Meetup Organizer Newsletter: August 2021

Hello friends,

Welcome to the August 2021 edition of the MeetupMeetup Meetup groups are locally-organized groups that get together for face-to-face events on a regular basis (commonly once a month). Learn more about Meetups in our Meetup Organizer Handbook. Organizer newsletter! We have some exciting updates for you in this edition of our newsletter – read on to find out more! 

Newsletter contents:

  • Returning to safe in-person WordCamps
  • The community site where WordPress code is created and shared by the users. This is where you can download the source code for WordPress core, plugins and themes as well as the central location for community conversations and organization. needs your feedback
  • Celebrate WordPress 5.8 with your Meetup Group
  • Online event updates
  • Tuesday Trainings
  • News from the WordPress world

🔙⛺️ Returning to safe in-person WordCamps

The Community Team has published a proposal to discuss how the WordPress community can return to in-person WordCamps. The proposal shares ideas on organizing small in-person events in areas that meet the in-person meetup safety checklist or with vaccination or testing freely available, following local safety guidelines with additional recommendations for organizing safe events. Please share your thoughts in the comments on that post

 👩‍🏫👩‍🎓Learn.WordPress.Org needs your feedback

The Training Team wishes to find what learners and potential learners would like to see in the platform. To contribute, please fill out an anonymous survey (by August 13) OR join a short video call to share feedback.

❤️ Celebrate WordPress 5.8 with your Meetup Group

The latest and greatest WordPress release – WordPress 5.8, came out on July 20, 2021! This major releaseMajor Release A set of releases or versions having the same major version number may be collectively referred to as “X.Y” -- for example version 5.2.x to refer to versions 5.2, 5.2.1, and all other versions in the 5.2. (five dot two dot) branch of that software. Major Releases often are the introduction of new major features and functionality. offers features like blockBlock Block is the abstract term used to describe units of markup that, composed together, form the content or layout of a webpage using the WordPress editor. The idea combines concepts of what in the past may have achieved with shortcodes, custom HTML, and embed discovery into a single consistent API and user experience.-based widgets, a host of new blocks and patterns, a template editor, a duotone feature to stylize images, theme.jsonJSON JSON, or JavaScript Object Notation, is a minimal, readable format for structuring data. It is used primarily to transmit data between a server and web application, as an alternative to XML., and support for webP images, to name a few. Read more in the release post and the field guide

Celebrate the launch of this exciting release by organizing a local meetup for your meetup group or by generating buzz in social media. Check out this blog post on talking points for WordPress 5.8, along with the release field guide. You can also help by sharing release updates on social media using our social media pack. A slides template to adapt is also available on GitHub

Looking for inspiration? Several meetupsMeetup Meetup groups are locally-organized groups that get together for face-to-face events on a regular basis (commonly once a month). Learn more about Meetups in our Meetup Organizer Handbook. are planning or have organized meetup events on WordPress 5.8. Check them out:

 🌍🎪 Online event updates

Reminder: You can organize in-person meetups for your group if your region meets guidelines in our safety checklist OR if your location has vaccinations or testing freely available – all you need to do is to fill out the safety checklist. You will find more details in our handbook. If it is not safe in your region or if you simply do not wish to organize in-person events, you can continue organizing online meetups for your group. You can make use of community Zoom accounts for your online meetups! Stay updated on online WordPress meetups worldwide by following the Marketing Team’s WordPress Meetup roundup every Monday.

Don’t miss WordCampWordCamp WordCamps are casual, locally-organized conferences covering everything related to WordPress. They're one of the places where the WordPress community comes together to teach one another what they’ve learned throughout the year and share the joy. Learn more. US on October 1!
One of the most exciting WordPress events – WordCamp US, is back as a single-day online event on October 1, 2021. Organizers of the event have several exciting plans in the pipeline, including networking opportunities, speaker sessions, workshops, and more. Call for speaker nominations is already open – and calls for volunteers and sponsors will be out soon. Follow the Camp website to stay updated on the latest event news.

Gear up for WordPress Translation Day Celebrations in September 2021!
The Polyglots TeamPolyglots Team Polyglots Team is a group of multilingual translators who work on translating plugins, themes, documentation, and front-facing marketing copy. is planning a month-long translation day celebration in September 2021, with two weeks of “coreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress. events” from September 17 to 30. The WordPress Translation Day team will announce more details on the event shortly, and you can follow all the latest updates on the Polyglots blog too. Want to participate? Join the celebrations by organizing a local Translation event for your meetup in September! 

Upcoming WordPress events 

The following WordCamps are already on the calendar. Don’t miss these events! 

Check out these WP Diversity speaker workshops for AMER/EMEA in August!
The Diverse Speaker Training group of the Community Team announced three new programs for Meetup and WordCamp organizers –  including a new Diverse Speaker Support program and an Allyship program. The team has some exciting workshops in the pipeline for August! Please share about these

🛠 Tuesday Trainings

Through Tuesday Trainings (#TuesdayTrainings), the Community Team publishes a different topic on the WordPress Community Blog to help organizers and interested community members learn various skills. Don’t forget to check out our other Tuesday Training posts this month:

🗞 News from the WordPress world

If you have any questions, Community Team deputiesProgram Supporter Community Program Supporters (formerly Deputies) are a team of people worldwide who review WordCamp and Meetup applications, interview lead organizers, and keep things moving at WordCamp Central. Find more about program supporters in our Program Supporter Handbook. are available to help. Please send an email to or join the #community-events SlackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at channel. Thanks for everything you do to grow the WordPress community. Let’s keep sharing knowledge and inspiring each other with our contributions! 

We will see you online soon!

The following people contributed to August’s Meetup newsletter: @evarlese @eidolonnight @meher and @webcommsat