Joining the WordPress Chapter Meetup Program

WordPress has an official 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. account that is used to create the WordPress Chapter Meetup Program. WordPress meetup groups that are part of this account receive certain benefits, including having their dues paid by the WordPress Community Support, PBC.

Having a meetup group on this account does require following the Five Good Faith Rules that were created by a group of volunteer meetup organizers.

The Five Good Faith Rules

  1. WordPress 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 for the benefit of the WordPress community as a whole, not specific businesses or individuals. All actions taken as an event organizer are with the best interest of the community in mind.
  2. Membership in the local meetup group is open to all who wish to join, regardless of ability, skill, financial status or any other criteria.
  3. Meetups are volunteer-run with volunteer speakers.
  4. Meetup groups allow events to be organized by any reliable/trusted member of the community.
  5. Meetups are welcoming places where everyone works to foster an accepting environment which is free of discrimination, incitement to violence, promotion of hate, and general jerk-like behavior.

We also ask everyone that organizes WordPress Chapter Meetup 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 The GPL is a ‘copyleft’ license 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 Plugin Directory 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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If You’re Starting a New Group

First, check whether there is already an active WordPress meetup group in your community. If there is no meetup group in your community and you would like to start one, fill out our meetup interest form. If you are approved, we will work with you to set up a new group for your city and make you the first organizer.

If you already have a group and would like to add it to, use the same form. Make sure to include the URLURL A specific web address of a website or web page on the Internet, such as a website’s URL for your existing group’s online presence (Facebook, independent site, etc).

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If You’re Adding an Existing Group

Joining the WordPress Meetup Chapter program means organizers no longer have to pay hundreds of dollars a year in hosting fees, and that groups can be more open to community participation since the owner doesn’t have to worry about their reputation being affected by the actions of others in the group.

To request that your existing group join the central account, use the same meetup interest form as for starting a new Meetup group. Say “yes” when it asks if there is an existing group and provide the URL.

When an existing group joins the central account, these things happen.

What changes:

  • WordPress Community SupportWordPress Community Support WordPress Community Support PBC is a subsidiary of WordPress Foundation. It is created specifically to be the financial and legal support for WordCamps, WordPress Meetup groups, and any additional “official” events organized within the WordPress Community Events program., PBC takes over payment of dues and will be listed as the primary group organizer. The original owner is listed as Co-Organizer, as are any existing Co-Organizers. WordPress now “owns” the account, and everyone running events is on equal footing.

What stays the same:

  • Organizers retain access to the group tools on
  • The group name and URL remain the same.
  • The design of your site is unchanged unless you are using the wrong logo (a fauxgo) or misspelling WordPress, in which case we’d ask you to fix that.
  • Organizers will be included in a monthly communication that connects them to the WordPress project and to other meetup organizers (how much or little you choose to get involved is up to you).

Additional benefits to the meetup group:

  • Videos of presentations (or tutorials, or etc) from your meetup group will have streamlined access to publication on
  • We’ll send you some WordPress swag to kick things off if you don’t have any kicking around from a recent 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.. Email to request some!
  • You can request support from WordCamp CentralWordCamp Central Website for all WordCamp activities globally. includes a list of upcoming and past camp with links to each. to cover costs such as venue rentals when donated space can’t be found; and WordCamp Central can help meetup organizers access other resources that make it easier to organize events. More information here.

What we’ll ask of you:

  • If you currently require people to submit an application to join your group, we ask that you remove that requirement. WordPress meetup groups are open to all who are interested. You can still ask those questions on the regular “join this meetup” form.
  • Each year, WordCamp Central will send a survey to all meetup members to gather feedback. We will share the results with meetup organizers, so that we can continually work together to strengthen the global WordPress meetup program.

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Any Member Can Organize an Event

Under the WordPress Chapter Meetup Program, any member of the group may organize events. You can find the setting for this in Group Tools.

  • Perhaps someone wants to organize a Saturday morning WordPress coffee shop get-together that only 5 people attend, and you want to organize a more formal presentation for 80 people. Both type of events are valuable! The more people getting together and connecting to talk about WordPress, the better.
  • Restricting event organizing to only a few people would automatically limit the number and scope of events — instead, we love to see a variety of organizers and events, as this will also draw a variety of members!
  • With multiple co-organizers, the group dynamic shifts from “this is my group,” to “this is a community group, for which I am a leader.” We know this can require a shift in thinking for groups that previously allowed only one or two people to organize events. But ultimately, we want WordPress meetups to function as community groups where anyone can organize events, without gatekeepers!
  • This means that you would be responsible for focus and consistency in your own event series, but not for others; though we hope that anyone choosing to organize a meetup event would talk with other organizers and learn from their experiences.

That’s about it! Oh, and follow the Five Good Faith Rules mentioned at the beginning. If you have a problem with one of them, talk to us about it. You can email 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. or find us in the Make WordPress SlackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at channel.

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