This week Headless and serverless, Global Community Sponsorship, Gutenberg blocks, and much more…
An inveterate volunteer, Angela has a longstanding passion for building strong, inclusive communities. She is a Community Strategist at Automattic, where she focuses on Programs & Contributor Experience for Automattic’s Five for the Future sponsored division. Originally from Seattle, Washington, Angela is currently trying out Madrid, Spain.
There’s always something exciting happening in the WordPress universe. All eyes are understandably focused on the upcoming WordPress 5.9 release, full site editing, blocks, theme development, acquisitions, and in-person WordCamps, just to name a few. Today, I’d like to highlight a few additional initiatives in the WordPress space that are also worth watching.
The power of WordPress is in its community. And with incredible, extendable software, the opportunity is at our fingertips to connect and empower others. For me, that closely ties in with our mission of democratize publishing — it’s not just about being able to have a voice online, but lowering the barriers to do so. Here are some projects to watch (maybe get involved in) toward that worthy goal.
Introduced late 2020, Learn WordPress is a learning resource to help everyone and anyone be more successful with WordPress, whether they are a contributor, user, or builder, or any kind of WordPress enthusiast. The WordPress Training Team has put immense energy and thought into the future of Learn WordPress, and today, you can watch full courses, workshops, take quizzes, or review lesson plans, all about WordPress. Fresh content is added regularly. And, you can contribute to Learn WordPress too. Join the Training Team to help plan the future of Learn WordPress, to review or create new content, or to help by building the Learn WordPress platform.
If you’ve been around the WordPress community team, you may have heard of this working group already. The one and only Jill Binder and team have done incredible work in helping WordPress events attract and develop more diverse speakers since 2017. Today, the team has three main focus areas: workshops to empower more diverse speakers; a diverse speaker support channel that offers mentorship and connects speakers with speaking opportunities; and an allyship program to help anyone level up their allyship skills. To join upcoming events, follow #WPDiversity. To get involved, join the #community-team on Slack, and say hi at a Diverse Speaker Training Working Group meeting on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of every month at 17:00 UTC.
HeroPress, lovingly curated and nurtured by dynamic duo Topher and Cate DeRosia, has long been known for HeroPress essays. These stories showcase WordPress community members, who share how WordPress has changed their lives. These stories are so deeply real, illuminating challenges and struggles, joy and success. They’re an absolute pleasure to read, especially when I’m in need of some inspiration. Cate and Topher have real been busy lately, running Hallway Chats and launching WP Podcasts. They’ve recently announced The HeroPress Network, a main hub (with Slack channel!) to help everyone see and access a broad view of our beloved WordPress community.
LearnDash is taking cutting-edge e-learning methodology and infusing it into WordPress. Trusted to power the learning programs for major universities, small to mid-size companies, startups, entrepreneurs, and bloggers worldwide.
Chris Wiegman encourages not to hide wp-admin as it doesn’t make any sense nowadays.