Want To Contribute To WordPress? Not A Developer? No Problem!

WordPress Tattoo
True WordPress fans get tattoos.

The non-developers amongst you might reasonably assume that there is no way in which you can contribute to WordPress. However, nothing could be further from the truth. Yesterday, I revealed one way in which a non-developer can help, by submitting bug reports via the WordPress Trac. Today, I have a whole swathe of additional options for you.

Contribute To The Codex

You have probably used the WordPress Codex plenty of times. If you haven’t, you should definitely check it out, as it is an invaluable resource for WordPress users. What you may not have realized is that the Codex is a Wiki, and as such, can be edited and added to by anyone.

Wiki
Fun fact: "Wiki" is a Hawaiian word meaning "quick" or "fast".

If you are a member of the wordpress.org forums, you can use those details to log in to the Codex. Before getting started, you should first create a user page, read the guidelines and styles documentation, and become a member of the wp-docs mailing list.

Once you have gone through that process, you can get on with improving the Codex! Even those with no prior knowledge of WordPress can help, by correcting spelling and grammar mistakes. For more details on how to get started, click here.

Translate The Codex

Another way in which you can contribute to the Codex without having any prior knowledge of WordPress is to translate. If you are bilingual and fluent in both languages, check out WordPress In Your Language. There, you can join existing teams and help with the translation process.

Lolcatz
Please note – Lolcatz is not a recognized language.

It is unlikely that you will be fluent in a language that hasn’t yet been worked on, but there is always a possibility!

Help Out On The WordPress Support Forum

The WordPress support forum isn’t just for developers. There are probably more noob questions than any other, and if you are at all familiar with WordPress, you may be able to help those just getting started.

Unlike the above two suggestions, there is no enforced structure to getting started – just sign up to the forum, then browse around the posts to see if there is anyone you can help!

Test WordPress

If you are happy to be a guinea pig for pre-release versions of WordPress, you can be of help in ironing out any bugs. Simply join the wp-testers mailing list in order to be informed when new releases are available. Reporting bugs should be done via the WordPress Trac, as discussed yesterday.

I Love WordPress

Link To WordPress

This seems just so 1990s, but the one of the easiest ways to promote and endorse WordPress is to link to it from your own blog. Check out the logos and buttons available here and here, and place them on your blog with a link back to wordpress.org.

No Excuses!

As you can see, there are many ways in which a non-developer can contribute to the open source WordPress project. There is nothing to hold you back from getting involved in one way or another, even if you are brand new to the world’s most popular content management system.

Creative Commons photos courtesy of Brad Bradley and Andrew Laing

Comments (5)

  1. This is a great list — I especially appreciate the forums suggestion. There are so many questions there that do NOT get answered by the “mods” … a simple answer is what many noobs want .. not this “do this, then that, then go here, but don’t forget to do this first” … drives me NUTS!!!! And they should not have to wade through pages and pages of “answers” to get to the one answer they need. I will start taking a little time each week and hop on over to see if I can help with those “quick and simple” answers that we need :) PS I’m all for Lolcats being a recognized language!!! KTHNXBAI <3

  2. Excellent ideas here!!

    Hey Gypsy.

    The moderators over there work hard to help run the site and help users, I think the reason why some questions don’t get those needed answers is because there simply is not enough of them or enough time in a day to answer everything personally. Many questions asked do already have answers when searched.

    As a community though we can pull together and help each other. :-)

  3. Hey guys,

    I think one problem is that people who are new to WP ask questions for which answers are readily available in the Codex. The thing is, a noob might not know that…it’s a bit of a catch-22!

    Cheers,

    Tom

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