The WordPress community represents a special ecosystem of bloggers, small businesses, developers, designers, authors, artists, you name it. Whenever possible, I try to take some time to meet some members of this eclectic group and give back to the community that has sustained my career for the better part of the last decade.
I wanted to use this post to highlight some of the community events WPHelp.co has had the privilege of speaking at in the last couple years and just generally the ways that you as a site owner can start to access the WordPress community.
WordCamps are 2-4 day events that feature speakers and workshops for local WordPress communities to partake in and learn from. On behalf of WPHelp.co, I put together a presentation on modern standards in responsive web design called “Death of the Media Query”.
This talk explored the use of Flexbox, CSS Grid and the calc() rule to create truly fluid design that responds to different device sizes without the need for superfluous breakpoints (media queries) and the jolts in design they can cause. I’ve embedded the slides at the end of this post if you want to take a look.
This presentation was given at WordCamps in Seattle, Montreal and Orange County.
In Montreal they offered sessions in French and English, and had a yoga teacher on site to get participants minds and bodies ready for a day of education and socializing.
We were also invited to give our talk on responsive design practices at WPCampus. WPCampus is a virtual and in person event that focuses on WordPress in Higher Education and Web Accessibility. It is an amazing and highly relevant event.
WPCampus was brought to my attention by one of the organizers Rachel Cherry, a software engineer who used to work at Disney but no works independently focusing on Accessibility. She also wrote a plugin that helps webmasters identify accessibility issues on their sites called wa11y, you can see a demo of that plugin here.
MeetUp.com is an easy way to learn about what sort of WordPress groups meet in your area. Some of the groups specialize in specific realms of WordPress — for example, there is a WooCommerce specific MeetUp in Los Angeles while other MeetUps are for a general audience. Some are even endorsed by WordPress.
If you find yourself in the Pasadena area please stop by the Pasadena WordPress MeetUp. I frequently attend and occasionally host the monthly WordPress General MeetUp which serves as a Q&A for WordPress beginners, in addition to the monthly WordPress Developer MeetUp.
Get out There
In summary, I wanted to celebrate the opportunities we have had to meet and bond with the WordPress community and hopefully inspire you to come out to an event!