How You Can Get Involved With The WordPress Project

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WordPress.org
Debra Gonzalez

The a11yAccessibility Accessibility (commonly shortened to a11y) refers to the design of products, devices, services, or environments for people with disabilities. The concept of accessible design ensures both “direct access” (i.e. unassisted) and “indirect access” meaning compatibility with a person’s assistive technology (for example, computer screen readers). (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Accessibility) group provides accessibilityAccessibility Accessibility (commonly shortened to a11y) refers to the design of products, devices, services, or environments for people with disabilities. The concept of accessible design ensures both “direct access” (i.e. unassisted) and “indirect access” meaning compatibility with a person’s assistive technology (for example, computer screen readers). (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Accessibility) expertise across the project. They make sure that WordPress coreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress. and all of WordPress’ resources are accessible.

WordPress: The Free Software With a Big Economy & How You Can Get Involved
Lynette Rowe

“Licensing the code for WordPress themes under the GPL is a requirement for legal compliance, however licensing the entire theme including the design and assets under the GPL is the preference of founder Matt Mullenweg and many in the WordPress community. I’m not sure what the impact would be for Envato’s authors if we moved our marketplaces in that direction, and this is something we are currently reviewing,” said Ta’eed. “The wider implications for the protection of our author’s designs, their ability to include non-GPL items such as icons in their themes, the impact on our other marketplaces and the general author vibe towards such a move are all important considerations for us. And of course we always take into account that as much as is feasible we’d like to stay in the spirit of WordPress as it’s such a fantastic product and community that has enriched so many lives across the web.”

Making WordPress: How to Get Involved
Inez Sims

Core: Interested in what the core development team is working on? Here, follow the team’s progress with weekly meeting agendas, project schedules, and updates. To learn how to get involved with core, the core contributor handbook offers resources on contributing with testing and with code, best practices and coding standards, and tutorials and guides. You’re welcome to attend weekly developer chats to keep up with what’s happening (Wednesdays at 20:00 UTC in #wordpress-dev on Freenode), though the agenda is generally limited to discussion by active contributors.

How to Get Involved in the WordPress Community (Even if You Don’t Know Code)
Corinne Thames

You may assume that anyone who wants to get involved with WordPress has to know all about coding and development. However, this isn’t the case. While there are certainly a lot of developers working on the platform, it also needs help from designers, writers, testers, translators, social butterflies, and more. Therefore, it shouldn’t be hard to find a place where you fit in.

How to Become a WordPress Developer: Tips to Get You Started
Julie Martinez

To jump into this area of WordPress development, you’ll want to start with the WordPress Codex entry on creating plugins, as well as the Plugin Handbook. There are similar resources for building themes as well. You may also want to check out the WordPress forums – you might be able to find a team you can collaborate with there, which is easier than trying to develop a new plugin all on your own.

Layout
Kerry Ellis

Plugins are pieces of software you can install on your WordPress site to add new functionality. You’re probably more than aware of this already, but I’m reiterating it here because I want to demystify them. It’s easy to think that plugins are only created by seasoned developers, but this is not the case. Simply put, plugins can be created by anyone with even a small degree of coding experience.

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