Meetup Organizer Newsletter: July 2021

Hello friends,

Welcome to the July 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 announcements for you in this edition – read on to find out more! 

Newsletter contents:

  • New guidelines for returning to in-person 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.
  • Online event updates
  • Tuesday Trainings
  • News from the WordPress world

📣🎪 [Announcement] New guidelines for returning to in-person meetups

The Community Team has announced new guidelines for returning to in-person WordPress events. You can now organize an in-person event if your local public health authority allows in-person events and your region passes the in-person safety checklist. Additionally, if your area does not pass the in-person safety checklist (but if your local public health authorities allow in-person events), you can organize in-person meetup events for fully vaccinated, recently tested negative, or recently recovered folks (in the last 3 months). If your region does not meet these guidelines, please keep organizing online events until the situation improves. Check out our 2021: Returning to in-person meetups handbook for more information.

This image shows a flow chart of the conditions that would support local community organizers holding in-person meetup events. If there are vaccines or testing available to all, then organizers can hold in-person meetups for those who are fully vaccinates, recently tested negative, or recently recovered from COVID-19. If vaccines and testing are not freely available, then online meetups should continue. If the region passes the in-person safety checklist, then in-person meetups for everyone are ok!

That sounds great! How do I organize in-person events for my group?
Does your region meet guidelines in our safety checklist? If not, does your location have vaccinations or testing freely available? If your answer to both questions is “yes,” fill up the safety checklist (you need not wait for a reply from us) and organize an in-person meetup for your group! If not, keep organizing online events until the situation improves in your area.

❤️ Share WordPress 5.8 with your Meetup group

WordPress 5.8 is all set to go out in a few days on July 20th, with RC1, RC2, and RC3 available already! Help us build excitement for the release by organizing an online discussion or sending a simple email to your group on version 5.8!

Looking for some resources on WordPress 5.8?
Check out this blog post on talking points for WordPress 5.8, along with the release field guide and release testing instructions.

Want some inspiration? The following meetup groups have already planned/organized events on WordPress 5.8!

🌍🎪 Online event updates

Reminder: You can attend online WordPress meetups from across the world. Are you looking for a Zoom Pro account to facilitate your online meetup? Community Zoom Pro accounts are available for you – just send us a request through this form!

Upcoming WordPress events 

Check out these upcoming WordCamps:

Past WordPress Events

Catch recordings of these past WordCamps by visiting their websites. 

🛠 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. Meetup organizers will find our Tuesday Training on: “How can I bring more energy to an online event?” extremely helpful! The post shares some useful tips that organizers can use to make their online events engaging and exciting! 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 deputiesDeputy Community Deputies are a team of people all over the world who review WordCamp and Meetup applications, interview lead organizers, and generally keep things moving at WordCamp Central. Find more about deputies in our Community Deputy Handbook. are available to help. Please send an email to support@wordcamp.org or join the #community-events 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/. channel. Thanks for everything you do to grow the WordPress community. Let’s keep sharing knowledge and inspiring each other with our contributions! 

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Meetup Organizer Newsletter: June 2021

Hello friends,

Welcome to the June 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! You will find some excellent resources for meetup organizers and some exciting WordPress news in this edition. 

Newsletter contents:

  • Share WordPress 5.8 with your Meetup group
  • The 2020 Meetup Organizer and Meetup Member survey results are out!
  • Online event updates
  • Tuesday Trainings
  • News from the WordPress world

❤️ Share WordPress 5.8 with your Meetup group

WordPress 5.8 is a 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. that goes out on July 20thBeta 1 and Beta 2 versions of the release are already available. We request meetup organizers to help us build excitement for the release by organizing an online discussion or a testing sprint on version 5.8. You can also email your group members to let them know all about the release.

📣 WordPress 5.8 outreach resources are now available!
Looking for some resources on WordPress 5.8? We have published a P2 post highlighting key features of WordPress 5.8 to help you with your outreach. Feel free to use them to plan your Meetup sessions and share about WordPress 5.8 in your community!

Want some inspiration? Some 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. have already organized/planned 5.8 sessions for their groups. Check them out: 

📚 The 2020 Meetup Organizer and Meetup Member survey results are out!

Results of the 2020 Meetup organizer survey and the 2020 Meetup Member survey are now available in the Make/Community blog. Check them out!

🌏🎪 Online event updates

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. Europe 2021 has concluded
One of the biggest and most exciting WordPress events – WordCamp Europe 2021, was held successfully from June 7-9, 2021. A team of 40 members organized the event, which had 3200+ registrations, 42 speakers, and 43 sponsors. You will find more details in the event recap. One of the event highlights was this Gutenberg demo hosted by Matías Ventura and Matt Mullenweg. You can catch the event recording on their YouTube channel, and videos of the event will soon be available on WordPress.tv as well!

🔜 Upcoming WordPress Events

Check out these upcoming WordCamps:

🔙 Past WordPress Events

Catch recordings of these past WordCamps by visiting their websites. 

🤝📣 Diverse speaker training group workshop for AMER, APAC, and Oceania

Has your meetup/WordCamp ever had trouble getting a diverse set of speaker applications (in terms of terms gender, race, class, sexuality, ability, age, etc.)? The Diverse Speaker Training Group (#WPDiversity) is organizing a workshop on the topic: How to Own Your Expertise & Start Speaking at WordPress Events – for your members of underrepresented groups in WordPress in the Americas and APAC/Oceania. The event will be held on Saturday, June 30, 2021, at 23:00 UTC

👉 For Americas: June 30, 2021 4pm6pm PDT (Los Angeles) 7pm-9pm EDT (New York)
👉 For APAC/Oceania: July 1, 2021 8am10am JST (Tokyo) 9am-11am AEST (Melbourne)

🚨 Please send your members this link to register now! 🚨📣

🛠 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 most recent Tuesday Training posts:

🗞 News from the WordPress world


If you have any questions, Community Team deputiesDeputy Community Deputies are a team of people all over the world who review WordCamp and Meetup applications, interview lead organizers, and generally keep things moving at WordCamp Central. Find more about deputies in our Community Deputy Handbook. are available to help. Please send an email to support@wordcamp.org or join the #community-events 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/. 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 June’s Meetup newsletter: @angelasjin @jillbinder


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Meetup Organizer Newsletter: May 2021

Hello friends,

Welcome to the May 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! You will find the latest updates from the WordPress world and resources for meetup organizers in this edition. 

Newsletter contents:

  • Proposals on returning to in-person WordPress events
  • Full Site Editing updates for Meetup Groups
  • Online event updates
  • Tuesday Trainings
  • News from the WordPress world

Proposals on returning to in-person WordPress events

The Community Team has opened up a discussion on the path to in-person WordCamps and requests community members to share feedback. We have also published a separate proposal on adding vaccination status to the in-person meetup checklist as a criterion to organize in-person 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.. All meetup organizers are invited to share their thoughts on these proposals in the comments. Please note: These proposals are still being discussed. WordPress meetups in most regions and all WordCamps will continue to be held online until further notice.

Full Site Editing updates for Meetup Groups

The sixth call for testing as part of the Full Site Editing (FSE) outreach program is out! Check out the testing call and join the #fse-outreach-experiment 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/. channel to participate. Deadline for testing: 26 May 2021. Here is how your local meetup group can contribute:

👉 Organize a dedicated testing sprint meetup. At the event, ask all the attendees to test FSE following the testing instructions and share your feedback with the FSE team!
👉 Encourage individual community members to test FSE. Amplify the latest FSE Testing call amongst your local community, and encourage folks to try the feature.
👉 BONUS: Help test the widgets editor on WordPress 5.8!

Check out this blog post on FSE to know more. You can also find answers to the most common FSE questions now!

Online event updates

Don’t forget to catch up with online meetups across the world! If you’re organizing an online WordPress event, use the hashtag #OnlineWPMeetup for social media promotions. The WordPress Marketing team can help promote your online meetup – if you wish to avail of their assistance, reach out to them in the #marketing Slack channel for more information.

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. Europe 2021!
One of the most exciting WordPress events, WordCamp Europe 2021, will be held online on June 7-9, 2021! Free tickets for the event are out, and their call for sponsors is still open. Sign up for email updates and follow #WCEU on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to stay updated! 

Past WordPress Events
Catch recordings of these past WordCamps by visiting their websites. 

Upcoming WordPress events 
Check out these upcoming WordCamps that are coming up later this year. 

Diverse speaker training group workshop for Philippines and South East Asia

The Diverse Speaker Training Group (#WPDiversity) is organizing an Interactive, Transformational Watch Party on the topic: How to Own Your Expertise & Start Speaking at WordPress Events. This workshop is for marginalized and underrepresented folks (based on gender, race, class, sexuality, ability, age, etc.) in the Philippines and South East Asia. Meetup and WordCamp organizers are also invited to attend. Date: Saturday, May 15, 2021 at 3pm-4:30pm Philippines time (7:008.30 AM UTC). Read more about the workshop and register now!

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. Meetup organizers will find our Tuesday Training on: “How can I keep my meetups interesting and fun” extremely useful! The post shares some helpful tips that organizers can use to spice up their online meetings. 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 deputiesDeputy Community Deputies are a team of people all over the world who review WordCamp and Meetup applications, interview lead organizers, and generally keep things moving at WordCamp Central. Find more about deputies in our Community Deputy Handbook. are available to help. Please send an email to support@wordcamp.org or join the #community-events Slack 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 folks contributed to the Meetup Organizer Newsletter this month: @chaion07 and @jillbinder

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Meetup Organizer Newsletter: April 2021

Hello friends,

April has been an exciting month for WordPress lovers so far! Read on to stay updated with the latest tidings from the WordPress community, along with resources for your 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. group!

Newsletter contents:

  • Fill out the 2020 Meetup organizer survey
  • Calling all Meetup groups to help test Full Site Editing
  • Online event updates
  • Tuesday Trainings
  • News from the WordPress world

Fill out the 2020 Meetup Organizer Survey

As we’ve reached a full year of online Meetup events, we would like to get your feedback on WordPress meetups in 2020. The survey contains general questions relevant to the global WordPress Meetup program and takes less than 5 minutes to fill out. Here is the link: http://wordpressdotorg.survey.fm/annual-meetup-program-survey. We have also published and sent out the Meetup Program Survey to all Meetup members – please amplify it and encourage your community members to fill it out. The deadline for both surveys is 30 April 2021.

Calling all Meetup groups to help test Full Site Editing

Contribute to the upcoming Full Site Editing (FSE) feature in WordPress by testing it! The fifth call for testing as part of the Full Site Editing outreach program is out! Check out the testing call and join the #fse-outreach-experiment 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/. channel to participate. Deadline for testing: May 5th, 2021. Here is how your local meetup group can contribute:

👉 Organize a dedicated testing sprint meetup. At the event, ask all the attendees to test FSE following the testing instructions and share your feedback with the FSE team!
👉 Encourage individual community members to test FSE. Amplify the latest FSE Testing call amongst your local community, and encourage folks to test the feature. 

Online event updates

Don’t forget to catch up with online meetups across the world! If you’re organizing an online WordPress event, use the hashtag #OnlineWPMeetup for social media promotions. The WordPress Marketing team can help promote your online meetup – if you wish to avail of their assistance, reach out to them in the #marketing Slack channel for more information.

Featured WordPress meetup
The South Florida Meetup group has joined forces with other nearby meetup groups to organize mega 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. for the last few months. The group recently organized another edition of the event – titled “The New Site Builder Episode,” on April 15. The event provided a detailed overview of the upcoming Full Site Editing feature and had around 266 RSVPs!

Upcoming WordPress events 

Check out these upcoming WordCamps that are coming up later this year. 

Diverse speaker training workshop for The Philippines and South East Asia
The Diverse Speaker Training Group (#WPDiversity) is organizing an Interactive, Transformational Watch Party on the topic: How to Own Your Expertise & Start Speaking at WordPress Events. This workshop is for marginalized and underrepresented folks (based on gender, race, class, sexuality, ability, age, etc) in the Philippines and South East Asia. Meetup and 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. organizers are also invited to attend. Date: May 16th, 2021, in the afternoon (exact time TBD). Want to join this event? Express your interest by filling out this form! 

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 latest Tuesday Training posts: 

News from the WordPress world


If you have any questions, Community Team deputiesDeputy Community Deputies are a team of people all over the world who review WordCamp and Meetup applications, interview lead organizers, and generally keep things moving at WordCamp Central. Find more about deputies in our Community Deputy Handbook. are available to help. Please send an email to support@wordcamp.org or join the #community-events Slack 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!

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The following people contributed to this edition of the Meetup newsletter: @angelasjin @_dorsvenabili @jillbinder @meher @rmarks and @webcommsat

Meetup Organizer Newsletter: March 2021

Hello friends,

Wow, can’t believe it’s March already! We have some exciting updates and resources for your 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. groups this month. Read on to find out more!

Newsletter contents:

  • WordPress 5.7 and your meetup group
  • Online event updates
  • Tuesday Trainings
  • News from the WordPress world

WordPress 5.7 and your meetup group

The latest major WordPress release  – version 5.7, “Esperanza,” came out on 9 March 2021. The release comes with some neat 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. editor improvements such as inserter drag and drop for blocks & block patterns and improved reusable blocks. Additionally, it features a simpler default color palette, single-click HTTPHTTP HTTP is an acronym for Hyper Text Transfer Protocol. HTTP is the underlying protocol used by the World Wide Web and this protocol defines how messages are formatted and transmitted, and what actions Web servers and browsers should take in response to various commands. to HTTPSHTTPS HTTPS is an acronym for Hyper Text Transfer Protocol Secure. HTTPS is the secure version of HTTP, the protocol over which data is sent between your browser and the website that you are connected to. The 'S' at the end of HTTPS stands for 'Secure'. It means all communications between your browser and the website are encrypted. This is especially helpful for protecting sensitive data like banking information. migrationMigration Moving the code, database and media files for a website site from one server to another. Most typically done when changing hosting companies., a new Robots 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., lazy loading for iFrames, and password reset links from WP-Admin. You can find more information in the field guide and the release post.

Promote WordPress 5.7 in your Meetup group
You can now promote WordPress 5.7 by organizing an online meetup discussion or sending an email message to your group. Want to learn more? Check out this P2 post from the Community team with WordPress 5.7 resources for Meetup organizers. The Marketing Team is also working on WordPress 5.7 marketing resources that will shortly be published in their GitHub repository.

Upcoming 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. highlighting WordPress 5.7
Want inspiration for your Meetup event on WordPress 5.7? The following meetup groups have already announced sessions to promote WordPress 5.7. Check out these upcoming events!

Online event updates

Don’t forget to catch up with online meetups across the world! If you’re organizing an online WordPress event, use the hashtag #OnlineWPMeetup for social media promotions. The WordPress Marketing team can help promote your online meetup – if you wish to avail their assistance, reach out to them in the #marketing 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/. channel for more information. 

Upcoming WordPress events 
Check out these upcoming WordCamps that are coming up later this year. 

Past WordPress events 
Check out these WordCamps that concluded in February! Their videos will be available on WordPress.tv shortly.

Decision-making checklist for in-person meetups
The Community Team has published handbook pages and a decision-making checklist for organizers to restart in-person meetups in areas where it is safe to do so (e.g., countries such as New Zealand, Australia, and Taiwan, where there are lower COVID-19 risks). However, WordPress meetups and WordCamps in most parts of the world will remain online due to  COVID-19.

Sign up for the upcoming Diverse Speaker Workshop on March 18!
How are you doing with getting speakers for your events these days? What about diverse speakers? The Diversity Speaker Training group (#WPDiversity) is organizing a workshop for encouraging underrepresented community members to speak at WordPress events. The event –  “How to Own Your Expertise & Start Speaking at WordPress Events #WPDiversity” is being held on March 18, 2021 @ 5:30  PM7 PM UTC (convert to your local time). Sign up now!

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 latest Tuesday Training posts: 

Upcoming Tuesday Training: How can meetup groups benefit from Learn WordPress?
Next Tuesday (March 16, 2021) at 09:00 UTC, we are organizing the first live and interactive Tuesday training on the topic: “How can meetup groups benefit from Learn WordPress?” The session will be held live on YouTube, in the WordCamp Central channel – where you can ask questions on live chat. Don’t miss this event! Sign up for notifications directly on YouTube or add the event to your calendar.

News from the WordPress world


If you have any questions, Community Team deputiesDeputy Community Deputies are a team of people all over the world who review WordCamp and Meetup applications, interview lead organizers, and generally keep things moving at WordCamp Central. Find more about deputies in our Community Deputy Handbook. are available to help. Please send an email to support@wordcamp.org or join the #community-events Slack channel. Thanks for everything you do to grow the WordPress community. Let’s keep sharing knowledge and inspiring each other with our contributions! 

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The following people contributed to this edition of the Meetup newsletter: @andreamiddleton @annezazu @daisyolsen @jillbinder

Meetup Organizer Newsletter: February 2021

Hello friends,

Welcome to the February 2021 edition of our 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 are off to a great start in 2021, and we have a lot of exciting news to share with you. Read on to find out more!

Newsletter contents:

  • Meetup organizer resources
  • Online event updates
  • Tuesday Trainings
  • News from the WordPress world

Meetup organizer resources

Online event updates

Ongoing WordPress events 
WordCamp India 2021 (online) is wrapping up on February 14 and 15 (Saturday and Sunday), with speaker sessions. The event features speakers including Matt Mullenweg and Josepha Haden, amongst other noteworthy speakers from the WordPress world. Free tickets for the event are still available if you would like to join the event.

Upcoming WordPress events 
Check out these upcoming WordCamps that are coming up later this year. Visit their websites to learn more. 

do_actiondo_action do_action hackathons are community-organised events that are focussed on using WordPress to give deserving charitable organisations their own online presence. Learn more on doaction.org. charity hackathons and open-source workshops in 2021
Following the impact of online do_action charity hackathons and open-source workshops last year, the WordPress FoundationWordPress Foundation The WordPress Foundation is a charitable organization founded by Matt Mullenweg to further the mission of the WordPress open source project: to democratize publishing through Open Source, GPL software. Find more on wordpressfoundation.org. has published its plans for online do_action charity hackathons and Open-source workshops in 2021. Meetup organizers can now apply for an online do_action event or organize an introduction to open-source workshop


Diverse speaker training group: Interactive, Transformational Watch Party!
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The Diverse Speaker Training Group (#WPDiversity) is organizing an Interactive, Transformational Watch Party on the topic: How to Own Your Expertise & Start Speaking at WordPress Events. This workshop is for Meetup and 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. organizers and your marginalized and underrepresented community members.
Date: February 18th, 2021 (Thursday) from 5.30 PM to 7.00 PM UTC.
Don’t forget to sign up for the event right now!

Checklist for safe, in-person WordPress events
Close on the heels of last month’s post on bringing back in-person meetups, the Community team has published an update explaining the process of using a checklist to ensure safe, in-person meetups later in 2021. Please note: WordPress events will continue to be online until the team has made a final decision on this topic.

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 a variety of skills while also adding additional training documentation to our handbooks. Check our latest Tuesday Training posts: 

News from the WordPress world


If you have any questions, Community Team deputiesDeputy Community Deputies are a team of people all over the world who review WordCamp and Meetup applications, interview lead organizers, and generally keep things moving at WordCamp Central. Find more about deputies in our Community Deputy Handbook. are available to help. Please send an email to support@wordcamp.org or join the #community-events Slack channel. Thanks for everything you do to grow the WordPress community. Let’s keep sharing knowledge and inspiring each other with our contributions! 

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The following people contributed to this edition of the Meetup newsletter: @_dorsvenabili, @meher, @nalininonstopnewsuk @webcommsat

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Meetup Organizer Newsletter: January 2021

Hello friends,

Happy new year! Welcome to the January 2021 edition of our 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 are off to a great start in 2021 and we have a lot of exciting news to share with you. Read on to find out more!

Newsletter contents:

  • Learn WordPress is out
  • Watch the State of the WordState of the Word This is the annual report given by Matt Mullenweg, founder of WordPress at WordCamp US. It looks at what we’ve done, what we’re doing, and the future of WordPress. https://wordpress.tv/tag/state-of-the-word/. 2020 recording
  • Online event updates
  • News from the WordPress world

Learn WordPress is out!

Learn WordPress, a new, free, on-demand WordPress learning resource, launched officially on December 15. It offers workshops, lesson plans, quizzes, and courses for anyone interested in publishing with, building for, or contributing to WordPress. WordPress enthusiasts can also participate in discussion groups focused on specific topics to learn with and from each other. Want to help make Learn WordPress more successful? Here are four other ways to contribute to Learn WordPress!

How can meetup groups benefit from Learn WordPress?
Meetup organizers can ask participants to watch a Learn WordPress workshop and organize a discussion group based on it for their local meetup. Or you can simply schedule a watch party based on a workshop and arrange a quick discussion based on the same. 

Watch the State of the Word 2020 recording

State of the Word 2020, the annual keynote address delivered by WordPress co-founder Matt Mullenweg, was streamed online for the first time on December 17. It was followed by a live Q&A from community members all across the world. You can find the stream recording on YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter. The State of the Word video and the Q&A session are also available on WordPress.tv. 

Online event updates

Use the #OnlineWPMeetup hashtag to promote your online 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.! You can also find all the upcoming online meetups around the globe at: https://make.wordpress.org/community/events/online/.

Don’t forget to use this opportunity to find participants across the world for your meetups too. If you need help with promoting your meetup, reach out to the Marketing team in the #marketing 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/. channel. 

Online 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. updates

WordCamp Sevilla 2020 was held online from 26-29 December 2020. Check out the event website to catch up with the recorded live stream. Videos of the camp will soon be available on WordPress.tv. You can also participate in upcoming online WordCamps! 

do_actiondo_action do_action hackathons are community-organised events that are focussed on using WordPress to give deserving charitable organisations their own online presence. Learn more on doaction.org. charity hackathons and Open-source workshops in 2021

Seeing the impact of online do_action charity hackathons and open-source workshops, the community team wants to help more organizers host even more of these events in 2021. The team has published some ideas on how they can better support these events. If you have any thoughts, please share them in the comments of the post by January 25. If your local community wants to organize a do_action event, please submit an application.

Checklist for safe, in-person WordPress events

The Community team has shared a proposal on creating a checklist that organizers can use to ensure safe, in-person WordPress meetups later in 2021. While in-person meetups are still on hold right now, the team plans to decide about the same based on feedback from community members. Please share your thoughts in the comments section of the post.

News from the WordPress world

  • The Full Site Editing (FSE) outreach program has been launched to give feedback on the upcoming Full Site Editing feature. While the initial testing call has wrapped up, please join the #fse-outreach-experiment Slack channel to join upcoming testing calls.
  • Want to contribute to the Community team goals for 2021? Join us in these open discussion sessions in the #community-team Slack channel. You can also asynchronously share your thoughts on each proposed goal in the Community team Trello board
  • GutenbergGutenberg The Gutenberg project is the new Editor Interface for WordPress. The editor improves the process and experience of creating new content, making writing rich content much simpler. It uses ‘blocks’ to add richness rather than shortcodes, custom HTML etc. https://wordpress.org/gutenberg/ Version 9.7 came out with 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. pattern drag and drop, matching block variations, and improvements to reusable blocks.
  • Would you like to have a Slack channel for discussion online WordPress events? If you do, please share your thoughts in this proposal post.

If you have any questions, Community Team deputiesDeputy Community Deputies are a team of people all over the world who review WordCamp and Meetup applications, interview lead organizers, and generally keep things moving at WordCamp Central. Find more about deputies in our Community Deputy Handbook. are available to help. Please send an email to support@wordcamp.org or join the #community-events Slack channel. Thanks for everything you do to grow the WordPress community. Let’s keep sharing knowledge and inspiring each other with our contributions! 

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Meetup Organizer Newsletter: December 2020

Hello friends,

Welcome to the December edition of our 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! Read on to discover some exciting updates and resources from the WordPress community. 

Newsletter contents

  • State of the WordState of the Word This is the annual report given by Matt Mullenweg, founder of WordPress at WordCamp US. It looks at what we’ve done, what we’re doing, and the future of WordPress. https://wordpress.tv/tag/state-of-the-word/. 2020
  • WordPress 5.6 release
  • Learn WordPress 
  • Online event updates
  • News and updates

State of the Word 2020

Mark your calendars for the 2020 State of the Word – the annual keynote address of WordPress given by project co-founder, Matt Mullenweg. The event will be streamed on Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter on Thursday 17 December  2020, at 16:00 UTC and will have live captioning in multiple languages. Meetup groups around the world are encouraged to host watch parties to celebrate this year’s WordPress accomplishments together! 

Want to ask Matt a question at the State of the Word? Record a video question on your phone or computer in landscape format, and include your name and how you use WordPress in the video. Then, upload the video as an unlisted video on your favorite video hosting site, and send a link to: ask-matt@wordcamp.org.

The deadline to send in your question is 11 December, so don’t delay!

WordPress 5.6 is out!

The latest major WordPress release  – version 5.6 “Simone”, came out on 8 December 2020. The release ships with a new default theme: Twenty Twenty One, and offers features like greater layout flexibility, more 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. patterns, video captioning support, auto-updates, betaBeta A pre-release of software that is given out to a large group of users to trial under real conditions. Beta versions have gone through alpha testing in-house and are generally fairly close in look, feel and function to the final product; however, design changes often occur as part of the process.-compatibility for 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. 8.0, application password support for the REST APIREST API The REST API is an acronym for the RESTful Application Program Interface (API) that uses HTTP requests to GET, PUT, POST and DELETE data. It is how the front end of an application (think “phone app” or “website”) can communicate with the data store (think “database” or “file system”) https://developer.wordpress.org/rest-api/., updates to jQuery, among others. You can find more information in the field guide

For sites which uses jQuery, to ensure a smooth transition, use the Test jQuery updates plugin to check your site for errors before you update. If you find errors with your site, you can use the jQuery migrate plugin.

The Marketing Team is pulling together resources (Questions and Answers, social media posts you can use, slides, and images) to help meetup groups with WordPress 5.6 outreach. You can find these resources in the Team’s GitHub repository in the coming week. Reach out to the #marketing 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/. channel for more details. 

Learn WordPress is launching soon!

Learn WordPress, the new online, on-demand WordPress training platform, is close to launch has been officially launched! Are you looking for a fun, different way to connect with your local WordPress meetup group? You can ask participants to watch a Learn WordPress workshop and organize a discussion group based on it for your meetup. Or you can simply schedule a watch party based on a workshop and arrange a quick discussion based on the same. Want to help make Learn WordPress more successful? You can apply to organize workshops and discussion groups. Can you help promote Learn WordPress? Contact the Marketing Team for materials.

Online event updates

Use the #OnlineWPMeetup hashtag to promote your online 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.! You can find all the upcoming online meetups around the globe at: https://make.wordpress.org/community/events/online/.

Don’t forget to use this opportunity to find participants across the world for your meetups too. If you need help with promoting your meetup, reach out to the Marketing Team in the #marketing Slack channel. 

Online 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. updates

  • WordCamp Mexico Online was held from 25-28 November 2020. Check out the event website to catch up with the recorded live stream. Videos of the camp will soon be available on WordPress.tv. Don’t forget to catch up the forthcoming online WordCamps: 
  • WordCamp Sevilla 2020 (26-29 December 2020)
  • WordCamp India 2021 (30-31 January, 6-7 February, and 14-15 February 2021)

Featured Meetup: WordPress Sofia Meetup

The WordPress Sofia meetup group has been organizing lectures, workshops, and themed community meetups to facilitate community connections, even during the COVID-19 pandemic. As a lockdown was enforced in Bulgaria, the meetup group pivoted online with sessions to support the community, including COVID-19 tips, finding customers from home, email marketing, community development from home, and more. These sessions were held on Zoom and uploaded to YouTube. The group continued their experiments with online events — community members showcased their homes/workplaces during their summer meetups — and they invited members from the larger WordPress community to their other meetups. The group continues to meet online twice a month, and record and upload their meetups to YouTube.

Reimagining the work of the Diverse Speaker Training group

The Diversity Speaker Training group of the Community team wants your feedback on how they can reimagine their work in light of the ongoing world changes this year and in 2021. Please share your feedback as comments on the post by 18 December 2020.

News and updates

Meetup organizers can now request Community Zoom Pro accounts for their local meetup events! In order to get a Zoom Pro account for your meetup, submit a request using the zoom requests form at least a week before your event.


If you have any questions, Community Team deputiesDeputy Community Deputies are a team of people all over the world who review WordCamp and Meetup applications, interview lead organizers, and generally keep things moving at WordCamp Central. Find more about deputies in our Community Deputy Handbook. are available to help. Please send an email to support@wordcamp.org or join the #community-events Slack 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!


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The following people contributed to this edition of the Meetup newsletter: @andreamiddleton @angelasjin and @webcommsat

Meetup Organizer Newsletter: November 2020

Hello friends,

Welcome to the November edition of our 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! Read on to catch up with some exciting updates from the WordPress community and resources for your local WordPress meetup group. 

Newsletter contents:

  • Online Event updates
  • Meetup organizer resources
  • News and updates

Online Event Updates

Meetup organizers can use the hashtag: #OnlineWPMeetup to promote your online meetup on social media. You can reach out to the WordPress Marketing team in the #marketing 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/. channel if you need support with promoting your online meetup event — the team posts regular updates on local 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. in its LinkedIn page.

Featured Online Meetup Event
Several WordPress Meetup Groups in the U.S. are joining hands to organize the: WordPress “Mega Meetup”: The “Plugin Draft” Episode event on November 18, 2020 6:30 PM. The event, which features several speakers such as Adam Silver, Birgit Pauli, and Topher DeRosia, aims to highlight several useful plugins and demystify them for participants, and will also feature a host of talks and sessions. The organizers promise a fun event with a WordPress Trivia game show and a T-Shirt contest. The event is being held on Zoom, and you can sign up for it right away!

Wish to participate in more online WordPress events across the world? You can find all the upcoming online meetups around the globe at: https://make.wordpress.org/community/events/online/.

Online 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. Updates
Check out the websites of the following  WordCamps from the past few weeks to catch up with their recorded live streams. Videos of these camps are being uploaded to WordPress.tv.

While you are at it, don’t miss the chance to get free tickets for the upcoming WordCamp Mexico Online (November 25 – 28)! Several online WordCamps are in the pipeline and will be announced soon!

Diverse Speaker Training Workshops (#WPDiversity)

Check out these upcoming workshops in November to encourage diverse voices to share their knowledge and stories to online WordPress Meetups and WordCamps:

Don’t forget to keep up with the #WPDiversity announcements on the WordCamp Twitter and Facebook accounts, along with the Marketing team LinkedIn Page

Meetup Organizer Resources

Meetup organizers can now request Community Zoom Pro accounts for their local meetup events! In order to get a Zoom Pro account for your meetup, submit a request using the zoom requests form at least a week before your event.

News and updates

  • WordPress 5.6 Beta 1, Beta 2, Beta 3, and Beta 4 versions came out, along with the following WordPress maintenance release: Version 5.5.2 and Version 5.5.3. Feel free to help test BetaBeta A pre-release of software that is given out to a large group of users to trial under real conditions. Beta versions have gone through alpha testing in-house and are generally fairly close in look, feel and function to the final product; however, design changes often occur as part of the process. releases!
  • The Core team released GutenbergGutenberg The Gutenberg project is the new Editor Interface for WordPress. The editor improves the process and experience of creating new content, making writing rich content much simpler. It uses ‘blocks’ to add richness rather than shortcodes, custom HTML etc. https://wordpress.org/gutenberg/ Version 9.2 (the last Gutenberg release to be featured in WordPress 5.6) and Version 9.3.
  • Take the 2020 WordPress Annual Survey now! Results of the 2019 survey are also available. Feel free to remind your meetup group to take the survey!
  • The Polyglots teamPolyglots Team Polyglots Team is a group of multilingual translators who work on translating plugins, themes, documentation, and front-facing marketing copy. https://make.wordpress.org/polyglots/teams/. has launched its 2020 Polyglots Translator Research form. Feel free to pass it on to your meetup group, translate the announcement template into your language, and publish it on your Rosetta site (if any). You can also help out by spreading the word on Social Media by amplifying these Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn posts.

If you have any questions, Community Team deputiesDeputy Community Deputies are a team of people all over the world who review WordCamp and Meetup applications, interview lead organizers, and generally keep things moving at WordCamp Central. Find more about deputies in our Community Deputy Handbook. are available to help. Please send an email to support@wordcamp.org or join the #community-events Slack 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!

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The following people contributed to this edition of the Meetup newsletter: @chaion07 @courane01 @meher @nao and @webcommsat

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Meetup Organizer Newsletter: October 2020

This is the October 2020 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. newsletter. You can find the November 2020 edition of the meetup newsletter by following this link.

Hello friends,

Welcome to the October edition of our meetup organizer newsletter! We have many exciting news and updates from the WordPress community and resources for your local meetup group.

Newsletter contents:

  • Learn WordPress 
  • Meetup Organizer resources
  • Online Event updates

Learn WordPress

The Learn WordPress initiative offers WordPress video workshops that can help 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.. Check out our new workshops on Contributing to WordPress, Using the WordPress Block Editor, WordPress Troubleshooting, and the Diverse Speaker Training, topics! Have questions on these workshops? Participate in our upcoming discussion groups to get answers!

All community members can now submit their workshop ideas for the program in any language of their choice! Meetup organizers can also organize discussion groups based on workshops for their local meetup groups. You can also contribute to Learn WordPress by helping the Training team update screenshots on existing lesson plans.

Meetup Organizer Resources

  • Sponsored Zoom Pro accounts for Online Meetups: In the light of WordPress events moving online in April 2020, the Community team started offering Zoom Pro accounts for online WordCamps and special WordPress events. The team has opened up a discussion to investigate if these accounts can be made available for meetup groups. Please comment on the post to share what you need to successfully run your local meetup online, if you would like to get Paid Zoom accounts for your local meetup or if you have ideas on how to improve the process.
  • WordPress 5.5 marketing resources: Meetup groups can make use of the WordPress 5.5 marketing resources from the Marketing team and other teams. The resources consist of video presentations, slides, questions & answers, social media posts, and more – aimed at both developers and non-developers. If you would like to help out with WordPress 5.6 outreach, reach out to the team on the #marketing channel in the Make WordPress Slack.
  • Videos to help onboard WordPress contributors: Step-by-step video instructions on how to set up accounts on 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/ and Make WordPress 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/. are now available on YouTube in the Marketing Team’s YouTube channel. The captioned videos are available in several languages. If you wish to add captions and voiceovers in your language for the video, get involved through the #marketing Slack channel.

Online Event Updates

Upcoming Online WordCamps
Don’t miss the chance to get free tickets for these online WordCamps! 

Upcoming Online meetups

You can find all the upcoming online meetups across the world at: https://make.wordpress.org/community/events/online/.

Past Online WordCamps
Several online WordCamps were held successfully in the past few weeks. Did you miss these events, and would you like to catch up with them? Check out their websites to follow their recorded live streams. Videos of these camps are being uploaded to WordPress.tv.

The WordPress Translation Week

As part of the International Translation Day celebrations on September 30, a host of WordPress translation events were held from 28 September to 4 October. After a couple of weeks, the celebrations are still ongoing! You can catch recorded talks and interviews with Polyglots on YouTube. In response to requests, the Polyglots and Marketing teams are considering month-long translation periods once or twice a year to promote translations. Follow @TranslateWP, and use the #WPTranslationDay tag on Twitter to share your translation adventures. The Translation week event highlights will be published on: https://wptranslationday.org/2020-events/.

Diverse Speaker Training Workshops (#WPDiversity)

More workshops will be in October and November to encourage diverse voices to share their knowledge and stories to online WordPress Meetups and WordCamps. Here’s a list of upcoming events for you or your members:

Don’t forget to keep up with the #WPDiversity announcements on the 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. Twitter and Facebook accounts, along with the Marketing team LinkedIn Page

If you have any questions, Community Team deputiesDeputy Community Deputies are a team of people all over the world who review WordCamp and Meetup applications, interview lead organizers, and generally keep things moving at WordCamp Central. Find more about deputies in our Community Deputy Handbook. are available to help. Please send an email to support@wordcamp.org or join the #community-events Slack 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 the newsletter this month: @angelasjin @chaion07 @courane01 @harishanker @hlashbrooke @jillbinder @lmurillom @meher @nao @oglekler @webcommsat and @tacoverdo

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