Get Involved

Welcome and thank you for helping us market WordPress and its wonderful community! We’re so glad you have chosen to be part of the Global Marketing Team. There are so many ways to contribute in the team. At a contributor event, occasionally on particular tasks or more regularly.

The Marketing Team markets WordPress and its community to the wider world.

When and where do we meet When and where do we meet

We meet each Wednesday at 14:00/2pm UTC (time changes to 15:00 UTC to accommodate for daylight saving time in October) in the #marketing channel on Slack.

  1. We communicate in 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/.. To join the WordPress Slack, follow these instructions. More details and links to video step-by-step guides below.
  2. Join the WordPress Marketing Slack Channel.
  3. Our meetings follow a format to promote inclusion and acknowledge that many of our contributors need to contribute asynchronously due to their timezone. We aim to publish weekly agendas or collaboration documents on the Marketing blog to help everyone who wants to be involved and people from other teams to stay up-to-date and make contribution easier. A recent change is we try to include agenda numbering in the Slack meeting in response to feedback to help those contribute asynchronously. We also publish a regular Update on some of the things we have been doing as a team (due to access issues and availability difficulties during the pandemic, we are doing updates on the Marketing blog, but hope to have more resources in future to be able to return to our monthly summary update too.
  4. You can also subscribe to blog posts via email. There’s a widgetWidget A WordPress Widget is a small block that performs a specific function. You can add these widgets in sidebars also known as widget-ready areas on your web page. WordPress widgets were originally created to provide a simple and easy-to-use way of giving design and structure control of the WordPress theme to the user. in the sidebarSidebar A sidebar in WordPress is referred to a widget-ready area used by WordPress themes to display information that is not a part of the main content. It is not always a vertical column on the side. It can be a horizontal rectangle below or above the content area, footer, header, or any where in the theme. of the Marketing blog where you can sign-up. But please note as new meetings are set or updates on projects come in, these posts may be updated. So do check the live site for the latest information.
  5. Notes are added to a shared Google doc. We ask the meeting to review the notes from the previous week. We publish notes / links to the meeting on Slack on the blog. We welcome volunteers to help join this rota – there is lots of help available to get started too. We suggest people have been in the team for a few months and familiar with WordPress terminology to help them with note-taking.
  6. If you are an active contributor to the Marketing Team, then do request to join the Google Drive folder. You can message any Team Rep in Slack and we will get you connected as soon as we can, please note team reps are in a number of different time zones.

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Planning tools we use Planning tools we use

  1. We use a number of task and project tools, and are in the process of migrating between them to help remove some barriers and difficulties faced by contributors.
    • A good place to start is the homepage of the Marketing Team blog. Recent posts and key items are linked in the highlight box. Get involved starter tasks
    • 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. boards are public but you must have an account to contribute. With Trello’s new processes for free accounts, we are asking task co-ordinators, projects and actions groups, and Team Reps to update Trello cards. We have made some changes to try and reduce the number of notifications to cards you may not be interested in. Please direct message any Team Rep if you need direct access to updating the cards. We are aware that there have been a number of cards deleted in error under the revised service by Trello and we are experimenting with moving much of this project mapping to GitHubGitHub GitHub is a website that offers online implementation of git repositories that can 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/.
    • GitHub Marketing Team boards – we are piloting use of this tool and providing a way where contributors unfamiliar with it can practise before we ask for it to be merged to the WordPress repository.
    • Google sheet planner – we have been working on a spreadsheet planner that can work with GitHub and log Slack links to help us find the number of requests that come in. This planner link is shared in GitHub, in meetings where background links are needed, and on Trello too.

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Creating 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/ account Creating a WordPress.org account

  • Create a WordPress.org account so that you can contribute to the 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. You only need one account for all Make teams.
  • Step-by-step instructions
  • You need a WordPress.org account so that you can contribute. It means that you will have access to all resources and opportunities available.
  • You will receive a “@chat.wordpress.org” username which means you do not have to share your personal email address with others in Slack. You can instead use the handle you choose eg @ firstname

You can find our videos to help set up your WordPress.org account  and Make WordPress Slack accounts. Working across teams and with 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. Europe and other camps, we are regularly adding translated commentaries and captions. They will move in bulk to WordPress.tv and the Contributor Day Handbook on GitHub. Thanks to everyone who has been involved in making these. Let us know if you have presenting experience and can help with translating and recording voiceovers in other languages.

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Creating a Slack Account Creating a Slack Account

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Creating a Trello Account Creating a Trello Account

We use Trello for project management. It’s separate from your WordPress.org or WordPress.Slack usernames and accounts. Our main Trello board. If you are responsible for co-ordinating a task and need access to updating the boards, please contact @yvettesonneveld.

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Linking Documents Linking Documents

If you are co-ordinating a task in Trello, please add links to the Google Drive documents used as Attachments. In the task, click “Attachments,” select “Google Drive” and add the link. Also add yourself as member to this task.

  • Help information to get you started on Google docs in the Contributor Handbook on GitHub

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Have Fun Have Fun

We all love WordPress, both the software and the community. Remember to keep in mind the Code of Conduct, be friendly, helpful, and disagree in a productive way.

It’s marketing! It’s fun. Let’s do this.

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