2 WordCamp site features that might help new organizers

Hello Community Team!

As we prepare for our upcoming WordCamp in Manila, we encountered 2 challenges along the way, hopefully our feedback can help new organizers:

1. Theme developer roles

We assigned a volunteer developer/designer which is not part of the organizing team to modify the theme in our WordCamp site. The only way for us to do that is assign them an Admin role, which will also give them full access to the site. We then realized that it might be a security risk later on if that accessed is abused. We changed their role to Editor access but limits them to only edit post and pages. We tried utilizing the remote css tool and hosted the css file in a public repo, it was a great help, but still they need Administrator role help from time to time in changing background and logo images in the theme’s customizer.

Would it be helpful if there is custom user role for a “theme developer” between an Editor and Administrator which has capabilities on edit_theme_options and update_themes? In that way, organizers are confident that the theme developer can have full control in the aesthetics of the site without any worries.

2. Simple Mailer from the WordCamp site

It has been pointed out to me that it has been a long ongoing issue where WordCamp organizers should be given access to outgoing mails using city@wordcamp.org. From our perspective,  as first time event organizers, as well as from our country where WordCamp is just emerging, most key person that we approach for sponsorship and venue request asked us for an official letter of request. This ends us up without any reply when using our own personal email. It took us 3 months to secure a venue after actively attending tech events.

Would it be a good idea to have a simple emailing plugin directly from the WC site that can utilize wp_mail? An input box for recipient, subject and message would be sufficient enough for us to send a formal request letter using an email coming from the wordcamp.org

 

Would you also think improving these 2 areas can greatly help out lessening the load for new WordCamp organizers? Thank you for giving me a chance to suggest ideas!