Showing upcoming local events in wp-admin

TL;DR: There’s now a plugin to show upcoming local events in your wp-admin. Test it out and give us feedback!

 

Every few years, someone suggests that it’d be helpful to show upcoming WordCamps and meetup events inside wp-admin, rather than expecting users to find out about those events on their own. Whenever it comes up, almost everyone thinks it’s a great idea, but for one reason or another we’ve just never gotten around to actually doing it.

A few months ago, though, a group of us decided to give it a shot, and we’ve come up with a rough draft. It’s called Nearby WordPress Events, and it’s available in the WordPress.org plugin directory today.

What does it do?

The plugin updates the existing WordPress News dashboard widget to also include upcoming meetup events and WordCamps near the current user’s location. If you have multiple users on your site, each one will be shown the events that are close to their individual location. The dashboard widget will try to automatically detect their location, but they’ll also be able to enter any city they like.

Screenshot of the widget

The WordCamp and meetup event data for the plugin is provided by a new api.wordpress.org endpoint [source, documentation].

Why?

The community that has been created around WordPress is one of its best features, and one of the primary reasons for its success, but many users are still unaware that it exists, and aren’t taking advantage of all of the resources that it makes available to them.

Inviting more people to join the community will help to increase its overall health, diversity, and effectiveness, which in turn helps to ensure that WordPress will continue to thrive in the years to come.

We think that wp-admin is the perfect place to display these events, because that’s the place where almost all WordPress users are visiting already. Instead of expecting them to come to us, we can bring the relevant information directly to them.

What’s next?

The plugin and API endpoint are just rough drafts right now, and haven’t seen any real-world usage yet. We’d love to get your feedback on them, and iterate based on that. We’d especially love to see how well they work for locations outside the United States, languages other than English, and anyone using assistive devices.

Eventually, we’d like to propose merging the dashboard widget into Core, so that every WordPress user in the world will have upcoming local events at their fingertips. 😀

So, what do you think? How well did it work for you? Do you have any suggestions, bug reports, or feature requests?

 

Kudos to everyone who worked to make this a reality: @andreamiddleton, @azaozz, @camikaos, @coreymckrill, @chanthaboune, @courtneypk, @dd32, @iseulde, @mapk, @obenland, @pento, @samuelsidler, @stephdau, @tellyworth

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