Wanted: Contributors, Like You
Join us as we give WordPress a boost during Contribute 2 WP!
The upcoming two-day contributor sprint starts October 29, and it’s a great way to collaborate, share ideas, get in touch with friends, and most importantly, help make WordPress better!
All we ask is for two hours of your time. You can help with translations, finding bugs, editing video, or any of the other activities listed here. See below for details on where you can make the biggest impact, and make your two-hour pledge today!
Open Source: The Power of Community
Open source projects depend on the contributions of community members, for everything from catching bugs and suggesting improvements, to making the overall experience better.
WordPress now powers more than 42 percent of the web thanks to the mostly-volunteer work of its community members. Without its thriving community, WordPress would not be what it is today.
But as the pandemic has affected so many things around the globe, WordPress too has been hampered by more than a year and a half of widespread challenges and restrictions around in-person events with our WordPress friends.
Who Can Contribute?
Everyone. If you’ve ever worked with WordPress before, you can contribute.
Contribute 2 WP Details
Contribute 2 WP encourages a wide range of options for contributing to WordPress core! From 8 am PDT on October 29 to 8 am PDT on October 31, we are challenging each member of the community to contribute two hours to WordPress. Contributors are encouraged to focus on both WordPress Core and Learn WordPress, with a focus on these specific areas:
- Block Themes and site editor
- Theme.json and styling
- Block patterns
- Navigation block
- Draft a workshop or course (submit in advance to commence work during Contributor day)
- Develop site functionality
- Write a lesson plan (similar to writing Docs)
- Scope & sequence of what to learn; this roadmap can be amended, expanded, or with more details
- Translate and subtitle content on Learn
In addition to the above, contributors can also help with translations, finding bugs, editing video, or any of the other activities listed here.
Throughout the two days, we’ll host live streams and Twitter contests dedicated to contributing. Come work with us, listen to some killer lo-fi jams, and learn about what it means to contribute to core.
If You Are a Developer
There are many aspects of WordPress core that need some love. For a comprehensive look at what is needed and how to get started, check out this article on Make WordPress. You don’t have to dive in with committing to the new release—there are projects for people of all skill levels and a variety of ways you can help out:
- Commit to Core- Jump right in and help with the newest update!
- Translations- The more people who can use WordPress, the better.
- Support Forum- This is a great job for people looking to help others
- Test WordPress- How can we know if things are working if we don’t have people to test it?
- Bug Hunting- You can either help identify them or work to fix them as well
These are just some of the projects you can help out with but great places to get started. Check out this article from WebDevStudios for a step by step guide on how to get started.
If You Are a Non-Developer
If you want to help out but don’t know how to code or don’t have a ton of coding experience, not to worry you can still participate.
- Documentation- If you are a writer who has an understanding of WordPress helping with documentation can be huge.
- Review- Just because you don’t know how a theme or plugin was made doesn’t mean you can’t give it a walkthrough and report issues.
- Design- Calling all designers! Your help is always needed.
- Video Editing- Many people are looking for video editors from WordCamp talks to marketing materials.
- Organize a WordCamp- Whether online or in person, WordCamps are a huge part of WordPress. If you love working with people and planning, this is for you!
We are asking that you pledge below to give two hours of your time to make WordPress a better place for all!
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