Building And Growing A Meetup

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, WordPress events are online. Please refer to our online events handbook.

For communities COVID-19 has been more effectively contained, returning to hosting an in-person 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. event is possible, with caution, using the resources provided. If you plan to move forward with an in-person meetup, you must use the provided checklist.

Having a Great Organizing Team Having a Great Organizing Team

Being an organizing team of one can be an enormous amount of work, so if you are planning to grow and develop your group, you will need others around you to help. Here are some tips to identifying people who may be great assets to your Meetup group.

  1. They are team players and are always around
  2. They help without asking
  3. They may be the first to arrive and the last to leave
  4. They participate
  5. They may be keen to organize 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. around their area of interest in WordPress

Quality team members may not be the loudest, most outgoing person there, but the quiet achievers who are loyal and regular attendees are obviously getting a lot out of Meetup and could be quietly encouraged to take on an organizing role.

We also ask everyone associated with a WordPress Chapter Meetup in an official capacity (e.g., organizer, speaker, sponsor) to uphold the principles of the WordPress 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, including 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.. This helps protect the user/attendee, who might not realize that by using a non-GPL 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 or theme, they are giving away the rights that WordPress provides them.

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Diversity and Inclusion Diversity and Inclusion

For more information on encouraging diverse speakers and audiences, see the handbook section “Creating Diverse and Inclusive Meetups”.

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