Project Updates: Meta Environment, WordCamp Payments, and WPTV

Since WCSF, we’ve made significant improvements to the 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. Environment, launched the 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. Payments pluginPlugin A plugin is a piece of software containing a group of functions that can be added to a WordPress website. They can extend functionality or add new features to your WordPress websites. WordPress plugins are written in the PHP programming language and integrate seamlessly with WordPress. These can be free in the Plugin Directory or can be cost-based plugin from a third-party, and open-sourced

Meta Environment

The Meta Environment has seen a lot of improvements since it was introduced in June, especially in the past few weeks.

  • We’ve added 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.,,,, and
  • It’s also transitioned from being a full fork of Varying Vagrant Vagrants, to being only the scripts needed to provision the sites into an existing VVV installation, which is a huge win for maintainability.
  • Also dozens of smaller tweaks and improvements.

So far the feedback has all been positive, and I think it’s becoming a useful tool for contributors. props to @netweb, @iamfriendly, and @miyauchi for their contributions.

WordCamp Payments

The new WordCamp Payments plugin has launched, along with the corresponding Payments Dashboard plugin by @kovshenin. These plugins provide a centralized and streamlined way for WordCamp organizers to request payments to their vendors by WordCamp CentralWordCamp Central Website for all WordCamp activities globally. includes a list of upcoming and past camp with links to each., which will save a lot of time over the current method.

We’ve also discussed here, and here expanding the plugins to include sponsor invoices as well.

The theme and plugins[1] for are now open source, thanks to @obenland, and some improvements are already being planned by the WPTV moderators.

It’s also been added to the Meta Environment to make contributing easier.

[1] – Since it’s hosted on An online implementation of WordPress code that lets you immediately access a new WordPress environment to publish your content. 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., the plugins are bundled in a plugins folder inside the theme, which is the convention for VIP sites.

Get Involved

In addition to contributing to the projects above, there’s been some recent discussions — here, and here — on an invoicing feature for CampTix, which would save a lot of time for WordCamp organizers.

If you’d like to help out, read through the chat transcripts, and then submit a patch to #103 on 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.

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