Two years ago, to herald the commencement of WordCamp San Francisco 2013, we launched Torque! Our goal was clear: “to create a hub for community building and offer a forum for WordPress news.” From that day on, Torque set out to create community engagement and become a valuable resource for WordPressers globally.
Today we are proud to celebrate Torque’s second birthday. It’s such an incredible milestone, and we’re eager to recap some of our accomplishments over the past two years!
Torque’s content has evolved since 2013, but we have remained steadfast in our mission to be an indispensable online resource for the WordPress community.
The community comprises seasoned developers, designers, entrepreneurs, bloggers, and enthusiasts of all skill levels. It is a community built on the wisdom of many, and a force that influences the direction of WordPress. Torque’s content reflects this.
We feature pieces on topics that range from plugin and theme recommendations, to more technical insights like using composer for theme development. We feature interviews with WordPress thought leaders and provide reviews on the best tools for website development for WordPress and beyond.
In addition to publishing quality content daily, we also house the complete collection of the WP Daily archives, as well as show notes from the popular WordPress podcast, DradCast.
Meet The Writers
Over the past two years, Torque has featured content from more than 50 writers, all of whom have first-hand knowledge and experience using WordPress.
In addition to regularly spotlighting articles and best practices from people in the WordPress ecosystem, we have a core group of writers that contribute the weekly articles that make Torque the go-to spot for WordPress information.
Brandon is our newest contributor of the bunch, and his great content has quickly made an impact. As a WordPress developer, and someone who’s immersed in the community, he has the ability to discuss technical topics in a non-technical way. Brandon has also represented Torque at WordCamps, acting as our eyes and ears on the ground, and bringing back compelling content.
Josh has written for Torque for more than a year now. He’s a WordPress developer, and his content definitely reflects that. He covers topics of technical depth. He’s written about the WordPress REST API extensively and covered other topics ranging from GIT, to Vagrant, to Composer.
Nick is our in-house web tool guru. He regularly writes about different tools and tips for improving your WordPress website. He also provides in-depth tutorials on some of WordPress’s most popular tools, like MailChimp, Yoast’s SEO Plugin, WooCommerce, and more.
Shaun Quarton is a freelance writer who specializes in writing about WordPress. He writes for various WordPress blogs around the ecosystem. Shaun covers WordPress news specifically, but also writes about Google updates, plugins, ecommerce, and more.
Other featured writers include Al Davis, Brenda Barron, Roy Sivan, Jonathan John, Matt Cohen, and Sufyan bin Uzayr.
Torque Goes Global
Torque’s engagement has grown tremendously since our launch in 2013. According to our data, we have readers in countries all over the world, with our largest readership in the US, UK, and India.
Torque’s global growth also speaks to the globalization of WordPress. If there’s a demand for WordPress-related content in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam — a city with a high concentration of Torque readers — it’s safe to say that WordPress is succeeding in its mission of global adoption.
Torque is also working hard to be good stewards of the WordPress community.
Last month Torque sponsored our first WordPress meetup in San Francisco, and we plan on holding similar events on a regular basis. Similarly, we aspire to attend more WordCamps, and sponsor them when appropriate. This will allow us to engage even more in the community and to get more in tune with content demands.
Most importantly, we’ve continued to stay true to our motto “for the community, by the community.”
Giving back to the community comes in a variety of forms. For some it’s contributing to core, but for others, like Torque, it’s about providing content to the community that helps improve it and keep people informed.
And, with that in mind, we’re always looking for new contributors to share their thoughts on WordPress.
It’s been a fantastic two years. All of us at Torque look forward to many more years of working with, supporting, and covering the WordPress community. Thank you for taking this ride with us.