Introduction to Contributing to WordPress

In this brief workshop with Courtney Patubo Kranzke and Cami Kaos from the WordPress Community team you’ll learn a little bit about the history of WordPress software, understand better how building open source software differs from building traditional “closed source” software, and learn what teams the WordPress project is divided into. With this, we hope you’ll glean a better understanding of how the WordPress project functions and where you might like to get involved.


Learning outcomes

  • Learn how WordPress got started and what it powers today.
  • Get an understanding of how open source software creation works, and why it works.
  • Introduction to the 18 WordPress contributor teams and the function they have in the program.
  • Find out where to go for more information on contributing to WordPress.

Comprehension questions

  1. What license is WordPress released under?
  2. Why does “open source” work, even though it should be chaotic?
  3. What four categories can WordPress contributor teams be divided into?
  • Length 14 mins
  • Topic Contributing, WordPress
  • Level Beginner
  • Language English

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Cami Kaos
Cami lives, works, and parents in the rainy city of Portland, Oregon. She’s had a love of WordPress and WordCamps since the last century, when she happened to stumble upon the first WordCamp Portland. Since 2013, she has worked at Automattic, as a community organizer for the WordPress open source project. In that role, she gets to work with WordCamps and their organizers from around the world, every day. She continues to write on an irregular basis at where she explores concepts from the plight of modern parents to mental health to marveling at the seemingly mundane. Cami is active on a number of social platforms but can be most readily found as @camikaos on Twitter.
Courtney P.K.
[NOTE: I am on sabbatical till 23 July, 2021] I work with and support the WordPress Community worldwide!