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  2. ColumbusWPMeetup| Third Thursday every month ABOUT WORDPRESS WordPress is an Open Source project, which means there are hundreds of people all over the world working on it. (More than most commercial platforms.) It also means you are free to use it for anything from your cat’s home page to a Fortune 500 web site without paying anyone a license fee and a number of other important freedoms. SO IT’S BEEN AROUND FOREVER, RIGHT? Not really. WordPress was born out of a desire for an elegant, well-architectured personal publishing system built on PHP and MySQL and licensed under the GPLv2 (or later). It is the official successor of b2/cafelog. b2 was launched in 2001, WordPress in 2003. 2

  3. ColumbusWPMeetup| Third Thursday every month Names to Know Matt Mullenwag Automattic WordCamp For-Profit Company Not-For-Profit Conferences Founder, WordPress The WordPress Foundation, a non-profit founded by Matt, furthers development of WordPress and protects the trademarks and brand. A for-profit entity that offers services based around WordPress., Akismet, Gravatar, VaultPress are a few examples. WordCamps are casual, locally-organized conferences centered around all things WordPress 3

  4. ColumbusWPMeetup| Third Thursday every month So Who Makes WordPress? WordPress is continuously made and remade by a core team of developers, along with contributions of code from community members like you and I. Lead Developers Contributing Developers Design Team Documentation and Support To meet the actual people on these teams, visit Developers Emeriti 4

  5. ColumbusWPMeetup| Third Thursday every month WHO ELSE? The core code doesn’t function by itself, though. What makes WordPress amazing are the themes and plugins which make it an extensible CMS. 70+ 1500+ 19000+ languagetranslations of WordPress free themesin the repo free pluginsin the repo Someone has to review them to ensure they’re GPL compliant and up to WordPress standards.Theme Review Localization teamswork to ensure every person who wants WordPress can have it, no matter what language they speak. Plugins submitted by the community are reviewed by Plugin Managers 5

  6. WordPress Community Online ColumbusWPMeetup| Third Thursday every month All Of These Moving Parts… Where can you go for help? HELP! WordPress Meetups 6

  7. ColumbusWPMeetup| Third Thursday every month Things to remember at The forum IS moderated, but volunteers also contribute heavily. The Codex is written both by people paid to write and volunteers. We’re in this together. DO DON’T Talk in ALL CAPS! IT’S LIKE YELLING! Give a link to your site. Be a good member of the WordPress community Be specific and descriptive. It’s ok. Say things like, You are supposed to help! Be afraid to ask for help. Say thank you. 7

  8. ColumbusWPMeetup| Third Thursday every month Other Sites You Might Love The people in the WordPress community are incredibly giving of their time and talents. Here are a few sites you should check out. 9

  9. ColumbusWPMeetup| Third Thursday every month Where Does Our Meetup Fit? Some meetups are specific to skill/interest (users, developers, theme designers, etc) while others are general interest groups that touch on all topics around publishing with and developing for WordPress. For Beginners For Power Users For Developers Practice your skills by helping others, sharing what you know, or meeting up with other devs to work on projects. Every month, we will offer a separate group for those who need a walk through of basics. We can’t cover everything in one month though! Attend on a regular basis to sharpen your skills. Ask for specific subjects; be prepared to ask for help on specific projects. We are planning presentations by core contributors, and WordPress community members from outside Central Ohio, too. 10

  10. ColumbusMeetup| Third Thursday every month Our Meetup Grows Our WordCamp WordCamp Columbus, July 14-15 at the Ohio State University Union is driven by the members and participants of our Meetup To Know What’s Needed 1 Gauging the experiences of our Meetup users helps us to know what sessions to offer Meetup To Share Content 2 We’ll always bring in national WordPressers to challenge us, but locals make up majority of speakers To Fund the Event 3 Whether you’re a sponsor, helping to find a sponsor, sharing the event, or volunteering WordCamp 11

  11. ColumbusWPMeetup| Third Thursday every month WordCamps are not-for-profit events None of the speakers are paid. The organizers aren’t paid. The volunteers aren’t paid. The more we collect in sponsorships, the more we can do for attendees. $16,000 Approximate cost of the 2012 WordCamp Columbus $5000 = Sponsorships We have $2100 already from national sponsors. 230 tickets x$45 =$10,350 This is an increase of 65 tickets from 2011. 12

  12. ColumbusWPMeetup| Third Thursday every month HOW YOU CAN JOIN US If you are interested, please tweet your interest to @wordcampcbus, email Sponsor or Help Us Find Sponsors 1 You can direct potential sponsors to our for info Volunteer on one of these teams 2 Volunteers, sponsors, content, registration, technical, design, website, marketing, genius bar, after party and documentation Share, Share, Share 3 Tell other people about WordCamp Columbus. Many there last there have well-running sites, businesses or jobs now as a result. 13

  13. ColumbusWPMeetup| Third Thursday every month Get in Touch Angie Meeker Skype: angiemeeker 614.353.0633 17

  14. ColumbusWPMeetup| Third Thursday every month @wordcampcbus #wccbus ColumbusWordPressMeetup www. SEE YOU SOON... 18