Wp Meetup

Tools for WordPress Contributors Tips for organising a successful WordPress Meetup

Contributing to WordPress is an exciting and rewarding task – no matter how you go about it, it’s incredibly satisfying knowing that you’re giving back to a platform and community that dominates nearly 25% of the internet. That being said, it can be very tricky to know where to start with contributions. There are so many different avenues that you can go down when contributing that it would be incredibly helpful if you had a guide to show you the way.

Well, you’re in luck – here are a few tools that are designed to help new (and old) contributors find their way in the world of WordPress.

Contributing to WordPress is an exciting and rewarding task – no matter how you go about it, it’s incredibly satisfying knowing that you’re giving back to a platform and community that dominates nearly 25% of the internet. That being said, it can be very tricky to know where to start with contributions. There are so many different avenues that you can go down when contributing that it would be incredibly helpful if you had a guide to show you the way.

Well, you’re in luck – here are a few tools that are designed to help new (and old) contributors find their way in the world of WordPress.

Slack

The absolute best way to find guidance in the world of contributions is by talking directly to other contributors and the absolute best place for this is the WordPress Slack. Slack is a communication platform that the WordPress project uses to enable constant communication between contributors. You can sign up for the WordPress Slack here (free) and dive right into conversations with other like-minded contributors.
WordPress Slack

The bonus of Slack is that all conversations are split up into their relevant channels, which are easily accessible once you have signed in. Want to know more about what channels are available and what would be best for you? Then read on…

Make WordPress

If Slack is the central hub for real-time communication between contributors, then the Make WordPress site is the central hub for all information, updates and news regarding contributions. On this site you will find all the different areas for contributing and each area has it’s own blog so you can keep up to date with news and information regarding contributing in your chosen space. Here you will also find out what Slack channels are setup for each area, so you can easily jump into real conversations with real people.

DevHub

While Slack and Make WordPress are resources for communication, there are also plenty of static resources available that will assist you with contributions on different levels. Once such resource is the WordPress DevHub – this is a source of handbooks for plugin development, theme development and complete code reference (that will be replacing the existing Codex once it is complete).

If you would like to get involved in improving the DevHub resources then jump into the #meta-devhub channel on Slack and someone will help you out there.

Core Contributor Handbook

Just like themes and plugins have their own handbooks for developers that are available on the DevHub, there is also a handbook for core contributors. This handbook outlines and details everything you need to know about contributing to core, but bear in mind that it is not entirely complete as it is always seen as a work in progress.

Just do it

It’s easy to organise a meetup – you just do it. All you need is a venue and at least one other person who loves WordPress. The type of venue totally depends on the type of meetup you want to organise, but if you’re just getting started in your area then the best place would be a restaurant or café where you can book a table to accommodate the amount of people who will be attending. If you can organise a regular (perhaps monthly) meeting at the same venue then that would be a great starting point.

From there you need to establish the needs of your community and decide what types of meetups you’ll be putting together. There’s no limit to what you are allowed to do here – so long as it’s focussed around WordPress, you can do anything you like. Some popular formats include presentations, social gatherings, hackathons and workshops, but you are limited only by your imagination.

Joining an existing meetup group

If a meetup group already exists in your area then instead of starting a new one you should get involved with the group that already has traction. The first place to start would be to attend a few meetups and then chat to the organisers about how you can get involved in organising meetups yourself. Anyone can organise a WordPress meetup – there’s no ‘blessed’ group that has exclusive rights to it – so if you have a great idea that you think will benefit your local community then just do it.

What about WordCamps?

WordCamps are different to meetups on that they have a more structured format and focus:

WordCamps are casual, locally-organized conferences covering everything related to WordPress…WordCamps come in all different flavors, based on the local volunteer communities that produce them, but in general, WordCamps include sessions on how to use WordPress more effectively, beginning plugin and theme development, advanced techniques, security, etc.
wordpress meetup

The other big difference with WordCamps is that you need to be officially approved as a WordCamp organiser by WordCamp Central. This is a simple process and involves filling out this application form. The purpose of the application is merely to make sure that the WordPress and WordCamp brands are represented correctly as well as allowing Central to keep track of all the WordCamps going on around the world.

Once you have been approved as an organiser and your official WordCamp website has been created you can get down to the business of organising your WordCamp – the WordCamp Planning site has loads of useful information and I can highly recommend you read it all the way through before diving head first into the organisation process.

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