Contributing to WordPress

wordpress-logo-stacked-rgbMatt Mullenweg, co-founder of WordPress, recently mentioned that it would be awesome if everyone profiting from WordPress could give back 5% of their time to the free and open source blogging platform. There are many ways to contribute to WordPress, and not all of them require coding skills. Sure, the WordPress community is always looking for more developers to bring their ideas to WordPress, WordPress 4.0 was brought to us by 275 volunteers after all, but the community is also looking for more folks to help in support and documentation too.

The documentation is editable by anyone with an account, so please feel free to edit or add information wherever you feel it’s necessary. There’s even a handbook if you’re just getting started. The support forums are also open to anyone with an account. Topics without replies are easy to find, and no matter your experience level, you’ll find that there’s always someone you can help. Ten years ago, I got involved in the WordPress Support Forums while waiting for a reply to my own support thread. I figured that I might as well see if I could help out in the Installation section since I had just successfully installed WordPress a few hours earlier, and after helping a few people, I was hooked.

We recently completed the first phase of a Support Handbook for anyone eager to dive into WordPress support. Within the handbook, you’ll find some recommendations on how to support WordPress users, ways to troubleshoot common problems, philosophical bits, code examples, and even some replies to frequent issues which you are more than welcome to copy and paste as your own. Though the content is mostly complete, the Support Handbook is still a work in progress and we have some great things planned for it in the future. If you see any problems there, please do let us know in the comments on the specific page with the problem.

WordPress is open source, which means that it’s grown by the strength of its community, not the power and wealth of a single company. If you rely on WordPress, you can give back by joining the community. Whether it’s in a development role or helping out in support and documentation, every contribution will help WordPress grow into a better platform for us all.

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Automattic Meetup 2014

This year, the Automattic company meetup was in Park City, Utah. We are a globally distributed company with almost 300 employees, so we pretty much have to get together annually to see faces, hear voices, and build great things. We’re putting the finishing touches on many of the things we build last week, so keep your eyes on the WordPress.com Blog for announcements. Some are actually already live now on WordPress.com, but since they haven’t been officially announced yet, I won’t spoil the surprise. ;)

Here are a few more photos from the meetup. The majority are a from a short hike on the mountain high above our hotel.

Now that you’ve seen all of this, make sure that you apply, and maybe we’ll see you here with us next year!

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Net Neutrality

The internet today is a battleground between the internet service providers who want to charge more for faster access to certain sites and the lawmakers who want to make sure everyone has equal access. I could spend several paragraphs describing to you how your internet service provider (who already charges you for fast internet access) wants to charge more for guaranteed fast access to certain sites, like YouTube and Wikipedia, or how lawmakers against Net Neutrality are being financially backed by the internet service providers themselves, but no explanation will even come close to this from John Oliver.

If you watch any video today, make this 13-minute video it, and then join the battle for Net Neutrality.

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Batman Sunshade

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I got bored with of seeing all of those Millenium Falcon sunshades, so I got a Batman one instead for maximum nostalgia.

WordPress 4.0 Released

wp4mediaWordPress 4.0 has been released! This release brings with it a stunning new gallery-like grid view for your media library, more streamlined ways of interacting with your media, a new editor which displays embeds inline and expands as you write with a toolbar which follows as you scroll down, a much more visual plugin directory, and hundreds of other behind the scenes fixes and improvements.

If you aren’t a fan of the new Media Library grid view, don’t worry, you can switch back to the old list view via a toggle near the top-left of the Media Library.

275 volunteers contributed to this release, led by Helen Hou-Sandí. At the time of writing this, WordPress 4.0 has been out for only 2 hours and has already been downloaded 104,571 times!

All users can now safely update from Dashboard -> Updates or download and update manually, though you should probably backup first just in case, unless you’re already using VaultPress, which you really should be.

If you’re a WordPress.com blogger, you have nothing to worry about, as you’ve technically been running WordPress 4.0 for a while now.

Soul of the Machine: Now Available

Sarah’s first professionally produced album, Soul of the Machine, was released last week! This was indeed one heck of a ride with professional orchestras and chamber groups all over the world recording some of her best compositions under the watchful gaze and mastering of Navona Records.

The album comes with full copies of the scores so you can follow along with the music, and can be purchased on Amazon, iTunes, Barnes & Noble, and Classics Online. If you’re a fan of streaming music services, you can listen to the album on Spotify and Rdio too.

And, if you’re in the area on September 3rd at 6 PM, stop by Brave New World Comics for the official launch party!