordPress to get together to learn from, and connect with each other” As WordPress Meetups are organized and run by local communities, anyone can show leadership and no single person is necessarily the owner of what may be organized or hosted. WordPress Meetups are groups in which anyone is welcome to organize an event.
  8. 8. WordPress Meetup Facts and Figures 2018  Supported by the WordPress Meetup Chapter program  691 WordPress affiliated Meetup groups all over the world  99 countries where you can find a WordPress Meetup group  385,250 active members  5,675 events
  9. 9. WordCamps
  10. 10. WordCamps are . . . “ informal, community-organized events that are put together by WordPress users like you. Everyone from casual users to core developers participate, share ideas, and get to know each other.”  Speakers and organizers are all unpaid volunteers  Costs are covered by a mix of global WordPress sponsorship and local sponsors  Ticket prices are kept very low – usually $20-$50 for 1 to 2 days (a real bargain!)  Open to all – users, developers, designers, bloggers, enthusiasts, newbies . . .
  11. 11. WordCamp Facts and Figures  128 WordCamps worldwide in 2017 (139 in 2018)  49 in the US and 79 outside the US  2,346 unique speakers – 1,384 of these were first time speakers  Over 41,500 WordCamp tickets sold WordCamp US  the largest North American WordCamp - roughly 2,000 attendees  3-day event, including a contributor day  Includes Matt Mullenweg’s annual ‘State of the Word’ address  Livestream tickets available (FREE so far)
  12. 12. What to expect  80%+ of the content will have a specific WordPress focus  A range of session formats – presentations, live demos, Q&A, panels, etc.  An eclectic mix of local and visiting speakers  The Happiness Bar – a volunteer run WordPress support desk  Making connections with other WordPress users and potential collaborators  Fun! Speaker & sponsor event, afterparty – & maybe photo booths!  Refreshments & meals may be provided  Swag – there may be conference t-shirts and sponsor perks Every WordCamp is different, but key elements will likely include:
  13. 13. WordCamps aren’t just about code! Sessions this non-coder attended:  Version Control Your Life: Alternate Uses for Git  How to Talk Content: A Guide for Developers  Five Newsroom Tips for Better Website Content  HeroPress: The People of WordPress  You Are Not Code  Care and Feeding of Your Passion  The Dark Side of Democratization  So you’ve released a WordPress product . . . Now what?  Matt Mullenweg’s ‘State of the Word’ And don’t forget ‘the corridor stream’!
  14. 14. The After Party . . .
  15. 15. Contributor Days WHAT IS A CONTRIBUTOR DAY? “Contributor day is a day for existing contributors to work on projects together as well as for people to learn how to contribute back to WordPress for the first time.” Accessibility Community Core Design Documentation Hosting Marketing Meta Mobile Plugins/ Plugin Review Polyglots Support Test Themes/Theme Review Training WordPress TV WP-CLI People of all skill levels are welcome to participate. There is a wide variety of ways to contribute participate without having technical experience. Teams may include: (You can get a good overview at
  16. 16. 2019 WordCamps (local-ish)  Hamilton - June 1  Ottawa – July 13 & 14  Boston – July 20 & 21  Montreal – August 10 & 11  Ann Arbor – August 24 & 25  New York – September 14 & 15 ps/wordcamp-new-york-city-2/  Rochester – October 5  Niagara-on-the-Lake – October 19 WordCamp US 2019 – November 1, 2 & 3, St. Louis, MO
  17. 17. WordPress Events and News Keep an eye out for local events when you are working on your site from within the Dashboard!
  18. 18. The WordPress Community Online
  19. 19. Some Major WordPress Resource Sites WPBeginner – mostly how-to guides for simple tasks
  20. 20. WordPress Resource Sites contd. . . Torque – more editorial content, from development to light pop culture
  21. 21. WordPress Resource Sites contd. . . WPTavern – editorial content, mostly about the project and open sources
  22. 22. WordPress Resource Sites contd. . . WPMU DEV Blog - /blog/ - some free content, some by subscription
  23. 23. WordPress Resource Sites contd. . . WPShout – mostly developer-focused content, with in-depth tutorials
  24. 24. Online WordPress Forums The WordPress Codex -the online manual for WordPress and a living repository for WordPress information and documentation. Main communication channel (but not support forum)
  25. 25. Online WordPress Forums contd . . . Facebook Groups  WordPress Development on Stack - Q & A forum for WordPress administrators & developers  Anybody can ask or answer questions, though you have to sign up (free)  The responses voted most helpful are shown first (See for step by step instructions!) There are groups for everything WordPress – there’s a great list in the WP Buffs article, link below!
  26. 26. Community Deputy Program
  27. 27. Become a Community Deputy WordCamp application processing Meetup application processing Meetup orientations WordCamp orientations WordCamp mentoring WordCamp budget reviews Answer questions in #community- events on Slack Weigh in on Community program discussions and decisions Design, build, and test new tools for
  28. 28. Community deputies are an excellent way to contribute to the WordPress project without knowing how to code.
  29. 29. Contribute to
  30. 30. See for the full range of possibilities! There are many different ways to get involved with WordPress, including: <> Core The core team makes WordPress. You can write code, fix bugs, debate decisions, and help with development. Accessibility The a11y group provides accessibility expertise across the project. They make sure that WordPress core and all of WordPress’ resources are accessible  Design The design group is focused on the designing and developing the user interface. It’s a home for designers and UXers alike. There are regular discussions about mockups, design, and user testing.
  31. 31. Contrib to Core  Anyone can suggest a patch - there are even tickets labelled Good First Bugs to help you get started  You should install a local development environment  Anyone with an interest in code can create a patch and attach it to a ticket Only Committers, who are experienced WP contributors, can make code live WordPress relies on people like you to turn ideas into reality. WordPress is a user- and volunteer-driven project; every enhancement and each improvement depends on the community.
  32. 32. Become a Component Maintainer Many contributors help maintain one or more components. They:  triage new tickets & look after existing ones;  spearhead or mentor tasks;  pitch new ideas;  curate roadmaps;  provide feedback to other contributors. Long-time maintainers with a deep understanding of particular areas of core are always seeking to mentor others to impart their knowledge. Want to help? Start following a component!
  33. 33. Other ways to show your support Contribute  free themes s/release/submitting-your-theme-to- wordpress-org/  free plugins ers/ Review  themes for the WordPress theme directory ndbook/  plugins – a great way of showing appreciation for free code! wordpress-plugin-review/
  34. 34. Freelance and Remote Working Opportunities
  35. 35. Useful articles: • Codeable • Codementor • We Work Remotely • Authentic Jobs • • remoteOK • indeed• 10up • X-Team • Modern Tribe • HumanMade
  36. 36. Virtual Agencies  All of these employ WordPress coders who work remotely on managed projects  They each tend to have a distinct culture and look for people who ‘fit’  You have to go through a fairly rigorous recruitment process  Some work on an F/T employed basis (can raise some tax concerns for Canadians), some offer freelance and P/T roles  They offer a variety of benefits, often including equipment allowance, professional development and an annual ‘team’ trip
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  41. 41. Outsourcing Marketplace Codeable An exclusive marketplace for WordPress freelancers. If you are accepted, you can access and bid for a variety of freelance jobs that pay a minimum of $60US per hr. Codementor A marketplace for freelance developers and mentors, though not exclusively WordPress. If you are accepted, you set your desired rate. You can apply/bid for coding jobs and respond to mentoring requests.
  42. 42. Job Boards These are just a few of the job boards that advertise freelance, full-time and part- time remote working – you will have to apply the relevant search terms! • • • • •
  43. 43. WordPress Developer Facts and Figures  52.5% live in North America  A ‘first career’ for only 50%  66% wholly or partly self-employed  41% of these have been operating for over 8 yrs  87.6% use a local development environment  82.7% use a staging environment  58.4% work fully remotely  Another 14.7% work partly remotely  62.2% see themselves working in WordPress in 5 years These statistics are drawn from a survey of 420 blog readers, so may not fully represent the wider reality!
  44. 44. Developer annual income Average salary estimates in Canada vary but seem to fall in a similar range.

Editor's Notes

  • A major part of using WordPress involves relying on 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!
    In this session we'll look at the kind of resources and experiences the WordPress Community can offer you and the ways in which you can contribute, as well as touching on the WordPress freelance working community.
  • People work ‘on’ WordPress not ‘for’ it – it is a collaborative project.

  • A vibrant community, a borderless family . . .
  • What we’ll cover
  • All chapter meetups
    Follow an agreed Code of Conduct
    Agree to Five Good Faith Rules

    You can find links to these in the About Us article on Meetup and in the Quick Reference Links that will be posted on Meetup and in FB after this session.

    In return, WordPress pays for the fees for and provides a central support structure.
  • Comments from people who have been to a WordCamp?
  • Things that impressed and stayed with me:
    Commitment to accessibility and internationalization
    The range of volunteer opportunities and depth of time commitment – in a blog post I wrote ‘ What a fantastic model for social co-operation!’
    ‘Darth Vader wins of Yoda every time!’ – content that elicits emotion response is what goes viral, especially if it aroused anger. Therefore we all need to cultivate an ability to evaluate both our emotional response to content and the ‘facts’ in a post-truth world.
    The corridor stream – making contacts, meeting people both during the conference and at the after party, can be both fun and useful.
    State of the Word – Paul B to speak to this!
  • WCUS tends to have pretty spectacular after parties – in 2016, we partied with dinosaurs at the Academy of Natural Sciences!

    City after parties have their own traditions and character; for a number of years, the photo booth was a Toronto feature.
  • Not yet clear if there will be a Toronto WordCamp in 2019 (in 2018 it was held at the beginning of December)
  • (link out to a couple of these resource sites!)
  • Paul B to speak to this
  • ? Link out to Stack
  • The Deputy program was started in an effort to both decentralize management of the overall Community program and help with the large volume of daily emails. It started with a small pilot program in October of 2014 and has subsequently been expanded.

    Deputies are vital to our meetup and WordCamp programs. The Community Team trains people from all cultural backgrounds and walks of life to be extraordinary community organizers. Part of that training is done in orientations and through our handbooks, but peer mentoring is an important cornerstone. There is not nearly enough full-time Community Team staff to provide oversight and mentorship to all the meetup groups and WordCamp organizers in the world; our deputy program makes the Community program possible.

    Helpful Prior Knowledge #Helpful Prior Knowledge
    While no one is required to know all the things, it is helpful to be a member of a locally organized WordPress community and to have been part of organizing a local WordCamp or Meetup. That way you know the rough outline of what should happen before you even get started!

    Similarly, for WordCamp organizers, there is a mentoring program, there are monthly chats, etc.

  • Paul B to speak to this
  • Paul B to speak to this
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  • Skim through the following slides with comments from Paul B and anyone else who has experience/knowledge of these
  • Comments from Paul B and anyone else who has experience/knowledge of these
  • has a more comprehensive list (link at start of this section)