Imagine you are given a free car and all you have to pay for is the fuel used. You can get as many cars that you would need or want without any questions asked. What if you need a feature for your car, or the car’s instructions were in a different language than your own. This is basically what WordPress.org is, an open source project that is built by a community and why you should contribute to WordPress.
What Is An Open Source Project?
“Open-source software is software whose source code is available for anyone to view, modify, and enhance.” taken from WordPress training.
This means that any WordPress plugin on the WordPress.org repository can be download, modified and used to your liking within the GPL requirements. We will cover product licensing in the future but is outside the scope of this article.
Since the beginning of 2018, WordPress now powers 30% of the internet. That is a lot considering more than 140,000 websites are added to the internet each day!
Morten took the words right out of my mouth that I just had to share his tweet! Contributing to WordPress will improve the whole internet.
People sometimes ask me why I contribute to #WordPress. The answer is simple: Even if I didn’t use WordPress, I’d still contribute because any change in WordPress ships to 30% of the web, so improving WordPress means moving the whole web forward.
— Morten (@mor10) June 20, 2018
I personally see it as I am making a living off of an open source product, so giving back is a no brainer. If I can improve WordPress even a little bit, it’s a win for me! Some of the ways I have contributed to WordPress are: translations, help organized WordCamps, spoken at WordCamps, release a few plugins and support.
Ways To Contribute To WordPress
You don’t need to be a developer to contribute to WordPress, sure some things will require a developer to contribute. If you can read and write, you can contribute to WordPress. If you’re eager to contribute right away, head over here.
Here’s a list of areas non developers can contribute to:
- Polyglots – Translate WordPress into your own language.
- Support – Help users with questions about WordPress.
- Documentation – Write helpful articles on how to use WordPress.
- Community – Organize a local meetup or WordCamp event.
WordPress is built by the community and needs all the help it can get. Even though it is the fastest growing CMS out there, it is always good to get more people involved. As they say, “many hands make light work”.
We each have a skillset that we can offer and form a great community, be it answering people’s questions to writing a new update release for WordPress. Do one little thing today that will contribute towards WordPress.
If you want to reach out and talk to us about WordPress, we would love to hear from you.