WCEU Contributor Day central.wordcamp.org evaluation.

A well planned site structure improves the usability and makes easier to use. On the contributor day at WCEU we got together and checked the actual structure, using cards as we created a new possible structure adding missing elements and what we thought it will be a better way to interact with the central.wordcamp.org website.



  • New WordCamp Attendees (people that have not attended before)
  • Newbies People from Agencies, Higher Ed, Hobbyists who want to become Entrepreneurs (design work)
  • php devs (but not WP Devs)
  • “i’m not a developer”


  • Where do meetups go? – https://www.meetup.com/pro/wordpress/ This link should be added to https://central.wordcamp.org/.
  • Social Media: How should we include this:
    • Twitter  https://twitter.com/wordcamp  Feed currently broken. Currently 2977 followers. This is a strong start.
    • YouTube (which account-s)  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWQnu9XpK3ze10STZv9ORLg  This is teh WordCamp Central account, but the URL needs to be renamed to be SEO friendly. (also who has access to this? Maybe Andrea Middleton as she is in the videos?)
    • Facebook who owns this and publishes https://www.facebook.com/WordCamp/
    • Instagram
    • Flickr – does this need to be included? Many camps previously/still use Flickr, but many now migrating to Instagram. What should be do?
    • LinkedIn This does not currently exist as a company page. Yet strong engagement on this word “View 1315 Wordcamp posts, presentations, experts, and more. Get the professional knowledge you need on LinkedIn.” This exists as a group page https://www.linkedin.com/groups/1236487/profile This page is also not being kept up.
    • As a side note, for each of these accounts, we need a list of  the master email and/or the admins for each social media area
    • All the social media would be more effective if it were updated regularly 😉



Top Area

  • slideshow
  • intro text and paragraph
  • call to action “Find WordCamp” – AUDIENCE – attendees
  • join mailing list — the mailing list should be activated so that people who sign up receive something

News Area

  • outdated (April? It’s June 🙂 — and where’s this coming from?
  • Latest Tweets – seems empty

RECOMMENDATIONS: How about we just make this about answering the main questions that someone might have when they first enter here:

  • What – “What WordCamps are?”
  • Why – “Why should I be interested?”
  • How – “How to get started?”
  • Where – “Where to start?”

The key here would be to make that message/answers really clear and with not too much text. Probably in a “step by step” manner.


T-SHIRT SIZES https://central.wordcamp.org/t-shirt-sizes/

  • Get Rid of this page (it seems like it’s for Organizers)

NEWS https://central.wordcamp.org/news/

  • Not kept up to date
  • unclear audience – WordCamp Bristol, Miami,Peace & Love by Jennifer Bourn from Sacramento, Kyoto looking for speakers











WordCamp Central

WordCamp in planning

WordCamp Recap

WordCamp Tickets



SCHEDULE – (should be locations?) – https://central.wordcamp.org/schedule/

  • AUDIENCE – Seems to be Organizers AND Attendees
  • Application Status page may not belong here — could be in footer link or Organizer area

ABOUT WORDCAMPS https://central.wordcamp.org/about/

  • pretty good content here, audience still not clear
  • some stats (when were they updated?)

WHAT TO EXPECT – https://central.wordcamp.org/what-to-expect/

  • The text says it fun, fun and more fun, but the page doesn’t really looks like fun …
  • ACTION : Add some pictures ; get rid of “Perks” section ; rewrite this whole page
  • AUDIENCE – seems to be attendees, but still a bit vague
  • RECOMMENDATIONS – add some testimonials about WordCamps from newbies, agencies, devs, organizers, sample sessions
  • Pull this out from under About, link from the main content intro para instead of the About page



  • RECOMMENDATION / ACTION : make a new menu item named “GET INVOLVED” and put these pages over there.

Become an Organizerhttps://central.wordcamp.org/become-an-organizer/

  • links to other site
  • RECOMMENDATION : Either remove / delete, or add some info about organizer experience, time commitment, or

Application Status https://central.wordcamp.org/application-status/ – AUDIENCE – Organizers

CONTACT US – https://central.wordcamp.org/contact-us/

  • link for organizers is wrong

New Website Content Proposal


Pages/ Keywords

  • Home: WordCamp, WordPress, what is a wordcamp?
  • News: one per post
  • What to Expect: WordCamp attendees, WordCamp information
  • Find a Camp: WordCamp schedule, WordCamp list
  • Get Involved: plan a WordCamp, organize, sponsor, WordPress meetups, Contributor Days
  • About: WordPress values, WordCamp Code of Conduct, Open Source, WordCamp Central
  • Contact: WordCamp Central

Notes from the Conversation

Social media/ news are currently not being kept up to date. What if each WordCamp gets a post to plug their camp… if they also provide a post of valuable information for visitors? Set Publicize and posts would go up on social media and in News a couple of times a week.

WordCamps are global and typically take place in the language of the community. This should be conveyed throughout — obvious pages include What to Expect and Values of the Community.

Make sure the tone of the site is more fun/friendly/characteristic of the WordPress Way.





Beta Testers Needed for New WordCamp Theme

The new “CampSite 2017” theme is now available for beta testing.

It’s a starter theme based on the latest version of _s, and includes 23 widget areas to allow for extensive markup customization. It also provides a new Day of Event template, which makes it easier to highlight the most important information that attendees need to know on the day of your camp.

Before we make the new theme available for all camps, I’d like to get 3-5 upcoming camps to use it on their sites, and provide feedback. That’ll give us a chance to make any backwards-incompatible changes while it’s still practical.

If you’re interested, just leave a comment and I’ll activate the theme for your site. Be sure to check out the style guide that the WCEU team created.

When you’re building your theme, please come back here regularly to leave feedback. It’ll be helpful to hear about any problems you run into, but also to hear what you like about the theme and what works well.

If you’d like to contribute a bug fix, you can open a ticket on Meta Trac and attach a patch. If you’d like to suggest a new feature, you can start that process by publishing a proposal here on make/Community.

Major props to @kau-boy, @sonjanyc, and @lucijanblagonic for the awesome work they did on the theme!


Extend the Coming-Soon page customizer options

As soon as a WordCamp gets a website, a default “Coming Soon” page is set up. This page has a title, date (if already approved), introduction and forms to subscribe to news or contact the organizers.

As a WordCamp organizer, you can only set a “Accent Color” as well as a logo and a background image. The introduction text is static and it’s translatable. So if you use the correct website language, it will show the introduction in the corrent language.

Unfortunately, you can’t change the introdcution text and you can’t add anything to it. The current english string is as followed:

[WordCamp NAME] is in the early planning stages. In the meantime, you can subscribe to updates above, or contact the organizers below to get involved.

Let’s say you have a local WordCamp with a language other than English and you want to have some translation of the introduction text. Or you already have a website for an upcoming WordCamp but there is still a current one to come up. Than it would be helpful to be able to change the introdcution.

So I would suggest to add a new Customizer settings that enables a WordCamp organizer to set a custom intoduction text. They could just copy the current text and add some additonal lines. It could look like this:

Screenshot of the new Customizer setting for the Coming Soon page

So as soon as the textarea has text, it will replace the default introduction text. If no text is set, it will fall back to the (translated) default introduction.

What do you think about it? Do you think this is a good idea? Do you even have more settings you would wish to have in the Customizer for the Coming Soon page?

WordPress Meetup Orientation Script

There’s been some discussion around the ‘bug’ in the Meetup orientation script whereby if you enter the password you still cannot access the content. What started out as a discussion around the problem turned into a deeper discussion around why that content is password protected in the first place.

The main reason behind keeping it hidden stems from preventing Meetup applicants ‘gaming’ the system and knowing how to answer questions before the time, thereby possibly gaining official Meetup status for the wrong reasons (self promoting, promoting their business and not WordPress etc). However it has been pointed out that in doing so we are actively distrusting any new applicants, which does not go hand in hand with the ideas of inclusiveness and inherent trust that are part of the open source concepts of WordPress.

One suggestion is to simply make that content public, another suggestion by @andreamiddleton is that in making that content public the meetup orientation meeting is more a discussion around their plans/concerns/hopes/dreams for the Meetup programme instead of a ‘Q/A’ session.

In making that content public there would probably also have to be some restructuring of the content, as it is currently a script the deputies use to run a meetup orientation and should possibly become more of an ‘how to’ article that can be referenced in the meetup orientation.

What do you think of making this content public? Does the Meetup orientation need a ‘private’ script to follow or could it be more of an open discussion. Let us know your thoughts on the topic in the comments below.

Weekly Updates

Hello to all our Deputies, WordCamp organizers, Meetup wranglers, and WordPress Community builders! You were probably hard at work this weekend. Tell us what you got accomplished in our #weekly-update!

Have you run into a roadblock with the stuff you’re working on? Head over to #community-events or #community-team in Slack and ask for help!

Community Team Slack Channels

In August last year, we had a discussion about renaming our channels in Slack to be easier to find (https://make.wordpress.org/community/2016/08/05/community-team-slack-channels/).

In that conversation, we eventually decided to rename the two existing channels and then monitor the need for additional channels after we were easier to find and clearly defined (https://make.wordpress.org/community/2016/08/05/community-team-slack-channels/#comment-22449).

During this week’s community chats, the conversation resurfaced (https://make.wordpress.org/community/2017/05/25/agenda-for-community-team-chat-june-1st/#comment-23583), so it’s time to look at what we have been doing and what we can do differently.

Share your thoughts in the comments on this. Here are some starting prompts!

  • What is your understanding of The Problem we’re solving?
  • Which Sub-teams (not a term we currently use) are most active?

#community-management #deputies

Swag for Meetup Groups

We currently have a policy that WordPress Chapter Meetup groups who have not received swag in the past 18 months are eligible for to receive a 100-pack of WordPress swag (which contains 100 stickers and 100 buttons with the WordPress logo). The reason we have this policy is because we usually restock swag with that 18 month cycle in mind. However, it’s possible that we need to scale that up if lots of organizers are experiencing unusual growth in their groups.

Do you think that this is of concern, especially as more Meetup groups experience growth, and as we’re seeing more new Meetup groups being created?

If so, what solution(s) would you suggest? Please share your thoughts in the comments!

#meetups, #swag

Weekly Updates

Hello to all our Deputies, WordCamp organizers, Meetup wranglers, and WordPress Community builders! You were probably hard at work this weekend. Tell us what you got accomplished in our #weekly-update!

Have you run into a roadblock with the stuff you’re working on? Head over to #community-events or #community-team in Slack and ask for help!

Proposed WordCamp Editorial Calendar

Having a standardized editorial calendar for WordCamps is something the Marketing team would like to help with. We’d love the Community feedback.

Here is our proposal.

  • Should show suggested copy for each item and two or three different examples from WordCamps across the globe.
  • Emphasise copy is a starting point to be tweaked: user should localise content, so not all WordCamps sound the same!
  • Copy should be gender neutral, ie “they/them”.

Before you start….

You may find it useful to set out a number of language/style guidelines to be used throughout your content, and create branding before you start. These can include:

  • Your overall theme. Does your WordCamp have an overall theme? This may relate to the host city.
    You can brand all your WordCamp’s communication with this overall theme! This adds identity, uniqueness and fun to the brand!
  • Examples and ideas:


Community Team Chat Agenda | 22 June 2017

As discussed here we have moved last week’s team chat to this week and will be holding it at 8:00 and 20:00 UTC on Thursday, 22 June 2017 in #community-team on Slack.

Here are a few agenda items that we should discuss – please add more in the comments below and we can add them in:

Community Summit recap
While we are awaiting the publishing of the notes from the Community Summit discussions, we can give a quick recap of what we spoke about to give some initial info and context.

WCEU Contributor Day recap
A lot was achieved at the WordCamp Europe Contributor Day, so I think it’s worth sharing some of the results.

Orientation script privacy
As per this post there is a bit of discussion around making the meetup & WordCamp orientation scripts public instead of private (as they are currently). Let’s chat about this and then loop back to the post to make a decision.

A few P2 posts worth highlighting