WordPress Translation Day 4

Saturday 11 May 2019 – 24-hour marathon for #WPTranslationDay

Participate in person at a local Meetup or globally online

Banner for WPTranslationDay 4 - 11 May 19

Be part of translating one of the world’s most popular web platforms into as many languages as possible.

WordPress is a popular choice for developers, writers, business owners, eCommerce platforms and hobbyists. People from many different walks of life continuously add to its development and improvement, resulting in WordPress powering more than 33% of websites **.

Versatility and the vast global team working on it are central to WordPress’ increasing popularity. Translating WordPress in multiple languages helps to make the platform available in many more parts of the world. The Polyglots Team has played a remarkable role in leading and bringing together this translation work.

** Figures from a report by W3Techs (2019)

WordPress Translation Day 4

On 11 May 2019, this 24-hour event will be aimed at the translation of all things WordPress, from core to themes, and from plugins to marketing. Moreover, it will celebrate the achievements of the Make WordPress Polyglots Team and thousands of volunteers worldwide who give their time and skills to make this online platform available in so many countries and languages.

WordPress Translation Day 2019 is the fourth event organized by members of the Polyglots Team to acknowledge the efforts of all those involved in translating the platform’s numerous aspects and features.

Read more about the event on WordPress.org news

Discover the local Meetup events for the 2019 WordPress Translation Day.

Watch the #WPTranslationDay livestream including talks, panel discussions and interviews.

Share your participation in the fourth translation day event with e-badges and banners.

In this feature, thanks to contributors Maedah Batool and Saqib Ameen and we are sharing a quick guide to help explain what is involved in translating WordPress. Abha Thakor and Raffaella Isidori bring you news from #WPTranslationDay and stories from some of the people in the Polyglots Team to inspire you to join in.

Contribute to WordPress through Translation

Maedah (pictured standing) shares her enthusiasm
for open source with colleagues

Translate and contribute

Maedah Batool, a member of the Make WordPress Marketing Team, has contributed as a translator for three years.

She shares her enthusiasm for the polyglots and encourages others to give it a try. She said: “Most of the time when it comes to contributing to open source software people are under the impression that it is only through code. But I take part through translation, which is a productive way of contributing to open source. Moreover, being a part of this vibrant WordPress community I feel that it is my responsibility that I contribute my part in making WordPress available to my local community and in my native language, Urdu.”

Along with other local groups across the world, Maedah is organizing a Meetup for the global event, collaborating with the Locale Manager. The local event will seek to engage undergraduate college and university students, picking up on their enthusiasm for learning new things.

“What I like the most about these events is the collaborative effort which is being done on a mass level. Moreover, it feels like some sort of celebration, a kind of festival which brings together developers, writers, tech enthusiasts and more, all targeting the same aim,” added Maedah.

Be part of a global festival

Pantip Treerattanapitak, who is a Core and Theme Development Contributor for the WordPress project, is co-organizing a translation event in Thailand. She believes that taking part in translating as part of a global festival and having the opportunity to read materials in a native language can provide the springboard to help people new to WordPress get more involved.

She has seen from her own experience how the translation events can bring people into the community. Pantip joined the Polyglots team in 2016 at the first global event. She said: “My favourite thing is being at a local translation event and knowing that there are people in cities and countries out there doing the same thing. It’s also lovely to see the result from our combined efforts at the end of the day.”

Translation promotes inclusivity

Jeroen Rotty, who contributes to the polyglots, support and documentation teams, is helping to run an event in Belgium. He said: “I think everyone should be able to use the software in their native language.” He had followed the previous editions of the Translation Day event from his home, and inspired by this he reached out to a few Meetup organisers in Antwerp to create an event for it in the city. He said: “I like the inclusiveness of the community. Everyone is welcome to participate and lend a hand to contribute to WordPress Translations.”

Help your local community

Mainul Aion has been involved in the global event and translating into Bengali since 2016. The Translation Day event increased his interest in contributing to the wider project and he is now getting more involved with the Marketing Team too. He said: “I love WordPress and try to help my local community. I want to play a part in translating WordPress to make it even more available for people who are not comfortable using it in English so that they can utilize it to the fullest.”

How to Start Translating WordPress

This short guide has been created by Saqib Ameen, a WordPress developer, and the Locale Manager for the Urdu language. For the past three years, he has been contributing to WordPress and organizing community events. He has successfully led the translation of five major WordPress releases into Urdu. He has also supported many people in getting started with translation.

He said: “I translate because I believe in the open source ecosystem and the fact that we should give back to the community. WordPress changes lives of many (including mine), and it’s our responsibility to give back in everyway possible. That’s why I translate and play my part.”

Translating WordPress can be an easy and straightforward process. Below are a few simple steps from Saqib which you can follow to get started.

Step 1: Create a WordPress.org Account

You will need an account on WordPress.org. This helps you connect with others and logs your contributions to the Polyglots Team for a Contributor Badge.

Step 2: Find Your Locale

The next step is to go to https://translate.wordpress.org, the WordPress Translation page and find your locale. WordPress locale codes are defined for languages which you can use in your plugin or theme. Some languages have the same WordPress locale code as their language code, e.g. the Japanese language code as well as the WordPress locale code is “ja”.

However, there are languages which have different locale and language codes. For instance, in the case of Indonesian the language code is “id”, while its WordPress locale code is “id_ID”.

The WordPress Translation page contains a list of all the locales. You can use the search box to quickly locate your locale. For example, in my case, I am navigating to Urdu (ur).

Screenshot of the Locate Your Locale webpage

Step 3: Select the Project

When you navigate to your locale, you will find a list of projects available for translation. It includes different releases of WordPress, Plugins, Themes, Meta, and Apps which you can translate. Select the project you want to translate.

Screenshot of how to select the project

When you go to any of the projects, you will see a dedicated project page. It will contain detailed statistics, a list of contributors, a list of editors, and a list of sub-projects. For example, in the screenshot below I have navigated to the `5.2.x – Development` project. You can pick any of these sub-projects based on its status (like Remaining Strings, Waiting + Fuzzy, etc.) and start contributing to it.

Screenshot of how to choose strings

Step 3: Start Translating

Inside a sub-project, you will find a list of strings in that particular project. You can navigate to untranslated strings using the Untranslated filter on the top. Once you have them, double click any string, add its translation and submit.

When you submit the translation, it goes into waiting category. An editor will review the translation and approve or reject it. There are also a few other categories of translation strings which you should know:

  • Warnings: these are translated strings but have a mismatching HTML tag or an unequal number of sentences. You can either suggest a correct translation or editors can explicitly approve them. They usually marked by a red background.
  • Current: these are the approved translations. They are usually marked by a green background.
  • Fuzzy: these translations need to be reviewed for accuracy. Most of them are taken from the previous versions of the project and might have changed. They are marked by an orange background.

Note that, when you double click any string, you will find the reference of the string on the right side. You can always check references to get context and translate better. Always remember one thing, never do a literal (word by word) translation.

Screenshot of Start Translating

Translation Resources

There are also plenty of resources available if you need any help. You should to get yourself familiarized with them to assist you in your translation work.

  • Translator’s Handbook: an official handbook by the WordPress Polyglots team which contains details about the translation process and how you can get involved
  • Translation Teams: a list of all the translation teams. On the team page for your chosen language, you can view the contributors and editors involved in translation
  • Slack Team: it contains a list of the Slack URLs for all translation teams. Make sure you join them to get in touch with your locale translation team. Let them know when you translate something, need some help, or want to become an editor of your plugin/theme
  • Glossaries and Style Guides: every locale team also builds its own Glossary and Style Guides which helps in the translation process
  • Polyglots Blog: the official blog of WordPress Polyglots. Here you can see all the updates on translation and can make a request as your last resort.

So, what are you waiting for? This is your chance to contribute to WordPress through translation and affecting more than 33% of internet users. Also, you can earn a Contributor Badge for translation which appears on your WordPress.org profile.

If you would like to collaborate with the Polyglots Team you can attend its weekly meetings on Slack in #polyglots channel, every Wednesday at 11:00 UTC and at 15:00 UTC.

Acknowledgements

Thanks to @maedahbatool and @saqibameen, contributing writers to this piece, and for the training guide. Thanks too to writers and editors @abhanonstopnewsuk, @zetaraffix and @siobhanseija.

The WordPress Translation Day event includes a number of marketing team members in its organizing team. This is another example of cross collaboration in the community, and how you can contribute to many aspects of developing and sustaining the platform. To find out more about how to get involved, here are some links.

The teams involved in Making WordPress

Videos on some of the ways you can contribute

Why contributing to WordPress benefits everyone

#gwptd

Marketing Team Notes — May 08th, 2019

Today’s Meeting

Meeting Attended By: @siobhanseija, @maedahbatool, @harryjackson1221, @makewebbetter, @abhanonstopnewsuk, @miker, @yvettesonneveld, @dhruvpandya.

Notes Taken By: @maedahbatool

Slack Timestamp

Celebration/Achievements in the Last Week

Task Lead Updates

Marketing Team Notes — May 01st, 2019

Today’s Meeting

Meeting Attended By: @siobhanseija, @maedahbatool, @hedgefield, @harryjackson1221, @yvettesonneveld, @miker, @abhanonstopnewsuk, @michelleames, @Ryan Bickett, @makewebbetter

Notes Taken By: @michelleames

Slack Timestamp

New Person Thread

Celebration/Achievements in the Last Week

  • @michelleames: The official WCUS site launched today: https://2019.us.wordcamp.org/
  • @harryjackson1221: We had a terrific meeting Monday for the Showcase, and (I believe) we have finalized the submit a site form!
  • @michelleames: I’m really excited about all the work we’ve done on that @harryjackson1221 and really appreciate your leadership on the project.
  • @yvettesonneveld: Apologies for not making that meeting. I’m having a week with lots and lots of curveballs.
  • @harryjackson1221: I love the wonderful work we are doing there – it’s really starting to come together! And no worries @yvettesonneveld – we missed you but carried on in your memory.
  • @abhanonstopnewsuk: Lots of work done on a number of cards. Thanks, everyone for your messages and input. We achieve amazing things working together.

Task Lead Updates

  • @hedgefield: Thanks! I had a lovely time dropping by on Monday to discuss the WordPress showcase plans. I’ve continued work on them afterward and would like to show you the next iteration. https://sketch.cloud/s/ZdYRG.
  • @harryjackson1221: This week, @makewebbetter did some great work on the Gutendev Case Study. I have promised to do an editorial pass, but have not gotten to it yet!  https://trello.com/c/xcoEwXFj/8-gutendev-case-study-submitted-by-gutendevcom. I have not forgotten, I will work on it throughout today as I get time. Definitely, appreciate the effort!
    • https://trello.com/invite/b/Ono8rTJK/2b1d38f86b07674bd2c554e7417e5b68/case-studies-showcase
    • This week at the Showcase Action Item meeting, @hedgefield stopped by to share the design he is working on and has updated to share today (Thanks x10000!). We also worked out the single post content format (tentatively) and identified some action items; We need a running style guide and get the wireframe updated (completed). Finally, we need to start adding new cards to rework the current published case studies into the new format and get some more screenshots. I am working on a draft for the card description for guidance when writing them, will share in the coming week for feedback.
    • One last thing, we need a checklist and process for outreach, so we can start recruiting more content and writers for this project
    • If you wish to meet with us this coming Monday to help out, we will be here at 10 AM EST! The Trello link is an invite, open invitation to all newcomers!! This is a great way to start getting involved.
  • @miker: https://trello.com/c/666KUIID/274-five-for-the-future-5ftf-landing-page-content
    • Trello
    • Five for the Future (5ftF) Landing Page Content on WP Marketing
    • Objective: Create copy for the 5 for the Future Landing page. Task Lead: Miker Done = Copy complete and accepted by the Meta and/or Design teams for the redesign.
  • @abhanonstopnewsuk: Update from me on https://trello.com/c/y60QTWFc WordPress Translation Day promotion materials have been written by @abhanonstopnewsuk and @zetaraffix and sent to @siobhanseija and @joostdevalk for reference and usage for his article for WordPress.org/news.
  • The website for the event as a whole is at https://wptranslationday.org/ and on Twitter @TranslateWP.
  • The community has been promoting the event and it will feature again in this Month in WordPress.
  • @maedahbatool and five other marketing people (thank you all) have drafted sections of a blog to go on the Marketing blog this week. We are working on combining these items and finalizing the text with the WordPress Translation Day leads.
  • Trello WordPress Translation Day 4 Blog Post on WP Marketing
  • Aim: To write a promotional post on WordPress Translation Day 4 to appear on the Make WordPress Marketing blog. WPTD4 will be on 11 May 2019. [Note, not called ‘Global’ at the beginning]
  • 24 hr global event with local meetups and video presentations online, where we translate WordPress into more than 200 different languages
  • Maedahbatool: WordPress Translation Day 4 Blog Post → https://trello.com/c/y60QTWFc/261-wordpress-translation-day-4-blog-post
    • I worked with @saqibameen and got the post about GWTD4 ready.
    • Here’s the link to the draft. You folks can take a look and add your feedback. https://docs.google.com/document/d/174VoEMuZBy9hlPonTCAOKLukXeOSpysOz3rP-qNGCjk/edit
  • Miker: https://trello.com/c/666KUIID/274-five-for-the-future-5ftf-landing-page-content
  • @siobhanseija: I have some updates from Abha!
    • https://trello.com/c/5Y0pAgJM
    • Thanks to @Rubio for all the work on this card. @abhanonstopnewsuk has been working on taking it forward and we hope to have it ready and finalized with WPTV for use in June in time for WCEU. This will be very useful and support work from the WordPress.tv. Abha is to work with @Rubio , Mark Smallman on the answers to queries and iPad filming questions. This will also cross-promote and link to the video interviews campaign, which the three have been heavily involved with.
  • https://trello.com/c/DkVqaHCN
  • This is planned for publication as a blog on marketing in June 2019 with quotes/ visuals coming from WordCamps Rotterdam, London, and Bristol. Queries have been sent to Europe to see if there are additions or further examples. There may also be an opportunity for there to be a meeting of those interested in sustainability at WCEU.
  • The second part of this card is linked with the community. Work continues on this and there will be a subgroup meeting in the marketing channel to look at the survey questions. *Please reply to this thread if you would like to be involved* and we can make sure we send you details as well as posting in the channel.
  • https://trello.com/c/cTgoVoy4/251-what-to-do-when-the-worst-happens-crisis-communication-for-plugin-developers
  • Next Wednesday they’ll be trying to have a Zoom call, if people who indicated they have specialisms in this area and wanted to help, can they leave a note on the thread with their time zone.
  • And another one https://trello.com/c/L6zZr4FK
  • Subtitling is taking place and Abha will update more at a later time. Thanks to @swinterroth for stepping in and helping out!
  • @siobhanseija: So, a lot is happening and it’s looking great if you ask me.
  • @yvettesonneveld: It makes me so happy to see all those new contributors involved in these projects!
  • @siobhanseija: We also have another video blog that is nearly ready to publish, and Abha and I have been discussing how we can use the piece Ndidi wrote at WC London as it is a lovely story from a first-time contributor!

Marketing Team Notes — April 24th, 2019

Today’s Meeting

Meeting Attended By: @maedahbatool, @miker, @swinterroth, @dhruvpandya, @siobhanseija, @harryjackson1221, @ndidinkabu, @makewebbetter, @Ali-WPFiddlyBits, @yvettesonneveld, @immeet94

Notes Taken By: @maedahbatool

Slack Timestamp

New Person Thread

  • @Ali-WPFiddlyBits — Hi, it’s Alison from #WCLDN. @siobhanseija — It’s great that @Ali-WPFiddlyBits joined in today. At WordCamp London, she worked on one of the case studies. I haven’t looked into it yet so I’m not sure of its status right now. I think someone was checking it!

Celebration/Achievements in the Last Week

  • @siobhanseija — While catching up with what happened in the marketing channel earlier, I was very happy about the sub-meetings in the channel. I think those are great!
  • I “pitched” my first company in the wild on the WordPress showcase hopeful to get a submission from them shortly.

Task Lead Updates

  • @maedahbatool — I have started working on this card → https://trello.com/c/y60QTWFc/261-wordpress-translation-day-4-blog-post. Managed to get one of the Locale Manager for Translation @saqibameen on board. He’ll be working with me on this. Hopefully, we’ll be able to get the final draft ready by next week. Since we are approaching May 11th.
  • @siobhanseija — That’s great Maedah! I was asking @abhanonstopnewsuk how this was coming along as indeed, the date is getting closer.
  • @swinterroth — I’m still curious about this item, wasn’t sure if a status meeting was ever planned with @abhanonstopnewsuk: https://trello.com/c/cTgoVoy4.
  • @siobhanseija — I think @abhanonstopnewsuk is very happy that you’d like to join this project! She won’t be able to make today’s meeting as she’s out for a few days. I think she’ll be back this weekend. So maybe you could start by reading what’s already there and maybe writing up some of your thoughts? Then Abha can help you jump right in when she gets back.
  • @siobhanseija — (Sorry no Trello card, will make one right now) I did a quick read of @ndidinkabu’s blog post about WC London, which is a really nice overview of her experiences there. I think this is great for people that are hesitant about contributor days! I’d like to add a bit of text to introduce her story and explain what CD is and why we’re sharing her story. Then I’ll share it with @abhanonstopnewsuk for a final check and it’ll be ready to publish asap.
  • @harryjackson1221 — Submit a Site wireframe https://trello.com/c/RoESDCbZ/12-submit-a-site-wireframe. This week, we met Monday regarding the Showcase Action Plan. Since it was a Holiday, there was not many of us. We are closer to agreeing on the form content and should be able to wrap that up in the coming week. For anyone that wants to attend, it is in this channel on Monday, 2 PM UTC (10 AM EST)! This is a great way to get started contributing if you are new.
  • @siobhanseija — Here’s an update from @abhanonstopnewsuk who couldn’t attend today’s meeting: The next series of video interviews have been produced. The production of Video interviews with Sabrina Zeidan, Dan Maby and Gary Jones have been completed and were published on WordPress.TV earlier in the month. https://trello.com/c/L6zZr4FK. We are working on subtitling of these videos. If anyone would like to assist with subtitling these short videos or one of our longer interviews which are being finalized, please reply to this thread or contact @abhanonstopnewsuk or @siobhanseija on how to get started with Amara for subtitling. Thanks especially to @Rubio for his ongoing work on this series.
  • @harryjackson1221 — Gutendev Case Study https://trello.com/c/xcoEwXFj/8-gutendev-case-study-submitted-by-gutendevcom. @makewebbetter has begun working on this case study, so I am going to add you to the card as the task lead and move it into “In Progress”. If you need any assistance, feel free to message me, I am glad to help out! I will also email them in the coming week, to see if we can get more information from them on their project.

Marketing Team Notes — April 17th, 2019

Today’s Meeting

Meeting Attended By: @yvettesonneveld, @fike, @michelleames, @swinterroth, @abhanonstopnewsuk, @immeet94, @Kate Bolin, @ndidinkabu, @makewebbetter, @siobhanseija, @dhruvpandya, @miker, @Davide, @maedahbatool, @BreannMcDede

Notes Taken By: @fike

Slack Timestamp

New Person Thread

  • @Davide: Hi guys. I’m new here and I really need help on-boarding as this is my first time.

Celebration/Achievements in the Last Week

  • @michelleames: We had our grand opening yesterday.
  • @abhanonstopnewsuk: 10 more different language video suggestions from WordPress.tv for the marketing videos project. Including some in Japanese and Chinese. Thank you to all those who have contributed and spread awareness.

Task Lead Updates

  • @abhanonstopnewsuk: Sponsors document working with for community.
  • The two remaining questions from the community has been progressed at the Contributor Day at WCLDN with the help of some of the community team members and sponsors present. In the next fortnight, we should be able to return this to the community to relook at, together with the survey questions suggested. A follow up with WCEU sponsors lead has come up from the latest review. Thanks again to everyone who has contributed.
  • @miker: We have talked for some time about improve the Five for the Future messaging from wp.org and at events. We are ready to start writing copy for the actual page. To this end, we have a meeting set up with @andreamiddleton at 3 PM EST on Friday.
  • The objective of this, in the short term, will be to write copy for the new page. The objective for the long term is to establish a communication channel, and process to better serve processes relating to 5ftF.
  • I haven’t actually confirmed a venue for this conversation on Friday, but my hope is that we can do it on this channel (to combat the proliferation of private limited use channels).
    There are a few 5ftF cards, but I have yet to create a card for this specific initiative.
  • I will have a card created and updated by the Friday meeting.

New Business

  • @abhanonstoponewsuk: Available to new people and existing team members.
  • Plugins: https://trello.com/c/cTgoVoy4
  • If you are interested/have knowledge of plugins to work on this card or already have your name down. We are trying to organize a meeting. We have not been able to get a date that has worked for everyone. To try and maximize availability and progress this, we will now have the majority of the meeting here on slack and use zoom if we need to share screens, as has been suggested, to better understood the issues for plugins and plugin developers.
  • If you are a plugin developer and in the marketing, team insight would be particularly appreciated.

Marketing Team Notes — April 10th, 2019

Today’s Meeting

Meeting Attended By: @siobhanseija, @immeet94, @fike, @makewebbetter, @KateBolin, @maedahbatool, @miker, @harryjackson1221, @jonoalderson, @dhruvpandya, @yvettesonneveld, @ryanbickett

Notes Taken By: @immeet94

Slack Timestamp

Celebration/Achievements in the Last Week

  • @Kate Bolin: I can set up and take down a stand at a WordCamp in under 15 minutes.
  • @siobhanseija: A lot of great work was done at contribution events this weekend! At WordCamp London, we boarded a few new contributors. They did some great work and finished 3 case studies. Also, @Ndidi Nkabu and @domkawula worked on a roundup of the day. Dominik is editing a video and Didi has set up a blog post to accompany that.
  • @siobhanseija: Meanwhile, at WordCamp Torino, people teamed up with WPTV to do some video interviews as well. They’ve also collected information on what each table was working on, and will publish a blog post on the WordCamp Torino site. They’ll share the link in this channel. CC @GiuliaRobert
  • @Ndidi Nkabu: Hello! Thank you all for helping me get situated on my first Contributor Day. I’ll get the blog post to you in the next couple of days. WordCamp was a revelation. Thoroughly enjoyed it!

Task Lead Updates

Marketing Team Notes – March 27th, 2019

Today’s Meeting

Meeting Attended By: @maedahbatool, @michelleames, @immeet94, @miker, @joostdevalk, @ryanB., @yvettesonneveld, @swinterroth, @harryjackson1221, @amandagorman, @dhruvpandya, @antialiasfactory

Notes Taken By: @amandagorman

Slack Timestamp

Celebration/Achievements in the Last Week

  • @siobhanseija — Met with @joostdevalk today to discuss some things we can work on next week, at WC London’s CD. Will work them into the Trello card at a later time @abhanonstopnewsuk! If you’ll be there and joining the marketing table, let me know!
  • @harryjackson1221 — We set up a running time for the Showcase Action Plan meeting – Mondays at 10am EST / 7am Pacific!
  • @michelleames — I was on two podcasts about WordPress in the last 12 days. Sharing the WP Love!
  • @harryjackson1221 — And we got alot of work done regarding outlining the form needed for submissions!
  • @michelleames — The Work for WCUS is WELL UNDERWAY, too!

Task Lead Updates

  • @siobhanseija — @abhanonstopnewsuk had already shared her updates just before this meeting started, which were a lot!
  • @harryjackson1221 — Showcase Action Plan: We met this Monday, at 10 am EST. We have decided to make that our weekly meeting time, so feel free to let me or one of the other team reps know if you want to join! We have outlined the necessary info needed for form submissions, and are fleshing out the paged form this coming week. We are also working on a copy to outline what is needed before going on to the form, to ensure that submitters can provide enough info.
  • @miker — I drafted a policy for the handbook on promoting 3rd party links through our contributor channels. I used the previous policy on external links from marketing pages as a guide.
  • @harryjackson1221 — Case Studies: We are going to start revamping the guidelines for these to fit the new format, so we can have some content to use when we do get the Showcase redesigned. This is going to be some exciting work, including gathering the currently published case studies and getting the screenshots together.  We will start organizing this work once the requirements have been completed, but there is plenty to work on in the meantime!
  • @siobhanseija — Which reminds me that we published this great post by @abhanonstopnewsuk and @Maziar since last meeting: https://make.wordpress.org/marketing/2019/03/20/why-contributing-to-wordpress-benefits-everyone/

New Business

Marketing Team Notes – March 20th, 2019

Today’s Meeting

Meeting Attended By: @maedahbatool, @siobhanseija, @michelleames, @miker, @jenblogs4u, @joostdevalk, @sirjonathan, @yvettesonneveld, @harryjackson1221, @swinterroth, @joelobo, @abhanonstopnewsuk, @dhruvpandya, @antialiasfactory, @immeet94

Notes Taken By: @maedahbatool

Slack Timestamp

Celebration/Achievements in the Last Week

  • @siobhanseija — We had the first contributor day at the Yoast offices and it was fun! A lot of people joined the marketing table (nearly 15, I think). I did (again) notice that it’s challenging to put people to work without them having much context or background within the team. I’ve yet to go through their work but I know 2 people were subtitling videos, and a team formed that brainstormed about Gutenberg and stories to tell around it. Also: we have a few interns that are knee-deep in communication and marketing theories right now, so they made a doc in which they applied some of those ideas to WordPress. Should be some cool stuff in there! We’ll be having 4 of these days every year, I’m looking forward to them.
  • @michelleames — I was announced as the keynote for WordCamp Buffalo, and completed orientation as an organizer for WCUS!
  • @sirjonathan — I completed the first phase of a research project, looking at WordPress usage in 100 different SaaS companies. Uncovered some really interesting insights (and a few surprising ones) that could provide useful content for future marketing initiatives.
  • @swinterroth — I spoke at WordPress Naperville last night (Near Chicago). Great group, lots of grassroots WP marketing.
  • @joostdevalk — Did a post on wordpress.org/news/, which seems to have done well enough.
  • @yvettesonneveld — I was announced as a speaker at WordCamp Rotterdam.
  • @abhanonstopnewsuk — We have three marketing video submissions for videos in Chinese. The first ones in this language we have received. Thank you to the Chinese speakers who suggested them. We also had a few additions to the spreadsheet from the Contributor Day at Yoast including subtitling of videos, some additional language items added, and a couple of suggestions.

Task Lead Updates

  • @michelleames — I’ve started making some notes for one of the case studies that I’ve taken lead on, National Grocer. Probably take a few weeks before I have a draft ready for review.
  • @harryjackson1221 — Another WordPress Showcase Action Meeting in the works! We met this past Monday, and have created another Doodle to set up the next meeting in the coming week. We have outlined a few items that need to be fleshed out further, like the submission form and taxonomy organization. If you want to join, here are the upcoming meeting slots we have identified: https://doodle.com/poll/4h4cg9aaq33z6hwv
  • Feel free to DM me, or anyone else you see making changes to the Doodle and we can help to get you up to speed and share what we have so far.
  • @siobhanseijahttps://trello.com/c/xSdYhWbQ/243-why-you-should-contribute-to-wordpress — @abhanonstopnewsuk and I worked on finalizing this post throughout the week. It’ll be ready to publish later today!
  • @abhanonstopnewsuk — Thank you to everyone who has been involved in creating this feature and especially to @Maziar for developing it with me and particularly sourcing photographs. We have a number of onward promotion items for this and a version to updating the discussions with the community team.
  • @abhanonstopnewsuk — Sustainability post/series https://trello.com/c/DkVqaHCN
  • @michelleames would you have some time this work to help on this?
  • @Breann McDede has done a lot of work on this and we have other materials and cross-promotions with a number of WordCamps being published this week to coincide.
  • @harryjackson1221 can we have some of your lovely advice on the Google form question in the card, thanks
  • Anyone else who has been involved in sustainability at a WordCamp, please do add yourself you this card and we have lots you can do and help take this forward! It will be fun and sustainable too.
  • WordCamp London Contribution Day https://trello.com/c/lehg6Aho
  • If you are planning to be there, let us know as we are going to try and get a group picture (for those who are happy to be in this) and a chance for us all to meet up.
  • What should people expect at Sponsors Post https://trello.com/c/f4iXxZqb
  • @yvettesonneveld has asked for her firm’s sponsors lead tolookingk at the remaining questions. We should be good to then go back to the Community team. Thank,s everyone who has helped with sponsors information for this. Another great team effort.

New Business

  • @harryjackson1221 — Case Studies are also getting a revamp. @siobhanseija has created us a new board to track the duration of this content, which you can join here: https://trello.com/b/Ono8rTJK/case-studies-showcase
  • We are still getting everything moved over from the main marketing board, but can also use some help if anyone is interested. There are also quite a few case studies that need some love as well, which we will be moving over to the board as soon as possible!
  • @sirjonathan — I’m interested in the 5 for the Future Email Template card. Wondering if there is a way I can help move that forward?
  • @miker — Please feel free. We spent a lot of time talking about it last year and then at WCUS, but have focused on it less this year. We have a lot of backgrounds, and what we want to communicate, but we are really running into two issues. First, we need to create an actual template, but the bigger issue is what we will do with it. we don’t really have a strong distribution system for that type of content, especially for hosts/companies.
  • @sirjonathan — I created a tool called OpenRank (https://integrationindex.com/criteria/) to help companies figure out how well they’re integrating with WordPress. One of the criteria (scroll to the bottom) is their relationship with “5% for the Future”.
  • @yvettesonneveld — What if we were to create a Five For The Future page that would live on the main make.wordpress.org site. For instance in a submenu under get involved? We could write up some info for employees who’d like to persuade their employers, and for employers who consider it. We could add links to resources, like email copyright there. Additionally, we could ask table leaders at contributor days to mention it. Potential user stories to work from might be: As an employee of a company that uses WordPress, I’d like to persuade my employer to allow me to use some of my working hours to contribute so that we give back to the projector so that I can learn new skills or so that I can build out my network. And, as a business owner who relies on WordPress to generate income, I’d like to find out how I can set up a 5FTF program so that I can give back to the community.
  • @siobhanseijahttps://trello.com/c/ivm9wfcr/267-translate-hosting-page
  • Earlier today, Joost and I were talking about the hosting page on WordPress.org (https://wordpress.org/hosting). We’d like to have those “translated” for local WordPress communities. So step one is: finding out what local communities have an active marketing team. Who knows? I know there is a German team. This is not just about translating words actually but also finding the hosts that offer support in that specific language and mentioning them there.
  • @abhanonstopuknews — @zetaraffix is this something we could promote as part of WPTD4?
  • @abhanonstopuknews — Video interview card and subtitling card:
  • Promotion of these tweets/contents would be appreciated.
  • Interview with Sabrina Zeidan https://twitter.com/wordcamplondon/status/1108078565248114688?s=21
  • Subtitling promotion using Sabrina’s example https://twitter.com/wordcamplondon/status/1108078567303327745?s=21

Marketing Team Notes – March 13th, 2019

Today’s Meeting

Meeting Attended By: @siobhanseija, @harryjackson1221, @joostdevalk, @maedahbatool, @yvettesonneveld, @abhanonstopnewsuk, @miker, @jonoalderson, @zetaraffix, @dhruvpandya, @swinterroth, @Maziar

Notes Taken By: @michelleames

Slack Timestamp

Celebration/Achievements in the Last Week

  • @siobhanseija — Working with @harryjackson1221 on a separate Trello board to manage the case studies, I think it’s looking good already! Should make it easier to dive in, rather than find one between all the other Trello cards.
  • @harryjackson1221 — I started moving over some cards too, especially the instruction ones for formatting, style guide, etc…
  • @abhanonstopnewsuk  — The feature on why people should contribute is due for publication shortly. Thanks again to everyone interviewed, supplied pictures, reviewed, added sections and researched items, and worked with @Maziar and myself.

Task Lead Updates

  • @Siobhanseija — https://trello.com/c/xSdYhWbQ/243-why-you-should-contribute-to-wordpress @abhanonstopnewsuk just mentioned this in the celebration thread already. It’s finished but for a photo from a contribution event outside of Europe, we now got a few of those via Twitter. Will finish the post asap, run it by @abhanonstopnewsuk for a final check and then publish it.
  • @harryjackson1221 — *Case studies* These are great for anyone that enjoys writing or wants to get started contributing! No one has started on these three yet, and everything will be checked by the team so anyone can get started without any worries! These are answers to a survey, that need to be written into a blogpost. They might end up on the WP showcase as well. We have a new board where these will live, but for the time being, they are still on the main board.
  • @abhanonstopnewsuk — Need help: a couple of specific questions on the sponsor feature which is now being reviewed with community to gather feedback for the handbook. If anyone has experience of being a Sponsors Lead at a WordCamp, this would be very helpful to answer these questions. Thanks to Sheila (sorry not sure of your MakeWordPress ID) who reviewed the issues yesterday and she will be posting the specific questions on the google document by tomorrow. Thanks. @siobhanseija I have asked her to send you the questions too.
  • @harryjackson1221 — I would also like to set the next meeting up for the Showcase Action Plan. We missed the last meeting due to most of the group falling ill, but hopefully everyone is feeling better now! I will set up a Doodle today to figure out the best time, but if you wish to join just send me a DM, and we can get you added!

New Business

  • @zetaraffix —As you know we are working on WPTD4 … we are not yet ready to go full blown until we are online but I’m asking as of now, once we do, to get as much love from you as possible for this project … in 2017 we got very little, even though we reached out and asked… now that @joostdevalk is here I hope that when the time is right we can have all your voices raised to celebrate the work of the Polyglots, who are a team that greatly contributed (and contributes) to bringing WP to have the market share it has today … that’s all from me now… in a few weeks we’ll pop in and ask you to holler!!! (and thanks for all those already helping out!)
  • @maedahbatool — @abhanonstopnewsuk & I working on a blog post about WPTD4. Set up the trello card. I am currently on mobile so could not share the card link.
  • @siobhanseija — Chatting to @joostdevalk earlier today, we thought of a new card. We’d like to collect success stories for Gutenberg/the block editor! So if you know of any great sites that were built with it, or of people having awesome user experiences, please do share! I set up a (now near-empty) doc in this card: https://trello.com/c/rxPkzo2V/263-gutenberg-success-stories
  • @abhanonstopnewsuk — WordCamp Nordic CD day https://trello.com/c/EBGBbpE0 During the day and the last few days, 5 new potential marketing videos have been added, some with comments. Many WordPress.TV videos were subtitled by the accessibility team and the subtitling article we wrote in marketing was shared.

Marketing Team Notes – March 6th, 2019

Today’s Meeting

Meeting Attended By: @maedahbatool, @yvettesonneveld, @harryjackson1221, @michelleames, @abhanonstopnewsuk, @dhruvpandya, @jenblogs4u, @jonoalderson

Notes Taken By: @maedahbatool

Slack Timestamp

Celebration/Achievements in the Last Week

  • @michelleames — I signed my WCUS organiser agreement yesterday!
  • @yvettesonneveld — Since the schedule has been announced, I am excited to share that I will be speaking at WCLDN.
  • @jenblogs4u — I’m speaking at WordCamp Santa Clarita, a brand new camp with a thriving community!
  • @abhanonstopnewsuk — Lot of work on a number of cards this week just moving them forward, helping those who have asked for assistance, and liaising with community-team on items which they are taking forward too. Well done to everyone involved, a great team effort on all these. As a team, working together, it is great to see what we can achieve and share.

Task Lead Updates

  • @harryjackson1221https://trello.com/c/SdIcVK6q/257-showcase-redesign-organization-and-requirements. We were unable to meet this past Monday, everyone seems to be coming down sick, but we will be attempting to set up another meeting for either this weekend or beginning of the coming week. If anyone wishes to attend for the Showcase Redesign meeting to have input on the organizational needs, and discuss some other important factors. We will set up another doodle in the next day or so to ensure we select the most inclusive meeting time! If you would like to be included, please let us know and we will gladly add you to the DM.

New Business

  • @abhanonstopnewsuk — WordCamp Nordic Contribution Day Marketing Table https://trello.com/c/EBGBbpE0/262-marketing-table-at-wordcamp-nordic-contribution-day. We are putting some items together for this. If you have any other suggestions, please let me know as we need to send the information today.
  • @abhanonstopnewsuk — WordPress Translation Day 4. This month we will be putting together communications and marketing material for this. @maedahbatool will be working with the team from marketing (thanks). If anyone else is interested or in being a local event organizer (note will be published on this in coming weeks) or helping with marketing/ communications please do reply to this thread or chat to @zetaraffix or me.
  • @maedahbatool — I’ll be writing an introductory plus a promotional post featuring the proceedings of Translation day.
  • @abhanonstopnewsuk — We also have a contributor day and a contributor in general post which is to be published soon and being potentially adapted for the handbook. Will share this with you @michelleames. For WCEU perspective, we have an AMA on Contributor Days, from which we are producing Q&As which will also be useful for future WordCamps. This is kindly being promoted at other WordCamps. There might be some collaboration here with yourselves at WCUS https://2019.europe.wordcamp.org/2018/12/17/ask-me-anything-about-contributor-day/