Event Sponsorship

You might think you should just do sponsorships the same as way as for WordCamps, and that’s not a good idea! Find out more about our unique sponsorship situation here!

do_action events differ to WordCamps regarding sponsorship as they are run directly under the non-profit WordPress Foundation. As such, sponsorship benefits are different from what you might find at a 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..

There are two forms of sponsorship for do_action events – financial and web services. First, we’ll look at what each of these forms of sponsorship involve and then we’ll look at what benefits individual sponsors will receive.

The sponsorship package listed below is the complete and only sponsorship packaged that you can offer to sponsor of do_action events. You may not add anything to it.

Financial sponsorship

Financial sponsorship is fairly straightforward – a company contributes money towards a portion of the event. The amount of money given will depend on the needs of your event. Seeing as though do_action event budgets are relatively small (in comparison to WordCamps), having different sponsorship levels isn’t always practical, so it often makes more sense to either have a single sponsorship level or offer sponsors the option of contributing any amount they like above a specified minimum.

Web service sponsorship

“Web services” includes any online service from hosting, to online services and product licences. In do_action terms this usually means hosting and premium pluginPlugin A plugin is a piece of software containing a group of functions that can be added to a WordPress website. They can extend functionality or add new features to your WordPress websites. WordPress plugins are written in the PHP programming language and integrate seamlessly with WordPress. These can be free in the WordPress.org Plugin Directory https://wordpress.org/plugins/ or can be cost-based plugin from a third-party/theme licences. Due to the nature of do_action events and the fact that they are designed to provide a free online presence for all of the non-profits involved, all web service sponsorships need to last for the full life of the site.

In practice, this means that hosting accounts, plugin/theme licences, and any other sponsored online service, need to be unlimited in terms of length, so that they will remain free for as long as the site is live. The only caveat here is that in some cases hosts are unable to cover the cost of the annual domain registration (due to local regulations) – in that case, this would be the only cost incurred by the non-profit directly.

In addition to the above, all plugins and themes used at do_action events (whether sponsored or not) must use the GPLGPL GPL is an acronym for GNU Public License. It is the standard license WordPress uses for Open Source licensing https://wordpress.org/about/license/. The GPL is a ‘copyleft’ license https://www.gnu.org/licenses/copyleft.en.html. This means that derivative work can only be distributed under the same license terms. This is in distinction to permissive free software licenses, of which the BSD license and the MIT License are widely used examples. licence. If you need to confirm whether a plugin or theme is GPL licenced, you can use this handy GPL vetting checklist.

Sponsorship package

With all that in mind, here is the complete sponsorship package that you can offer to all sponsors regardless of the type or amount of their sponsorship.

You may not add additional items to this sponsorship package – this is the complete list of what you can offer to do_action sponsors.

  • Company logo on the site
  • Company description on the site (as long as it does not contain qualitative or comparative descriptions of their products, services, facility or company)
  • Link to company website from the site
  • Logo on a slide projected during the event
  • Tweet(s) and/or posts to Facebook (etc.) thanking the sponsor
  • Thanks in pre- and/or post-event emails
  • Thank you in opening or closing remarks

The reason that this may seem rather restrictive in terms of what you can offer to sponsors is due to the non-profit status of the WordPress Foundation. You can find out more detailed info about that here.

To reiterate, you may not add any additional items to this package or offer anything else to your sponsors.

Some examples of things that you cannot offer to sponsors are:

  • Banners at the event
  • Booth/table at the event
  • Option to distribute swag at the event
  • Company logo printed on any distributed items

If there is anything that you would like to offer to your sponsors that we have not mentioned here and you feel might be acceptable, please email support@wordcamp.org to ask about it before making any promises.

Submit Invoices

Do not submit vendor invoices directly through Open Collective. These events require organisers to pay up front and then request reimbursement via Open Collective. Payments are made via PayPal, so please provide a PayPal address in order to receive funds.

In the top right-hand corner of your Open Collective account, click on the arrow by your profile name to reveal your collectives. Click on the collective you would like to submit an invoice for:

Click on the ‘budget’ link in the page headerHeader The header of your site is typically the first thing people will experience. The masthead or header art located across the top of your page is part of the look and feel of your website. It can influence a visitor’s opinion about your content and you/ your organization’s brand. It may also look different on different screen sizes.:

Next, it would scroll down to a section showing you ‘Budget’ and a link to ‘Submit Expense’ as well as your ‘Current balance’. Click on the ‘Submit Expense’ link:

This will open up a new section where you will be required to fill in the requested information including uploading your invoice or receipt, and your payout method. Please select the appropriate payout method for yourself or the vendor as well as include any special instructions for payment that are needed.

A receipt/invoice is required for all expenses, so do not submit without including one. All submitted expenses will be reviewed before payment from the WordPress Foundation account.

Set Event Budget

In the right hand corner of your open collective account, click on the arrow by your profile name to reveal your collectives. Click on the collective you would like to set a budget for. In this case, that would be the city do_action collective you created earlier.

Click on the ‘edit collective’ link in the page headerHeader The header of your site is typically the first thing people will experience. The masthead or header art located across the top of your page is part of the look and feel of your website. It can influence a visitor’s opinion about your content and you/ your organization’s brand. It may also look different on different screen sizes..

This will open another page where you will see some options (info, images, members, goals, fiscal host, etc), click on the ‘Goals’ link. This will open up a section for you to add your goal:

Fill in the required information:

  • Type: This must be ‘yearly budget’.
  • Amount: This will be the total (or estimated) budget for your event.
  • Title: This will be the name and year of your event (e.g “do_action Lagos 2019”)
  • Description: This is optional and can be used for explaining just what costs you are including in the budget.

Click ‘save’ when you are done.

Now that your event budget is published you can start looking for sponsor and submitting invoices for vendor payments.

Create an Event

After you have successfully created your collective, now this is the time you can create an event under your collective.

Click the  ‘Create an Event’ link under the Events heading on your collective page:

This will take you to the event creation form:

  • Since this is your first event, you cannot choose a previous template to build event, so ignore this for the moment.
  • Name your Event as event + city name + year – e.g. “do_action Karachi 2019”.
  • Give a short description of your event
  • Give a long description of the event with as much detail as possible
  • Give start date/time & end date/time of your event
  • Add the event venue
  • Skip the ‘Tickets’ section since WPF events are free to attend.
  • Optionally add descriptive tags to the event. This would help the event show up better in search results.
  • Click the “Create Event” button and you’re done!

Once your collective and event have been created, you will need to set a budget for your event so that you have a public goal to work towards.

Join the WPF Host

Once you have created your collective, you will need to add your collective to the WordPress Foundation (WPF) ‘host’ collective. This will allow the WPF to be you fiscal host meaning that all of the financial transactions for your collective will be run through the WPF bank account.

To start, go to the WPF host collective page here (you can also search for the WPF on the hosts page).

Click on the blue “Apply to host your collective…” button in the page headerHeader The header of your site is typically the first thing people will experience. The masthead or header art located across the top of your page is part of the look and feel of your website. It can influence a visitor’s opinion about your content and you/ your organization’s brand. It may also look different on different screen sizes.:

You will get a message that says “application pending”. Wait for approval to join the WPF host – you can ask in the #community-events channel in SlackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform https://slack.com/. The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at https://make.wordpress.org/chat/. to speed up this approval process.

And that’s it – next step is creating an event within your collective.

Create a New Collective

Go to https://opencollective.com/create-account and create a personal profile.

After your account has been created and verified your email address, sign in to create your new collective.

Click on your username in the top right corner of the screen and select the “+ New” button next to the “My Collectives” heading:

Select “Other” for the type of collective you are creating:

Fill in your collective details using the following guides:

  • Name: The name of your event – e.g. “do_action Cape Town” – do not include the year of the event in the Collective name.
  • Short description: A one-sentence description of your event – no specific text required.
  • Website: The URL where you are managing your event – e.g. “https://doaction.org/event/cape-town-2019/”.
  • Tags: Optional tags to label your event.

After collective creation, you will be taken to the collective page. Click on the “edit collective” link in the banner to add more information about your collective:

There’s a lot of information you can add at this point, so take your time to get it all in there. Remember that you can come back and edit this info at any time. Here’s a guide to the areas that are important to note:

  • Info
    Fill in any extra info you like here – the Country and Long description are particularly useful but optional.
  • Images
    Add an avatarAvatar An avatar is an image or illustration that specifically refers to a character that represents an online user. It’s usually a square box that appears next to the user’s name. (appears at the top of the banner on your collective page) and a cover image (background image for the banner) if you like.
  • Members
    Add other members of your organising team who should have access to managing this collective (i.e. editing these details and submitting expenses). Add each member as a “CoreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress. Contributor” and fill in their name and email address. If they do not have an Open Collective profile then they will receive an email with a sign-up link before they can start to manage things.
  • Goals
    Add your event budget as a ‘yearly goal’ – you can always change this later as you finalise your budget, so you can leave this empty for now:
  • Fiscal host
    Ignore this for now – you’ll add your collective to the WordPress Foundation host a little later.
  • Tiers
    Set your planned sponsorship tiers – you can always return to this later once you have a better idea of your event budget. You can set this up in whatever way you feel works best for your budget and community. A flexible donation model is suggested, but you can do this in whatever way works best for your community:
  • Expenses
    This is optional and probably not necessary. You can dictate an expense policy here to remind your core contributorsCore Contributors Core contributors are those who have worked on a release of WordPress, by creating the functions or finding and patching bugs. These contributions are done through Trac. https://core.trac.wordpress.org. what kind of expenses they can submit.
  • Connected Accounts
    Feel free to connect your collective to a community Twitter account to automatically thank people who donate money.
  • Advanced
    You can set a new URLURL A specific web address of a website or web page on the Internet, such as a website’s URL www.wordpress.org slug for your collective if you like (it will default to auto-creating a slug from your event name). You can also switch on markdown support if you would like that to be available in the text editors on the site for you.

Managing Event Finances

In order to facilitate financial transaction for WordPress Foundation events (like do_action) we are using Open Collective as a financial management platform.

Open Collective allows organisations (known as ‘collectives’) to publish their budgets, collect sponsorship payments, and pay vendors all from a simple and transparent UIUI UI is an acronym for User Interface - the layout of the page the user interacts with. Think ‘how are they doing that’ and less about what they are doing.. For the purposes of these events, we are going to be naming each Collective as the event type & city (e.g. “do_action Cape Town”) with each specific event inside the collective for each year it runs (e.g. “do_action Cape Town 2019”). Each collective will then be under the WordPress Foundation “host collective”, which will allow all financial transactions to go through the Foundation bank account.

If that all sounds a little confusing, then don’t worry – just follow the docs here to get it all set up correctly. To start off, you need to create a new collective.

A collection of videos to inspire you

WordPress Meetups are an essential part of the WordPress Community as well as the long-term self-learning path of any WordPress Professional. Local Meetups are varied and have different flavors — culturally and from a topic standpoint. We’ve put together a collection of resources and videos about what makes a MeetupMeetup All local/regional gatherings that are officially a part of the WordPress world but are not WordCamps are organized through https://www.meetup.com/. A meetup is typically a chance for local WordPress users to get together and share new ideas and seek help from one another. Searching for ‘WordPress’ on meetup.com will help you find options in your area. a great experience for it’s members. We hope you’ll be inspired to attend and also give back to your local WordPress Meetup! Check out these helpful resources and videos for inspiration and tips:

  1. The WordPress and Open SourceOpen Source Open Source denotes software for which the original source code is made freely available and may be redistributed and modified. Open Source **must be** delivered via a licensing model, see GPL. Philosophy
  2. Why you should attend a Meetup
  3. Improving Your Meetup

The WordPress and Open Source Philosophy

WordPress is a free and open source software used to build websites and blogs also called as “CMS” (Content Management System) which is available at WordPress.orgWordPress.org 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. https://wordpress.org/. You don’t have to be a coder to use WordPress and being open source helps. It has one of the largest open source communities and WordPress now powers 28% of all the websites on the internet. Four open-source principles:

  • The freedom to use the software for any purpose.
  • The freedom to change the software to suit your needs.
  • The freedom to share the software with your friends and neighbours.
  • The freedom to share the changes you make.

Andrea Middleton: Stronger Together – How WordPress Communities Are Built The WordPress community is built and maintained by volunteers, using the same methods — and many of the same tools — that are used to make WordPress itself. In this session, you’ll get a look at the WordPress community’s “source code” and learn how to contribute to the growth of your local community — or create a community if you don’t already have one.

Aaron Campbell: Community – Getting Involved You love WordPress? Want to pitch in and help out? Not sure how? It doesn’t matter if you’re a designer, a developer, a translator, or just someone that uses WordPress on your own site. This presentation talks about how you can help make WordPress better.

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Marc Benzakein: From Homeless to Hopeful Throughout my years as a WordPress Developer, I’ve watched a Community grow and thrive by looking to lift others first before lifting themselves. In my talk, I’ll share the story of how I was able to leverage the knowledge I had, along with the relationships I’ve built throughout my time in the Community to help children who had no place to go when their families fell apart. My goal is to show you how you can take something that’s bigger than you (the Community) and use it to change lives for the better.

A quick look at the Swedish WordPress community – Johan Falk Last year was important for our local WordPress community, and we’re excited for the possibilities that 2017 brings. We will talk about our current state and discuss how we can improve. We’ll also have a couple of exciting surprise announcements!

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Morten Rand-Hendriksen: Empathy and Acceptance in Design and Community Working on and with the web is engaging in that most human of endeavors: Communication. Even so, it’s easy to forget that the people we interact with and those who access and interact with our creations are just that: People. Learn how to make empathy and acceptance driving forces for your interactions and designs to build great informational experiences for everyone.

Andrea Rennick: WordPress – Changing Lives A look at people in our community that have had their lives changed by being involved with WordPress.

Shayda Torabi: 5 Ways WordPress Can Change Your Life People are doing amazing things with WordPress every day. Whether it’s your friend at an agency down the road, or a designer across the world, WordPress is transforming peoples lives. It’s empowering. Whether you’re looking for ways to grow your business or trying to get more connected in your city, I believe that the tools to be successful exist within the WordPress community. I’m going to share insights from my experience at over 30 WordCamps, and teach you ways in which I believe you can build key business relationships while helping contribute your own story to the WordPress community. You showed up today, don’t you want to make the most of your weekend?

Rian Rietveld: WordPress Is What We Make Of It You do not have to be a rockstar coder to contribute to WordPress. You can help in many ways, such as translation, captioning, documentation, code, testing, and support. Discover how you can contribute to WordPress and what you and the community get back to.

Rich Robinkoff: Take Care of Each Other – How to Contribute to WordPress Without Writing Code So much attention is paid to the code that goes into making WordPress a stellar product, but you don’t hear much about the human side of it. While you will find the occasional blog post or random tweet talking about mental health and happiness in the WordPress community, most overlook the best way to contribute to WordPress…paying attention to your mental and physical health, and taking care of each other. Give back to WordPress by stepping back from the code and look around you.

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Why You Should Attend a Meetup

Attending a WordPress Meetup is a great way to learn more about WordPress, as well as meet other WordPress users to connect with, and contribute to the WordPress community in meaningful ways. There’s always more to learn and do with WordPress and the best way is to get involved with your local WordPress Meetup. There are WordPress Meetups for all levels of users — from beginners to professionals.

Kel Santiago Pilarski: Contributing to WordPress for Business, Profession & the Community This talk shares the impact of WordPress contributions to business, professional growth & our community. The four pointers “Five For The Future”, “Where to contribute”, “Community” and “Other contributions” give a walkthrough that may let you discover what you can enjoy sharing to WordPress & continue doing it & inspire others to share too.

Ricky Blacker: How WordPress Changed My Life!: How WordPress Changed My Life! – WordCamp Sydney 2016 This is the story of how Ricky became involved with WordPress, and the WordPress community, and also how attending 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. Sydney 2014 changed my life.

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Naoko Takano: The Japanese WordPress Community Did you know Japanese is the second active locale based on the number of active WordPress installs, following the default US English? In this talk, Naoko will share some stories from the Japanese WordPress Community to demonstrate what it takes to grow a local community.

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Luca Sartoni: Unite and Prosper – How WordCamp Europe Helped Reinvigorate WordPress Communities Three years ago, WordCamp Europe was held for the very first time. But besides bringing together thousands of people from all over the world, this international event had another unforeseen result. WCEU gave a few local WordPress communities unexpected momentum as a consequence of the unique environment it created. As a co-organizer of WCEU 2015 and a member of the Italian WordPress community, I will trace the extraordinary journey from stalling local community to thriving ecosystem of meetups and enthusiastic members, using real case studies from the German and Italian WordPress communities.

Shayda Torabi: How Giving Back to WordPress Grows My Network Communities—like the one we have in WordPress—don’t just happen overnight. For them to be successful, they take people to show up, contribute back, grow with it and most importantly to incorporate new people into the fold. It is ongoing, it requires attention and it needs people like you and me to speak up. A small fraction of people carry the weight of helping it thrive, but the great thing is that despite all that, we all benefit from the community no matter who contributes. In this talk I will cover some known, and unknown tips and tools for making the community work for you and your business, and also help to put back more into the community than what you take from it.

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Improving your Meetup

Whether you host or attend a WordPress Meetup, there are a number of things you can do to help improve your local Meetup. Some easy things you can do, for example, are to invite a friend to attend with you, or maybe offer to learn with someone else from your Meetup, or simply help share promotional materials with your friends and co-workers. If you are a more experienced WordPress user, you can offer to help less experienced users or maybe give a guest presentation (if you’re not already the presenter) on an interesting WordPress topic.

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Sergey Biryukov: Managing a local WordPress community Tips and tricks from my experience of managing the Russian WordPress community for 8+ years.

Judi Knight: Starting / Growing your WordPress Meetup Community What are the ingredients needed to create a committed WordPress Community in your city. Learn secrets to choosing topics, getting speakers, creating camaraderie and keeping people active and involved. Then ask your questions!

Sam Hotchkiss: Be Part of the Global WordPress Community Sam Hotchkiss took a few minutes at WordCamp Mumbai 2015, to speak about the Global WordPress Community and the different ways of contributing to WordPress. So head to http://make.wordpress.org and get started!

Shayda Torabi: You Have Two Hands Community – WordPress doesn’t just happen overnight. For them to be successful, they take people to show up, contribute back, grow with it and most importantly to incorporate new people into the fold. It is ongoing, it requires attention and it needs people like you and me to speak up. A small fraction of people carry the weight of helping it thrive, but the great thing is that despite all that, we all benefit from the community no matter who contributes. In this talk I will cover some known, and unknown tips and tools for making the community work for you and your business, and also help to put back more into the community than what you take from it.

Taco Verdonschot: Your Local Meetup is Only a Few Steps Away This talk consist of two parts. 1. Attending and organizing a local meetup. What is it that makes the tech industry so eager to meet up? Why are you here at WordCamp Torino? What hidden treasures can be found when attending a gathering of developers? What value do we all get from it? Even though there isn’t a single answer to answer all these questions, I’ll give a couple of answers to help you understand. 2. Organizing a local meetup So what if there’s no local meetup to attend? I’ll give some basic tips and tricks to help you start your own, successfully!

Dee Teal: Keys to Growing & Developing your WordPress Meetup Many of us first got into the WordPress Community through MeetUps. Looking back at WordSesh tips on WordPress Meetups we see how to make it happen.

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Promoting your Meetup

Promoting a WordPress MeetupMeetup All local/regional gatherings that are officially a part of the WordPress world but are not WordCamps are organized through https://www.meetup.com/. A meetup is typically a chance for local WordPress users to get together and share new ideas and seek help from one another. Searching for ‘WordPress’ on meetup.com will help you find options in your area. is so much more than setting up a Meetup page. The Marketing Team has crowdsourced some of the things that have worked. We hope that this advice is helpful. Please note that these are suggestions, not requirements. Every community has their own nuance and flavor.

Each Meetup should have a static, repeatable event message that gets edited when a speaker or special event is planned. Also, will newcomers understand what your Meetup is about? How about new-to-WordPress people? Is it a class or a discussion? Have fresh eyes take a look at your Meetup page. Would a newcomer be able to easily find all information?

Familiarity eases anxiety for new people. Be sure Meetup organizers are included in, distinguishable, and tagged on group photos, when possible. Familiar faces and knowing who’s “in charge” diminish social anxiety for many.

Here are some suggestions from the Marketing Team (Original Community Blog Post)

WordPress Meetup Tips & Tricks

  1. Blog after each event on your WordPress Meetup’s web property.
    • Post on Facebook Page.
    • Tweet.
  2. Make the event on a consistent basis, regardless of attendance (3 or more works, etc.)
  3. Make the event known (ie announce the Meetup) on Meetup.com at least two weeks in advance. Chapter Meetup events are visible in the WordPress dashboard (after 4.8), so the title of your Meetup becomes very important.
  4. If you don’t have a Facebook Page for the Group and/or Facebook Group, Twitter, then post on your own Facebook Profile.
  5. Consider creating Social Media accounts for your Meetup
    • Twitter
    • Facebook Page
    • Pinterest
  6. Get support from other local Meetups specially Open SourceOpen Source Open Source denotes software for which the original source code is made freely available and may be redistributed and modified. Open Source **must be** delivered via a licensing model, see GPL. project Meetups. It helps if organizers or members attend other Meetups, too.
    • JavaScriptJavaScript JavaScript or JS is an object-oriented computer programming language commonly used to create interactive effects within web browsers. WordPress makes extensive use of JS for a better user experience. While PHP is executed on the server, JS executes within a user’s browser. https://www.javascript.com/. Meetups
    • PHPPHP PHP (recursive acronym for PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor) is a widely-used open source general-purpose scripting language that is especially suited for web development and can be embedded into HTML. http://php.net/manual/en/intro-whatis.php. Meetups
    • UXUX UX is an acronym for User Experience - the way the user uses the UI. Think ‘what they are doing’ and less about how they do it./Usability Meetups
    • Digital Marketing Meetups
  7. Taking group photos after the event or during the event and then posting on social helps with people feeling included. Ask for volunteer Meetup members to take photos, great way to get them involved! Also, make sure Meetup organizers are included in, distinguishable and tagged on group photos when possible. Familiar faces and knowing who’s “in charge” diminishes social anxiety for some. Perhaps feature organizers in a banner image on the Meetup page.
  8. Weeknight meetings that have a meal provided help with attendance — especially those coming straight from work or who have child-care issues.
  9. Be sure to comment on the Meetup event when someone says they can’t make it or whatever. Pay attention to those Meetup.com notifications.
  10. After the Meetup click “good to see you” for everyone who was there.
  11. Greet people when they enter. If you have more than one organizer this can help a lot with making people feel welcome — especially new people.
  12. Make sure your own (as an organizer and/or attendee) Meetup profile is filled out (with a recent photo).
  13. When you are launching one of the things you want to consider is creating campaigns so people can join the event.
  14. Ask speakers to promote their upcoming Meetup talk/presentation/workshop on their site and social media accounts.
  15. Include a banner image on your 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. showcasing Meetup organizers or a post introducing the link between Meetup and the WordCamp which shows the organizers the day of or before the WordCamp starts.
  16. Filming presentations held in the Meetup and posting them on YouTube (or even a closed Facebook group) can be helpful for promotion. Even a 1-minute video posted showing what things happened at the meeting can help.

Need even more ideas? You can find them in this blog post!

WordPress Events in the Dashboard

Since WordPress 4.8, there has been Dashboard widget showing upcoming local events. The widgetWidget A WordPress Widget is a small block that performs a specific function. You can add these widgets in sidebars also known as widget-ready areas on your web page. WordPress widgets were originally created to provide a simple and easy-to-use way of giving design and structure control of the WordPress theme to the user. shows upcoming WordCamps and meetupMeetup All local/regional gatherings that are officially a part of the WordPress world but are not WordCamps are organized through https://www.meetup.com/. A meetup is typically a chance for local WordPress users to get together and share new ideas and seek help from one another. Searching for ‘WordPress’ on meetup.com will help you find options in your area. events inside wp-admin, making it easier for people to find out what’s happening in their local communities.

If a site has multiple users, 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. Users can click on a pencil icon and type in the location of their choice. Automatic location detection and the event data for the pluginPlugin A plugin is a piece of software containing a group of functions that can be added to a WordPress website. They can extend functionality or add new features to your WordPress websites. WordPress plugins are written in the PHP programming language and integrate seamlessly with WordPress. These can be free in the WordPress.org Plugin Directory https://wordpress.org/plugins/ or can be cost-based plugin from a third-party is provided by an api.wordpress.org endpoint.

The radius for pulling events from users location is 100 kilometers for meetups and 350 kilometers for WordCamps. Events for each location are cached for 12 hours.

How can I attend an event that I see in the WordPress Events and News widget?

If you see an event on the Events and News widget that you would like to attend, just click on the event name to be taken to a page with more information. You’ll be able to RSVP for the meetup event via meetup.com, or buy a ticket for a 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. on the local WordCamp website. If you have any trouble, you can email support@wordcamp.org for more information. And welcome to the WordPress community!

I belong to a WordPress meetup group, and our events don’t show up on the widget! Is it broken?

Only groups that are part of the WordPress meetup chapter program are listed on the widget. If your local group’s events aren’t showing up, it’s possible that it just hasn’t joined the chapter program yet! Joining is free, and requires following a few good-faith rules that were created by a group of volunteer meetup organizers. Information on joining the WordPress meetup program can be found here.

What information is collected, and what is it used for?

The plugin sends each user’s timezone, locale, and partially anonymized IP address to api.wordpress.orgWordPress.org 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. https://wordpress.org/, in order to determine their location, so that they can be shown events that are close to that location. If the user requests events near a specific city, then that is also sent. The data is not stored permanently, not used for any other purpose, and not shared with anyone outside of WordPress.org, with the exception of any conditions covered in the WordPress.org privacy policy.

How to debug functionality and report a bug?

Following instructions and details are bit developer orientated. If you don’t feel comfortable with code and technical terms, the #community-events Slack channel is the place to get help and report problems with WordPress Events functionality.

Before submitting a bug report, please check that you are not in a local development environment and expecting Events APIAPI An API or Application Programming Interface is a software intermediary that allows programs to interact with each other and share data in limited, clearly defined ways. to detect your location. That will not work, since location detection can’t be done with IP address of local environment. Currently, the ip2location database is used as the source for detection and the data is updated oncea month.

On the Dashboard side, the Events widget saves a few database records to store necessary data. One is `community-events-location` inside `wp_usermeta`, which stores either the location detected or the location manually set by each user. The other record is a transient to store the cached event data. That transient is shared across users, so if you have 500 users, but they’re all in Seattle, then there will only be 1 transient to cache the events for all of them.

If you are availabe to add plugins and read error logs, add this plugin to your `mu-plugins` https://core.trac.wordpress.org/raw-attachment/ticket/41217/log-community-events-requests.php. It will give you the exact api.wordpress.org/events URLURL A specific web address of a website or web page on the Internet, such as a website’s URL www.wordpress.org that is being queried, making it easier to troubleshoot parameters.

Possible bugs can be discussed in #meta-wordcamp on Slack and reported in Meta Trac ticket if the bug seems to be in the Events API. Bugs in Dashboard widget can be reported in Core Trac.