Plugin and Theme Developer Handbooks: Schedule

In January, it’ll be time to get started working properly on the handbooks. Start date will be January 7th (since I’m going to be on holiday until then 🙂

I’ve made a few different schedules since some handbooks will take ages. Others will take only a month or so of work.

Note: we will be looking at other user-focused handbooks to create some time in the new year. If you don’t feel up to pluginPlugin A plugin is a piece of software containing a group of functions that can be added to a WordPress website. They can extend functionality or add new features to your WordPress websites. WordPress plugins are written in the PHP programming language and integrate seamlessly with WordPress. These can be free in the Plugin Directory or can be cost-based plugin from a third-party or theme dev, or don’t fit into the other contributor handbooks, we will find a home for you!

  • Each manual will need an editor. The editor will own the manual and be responsible for running their group, herding content, and editing (I’ll help out however I can). They will also be responsible for regularly reporting on how things are going. If anyone would like to volunteer to be an editor please let me know in the comments. Please let me know what experience you have in a) the area b) with editing and organising.
  • As you are adding content, please add terms to the glossary as you go along.
  • The first two weeks will be creating the ToC. Once that’s done I will have the style guide ready for when you start writing.
  • I’ll post a spreadsheet for creating the table of contents on 7th January, along with information about workflow.

Plugin and Theme Developer handbooks will be built at:

  • 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.

Theme & Plugin Developer Handbooks Schedule

Jan 7th – 21st Draw up table of contents.
Kick-off meetings.
Jan 21st, 2013 Writing: The Basics
February 22nd, 2013 Complete Part 1: The Basics
Start work on Part 2: Requirements
March 15th, 2013 Complete Part 2: Requirements
Start work on Part 3: Functionality
May 3rd, 2013 Complete Part 3: Functionality
Start work on Part 4: Settings and Options
May 31st, 2013 Complete Part 4: Settings & Options
Start work on Part 5: Security
June 28th, 2013 Complete Part 5: Security
Start work on Part 6: Best Practices (hoping best practices will already be completed by various groups and will only require editing
July 19th, 2013 Complete Part 6: Best Practices
Start work on Part 7: Releasing on
August 30th 2013 Complete Part 7: Releasing on
Finish off glossary. General editing and tying up of lose ends.
September 27th, 2013 Complete!

Thanks to @nacin for the table!

If you want to organise a documentation sprint around a handbook, either virtually or in person at 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., that would be great! Just let me know and I’ll help to make it happen.