WordPress Media Corps Next Steps

At @ninianepress‘s DM request, I’ve added “temporarily” to step two about archival plans for current marketing assets. It was a poor assumption on my part that we were all reading this in the context of “for the duration of our experiment”.

Last month, I introduced the idea of a WordPress Media Corps. I’d like us to take some next steps with this experiment, with full and hopeful conviction about what this might enable us to do in the future if we can pave this foundation today. 

This change is intended to tackle the big obstacles for the year as shared in the 2024 goals post. Because the changes rely on important parts of the WordPress project and ecosystem, we need the change to be big enough to see quick impact, but small enough to manage with the time we have available. Therefore, and by design, the MVPMinimum Viable Product "A minimum viable product (MVP) is a product with just enough features to satisfy early customers, and to provide feedback for future product development." - WikiPedia scope for the WP Media Corps is limited but allows for future growth and experimentation. 

In this post, I’ll share some next steps for the WP Media Corps and a recap of important context so that we all have the same starting point.

The background

In order to simultaneously tackle both obstacles in our 2024 goals post and alleviate a long-standing struggle in getting reliable WordPress project information to end-users, I would like to create a Media Corps that will enable independent WordPress marketers and media members to produce excellent quality content with less time and effort.

The hypothesis

If we get accurate information more quickly and effortlessly to WordPress advocates, then the audiences that rely on them for the latest news will end up with more awareness (of features, programs, and the community at large) and contribute to additional growth in the project.

The risks

The current plans for this experiment have a lot of Automattic involvement, which is not desirable long term. For now, it will help limit variables while we quickly test the hypothesis, and will avoid calling in another round of contributors without a clear concept of what we are doing, why we are doing it, and how we think we get there together.

Next Steps

As noted earlier, a change like this needs to be big enough to see impact but small enough to manage with the time we have. To that end, here are some next steps that will direct full efforts towards this initiative.

  1. A new Make Media Corps team, blog, and 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 will be created in the next few days. Any handbook materials and documentation that still make sense for this new team will be migrated to the new team blog. 
  2. The existing Make Marketing Team and Slack channel will be temporarily archived once the new team is created so that people interested in WordPress marketing initiatives will be directed towards the WP Media Corps. The Marketing Team GitHub Repo will remain open for continued work on the WordPress Showcase and amplification requests.
  3. Plans for the MVP version of the WP Media Corps will be published on the new Make team site so that future media partners and community members can stay up to date on how this project will progress and have ample opportunity to provide feedback. I have asked @rmartinezduque to lead this initiative. 
  4. All contributors who want to give a whole-hearted go to this experiment, can join the new site and Slack channel.

Thank you

Marketing an 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 is a difficult and unique challenge. It’s especially difficult for a project like WordPress with software that supports myriad use cases, and a community that tends to a sprawling, multifaceted ecosystem that supports current and future WordPressers at many points in their journey. I’m grateful to the folks who have chosen to tackle this since 2015 and I’m appreciative of everyone who showed up to do the important work of figuring out next steps together. 

Thank you to our past Marketing team reps (see the list below) who have documented this team’s history and welcomed numerous new contributors over the years, and thank you especially to @bernard0omnisend @ngreennc and @ninianepress who served as the most recent group of team reps.

@rosso99 @bridgetwillard @mcdwayne @skarjune @joostdevalk @jenblogs4u @siobhanseija @mikerbg @harryjackson1221 @maedahbatool @yvettesonneveld @webcommsat @meherbala @oglekler @nalininonstopnewsuk @lmurillom @eidolonnight @santanainniss @nhrrob @sereedmedia 

And thank you to everyone who has contributed to the various efforts this team has made to market WordPress. While the Media Corps may not solve all of the problems that we face in marketing WordPress, I truly believe it gives us the opportunity to tackle some of our most immediate problems and hopefully open new paths to contribution. As with any new project, we won’t know until we try; and as with any experiment, we won’t know until we try hard.

Making a WordPress Media Corps

In my Big Picture post from January, one of the major obstacles I mentioned was our stagnating growth. To me, our first order of business to tackle this problem is to get a coordinated marketing push underway and despite significant effort we have not been able to do that. I acknowledge that there is blame to share, and I’m sure no one wants to argue process nonstop. The requests made by the Make Marketing team over the years are clear:

  • Influence over the product roadmap
  • Influence over brand standards
  • Influence over marketing strategy
  • Marketing budgets
  • Direct access to or more influence over official WordPress properties

With the exception of the possibility to influence marketing strategy through normal feedback/proposal review processes, these are not requests that I am able to fulfill for a variety of reasons from logistical to philosophical. However, I do want to find a way for this team to feel that their contributions are more impactful and, by extension, have a more meaningful contributor experience here.

Given that I cannot offer you the type of access and resourcing that a dedicated marketing team needs, I believe it is time to change the scope of the work. Since it’s become clear that we (sponsored and volunteer contributors alike) cannot collaborate effectively to market on our client’s (WordPress’) behalf, I would like to enable folks who are marketing independent of us to be able to do so with more confidence and less effort.

A WP Media Corps

It has long been the case that WordPress’ most successful marketing has been chalked up to word of mouth, but our substantial network of WP media partners has never been included in any definition of that. I know that we rely on outlets like WP Tavern Jukebox, Underrepresented in Tech, Do the Woo, Gutenberg Times, and countless others to get our information out to users of every variety. And for all these years, they’ve had to know the right people and read the right stuff to get accurate and up-to-date information into their content for their audiences.

I would like to enable their independent marketing to be of excellent quality with less chasing of people by creating a Media Corps which can be managed through this team.

What does that look like?

From a high level, this would mean weekly or bi-weekly media corps meetings where qualified media partners would receive highlights on progress toward project goals, a list of upcoming dates to know, and any future items on the horizon that they should keep an eye out for.
A qualified media partner would:

  • have 80% WP content
  • have high quality journalism/writing
  • follow WordPress community guidelines
  • honor embargoes
  • etc.

The work of Make Marketing would encompass:

  • For anyone wanting to participate in this new concept, the contributions are around managing the media room (recruiting, vetting, and coordinating media folks, etc).
  • For anyone still wanting to provide written content, the contributions are around our current growth area: enterprise clients and deciders. So, content on /showcase and /enterprise.
  • Sponsored contributors will host the media corps meetings until we sort out cadence and process.
  • Stretch: help us monitor trends and/or identify which features need a stronger marketing push.
  • Stretch: spin up a companion property to https://developer.wordpress.org/news/ that focuses on users.

What about the current tasks and projects we’ve got?

It’s been my experience in WordPress that when we close things as wont-fix it is heartbreaking. Even when we understand that we can’t fix it because of intractable problems, closing something without movement registers in the “loss” column of our mental tracking.

  • For those tickets that can’t move forward because of access or control that I cannot provide, it makes sense to put them in the ice box at least and come back to them when the situation seems more flexible.
  • For those tickets that can move forward based on what is currently available, let’s triage down to the most impactful few and close those out while we’re getting the media corps ramped up.
  • For tactical execution of existing campaigns, the sponsored contributors will continue that work.

What if I don’t like this plan?

This solution doesn’t offer any of the direct access our current team wants, but it does give a considerable amount of power to groups who already have curated audiences and have much more autonomy (and budget) to market on WordPress’ behalf. It also gives us a better chance of having clear and consistent information being communicated on behalf of the project. And finally, it gives us the opportunity to acknowledge the years of work that the WP media folks have already put in to our collective success.

It’s not a full set of wins, but I think the wins balance the losses if we keep an eye on the stated goals and obstacles I outlined in January. And if this is not what you were signing up to contribute to, if you can find a way to see that this has the potential to solve some problems that WordPress has, even though it doesn’t solve all the problems Make Marketing has, I encourage you to whole heartedly join this experiment. If you can’t, fortunately there are many other teams where you might find your niche!

Let’s Talk

This is a dramatic shift. I want you all to be able to ask any questions you have to see if this is an experiment you can participate in. You can ask them asynchronously in the comments, or I will be answering questions synchronously today in #marketing at 9am CDT and 6pm CDT (1400 UTC and 2300 UTC).

So, Why Should You Use WordPress to Publish?

You know you need a website, a presence online, and you’ve thought about different ways to publish content, so does the method matter? We think it does. We hope you choose WordPress.

You know you need a website, a presence online, and you’ve thought about different ways to publish content, so does the method matter? We think it does. We hope you choose WordPress.

What is WordPress?

Before you consider using WordPress, the first question you may ask yourself is “What is WordPress?” Simply put, WordPress is a website building and content publishing tool. While WordPress began as a blogging tool, it evolved to become a full-fledged content management system, as well as retaining the blog functionality that made it so widely used. Through the addition of thousands of plugins and themes, created by the user community. WordPress is extensibleExtensible This is the ability to add additional functionality to the code. Plugins extend the WordPress core software. and can be used as a platform. As an 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. platform, WordPress is constantly updated against new security threats, keeping your data safe and secure.

If you have a desire or passion to share, discuss, or connect with the world, WordPress allows you to create a platform to do exactly that, all while requiring very little web development knowledge to start. Due to its overwhelming popularity, content creators expand the use and extensibility of WordPress daily. For users, this means you can easily find massive amounts of information on how to build, promote, and extend your WordPress website.

Why Use WordPress?

Whether you are looking to create a simple information site, a food review blog, a niche community resource, or an online store for your business, WordPress can be used to easily build your website. The functionality of your site can be extended using WordPress plugins increase functionality, allowing automatic posting of articles to social media, growth of email subscription lists, set up password-protected content, and much more. When it comes to using WordPress to create your online presence, you are only limited by your imagination.

For example, if you are a sports fan, you could set up your own blog about your favorite team and gradually add additional functionality to track stats, make an online store for your brand, and even create a place for other fans to discuss certain games and players. This is exactly the story of fansided.com, who grew from a small blog to a large scale media site using WordPress.

Perhaps you may be interested in eCommerce. WordPress allows you to scale very easily, allowing you to power both small shops or very large eCommerce websites alike, using WooCommerce, among other eCommerce tools. A great example of this is Clickbank, who grew to become one of the largest eCommerce sites online utilizing WordPress.

Getting Started

There are multiple ways you can get started with WordPress. On 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/ you can download and install the open source software on web hosting of your choosing. Many web hosts offer a WordPress ‘one-click install method’ which makes it much easier for the non-technical user.

Alternatively, there is also a web hosting service called WordPress.comWordPress.com An online implementation of WordPress code that lets you immediately access a new WordPress environment to publish your content. WordPress.com is a private company owned by Automattic that hosts the largest multisite in the world. This is arguably the best place to start blogging if you have never touched WordPress before. https://wordpress.com/, where you can set up an account for free and have your website or blog up and running within minutes. Both methods all you to easily connect with millions of other users in the community with either regardless of which route you choose.

Whichever path you decide upon for hosting your website or blog, WordPress helps you grow. The WordPress.com service is great for true beginners while allowing you to move to a self-hosted installation as your site and business grows in the future. The WordPress.org self-hosted path gives you more flexibility and control of your website, with fewer limits on your ability to expand the functionality and design.

We have some great resources to help you get started, so head over to WordPress.org and grab a copy now or check with your host to see what installation methods are available to you. If you need web hosting you may want to check out WordPress.com; we also have a list of suggestions for web hosting companies to use. With so many people using WordPress, it’s tremendously easy to find help when you need it. If you run into problems while setting up your website, feel free to drop by our Support Forums for assistance.

On behalf of everyone involved, we would like to welcome you to the WordPress Community, where Code is Poetry! Happy Building!


How to Create a Business Website with WordPress

Is having an online presence important or useful for your organization? Let’s talk about how to create a business website using WordPress.

Is having an online presence important or useful for your organization? Then creating a business website is one of the first steps you will take. It is one of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to find clients both locally and around the world.

So how do you actually create a website?  We will take you through the ten key steps.

First, let us look at why you should build your business website using WordPress.org

Why you should create your business website with WordPress

WordPress is one of the most trusted and used Content Management Systems (CMS) and platforms in the world. Reasons for choosing WordPress include:

  • 31% of all websites run on WordPress. With nearly two billion websites in the world, that is a lot of users putting their confidence in WordPress.
  • Websites small and large use WordPress. From personal blogs to large newsgathering sites like CNN, WordPress can handle all types of sites.
  • Get the look you want. You can create a unique style for your website by utilizing thousands of free and paid themes available for WordPress.
  • Huge community available to support you. WordPress users can access help and support from one of the largest 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. communities consisting of developers, writers, editors, and designers. You will find no end to the amount of assistance available in the community’s support forumSupport Forum WordPress Support Forums is a place to go for help and conversations around using WordPress. Also the place to go to report issues that are caused by errors with the WordPress code and implementations..

If you are a small business operating on a tight budget, using WordPress helps you build an online presence more easily. The WordPress Open Source CMS is free to download and use. You need to pay for your domain, hosting, and maintenance (if you choose to hire a developer).

You also have the option to join an amazing network of people by contributing to one of the WordPress groups. These groups are organized at https://make.wordpress.org/

Now that you have chosen WordPress to help run the website for your organization, we will explore what you will need to build it.

Create Your Domain Name and Business Email

A domain name is the website ‘name’ or the web address where users can visit your site, like www.yourcompany.com. There are a variety of top-level domains available. These can be country-specific and have a suffix like .com, .uk, .ie or represent the type of organization for example .biz, .org

Many domains will have an option for you to choose an email address which uses your website address, for instance, hello@yourcompany.com

An email address where prospective clients or customers can contact you is a vital part of having an online presence. It may not look as professional if you use a personal email address.

You can purchase a domain name through a domain name registrar. There are a number of registrars available. Each one is equipped with its own set of features and comes with a number of advantages and disadvantages. Once you have identified the one that fits your organization, you can pay to register your domain name for a set period, from a year to a maximum available from that particular registrar.

Domain Name Registrar

Many of the domain name registrars will also offer email addresses for your business at an additional cost. While you are viewing the benefits of each registrar it is a good idea to see which email package fits what you require based on the number of accounts you can create and amount of storage you might need.

Now that you have your name and contact details set up, it is time to think about exactly what you want from your website.

What does Your Website Offer?

It can be beneficial for an organization to have an online presence. But do you know what you want it to achieve?

A starting point is to consider what makes your offering unique. In other words, why will people want to buy your products or services? One of the best ways to do this is to write one clear sentence outlining your company’s value proposition.

The next step is to plan what your website will include. This can include text, images, selling or sign-up options. Make a list of the features and functionality you will need. Do you need an FAQ page to answer complex questions? What about a blog? Do you need an eCommerce option to make online sales? Do you need a contact form?

At the top of this list should be what you will include on your homepage. It can’t have everything so you will need to choose what elements are the most important to your organization. This can be by considering what will maximize customer conversions – whether that is for sales, leads, subscribers or anything else

This screenshot shows how you can add pages to your website using WordPress.

What is your branding?

A strong brand is important for businesses of all sizes. It improves recognition of your organization and fosters confidence in it which, in turn, can generate more repeat customers.

The first step is to design your logo which is consistent with your existing brand or helps you define one for your company. If you do not have an offline logo you can adapt for the web, you can either design one yourself using a graphic editors or hire a design agency or freelancer. The style and wording that form part of a logo are aimed at reflecting your business and its offerings. You will want your logo to reflect your company in a meaningful way and this can be discussed and developed as you explore what you want through the design process.

Another factor to take into account is your logo’s color — something you will also need to think about for the website as a whole. Different colors create different emotions for customers. Are you creating a youthful brand or one that is a bit more mature? Your color palette can help you develop and market your brand.

Web colors are different than the ones you work with offline. There are a number of online palette tools which can help you choose web-friendly and accessible colors, find schemes which are close to your printed publication ones, and better understand how different audiences may reactReact React is a JavaScript library that makes it easy to reason about, construct, and maintain stateless and stateful user interfaces. https://reactjs.org/. to your choices.

How will you build your site?

There are two general approaches to building your business website — either doing it yourself or hiring a developer to help with part or the entire project.

If your knowledge of coding is mainly basic HTMLHTML HTML is an acronym for Hyper Text Markup Language. It is a markup language that is used in the development of web pages and websites. and CSSCSS CSS is an acronym for cascading style sheets. This is what controls the design or look and feel of a site., you can build your business website using WordPress or using a drag and drop WordPress page builder. Page builders allow you to customize much of your website without having to write complex coding yourself. However, while page builders are much more powerful nowadays, they still come with some limitations.

Page builders

The new WordPress Editor named 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/ has features aimed at supporting you in developing your website pages and posts through the use of blocks.

Gutenberg and WordPress

If you have limited time and would like to work alongside a web specialist, you can hire a developer, web designer, or a web content builder familiar with using the WordPress CMS. When hiring a developer, make sure they have have a track record of building reliable, fast websites, is aware of mobile-design and has an understanding of search engine optimization (SEO).

Who will host your website?

You will need a hosting space for your website. This is where the website will live.

Before selecting a host, carry out some research on what might best fit your organization’s needs. There are generally three main factors to consider when picking a host:
● speed
● customer support
● uptime

You can start by reviewing the hosts recommended by 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/.


What will your website look like?

Think about the look and feel you want to have for your website look and and how it is going to fit in or change your existing organization’s branding.

On WordPress you can browse through thousands of themes to select one which will help your website content stand out. In the Theme Directory, you can find out more about each theme, whether it is compatible with your version of WordPress and the experience of other users. Here are some factors to consider when picking your theme and theme provider:

● is it being regularly maintained?
● are other users of the theme satisfied with what it offers?
● does it support your chosen plugins?
● will it help make your website easier to find by search engines (more on this later)?

WordPress Theme Directory

What content will you add to your website?

Good content is what brings people to your website, stay there, and eventually make a purchase or build their relationship with your organization. This is why you will need to plan the information and how it is structured. Here are some things to think about:

  • What information do you want your customers to find on your homepage? In WordPress you have lots of options from a static homepage with a welcome message to a series of blog posts and sections showcasing your products or services
  • What will appear on the landing pages (the webpage visitors reach when they follow an external link to your website)?
  • What is the strategy for the type and style of your regular articles? These may be in the form of a blog or updates to your news pages
  • When creating content, think about how people will find your information when they are searching the internet (more on search engine optimization below).

How will your website be found?

How do you get people to find your site in the first place so that you can engage with them and encourage them to spend time on the content you are providing?

Developing a solid search engine optimization (SEO) strategy is vital. There are lots of good templates available which can be adapted for an organization’s needs and incorporate useful tips from members of the WordPress community. By following a SEO strategy, you will be helping potential customers find your website through their online searches, which in turn can improve your sales conversions and increase brand awareness.

There are two avenues you can go down to increase search traffic: paid or organic.

  • Paid search involves an advertising budget to increase a search engine result when someone types in a word or phrase.
  • Organic search is based on publishing content using good SEO practices.

An effective way to organically optimize your results is by researching “long tail keywords.” To illustrate, a shoe company may want to rank first for “shoes” as may thousands of other firms. Given the popularity of the keyword “shoes,” you would need to spend a lot of money to rank well for that specific term.

A better option would be to target long tail keywords, for example, “women’s white air force 1s.” The keyword “shoes” will have more searches, but the consumers typing in “women’s white air force 1s” are much more likely to make a purchase. If your search engine strategy involves paying for Google Ads, it can be cheaper to pay for long tail keywords than a keyword like “shoes.”

Google Ads

Once you have planned your keywords, you can also plan how they link with each other. A URLURL A specific web address of a website or web page on the Internet, such as a website’s URL www.wordpress.org map (also known as keyword mapping) can help:

  • your visitors in their journey around your site
  • encourage visitors to explore material you have linked together
  • help search engines in mapping the usefulness of your information, pages and posts
  • assist you in developing new content and promotion opportunities as the maps can help identify what other pages should link to each other and the keywords you are using on different pages.

Can your website scale?

Now that you have your SEO strategy planned, you will need to ensure that your website is capable to support your needs in delivering it.

WordPress plugins are like apps which you can use to add new features and functionality to your website. Plugins need regular updates to gain new functionality and to help keep your website secure.

SEO Plugins 

Your first step could be to install an SEO 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 to assist you in maintaining your website SEO by:

  • optimizing your content
  • giving you more control of your breadcrumbs (navigation paths which appear at the top of your page and help search engines understand your website’s structure
  • allowing you to set SEO metaMeta Meta is a term that refers to the inside workings of a group. For us, this is the team that works on internal WordPress sites like WordCamp Central and Make WordPress.-info for pages and archives
  • and through a number of other functions.

The screenshot above shows examples of the plugins you can use on WordPress to boost your SEO.

Once you have set up your website, you can build and submit your sitemap to Google, Bing, Yahoo (via Bing) and other search engines to make it easier for them to find your site’s pages.

How can you optimize your site?

All that hard work of attracting customers to your website can be diminished if it performs poorly. Users are often only willing to give you seconds of their time before leaving a web page.

Here are just some of the checks you can make to help your website run smoothly.

  • check your images are web-friendly in size and number to avoid users having to wait a long time for the page to load
  • put in security protection to mitigate against hacks and malware which could slow down your site
  • ask if your host can add an SSLSSL Secure Socket Layer - Encryption from the server to the browser and back. Prevents prying eyes from seeing what you are sending between your browser and the server. licence to your site to help protect your users if you are using forms and collecting personal data
  • identify WordPress plugins tested for monitoring or improving website performance
  • avoid lots of plugins that you don’t need which will have an adverse effect on loading times
  • find out how visitors with 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) needs use your website and make it easier for them.

If you are not experienced in web development, you can talk with a professional web developer to help optimize your website’s performance.


Following these introductory 10 steps will help you highlight your business to new audiences and customers. By using WordPress, once you have your basic site you can add more features and content to expand your online presence.

Get started today by downloading WordPress.org and enjoy building your new site.

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Thanks to @joelobo and @webcommsat for writing this guide, and the businesses that worked with them. Also thanks to @mcdwayne, @harryjackson1221, and @bridgetwillard of the marketing team for their contributions to it.

Notes: Global Marketing meeting 25 November 2020


These summary notes focus on key items and actions from the meeting and to assist with an asynchronous contribution to the Global Marketing Team. For those unable to attend a meeting due to timezone issues, please do join the discussion threads and tasks on Trello after the meeting and send your updates. 

Attendees 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/. Thread: https://wordpress.slack.com/archives/C0GKJ7TFA/p1606313106112800

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Contributor support: Our 2021 Contributing Made Fun &and Easy Training Series

To support both (relatively) new and seasoned contributors in having a rewarding contributing experience, we continue to run ‘Contributing Made Fun and Easy’ training sessions.

If you have pledged to support the marketing team on the Five for the Future and don’t know where to start, these sessions are a great way to begin contributing.

The Global WordPress Marketing team focuses on marketing WordPress and its community to the world. We aim to be an inclusive team, working hard to make everyone feel welcome and finding ways to support their contribution. 

Join us and discover how to best contribute your talents, get to know the tools we use, and adopt good practices for working remotely and asynchronously.

Topics will include (but are not limited to):

  • creating and optimizing a 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/ profile
  • using Google Meet
  • using Google Drive
  • using 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/.
  • using Google Docs collaboratively


  • 16 February 2021 at 14:00 UTC: Using Google Meet
    Please sign up for this session by filling out the Session 2 signup form
  • 16 March 2021 at 14:00 UTC: Using Slack
  • 21 April 2021 at 14:00m UTC: Using Google Docs, Sheets & Forms collaboratively

Further help

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to reach out to the following team members through the WordPress Slack Marketing channel: @maedahbatool and @yvettesonneveld

Also, a huge thanks to our amazing team members @meher, @webcommsat, @OGlekler, @nalininonstopnewsuk, @mark99, and @lmurillom who have been helping us and supporting contributors throughout this process. 

#contributing, #contributor-onboarding, #new-contributor

Thoughts on Marketing, FSE, and What’s Next

In February, I had a call with the Marketing team reps where we discussed a few things that were on my mind and a few things on the horizon. Namely, there are some upcoming shifts in the way we collaborate and how we communicate about WordPress as a whole; I want to share my thoughts on these shifts here.

Some Things on My Mind

This team has been collaborating for a long time on projects that help get information where it needs to go. Many of you have also been sharing with me for a long time that there isn’t a clear idea of what the Marketing team’s goals are.

We all know that marketing (both how WordPressers communicate internally and how WordPress expresses itself externally) is key to growth and trust-building. I’m sure it’s been a struggle to raise the concerns you have and not necessarily have a concept of how to move forward without the proper context.

Marketing for WordPress—for a CMS that supports 40% of the web—is a monumental undertaking and one that requires a lot of coordinated effort. As we head into the merge processes for full site editing, arguably one of our most consequential features of the past decade, that work will get more complex and more pivotal to our success.

What’s on the Horizon

With all of that in mind, there are two big things I want to share:

  • In the upcoming releases that include FSE merges, I plan to take on the release squads’ Marketing Role.
  • Automattic will be hiring some people to focus on marketing work in the WordPress project, both supporting volunteer work and working on projects directly.

Neither of these changes are a reflection of contributions from marketing folks, rather they reflect an awareness that communicating about the changes full site editing will bring requires a clear voice/decision-maker. There is also the potential need for some contracted advertising work (similar to the video done for WordPress 5.0), which I feel would be inappropriate to ask self-sponsored or volunteer contributors to manage.

I’d like your feedback!

Introducing sponsored contributors into the WordPress marketing space represents a big change. I want to hear your questions and thoughts, so please share them in the comments below!

Get Involved – starter tasks

This post is regularly updated by the team – last update July 2021

Do you want to be involved in this area of WordPress? Have you pledged to contribute to the Marketing team? Whether you’re new to the channel or are a returning contributor, there are so many ways for you to get involved.

Available tasks to help new and returning contributors

We are updating tasks, and and to promote access and inclusivity, we also make links available on this blog in addition to our weekly meetings and project tools. Below are just some of the ways you can get involved. Some of the links below go to the Marketing Team channel on 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/.. If you do not already have an account on Slack, you can follow the information on our contributor pages and videos to help you set this up.

Easy first tasks

1) Collate a spreadsheet list of WordCamps running contributor events

What to include:

  • Published WordCamps which will be running a contributor event in the next six months from December going into 2021;
  • Language-based WordCamps. For each please include the dates (year-month-date), link to the website info, contact for the contributor event, language of the event. Please also add columns for ‘marketing table’, ‘contributors supporting’ and ‘extra info’, as well as any others you will think will be useful.
  • For reference, a link to this information will be added to the TrelloTrello Project management system using the concepts of boards and cards to organize tasks in a sane way. This is what the make.wordpress.com/marketing team uses for example: https://trello.com/b/8UGHVBu8/wp-marketing. card to help you find it in the future.
  • There is a Google sheet to get you started.
  • Schedule from WordCamp CentralWordCamp Central Website for all WordCamp activities globally. https://central.wordcamp.org includes a list of upcoming and past camp with links to each.: https://central.wordcamp.org/schedule/

Once complete, this will be merged with other data being collected and added to GitHubGitHub GitHub is a website that offers online implementation of git repositories that can easily be shared, copied and modified by other developers. Public repositories are free to host, private repositories require a paid subscription. GitHub introduced the concept of the ‘pull request’ where code changes done in branches by contributors can be reviewed and discussed before being merged be the repository owner. https://github.com/.

More details: https://wordpress.slack.com/archives/C0GKJ7TFA/p1606748733271400

2) Create a Resources file to showcase 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. promotions and help smaller camps and teams with ideas for images, logos and visuals

There is a Trello card for reference, and the Google Drive to store items is linked in the card.

Who might like to do this task:

  • First easy task for an individual or a small group. There is help available for drafting a post later on in the task.
  • Also good for someone with an interest in design or in creating structures and resources. Specialist design experience not necessary.
  • Could be done async to suit your timezone and work patterns

Useful source links:

More details: https://wordpress.slack.com/archives/C0GKJ7TFA/p1606749787280300

Deadline for resources phase: (revised) 1 September 2021

3) How to get started with WordPress as a developer and links to resources on WordPress.org, WordPress.TV and Learn WordPress

This task is being updated to create content as part of the release, Learn WordPress, Training Team and dev chat promotions.

What is needed:

  • A person or a small group with a dev background to take this task forward
  • A previous outline is on the Trello card.
  • This would work alongside the questions and answers for developers and be supported by the group working on that too
  • Promoting the resources that are available and being developed for Learn WordPress, #Training Team, WordPress.tv (prioritizing the list of videos which market WordPress as a platform), and help show a longer term journey to show developers how they can keep up to date and get involved with the release, add tracTrac Trac is the place where contributors create issues for bugs or feature requests much like GitHub.https://core.trac.wordpress.org/. tickets and attend dev chats.

More details: https://wordpress.slack.com/archives/C0GKJ7TFA/p1606752598292600

4) WordPress Resolutions for 2022

What is needed:

Two to three people to work on updating this and creating a draft post for the P2P2 P2 or O2 is the term people use to refer to the Make WordPress blog. It can be found at https://make.wordpress.org/..

Who might like to do this task:

Much work has already been done on this so it would be a good first task for someone to join.

5) Google Sheets help / tips doc, screenshots and screen recording

What is needed:

A guide for us and for the Contributor Events onboarding guide on GitHub (which is shared with WordCamps and other teams).

Who might like to do this task:

New contributors or those who have pledged to get started.

What you need:

  • Working knowledge of Google Sheets, how to add / delete columns, wrap text, freeze rows, add basic filters. If you have experience of adding automations and formulas, this would be an added bonus, but not essential to contribute to this task
  • Can be done async to fit your own time zone
  • Help is available. If you would like to do part of this task, eg the documentation and screenshots, but like some help with the screen recording, let us know. Facilitator for taking this task forward will be @meher.
  • We can put you into contact with those updating our various Google Sheets to help produce.

More details: https://wordpress.slack.com/archives/C0GKJ7TFA/p1606754449307500

Deadline for completion: updated to 1 September 2021

6) Need volunteer with hosting onboarding sessions for new contributors

What is needed?

The WordPress Marketing team regularly conducts live and recorded sessions to help relatively new contributors get onboard with the team’s tasks. Now that we have figured out a workflow that seems to work, we would love to extend our team with one more person.

  • For this role, we expect to set aside between 1 (average) and 3 (for the weeks with a training) hours a week.
  • We are looking for someone who would like to help with some assistance at first.
  • Reaching out to new contributors, sending reminders and slide decks, and helping with promoting the sessions.

Who might like to do this task?

  • To make scheduling meetings easy, we do have a preference for someone living in a timezone near UTC +1 and UTC +5. Right now, we are meeting weekly at 7:00 AM or 9:00 AM UTC. 

More details: https://wordpress.slack.com/archives/C0GKJ7TFA/p1622645546365300?thread_ts=1622645245.360400&cid=C0GKJ7TFA

How you can get involved

These are just some of the tasks available for those new to the channel, returning contributors and those who have pledged time to the team.

If you would like any help, the team reps are: @yvettesonneveld , @webcommsat, @oglekler, @harryjackson1221, @maedahbatool, @meher. In addition, members of our projects and actions groups can help.

We meet on Wednesdays at 14:00 UTC in the marketing channel (times changes in October and March to accommodate for daylight saving times).

To enquire about the next induction sessions to help new contributors, join our weekly meetings on Slack.


Social media pack for 5.8 ongoing collaborations

Update: link to meeting 21 July 2021

WordPress 5.8 was released yesterday. Well done to everyone who was involved in this release and during the last three months. As marketers and communicators, our work continues.

In today’s global Marketing meeting at 14:00 UTC today (Wednesday 21 July 2021) and the rest of the week, we will have lots of items to research and pull together. Our first priority is to finalize the initial social media posts draft on the WP 5.8 release, which were made available for fact-checking in the Marketing Slack and Release Leads, so thank you to those who have already added answers or further comments.

What broad areas will we be covering?

We are continuing collaborations on a pack and supporting resources following on from our pilot and Josepha’s requests.

We will divide the work into two groups – one for developers and the other for non-developers, so everyone has some to work on and is welcome to join our meeting.

  • finalizing / dealing with remaining questions in the initial social media drafts and adding any new based on the last week’s information (please mark up any new items so we can different it from what may have already been checked by the squad leads)
  • categorizing the posts for an amplification pack and draft schedule, especially keeping in mind what Meetups may find particularly useful
  • collating useful links / topic areas on the release which are being shared in social media which may be an additional area for posts or be useful for awareness of the squad
  • adding to the document on favorite release feature

The Marketing Meeting on 7 and 14 July 2021

The background on social media pack collaboration for 5.8, 30 June 2021

Tools you will need to take part

The collaboration will be progressed in the Marketing Team 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 and use Google documents / sheets which will be shared on Slack. We know a few of our collaborators are finding commenting and viewing Google Sheets difficult, so we will have an alternative format available where they can add their work.

We will also continue to make use of GitHub, as in recent pilots.

Who can help?

Everyone! We have broken down the tasks to enable as many people from different backgrounds to be able to collaborate, building on what has worked in other collaborations and feedback.

We especially could do with some more developers input from those who have tested or used 5.8.

We post collaborations before the meeting to help with 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) and to help enable collaboration from different timezones. So let us know if you are planning to collaborate asynchronously before or after the meeting too. Everyone is welcome to be involved directly or shadow. We also have a number of new joiners who are shadowing at the moment too.

With @nalininonstopnewsuk, @meher, @marybaum, @OGlekler, @yvettesonneveld, @vimes1984, @maedahbatool and others, there will be support during different timezones during the collaborations. If you would like to help support other collaborators, especially those new to the team, let us know.

Do I have to live in a particular place or have a specific background to take part?

There are no restrictions. We have people involved from across timezones and countries, from a variety of skillsets and WordPress experiences. We have had contributors from the team who have gone on to discover a joy for testing, translation or writing documentation, and people who come and help for specific areas from other teams too.

We are keen to promote the many ways people can support the growth and development of WordPress and its community.

There are specific parts of our work which benefit from a background as a writer, editor, marketer and PR, in search or research, developer, or task collator. But there are lots of opportunities for those new to marketing and communications too and we have onboarding support and training available too.

#5-8, #make-wordpress-marketing, #social-media

Agenda: Global Marketing Meeting 18 August 2021

Update: Link to the meeting on 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/. after the meeting. 

The weekly meeting will take place in the Marketing channel on the Make WordPress Slack, at 14:00 UTC.

  1. Welcome
  2. (i) Attendance (ii) New people and returners to the channel
    Get involved information
    Setting up Make WordPress Slack and WordPress.org accounts
    Examples of starter tasks
  3. Follow-ups, note taker recruitment, actions
  4. Updates relating to other Make Teams: coreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress. (including releases, FSE), polyglots (including WPTranslationDay), community (including WPDiversity), training and Learn WP
  5. GitHub 
  6. Any other Marketing Team business
  7. Diary dates


Post meeting: calls for volunteers to share from other teams