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  • Matt Mullenweg 11:24 am on June 18, 2011 Permalink
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    One idea that grew from this thread about the number of developers whose jobs are supported by WordPress was that we should try to get more information about the WP developer community at large. There are probably hundreds, maybe thousands, that have never registered at WordPress.org, let alone been to a WordCamp or subscribed to this blog. It would be interesting to know about them, and also to give them an opportunity to participate in (and maybe even contribute to) the community.

    I’m planning on including a link to a survey in the 3.2 announcement post. Because the email goes to end-users as well as developers, this is a great opportunity to capture some feedback from them too. We’ll open source the anonymized/aggregate raw response data and probably present some of the analysis at WordCamps too, like the upcoming State of the Word at WCSF.

    The goals of the survey are:

    1. Gather data on the number and nature of companies and independent developers that use WordPress. (How many jobs has WP created?) Use this both for some static reporting, but also to track trends over time if we do a similar survey next year.
    2. Provide the community with a picture of the end users. What people and companies use WordPress, and how?
    3. Inspire greater participation in the community through awareness and the opportunity to receive more information.

    It’s currently sitting in the wiki at https://codex.wordpress.org/User:Pjad/WordPress_User/Developer_Survey

    What do you think? Any questions missing or ones we should re-word?

    • Andrew Nacin 11:30 am on June 18, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      At a glance, looks great. Nice job, Pete!

      Question 6 should probably have something like “contribute to WordPress.org (support, documentation, translations, theme reviews, etc.”

    • Bronson Quick 12:10 pm on June 18, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Love this idea Matt. It’ll be great to get some more WordPress data.

      The survey looks excellent. My only input would be to maybe add in Q10 ‘I’ve attended a WordPress Meetup’ as well.

    • Andrew Ozz 1:37 am on June 20, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Sounds good to me too. Perhaps would have added 1-2 more questions for developers, something along the lines of:

      “What do you find most difficult/most frustrating while working with WordPress? Examples: not enough or outdated documentation, not enough comments in the source describing how particular code is working, etc.”.

      And then:

      “What do you find easiest/most satisfying when working with WordPress? Examples: huge amount of open source plugins implementing even the most unusual features, large enthusiastic community, excellent expandability/large amount of core hooks, etc.”.

    • Paul Gregory 10:14 am on June 23, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      In Q10, there’s no ticky-box for Trac participation other than “submitted a WordPress bug report” which reads a bit too specifically as “first post”. Also, there should possibly be a ticky-box for contributions to “Extend > Ideas”.

      It seems that there is no equivalent to Q10 for non-developers. I would have thought that end-users that get the notification email or read the 3.2 announcement are just as likely to attend a WordCamp or answer forum questions. I think you should split out the “engage with community” answers from Q10 and ask them of both types of people.

  • Matt Mullenweg 11:33 pm on April 20, 2011 Permalink
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    We have a checkbox in profiles where people… 

    We have a checkbox in profiles where people can say “I make my living from WordPress.” As of today, 19,932 people have checked that box.

    It’s a neat data point, but also makes me curious about more.

    I’d love to have a yearly survey we promote when we do a release to ask questions of the WP community that we’d love answered, perhaps collecting (and refining) them on a Codex page throughout the year.

    What would you ask?

    • Aaron D. Campbell 11:55 pm on April 20, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      For those (like me) that were having a hard time figuring out where that checkbox Matt was talking about was, it’s in your Support Forums profile NOT your profiles.wordpress.org profile.

    • Alex M. 12:04 am on April 21, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Here’s some I could think of:

      • Type of job, i.e. independent contractor, work for a web development firm, work for a non-web dev corp but do their web stuff, etc.
      • Amount of time they’ve made their living off WP (months/years)
      • When did they start using WP (I guess sorta relates to previous question)
      • Self-taught (reading code, Codex, etc.) or instructed in the ways of WP
    • Andrea_R 12:06 am on April 21, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      How much time to they contribute to WordPress.org?

    • Edward Caissie 12:10 am on April 21, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Following the original checkbox questions with sub-questions:

      Do you make your living from Theme Design
      Do you make your living from Plugin Development

    • Justin 12:29 am on April 21, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I think a more in-depth survey, strictly WP-related, akin to what ALA does (http://www.alistapart.com/articles/survey2010) would be incredibly interesting. Not necessarily as in-depth, but more than just a single question.

    • Philip Arthur Moore 12:41 am on April 21, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      1. “Have you ever attended a WordPress WordCamp event?”
      2. “Do you develop for other CMSs or are you primarily a WordPress developer?”

    • Jon Brown 12:53 am on April 21, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      While I think more granular data about how people make their living with WordPress would be cool, it’d also be interesting to hear what users do that are not making their living with WP.

      • as a theme developer (PHP/MySQL/JS)
      • as a plugin developer (PHP/MySQL/JS)
      • as a site designer (UI/UX/Graphics)
      • as a site operator (business)
      • My site sells a product
      • My site sells advertising


      • I’ve modified an existing theme’s code
      • I’ve written a theme from scratch
      • I’ve written a plugin
      • My site sells something
      • My site sells advertising

      Also maybe with 3/4 check boxes for novice, intermediate, expert…

      Then random stuff

      • The first version of WP I used was:
      • My favorite thing about WordPress is:
      • My least favorite thing about WordPress is:
      • Alex M. 12:55 am on April 21, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        BBCode doesn’t work in WordPress. 😉 I’ve fixed your comment for you by switching to HTML, well specifically by putting asterisks in front of each of your list items (we have an asterisk -> list feature here on WP.com).

    • Mike Schinkel 1:25 am on April 21, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Simple ask: “What do you do to make my living from WordPress?”
      (Maybe add it next to the check box even?)

    • Dan Schultz 4:08 pm on April 21, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      The folks at A list Apart do an annual Web Design Survey – http://aneventapart.com/webdesignsurvey/ . Partnering or consulting with them might be helpful, or you could just reviewing their past questions & results for some inspiration.

    • DanDare 2:39 am on April 23, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Since I work on the Fraxion Payments plugin and we are starting to get a core user base you would have to include “selling my content” as one of the ways to earn a living. Right now we only have a bit over 100 locked posts/pages over about 8 web sites and around 200 readers with Fraxions to spend but it is growing. And you can include folks that make a buck out of google ads etc.

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