Aaron D. Campbell
WordCamp Austin, 2012
Aaron D. Campbell
Core contributor since 2.3
It’s OK to make money. Several of the things you gain by giving back to WordPress will make you more valuable to clients or your company.
* No, there’s no direct profit from contributing to the WordPress community.
Work with some of the greatest developers, designers, etc in the world. Yes…the world.
If you’re not better at what you do after working with some of these people, you’re doing something wrong!
Getting new clients and jobs is time consuming (and getting good ones can be difficult). The WordPress community is big. Let them know how good you are at what you do so they can refer people to you!
My livelihood relies on WordPress. It’s in my best interest to make WordPress better!
Ways to help
Yes, we need people to translate core, but don’t forget about the plugin and theme developers.
Most developers (myself included) hate documenting things. If that’s not you, help us out! We need everything from inline documentation of code to upkeep and expansion of the Codex which includes documentation of functions as well as functionality. The Codex is a Wiki, so you can start editing today!
No matter what your level of experience and expertise, there are questions you can answer in the Support Forums. WordPress is used by over 70 Million people. I’m sure there’s at least one you can help.
- IRC: #WordPress on Freenode
With over 70 million sites running on WordPress, we have a responsibility to try to set the standard in out-of-the box accessibility. Help make that happen.
People underestimate how much effort is put into making WordPress usable!
- UI chats in IRC Freenode #WordPress-UI on Tuesdays at 18:00 UTC
If we have 10,000 people testing and over 73 million sites, that’s only .0137%. Things get missed when there’s not enough testers. Please help!
As it turns out…we do a lot of development.