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The WordPress Community

WordPress CommunityThe WordPress Community is one of the best parts about working with, and running a company that develops WordPress sites. You may be smart and talented, but if you stand by yourself, ultimately you stand alone. But, by putting the power of the WordPress Community behind your efforts you stand with millions.

It sounds silly, it sounds cliche — but it’s the truth. Much of WordPress’ power comes from the countless individuals who tirelessly add to WordPress’ core, develop themes and those who are passionate about the platform.

This in our opinion is reason #2,439,945 why Marketing Press thinks WordPress is the best content management system (CMS).

How To Get Involved With The WordPress Community

If your not a WordPress theme developer, core contributor or WordPress professional that doesn’t mean you can’t still be involved with other WordPress enthusiasts. Here are some easy ways to be a part of the community:

  • WordCamp: Go to a local WordCamp. Almost every month there are WordCamps held in a city near you. Better yet, travel to a larger WordCamp in a large metro area. WordCamp gives you a great opportunity to meet and socialize with other WordPress people. (There are also great tracks, where you can learn anything from SEO to Theme Customization to Content Creation and more.) No matter where you are with your WordPress skills, you will find someone in common and learn some awesome WordPress skills. Just a note — don’t skip the WordCamp after party, that’s where a lot of the good networking happens. For a complete schedule of WordCamps visit WordCamp Central.
  • WordPress Meetup Groups: In the Phoenix area, we have a monthly WordPress Meet Up Group. This is a fun opportunity to meet WordPress users of all skill backgrounds. Meetup Groups are typically free and organized by volunteers who rely on group participation, so after you get used to showing up, try to contribute and insert yourself and let others know you.
  • Online Forums and Social Media: As it is with any other topic, you can be a part of WordPress’ online community. There are always conversations happening on Twitter and in Facebook groups. As much as I am a proponent of meeting people in person, the online community is a great way of warming yourself up to the WordPress community. We can’t tell you how often we’ve received support and/or information from people in the WordPress community like Brian Gardner, Brad Williams, Andrew Norcross — just to name a few.

Make WordPress Work For You

No matter which path you choose, there’s a place for you in the WordPress community. We suggest you explore which one works for you and get involved. Like any other community it’s about give and take. Once you’re immersed in the community, you’ll find that you have ample opportunities of helping someone else in the WordPress community — it’s on you to do so.

Do you have a favorite way to be involved in the WordPress community? Share it with us in the comments section.

About Greg Taylor

Hopelessly addicted to music. Phoenix Suns Fan. Founder of Marketing Press. Collaborator at Gangplank. Contributing author to Tales of a Startup. Originally from NJ, now Tempe, AZ is home.

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