Meetup Organizer Newsletter: February 2021

Hello friends,

Welcome to the February 2021 edition of our 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. 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_action 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 Foundation 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 deputies 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: @_dorsvenabili, @meher, @nalininonstopnewsuk @webcommsat

Meetup Organizer Newsletter: January 2021

Hello friends,

Happy new year! Welcome to the January 2021 edition of our 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. 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 meetups! 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_action 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 deputies 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 @courtneypk

Meetup Organizer Newsletter: December 2020

Hello friends,

Welcome to the December edition of our 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. 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 meetups! 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 deputies 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