Get Involved

Getting started

The Performance Team offers lots of ways to participate, and we’d love to have you join us! To start, we recommend that you:

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Attend a weekly chat

Performance weekly chats are held on Tuesdays and the current meeting time is always up-to-date on the Meetings calendar. Chats are held in the #core-performance channel and last for one hour. Chat agendas and summaries are available here.

In addition, we hold an APAC-friendly chat specifically focused on images on Wednesdays and the current meeting time is always up-to-date on the Meetings calendar. These chats are held in the #core-media channel

For more details about weekly chats, see the Weekly Chats section of this Handbook.

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Attend a release party

We release a new version of the Performance Lab plugin on the third Monday of every month. To coincide with the release, we hold a release party on the third Monday of every month, typically at 15:00 UTC. During the release party, we walk through the release steps and ask community members to conduct tests before we announce the release to the general public.

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Attend a bug scrub

We conduct a monthly bug scrub of performance-tagged Trac tickets on the first Wednesday of every month and the current bug scrub time is always up-to-date on the Meetings calendar.

For more details about bug scrubs, see the Bug Scrubs section of this Handbook.

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Contribute to the Performance Lab plugin

The Performance Lab plugin is where we release performance-related features for testing and review in advance of ultimately merging them into WordPress coreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress.. All code for the 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 is available in the Performance Lab GitHub repository

In addition to shipping code and conducting code reviews, we also can always use help with non-code-related tasks, including:

  • Contributing to conversations on Performance Lab 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/ issues
  • Translating the Performance Lab plugin
  • Assisting with questions about the plugin on the Performance Lab WordPress.org support forum

For more details on how to contribute, see the Performance Lab section of this Handbook.

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Contribute to WordPress core

In addition to merging features from the Performance Lab plugin to core, the Performance Team also works on and merges other performance-related Trac tickets

For more details on how to contribute, see the WordPress Core section of this Handbook.

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Get a contributor badge

As of September 2022, an administrator of the Performance Team must grant the Core Performance Contributor badge manually. If you have contributed to the Team’s work in any way noted above, you’re eligible to receive a badge! To request a badge, request to join the Performance Contributor group here.

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