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Developing as a developer at WordCamps

November 24, 2015 - 4 Comments

At Woo, we take it for granted that developers know why they should attend their local WordCamp. For us, the benefits are clear and we find huge value in these events. However, this may not be as clear for everyone.

If you’ve never attended a WordCamp before and you don’t really know why you should, then we’re here to change your mind. Here is why showing up at a WordCamp is one of the single most important things you can do for your career, life, and community as a WordPress developer.

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10 WordPress Plugins We Greatly Admire

August 18, 2015 - 87 Comments

With so many plugins available for your self-hosted WordPress site, it can often be really tough to choose the ones that best suit your needs. Currently, there are nearly 60,000 plugins in the official Plugin Directory, not to mention countless premium plugins available for purchase from a host of different companies.

There are a number of ways you can work out what the best choices are for your website, but we thought we would help you out by providing you a few plugins from the WordPress community that we admire. We admire these plugins not only for their usefulness, but also for the way they are built and maintained.

Some plugins are freely available, while some carry a price tag. But one thing that they all have in common is the fact they are all incredibly well built and perform their respective tasks in the best way possible.

So without further delay, here’s the list!

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The community takes action at the do_action charity hackathon

June 29, 2015 - 4 Comments

It’s no secret that I love the WordPress community. But when that community looks beyond itself and reaches out to less fortunate individuals, then I really get excited.

That’s exactly what happened on Saturday, 20 June down in Cape Town, South Africa. As an organiser for the WordPress Cape Town community, I put together the second annual do_action( ‘wordpress-charity-hackathon’ ). Based on the results, I think it’s safe to say that the day was a huge success.

In the space of a mere eight hours, our team of 50 volunteers put together eight brand new websites for eight deserving charities. It’s a feat that makes me incredibly proud to be a part of this great community in Cape Town.

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The Month in WordPress: May 2015

June 4, 2015 - 3 Comments

May has, yet again, been a fairly busy month for WordPress. The biggest news, for us internally as well as for the community as a whole, has most definitely been our acquisition by Automattic and everything that entails.

There’s no need to go over all of that again, of course, although we’re always listening if you have additional comments, suggestions, or feedback you’d like to share. In the meantime, let’s move on to everything else that has been going on this past month.

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The Month in WordPress: April 2015

May 5, 2015 - Leave a comment

April has been a particularly busy month in the community — we’ve got a new WordPress release, a whole lot of security concerns and some interesting business developments.

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The Month in WordPress: March 2015

April 1, 2015 - Leave a comment

March has been a particularly busy month in the WordPress world – from new beta releases to security controversies it’s been an interesting few weeks, so let’s jump in…

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The Month In WordPress: February 2015

March 2, 2015 - 5 Comments

February has been a busy month for WordPress – particularly if you’re interested in what’s happening on WordPress.org. With a maintenance release and some significant UI improvements, there’s a lot to cover.

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The Month In WordPress: January 2015

February 3, 2015 - 1 Comment

At WooThemes we like to keep our ear close to the ground when it comes to what’s going on in the WordPress community around the world. To that end, we’re starting a monthly wrap-up post that keeps you up to date about all the important happenings in the WordPress world.

So, without further ado, here’s the monthly wrap-up for January 2015…

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Tools for WordPress Contributors

December 19, 2014 - 14 Comments

Contributing to WordPress is an exciting and rewarding task – no matter how you go about it, it’s incredibly satisfying knowing that you’re giving back to a platform and community that dominates nearly 25% of the internet. That being said, it can be very tricky to know where to start with contributions. There are so many different avenues that you can go down when contributing that it would be incredibly helpful if you had a guide to show you the way.

Well, you’re in luck – here are a few tools that are designed to help new (and old) contributors find their way in the world of WordPress.

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Tips for organising a successful WordPress Meetup

November 18, 2014 - 1 Comment

Meetup groups are locally-organized groups that get together for face-to-face events on a regular basis. Anything that brings together 2 or more people to share their WordPress experiences counts – there’s no minimum number of attendees or required format.

make.wordpress.org/community/meetups/

If that’s the definition of a WordPress meetup, how do you go about organising one?

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We organised a WordCamp – you won’t believe what happened next!

October 27, 2014 - 2 Comments

Organising a WordCamp is a wild ride – if you’ve ever done it before you’ll know just how much work goes into it and you will no doubt have some great personal experience with last minute changes, unreliable suppliers and the stress that goes along with that. At this point I’d probably say something like “this year’s WordCamp Cape Town was no different”, but in reality WordCamp Cape Town 2014 went incredibly smoothly with very few real issues popping up.

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Getting DRY with Starter Plugins for WordPress

September 17, 2014 - 3 Comments

If you’ve ever built a plugin for WordPress, the chances are that you took a while to get the initial code base setup with the necessary plugin headers, class structure and basic instantiations. If you have built more than one plugin then there’s an even better chance that you copied that same code and reused it to start each subsequent one. But what if you had all of that code written before you even start? Wouldn’t that be great? That’s where starter plugins come in.

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WordPress 4.0: It’s not inside, it’s on top

September 11, 2014 - 3 Comments

I realise that the title of this post won’t mean much to anyone who isn’t a child of the 80s, so here’s a little cultural learning for you – you’re welcome.

WordPress v4.0 was released on 4 September with two members of the WooTeam (myself and Mike Jolley) being part of the group of 275 contributors to this release. Much was said about WordPress 4.0, particularly with regards to the apparent milestone version that the number seems to indicate, so we thought it would be good to have a look back at what is included in the release and see just what difference it makes to our daily lives.

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Charity Hackathon Recap: Video & Photos

September 5, 2014 - 3 Comments

Since we posted a wrap up post about the first do_action( ‘wordpress-charity-hackathon’ ), we have heard from a number of people all over the world who are interested in replicating the idea in their own cities. We will soon have a greater resource online that will assist people with getting their own do_action events going, but in the mean time you can get a pretty good idea of how it all worked from the video and photos taken at the event.

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did_action( ‘wordpress-charity-hackathon’ );

August 25, 2014 - 3 Comments

It’s amazing what you can do when you put your mind to it. It’s even more amazing what a group of nearly 50 dedicated, talented and passionate WordPress users can do when they get together to build 9 brand new websites for 9 different charities in 1 day.

The UPliftment ProgrammeThis past Saturday we played host to Cape Town’s (and the world’s) first do_action( ‘wordpress-charity-hackathon’ );. The event was conceived and organised by members of the WooTeam and the individuals working on the sites were all willing volunteers from within the local WordPress community. The charities were all present on the day and worked with their teams to make sure the sites turned out just the way they needed.

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Coding for Charity in the Cape

July 23, 2014 - 2 Comments

As proud members of the WordPress community, we are passionate about WordPress itself and what it can help people achieve. We strongly believe in giving back to our own community as well as the community around us. To that end, we are excited to be involved in a local initiative in Cape Town (home to WooHQ) that is doing exactly that.

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