Handbooks Update, May 21 Edition

Handbooks! Handbooks! Handbooks!

We had our weekly chat yesterday (logs), with @blobaugh, @designsimply, @jerrysarcastic, @mattpritchett, @sewmyheadon, and myself in attendance.

  • 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 Developer Handbook:
    • Some new interest after last week’s update!
    • The spreadsheet is being kept up-to-date, with work being done on various sections.
    • A special thank you to @topher1kenobe who’s doing a bunch of great work and tearing through pages.
    • Interested in helping? Email ben@lobaugh.net or comment here.
  • Theme Developer Handbook:
    • The first section (Part Zero) is done! It’s set at 95% and @jerrysarcastic will give it a final pass to take it to 100%.
    • Part One is pretty far along. @designsimply volunteered to take on a page in the section (the least far along page too!) and @sewmyheadon has committed to completing the section just after the next Docs Sprint on June 7.
    • New contributors will be given pages in Part Two and beyond, as we try to complete the handbook section-by-section.
    • A new section for security should get added to Part One, giving a basic overview of security and linking on to Part Three’s more in-depth security section.
    • We also talked a bit about the “opinionated voice” of the handbook. Some of the claims will get toned down slightly, but in general the tone is fine for getting users on the right path.
    • Interested in helping? Email eric@ivycat.com or comment here.

As I mentioned above, the monthly Docs Sprint is June 7, online and in-person in Seattle. All are welcome to join in #WordPress-sfd!

We also hope to have the handbook plugin and theme ready for devhub in the next couple of weeks. In that case, we’d start migrating content over, section-by-section and throw up an “in-development” notice for the other sections.

And of course… we need your help! If you’re interested in helping, email either Ben or Eric, with their email addresses above, or leave a comment on this post and we’ll get right back to you.

#handbook-chat, #handbooks