Giving Back To WordPress – The Important Part Of Open Source

Currently, WordPress is powering 27.5% of all websites on the internet. It is one of the biggest open source projects in the world.

w3techs statistic

This didn’t happen overnight, WordPress became popular for few reasons — it’s flexible, open source, free and it has a big community behind it. People who contributed many hours of voluntary work to improve WordPress and make it more awesome, in my opinion, is the main reason why WordPress became so popular. And if you are using WordPress today and it makes your life easier or it helps you to find new customers and grow your business, consider giving something back. You can do it even if you don’t know how to code.

At Word Camp Europe 2014, Matt Mullenweg suggested the idea that companies should contribute 5% of their effort back to the WordPress project:

“I think a good rule of thumb that will scale with the community as it continues to grow is that organizations that want to grow the WordPress pie (and not just their piece of it) should dedicate 5% of their people to working on something to do with core — be it development, documentation, security, support forums, theme reviews, training, testing, translation or whatever it might be that helps move WordPress mission forward.”

Matt Mullenweg – Five for the Future

This is a great idea. Also, it highlights the main areas which you can contribute to. These areas are:

The links I provided above will take you to the pages on where you can find all information you need about how you can contribute to WordPress project in that particular area. If you have any associated skills from the list above, your work can be very useful for a lot of people, be it building and releasing free theme or helping to translate WordPress in your native language or providing support on forums.

How we contributing to WordPress

At Just Good Themes we contribute by providing free support on forums and also we have a free WordPress themes, Stork in the repository (with 2000+ active installs) and Azalea on our own website. This is our chosen way to give back to WordPress. In the near future, we will be releasing more free themes and maybe try other areas of contribution.

I believe in the idea that if you benefit from an open source project, be it WordPress, Ghost, Drupal or any other, you should give something back. It can be anything — support, free code or even donating money to the project or community event. By giving something back you are saying thank you to all people who helped to build it.

Further reading: I highly recommend to read the post by Dries Buytaert the founder of Drupal Scaling Open Source communities.