Meetup Organizer Newsletter: April 2024

Welcome to the April 2024 edition of your WordPress 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! The newsletter aims to inspire and empower WordPress meetup organizers worldwide to host engaging, impactful meetup events. Do you have ideas for topics to feature in a future edition of the newsletter? Please email your suggestions to support@wordcamp.org. 

Elevate Your 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. With WordPress Playground!

Hosting or planning your next WordPress meetup? Make it unforgettable with WordPress Playground! This innovative tool transforms learning and interaction by allowing you and your attendees to run WordPress directly in your browser. Playground is the ultimate learning, teaching, and testing tool – perfect for demonstrations, hands-on learning, and exploring new WordPress features without the hassle of installations. Dive into WordPress Playground and bring your meetups to life: https://wordpress.org/playground/

Explore WordPress 6.5 Highlights

WordPress 6.5 “Regina” was recently released! This 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. brings exciting features like the new Font Library, enhanced drag-and-drop functionality, and over 110 performance updates, making the Post Editor and Site Editor 2x faster than before. Notable improvements include AVIF image support, 65 accessibilityAccessibility Accessibility (commonly shortened to a11y) refers to the design of products, devices, services, or environments for people with disabilities. The concept of accessible design ensures both “direct access” (i.e. unassisted) and “indirect access” meaning compatibility with a person’s assistive technology (for example, computer screen readers). (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Accessibility) enhancements, and developer-friendly features like the Interactivity 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.. With contributions from 700 individuals across 57 countries, including 150 first-time contributors, WordPress 6.5 reflects a global effort to empower users with a smoother, more efficient experience. Following closely, the maintenance and security release of WordPress 6.5.2 addresses crucial bug fixes and security enhancements, ensuring the WordPress experience remains top-notch.

How Your Meetup Can Explore WordPress 6.5 Together

  1. Group Learning Sessions: Kick off with the WordPress 6.5 video tutorial on Learn WordPress. Then, dive into WordPress Playground for a live, interactive exploration of 6.5’s new features.
  1. Interactive Workshops: Host workshops focused on 6.5’s innovations, like creating custom fonts with the new Font Library.
  2. Show and Tell: Inspire your community by showcasing real-world applications of 6.5 features. Encourage members to share their projects and learn from each other.

Share Your Feedback with Meetup.com

Earlier this year, Meetup.com was acquired by Bending Spoons, an Italian-based tech company with an ambitious vision for Meetup’s future. Bending Spoons acquired Meetup because they believe in the mission to foster human connections. Over the next few years, this new parent company intends to invest nearly $50 million to improve the product and grow membership. In particular, the team plans to improve event discoverability and reduce the friction for organizers to create events and engage with their communities.

Meetup.com would love to hear from the WordPress community! To do so, they created a dedicated form to collect your feedback. Please use it to share how they can improve the Meetup platform. Read more on the WordPress Community Team blog.

Harness 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 2024 for your Meetup Group!

WordCamp Europe 2024 has unveiled its schedule and speaker lineup! From talks on WordPress’s future to hands-on workshops, there’s something for everyone. WordCamp Europe talks are live-streamed and recorded, so you can bring together your meetup group to watch and discuss the sessions. It’s the next best thing to being there!

Celebrating Success: WordPress Contributor Mentorship Program

The WordPress Contributor Mentorship Program’s second cohort has just wrapped up, boasting 52 mentees guided by 28 mentorsEvent Supporter Event Supporter (formerly Mentor) is someone who has already organised a WordCamp and has time to meet with their assigned mentee every 2 weeks, they talk over where they should be in their timeline, help them to identify their issues, and also identify solutions for their issues. over six weeks. A heartfelt congratulations to all mentees – including six recipients of the LGBTQ+Press Empowerment Grant – for their outstanding contributions to WordPress.

Introducing our newest WordPress Meetup groups

Let’s welcome the new Meetup groups recently added to our chapter! Do support them in organizing both local (in-person) and global (online) meetup events, and let’s learn from their experiences and experiments along the way.

  1. Accra, Ghana
  2. Baliuag, Philippines
  3. Onomichi, Hiroshima
  4. Ughelli, Nigeria
  5. Shenzhen, China

Meetups of the Month

This month, we celebrate the WordPress Meetup groups of Cebu (Philippines), Managua (Nicaragua), Sofia (Bulgaria), and Malappuram (India)!

Meetup Organizers, we want to feature you!

We’d love to publish pictures from Meetups all around the world in each newsletter. Do you want your Meetup to be featured? Share 1 picture with the Community team! Rename your picture as “Meetup-name_event-date” and upload it to this folder. The formats supported are jpg and png. Please remember, always ask for permission from your group members before taking the picture and sharing it with us!


A special thank you to our Global Sponsors: Bluehost, GoDaddy, Automattic, WPBeginner, and Woo!


If you have any questions, Community Team Supporters are here to help. Please email us at support@wordcamp.org or join the #community-events Slack channel. Thanks for everything you do to grow and support the WordPress community. Let’s keep sharing knowledge and inspiring each other with our contributions!

See you online soon!

The following people contributed to this edition of the Meetup newsletter: @hellosatya, @juliarosia, @_dorsvenabili @bjmcsherry

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Meetup Organizer Newsletter: March 2024

Hi, WordPress 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. Organizers!

WordCamp Asia in Taipei, Taiwan recently wrapped up, and the energy in the WordPress Community is high! 

Curious to see all WordPress upcoming events worldwide? Check out the WordPress Events site! You can filterFilter Filters are one of the two types of Hooks https://codex.wordpress.org/Plugin_API/Hooks. They provide a way for functions to modify data of other functions. They are the counterpart to Actions. Unlike Actions, filters are meant to work in an isolated manner, and should never have side effects such as affecting global variables and output. by country, month, and event type and connect with the WordPress communities around the world!

News from 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. Asia 

WordCamp Asia just concluded with a high note. Check out the highlights here. The next WordCamp Asia 2025 has been announced and will be held in Manila, Philippines. The Call for Organizers is open!

In his Q&A session at WordCamp Asia, Matt Mullenweg (WordPress Co-founder) announced that 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/. 2024 will be held in Tokyo, Japan on December 16, 2024. You can view the full recording of Matt’s Q&A session on YouTube.

WordPress 6.5 Coming Soon!

WordPress 6.5 is around the corner! The third Release Candidate (RC3) has been released. Please help test WordPress 6.5 RC3 to ensure that everything in WordPress 6.5 is the best it can be.

Asia Meetup Revival Project

The Community Team has announced a project to revive Meetup Groups in big cities in Asia that are inactive, or help the local WordPress community that are not yet part of the WordPress Meetup Chapter Program to join. Please see the project’s post for more details, and let us know if you’d like to be involved!

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. of the Month

This month, we celebrate the WordPress Meetup groups of Bengaluru (Bangalore, India), Griñón (Spain), and Satkhira (Bangladesh)!

Introducing our newest WordPress Meetup groups

Let’s welcome the new Meetup groups recently added to our chapter! Do support them in organizing both local (in-person) and global (online) meetup events, and let’s learn from their experiences and experiments along the way.

  1. Chicago WordPress Community Meetup
  2. Fatehpur, Uttar Pradesh, India
  3. Hanoi
  4. Luzern (Lucerne), Switzerland
  5. Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
  6. San Francisco
  7. Santiago de Chile
  8. Seoul
  9. Surat, India

Meetup Organizers, we want to feature you!

We’d love to publish pictures from Meetups all around the world in each newsletter. Do you want your Meetup to be featured? Share 1 picture with the Community team! Rename your picture as “Meetup-name_event-date” and upload it to this folder. The formats supported are jpg and png. Please remember, always ask for permission from your group members before taking the picture and sharing it with us!

Meetup Tip of the Month

The best way to boost discoverability of your Meetup events is by putting relevant keywords in your event’s title and description (for example, “WordPress”). When writing your event description, be concise and specific. Include the same relevant keyword in your event title and at least twice in your description. The more you use a searchable keyword, the easier it will be for members to find your event. 


A special thank you to our Global Sponsors: Bluehost, GoDaddy, Automattic, WPBeginner, and WooCommerce!


If you have any questions, Community Team Program Supporters are here to help. Please email us at support@wordcamp.org or join the #community-events Slack channel. Thanks for everything you do to grow and support the WordPress community—let’s keep sharing knowledge and inspiring each other with our contributions!

See you online soon!

The following people contributed to this edition of the Meetup newsletter: @courtneypk, @hellosatya, and @bjmcsherry.

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Meetup Organizer Newsletter: February 2024

Hello, Organizers!

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. Asia is just around the corner, and there are still a few tickets available. If you’ve been waiting until the final moment to decide whether to go, now is the time to grab your ticket!

WC Europe Call for Volunteers closes on February 28, apply now!

Curious to see all WordPress upcoming events worldwide? Check out the new event page! You can filterFilter Filters are one of the two types of Hooks https://codex.wordpress.org/Plugin_API/Hooks. They provide a way for functions to modify data of other functions. They are the counterpart to Actions. Unlike Actions, filters are meant to work in an isolated manner, and should never have side effects such as affecting global variables and output. by country, month, and event type and connect with the WordPress communities around the world!

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/. 2023 in your language!

At the last State of the Word we experimented with AI technology! Now you can watch the whole event while listening to Matt Mullenweg speaking the following languages, assisted by AI: Spanish, French, Brazilian Portuguese, German, and Japanese.

Choose your favorite language and enjoy! 

Feeling bold and creative? Apply to organize a brand new event!

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. organizers are the pillar of the WordPress community. With your experience in community and event management, you have probably come up with several ideas for events that would have a powerful impact on your community, but would not fit the format of traditional WordCamps. 

Don’t let this prevent you from giving your community a wonderful event! Apply to organize a creative WordPress event. Innovation is encouraged!

Talking about new and inspiring WP events, have a look at the winners of the Kerala WordPress Photo Festival!

GatherPress Pilot Program

A group of community leaders published the proposal for a pilot program to test GatherPress, a community-developed 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, within interested and active WordPress meetup groups. For detailed information and join the pilot head to the proposal.

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. of the Month

This month, let’s celebrate the WordPress Meetup Groups of Terni (Italy), Delhi (India), and Gdynia (Poland)!

Gdynia, Poland
 Delhi, India
Terni, Italia

Meetup Organizers, we want to feature you!

We’d love to publish pictures from Meetups all around the world in each newsletter. Do you want your Meetup to be featured? Share 1 picture with the Community team! Rename your picture as “Meetup-name_event-date” and upload it to this folder. The formats supported are JPG and PNG. Please remember, always ask for permission from your group members before taking the picture and sharing it with us!


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If you have any questions, Community Team deputiesProgram Supporter Community Program Supporters (formerly Deputies) are a team of people worldwide who review WordCamp and Meetup applications, interview lead organizers, and keep things moving at WordCamp Central. Find more about program supporters in our Program Supporter Handbook. are here to help. Please email us at support@wordcamp.org or join the #community-events Slack channel. Thanks for everything you do to grow and support the WordPress community—let’s keep sharing knowledge and inspiring each other with our contributions!

See you online soon!

The following people contributed to this edition of the Meetup newsletter: @peiraisotta, @bjmcsherry, @courtneypk, @devinmaeztri, @mysweetcate, @hellosatya#community-team, #meetup-organizer-newsletter, #newsletter

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Meetup Organizer Newsletter: January 2024

Thank you for joining us for another year of contributing to 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! 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 the heart of this project, and your willingness to host one is invaluable. Thank you for all you do to make meetups a reality in your part of the world.

A particular Community Team focus this year is our meetups. We’ll be looking at new ways to get them the support they need to help them grow. 

To highlight events, we have created a new centralized WordPress Events landing page in WordPress.org! It’s a site with infinite possibilities, and we need your suggestions and ideas on how to shape it as it grows for the future.

Feedback Requested on the New WordPress Events Page

First, a little about the site.

This site aims to give more visibility to all kinds of WordPress events around the globe. Here you’ll find upcoming WordPress events like scheduled WordCamps, Meetups, Next Gen WordPress Events (WordPress Events from now on), as well as how to organize them. 

So far, the site consists of the following three pages:

Those three pages are just the beginning of a vision where we bring the WordPress Events our local meetups are organizing closer to our users and visitors of 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/.

The goal is for this site to become the central source of information for all WordPress Community events and organizers. From getting started to finding an event to attend, we can have one resource that supports them all.

Share your ideas here and help us shape the future of this resource.

Grab your ticket for WC Europe 2024

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 2024 will be in Torino, Italy on June 13 – 15 2024. Tickets are now on sale! Grab your ticket today, you can choose between general admission and micro-sponsor.

Thank you and bye (for now), Jill!

After a decade of leadership, Jill Binder has decided to step away from her work with WordPress. Jill has been a key player in our community as the leader of the Diverse Speaker Training (#WPDiversity) working group and as the co-creator & maintainer of the Diverse Speaker Training Workshop. Her dedication to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB) in the Project has been inspirational. Check out the extraordinary impact of #WPDiversity and use the invaluable open source resources created for WordPress event organizers, underrepresented speakers, Diversity and Community workshop organizers and #WPDiversity workshop translators.

Want to join us in wishing her the best for her next big adventure? Leave your comment to this post.


A special thank you to our Global Sponsors: Bluehost, GoDaddy, Automattic, WPBeginner, and Woo!


If you have any questions, Community Team deputiesProgram Supporter Community Program Supporters (formerly Deputies) are a team of people worldwide who review WordCamp and Meetup applications, interview lead organizers, and keep things moving at WordCamp Central. Find more about program supporters in our Program Supporter Handbook. are here to help. Please email us at support@wordcamp.org or join the #community-events Slack channel. Thanks for everything you do to grow and support the WordPress community—let’s keep sharing knowledge and inspiring each other with our contributions!

See you online soon!

The following people contributed to this 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. newsletter: @mysweetcate, @pierraisotta, @juliarosia, @bjmcsherry, @devinmaeztri#community-team, #meetup-organizer-newsletter, #newsletter

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Meetup Organizer Newsletter: December 2023

Whew! What a year it has been, as was highlighted in the kick-off to the 2023 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/.. 77 WordCamps were held in 33 countries, a small part of the 3,300 WordPress gatherings worldwide. Our events have more than doubled since the pandemic, and as we all know, our 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 at the heart of that.

It wouldn’t happen without organizers like you; thank you!

Speaking of incredible organizer accomplishments, read on to see how the community embraced this year’s State of the Word watch parties and get an update on a new communication tool the Make Teams are experimenting with.

State of the Word Watch Parties: A Look at the Numbers and Beyond

This year, over 475 community members RSVPed to attend one of the 47 State of the Word Watch Parties (27 online, 20 in person) held in 18 different countries. Imagine the fun they had celebrating together.

While both WordPress’s anniversary and the State of the Word celebration are ideal times to gather as a community, watch parties can be organized anytime! 

Many of the resources available for hosting those events can be applied to others as well. Plan now to watch the live streams for WC Asia, WCEUWCEU WordCamp Europe. The European flagship WordCamp event., and WCUSWCUS WordCamp US. The US flagship WordCamp event. together. Additionally, WordPress.tv has a library of presentations you could watch together and discuss.

Whatever it is, consider making watch parties a part of your meetups regular routine!

More From the WP Community

  • WCEU needs you: Help to spread the word that both the Call for Speakers and Call for Sponsors are now open.
  • Contribute to WordPress in 2024: No matter your skill set, there is a place for you on one of the more than 20 Make WordPress teams. To make things even easier, you can now use the new contributor tool at make.wordpress.org/contribute to find the perfect WordPress Contributor Team to join. Whether you contribute as a 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. or individually, there’s never been a better time to start than now!

The Move to Matrix is On Hold

It was recently announced that starting in 2024 Community Team meetings would be held in Matrix. Due to usability concerns and a change in Matrix’s licensing, this move has been paused.

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/. will remain the primary chat platform for the WordPress community, but this does not mean that Matrix is going away. 

As Alex Kirk states in his post, “The Slack-Matrix bridge and integrations, such as Chatrix, are still valuable for contributors and will keep working. This allows for flexibility and the continued use of the achievements made so far, especially to help onboard new contributors. We encourage Make teams to further explore and take advantage of all the opportunities that Make team chat pages have to offer.”

So, if you’re interested in trying something new for 2024, check out Matrix and be a part of its feedback and testing.


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If you have any questions, Community Team Program Supporters are here to help. Please email us at support@wordcamp.org or join the #community-events Slack channel. Thanks for everything you do to grow and support the WordPress community — let’s keep sharing knowledge and inspiring each other with our contributions!

See you online soon!The following people contributed to this edition of the Meetup newsletter: @mysweetcate, @peiraaisotta, @juliarosia, @bjmcsherry, @devinmaeztri @eidolonnight

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Meetup Organizer Newsletter: November 2023

November is an exciting month! New event formats continue to spring to life, WordCamps are in process, and new 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. applications are coming in from across the globe. 

As if that weren’t enough, three great opportunities are available this month:

  • Apply to speak at WCEUWCEU WordCamp Europe. The European flagship WordCamp event..
  • Schedule your local 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/. watch party.
  • Complete the 2023 Meetup Survey.

Read on to learn more and please encourage your community members to take part.

WCEU Call for Speakers is Open

Connect, be inspired, and share our knowledge and stories with the global WordPress community by applying to speak at WCEU 2024. Be a part of the friendly, welcoming, and diverse flagship event that highlights what brings us together around the world’s most used CMS.

Schedule your State of the Word Watch Party Today

The State of the Word is an annual event during which WordPress Co-Founder Matt Mullenweg shares the latest updates and vision for our beloved platform. 

This year’s State of the Word 2023 will be held in Madrid, Spain on December 11, 2023 at 15:00 UTC and will be live-streamed via 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/ social media platforms for those who choose to watch from elsewhere.

Whether you watch the live stream or the recording at a time that is convenient for your community, State of the Word watch parties are a fantastic opportunity to come together with your local WordPress enthusiasts to connect, learn, and celebrate the future of our favorite content management system.

Want help getting started?

Check out the information in the Meetup Organizer handbook. It has all you need to organize a State of the Word watch party in person or online. All the tips, tricks, and resources you need in one place.

If you have questions or need additional help, you’re always welcome to ask questions in the Community Team channels on Making 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/. or email the team at support@wordcamp.org.

The 2023 Meetup Survey is Out

It’s annual survey time, an opportunity to work together to get a pulse on the local 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..

By taking 15 minutes to fill out the annual survey, you contribute to a more complete view of your community as well as adding your own unique perspective to the global program, both of which are invaluable. 

The more responses we have, the more data we have to work with and the greater the impact is for WordPress meetups around the world.

This year’s survey has been simplified into one survey for both organizers and attendees, with a focus on your experience and how to best support growing communities. About two thirds of the questions are true/false or multiple choice, with the remaining questions providing opportunities for you to share your thoughts and ideas.

Submissions will be accepted through 14 January, 2024.


A special thank you to our Global Sponsors: GoDaddy, Bluehost, Automattic, SiteGround, Weglot, and WooCommerce!


If you have any questions, Community Team deputiesProgram Supporter Community Program Supporters (formerly Deputies) are a team of people worldwide who review WordCamp and Meetup applications, interview lead organizers, and keep things moving at WordCamp Central. Find more about program supporters in our Program Supporter Handbook. are here to help. Please email us at support@wordcamp.org or join the #community-events Slack channel. Thanks for everything you do to grow and support the WordPress community—let’s keep sharing knowledge and inspiring each other with our contributions!

See you online soon!

The following people contributed to this edition of the Meetup newsletter: @mysweetcate, @peiraisotta, @bjmcsherry, @devinmaeztri

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Meetup Organizer Newsletter: October 2023

The year may be winding down, but our talented community continues to find new ways to contribute! 

In this newsletter, we will:

  • Introduce you to one of the newest contributing teams, the Photos team and share their recent milestone.
  • Showcase new events being organized by the community.
  • Update you on the details for this year’s 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/. so you can start planning your watch party early.
  • Share a Meetup.com resource for getting to know other 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. organizers.

Ready? Here we go!!!

Celebrating the 10,000 Photo Team Submission

On 11 October, the 10,000th photo was approved! 

Submitted by Sithara Koramprambil and approved by moderator Michelle Frechette, this photo of Sithara’s 10th wedding anniversary celebration cake which was taken on 27 January, 2022 at the Rock Cliff resort, Shillong, Meghalaya, India.

The Photo Team is one of the newest ways to contribute to 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. You can submit photos, learn to review photos, and – like many team members – do both!

Whether you want to submit photos, help moderate, or need CC0 photos to use for a project, check out the Photos team’s contribution to WordPress. Want to participate? Consider making your next meetup a photo walk!

New Event Ideas Become a Reality

  • The Italian community gathered in Rome for its first ever WordPress Community Day to train and support new organizers. 
  • The Gdynia community chose to focus its one-day camp around the theme of optimization for both work and WordPress. 
  • 84 local WordPress enthusiasts will gather to learn from four experienced WordPress experts who will serve as mentorsEvent Supporter Event Supporter (formerly Mentor) is someone who has already organised a WordCamp and has time to meet with their assigned mentee every 2 weeks, they talk over where they should be in their timeline, help them to identify their issues, and also identify solutions for their issues. and facilitators at the one-day “Scale Up” workshop in Tegal, Indonesia. The focus will be on enhancing participants’ WordPress skills for the enterprise world.

Would a new type of or topic-focused event benefit your community? If so, use this form to share it with the Community Team.

More from the WP Community

Community Team Training #11: Using the Translate Live tool. On Thursday, November 9, 2023 at 12:00 UTC uncover the potential of the “Translate Live” tool. It’s ideal for presenting at your 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. to engage and onboard new translators for your native language. If you’re organizing 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., consider introducing this tool during your Contributor DayContributor Day Contributor Days are standalone days, frequently held before or after WordCamps but they can also happen at any time. They are events where people get together to work on various areas of https://make.wordpress.org/ There are many teams that people can participate in, each with a different focus. https://2017.us.wordcamp.org/contributor-day/ https://make.wordpress.org/support/handbook/getting-started/getting-started-at-a-contributor-day/..

Learn WordPress: The Training team is creating new material and resources – don’t miss their latest updates.

State of the Word Watch Parties

Save the date for this year’s State of the Word 2023! This year’s event will be streamed live on YouTube from Madrid, Spain, December 11, 2023 at 15:00 UTC.

Not in Madrid? No problem! Organize a Watch Party with your local community to watch live, or use the replay to meet at a time that’s convenient to you. 

As usual, we have resources to help make organizing a Watch Party simple and fun. Head to the Meetup Organizer handbook to find information on requesting a Zoom account for online parties, or a venue support for in-person parties, and event and invitation templates you can use on Meetup.com. 

Meetup Tip of the Month 

Did you know there’s a thriving community of Meetup organizers on Discord? The Meetup Organizer Community allows Meetup Organizers to connect, share, and build a community for Organizer success. There you will find mentors and Meetup employees available to help. Check it out and join, assuming you haven’t already!


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If you have any questions, Community Team deputiesProgram Supporter Community Program Supporters (formerly Deputies) are a team of people worldwide who review WordCamp and Meetup applications, interview lead organizers, and keep things moving at WordCamp Central. Find more about program supporters in our Program Supporter Handbook. are here to help. Please email us at support@wordcamp.org or join the #community-events Slack channel. Thanks for everything you do to grow and support the WordPress community—let’s keep sharing knowledge and inspiring each other with our contributions!

See you online soon!The following people contributed to this edition of the Meetup newsletter: @mysweetcate, @pierraisotta, @juliarosia, @bjmcsherry, @devinmaeztri

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Meetup Organizer Newsletter: September 2023

It’s September and a lot has happened recently in the WordPress community. Sit back, relax, and read on to discover this month’s highlights. But first, meet these Marlborough, MA USA 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. members!

7 members of the Marlborough, MA meetup standing in a restaurant.

Community Summit Notes are Published – Leave Your Feedback

Let’s keep the discussions going! The in-person phase of the WordPress Community Summit  was only the beginning of very important conversations around issues impacting our global WordPress community. Fortunately, the intention is always that these conversations would continue long after the in-person phase concluded.

In Phase Two, everyone can now read and comment upon the session notes. Visit the full list of Community Summit 2023 sessions to find a link to the corresponding session notes. Read and comment to share your unique and valuable perspective on these important issues.

Don’t Miss the Upcoming Diverse Speaker Workshop

Meetup organizers in India! Would you like to encourage more women to speak at your 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., WordCamps, and Next Gen events? Then this upcoming #WPDiversity workshop is for you. Invite your community to share this opportunity and sign up for the Speaker Workshop for Indian Women in the WordPress Community, September 23–24, 2023.

Not in India, but still interested in growing the diversity of your speaker lineup? Reach out to the #WPDiversity team to schedule an event for your community. You can find them on Making 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/. in either the #diverse-speaker-support or in the #community-team channels.

More from the WP Community

Next Generation WordPress Events: Looking for a new way to engage your community? A new WordPress event format might be just what you need! Use this form to share your idea with the Community Team.

Learn WordPress: The Training team is creating new material and resources – don’t miss their latest updates.

Reaching Out to Include New Meetups in the Chapter Program

In partnership with Meetup.com, we tested a 13-day, 3-touch email campaign to invite 144 groups related to WordPress to join the WordPress Chapter Meetup program, and we contacted the entire leadership team of each group to increase our chance of success. 

How did it work? Of the 144 groups contacted, 5 or 6 groups confirmed they submitted an application. We also had a nearly 40% open rate which means that approximately 35 meetups were informed of the program. Who knows what the future holds; they may join yet!

Meetup Tip of the Month – Optimize Your Topics

If you’re looking to maximize your reach on Meetup, evaluate the topics listed for your events and for your group.

Topics are a key element of the Meetup algorithm – the more topics you include, the more members will learn about your events & group. When WordPress Community SupportWordPress Community Support WordPress Community Support PBC is a Public Benefit Corporation, 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. creates a new Meetup group, we apply our best guess as to what topics you will cover. You can change these listed topics at any time to best represent your specific community and focus. 

Additionally, meetups evolve overtime. The topics that fit at the beginning may no longer be relevant to your group.

Now, you can take advantage of the Event and Group topics to optimize your presence on Meetup. You can add up to 5 topics for each event you schedule and up to 15 topics for your group. Follow these instructions for Meetup to see how


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If you have any questions, Community Team deputiesProgram Supporter Community Program Supporters (formerly Deputies) are a team of people worldwide who review WordCamp and Meetup applications, interview lead organizers, and keep things moving at WordCamp Central. Find more about program supporters in our Program Supporter Handbook. are here to help. Please email us at support@wordcamp.org or join the #community-events Slack channel. Thanks for everything you do to grow and support the WordPress community—let’s keep sharing knowledge and inspiring each other with our contributions!

See you online soon!The following people contributed to this edition of the Meetup newsletter: @mysweetcate, @peiraisotta, @juliarosia, @bjmcsherry

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Meetup Organizer Newsletter: August 2023

Hello 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. Organizers,

Welcome to the August edition of the WordPress Meetup Organizer Newsletter! Get ready to dive into community-building inspiration and stay updated on what’s happening. Let’s empower and connect with our vibrant community together.

This month, we are thrilled to share a photo from the folks at Vancouver WordPress Meetup. To share your photo, rename 1 (one) photo as “Meetup-name_event-date” and upload it to this folder. Don’t forget to ask for permission from your group members too!

Spark Your Meetup with Inspirations

WordPress Summer Meetup

The WordPress Meetup in Antwerp launched their first-ever WordPress Summer Meetup. Forget computers, it’s all about fun from afternoon till evening. Dive into the vibe in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HTs2wiwD6Qg. They jazzed up the day with 3 WordPress games during their walks. Super simple setup—everyone paid for their dinner. Remember: a backup plan is key if the weather turns sour. They kept things cozy with 10-20 people, perfect for easy mingling.

WordPress in Spanish Meetup (Quedadas WordPress en Español)

“Quedada” – a Spanish term for informal gatherings and conversations, originating from early Internet 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.. The Meetup revives this spirit in an online realm, mixing presentations with open discussions, all centered on WordPress and its vibrant Community. Join them to connect, share, and explore, uniting Spanish speakers from Spain to Latin America.

Unleash Your Imagination with NextGen Events

Ready to shake things up? Be the architect of unique events! Think of self-learning gatherings, idea pitches, networking days, show-and-tell expos, or speedy connection sessions. Elevate engagement and embrace innovation in easy, exciting ways! Your creativity sets the stage – let’s rock those fresh formats and themes together!

Be part of NextGen Event experimentation by sharing your ideas with the Community Team using this form!

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. US: Join the Flagship Event Anywhere

Excitement ignites as WordCamp US 2023 unfolds this week in Maryland! This flagship event expects around 1,700 attendees from around the globe. Stay tuned with #WCUS on social media for real-time updates. Engage from anywhere through live-streamed WCUSWCUS WordCamp US. The US flagship WordCamp event. programming on their website and YouTube. Relive the magic on WordPress.tv post-event, just like all WordCamps. 

Community Summit is Back

Just ahead of WCUS 2023, on August 22-23, about 128 WordPress open-source project contributors will convene at the Community Summit 2023. They’ll address crucial project matters, selected based on applications. This ensures a global, diverse representation of new and seasoned contributors from various teams and organizations. Although no decisions will be made at the Summit, your input matters – share your thoughts on takeaways and suggestions via comments, to be posted on Make WordPress blogs.


A special thank you to our 2023 Global Sponsors: GoDaddy, Bluehost, Automattic, SiteGround, Weglot, and WooCommerce!


Need support or guidance from the WordPress Global Community TeamGlobal Community Team A group of community organizers and contributors who collaborate on local events about WordPress — monthly WordPress meetups and/or annual conferences called WordCamps.

You can always reach the Community Team by sending a message to #community-events in Making WordPress Slack or an email to support@wordcamp.org.  

Thank you for your contribution to the 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/ projects and for supporting the WordPress Community! Let’s keep growing together, and inspire each other!

The following people contributed to this edition of the Meetup newsletter: @bjmcsherry, @davelo, @_dorsvenabili, @jtleathers, @lmcliment, and @peiraisotta.

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Meetup Organizer Newsletter: JULY 2023

Hello 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. Organizers,

We’re halfway through 2023 already, and it’s amazing how time flies! In just the past month, approximately 250 WordPress Meetup events have been organized. Thank you for keeping our community thriving!

Last month, we requested your Meetup photos, and here’s the first picture we’re featuring in our newsletter: a delightful crowd at Ahmedabad WordPress Meetup on June 24, 2023.

Keep sending photos from your Meetup Event!

Please share one picture with the Community team! Rename the image as “Meetup-name_event-date” and upload it to this folder. Supported formats are jpg and png. Remember to always ask for permission from your group members before capturing and sharing the picture with us!

Training Team needs a Translation Coordinator

The Training Team is ramping up its localization efforts for Learn.WordPress.org content and seeks your assistance! If you have a passion for translating content and want more resources to share with your local community, consider this exciting opportunity: Be a Translation Coordinator of the Training Team!

Inaugural Cohort of the Contributor Mentorship Program

The diverse group consists of 13 contributors from all over the world and will be working with a mentorEvent Supporter Event Supporter (formerly Mentor) is someone who has already organised a WordCamp and has time to meet with their assigned mentee every 2 weeks, they talk over where they should be in their timeline, help them to identify their issues, and also identify solutions for their issues. from July 12th to August 9th. Seven Make team also participates in this cohort. They are CoreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress., Community, Documentation, Photos, Polyglots, Support, Test and Training. You can join or follow along with the cohort in the #contributor-mentorship channel on the 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/..

Let’s be creative with our community events! 

We invite you to share and organize events with fresh formats and topics we haven’t explored yet. Consider self-learning events, idea pitches, networking days, show-and-tell, or speed-connecting sessions to enhance engagement with your audience. Join our Next Generation Pilot Events by sharing your ideas with the Community Team using this form!


A special thank you to our 2023 Global Sponsors: GoDaddy, Bluehost, Automattic, SiteGround, Weglot, and WooCommerce!


Need support or guidance from the WordPress Global Community TeamGlobal Community Team A group of community organizers and contributors who collaborate on local events about WordPress — monthly WordPress meetups and/or annual conferences called WordCamps.

You can always reach the Community Team by sending a message to #community-events in Making WordPress Slack or an email to support@wordcamp.org.  

Thank you for your contribution to the 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/ projects and supporting the WordPress Community! Let’s keep growing together, and inspire each other!

The following people contributed to this edition of the Meetup newsletter: @bjmcsherry, @bsanevans, @_dorsvenabili, @harishanker, and @peiraisotta.

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