WordPress is an open source content management system (CMS), which powers 40% of the web, and anyone can contribute to help improve the system for the millions of people who use it throughout the world.
If you want to get involved in the WordPress community, globally, or just within the UK, here are several things you can do:
- join one of the existing Meetups in the UK, or organise one in your town/city;
- attend one of the WordPress events in the UK;
- subscribe to Slack and participate in discussions in the international community and in the UK;
- translate WordPress into UK English;
- follow and propose discussions in the Team P2, the tool we use to organise the activities of different working groups already active in the UK; and
- follow the Blog for any relevant news.
If you want to contribute to any of the WordPress teams, here is an alphabetical list with links to their relevant team blogs:
- Accessibility: make WordPress core and bundled themes accessible and usable for everyone.
- CLI: contribute to WP-CLI, the official command line tool for managing your WordPress site.
- Community: bring people together with events like Meetups and WordCamps, and work on outreach initiatives for diversity and new contributors.
- Core: contribute to the development of the software that powers a large part of the web. Wanted: enthusiastic practitioners with skills in code, testing, design, UX, and mobile.
- Design: help design and develop the user interface for WordPress; a home for designers and UXers alike.
- Documentation: responsible for all documentation, including the Codex, handbooks, developer.wordpress.org, Helphub, admin help, inline code docs, and more across the WordPress project.
- Hosting: we work together on hosting best practices and tools for the community.
- Marketing: help us develop the materials and resources to market the WordPress software and community.
- Meta: develops official websites like WordPress.org and WordCamp.org.
- Mobile: help build the iOS and Android apps for WordPress. Wanted: UX experts, testers, designers, with Java, Objective-C, or Swift skills.
- Plugins: keep the plugin directory safe by reviewing code.
- Polyglots: translate WordPress core, plugins, themes, and apps.
- Support: answer questions to help other WordPress users in the support forums. Pro tip: start with easy ones and learn as you go!
- Test: help patrol, test, and curate the WordPress experience via QA, testing, and user research.
- Themes: review incoming theme code to keep our directory in great shape.
- Tide: Tide is a series of automated tests run against every plugin and theme in the directory and then displays PHP compatibility and test errors/warnings in the directory.
- Training: create lesson plans and materials for free in-person WordPress workshops.
- TV: help with moderating incoming video content, post-processing, and transcribing/subtitling videos.