About a month ago, two members of DigitalCube team participated in the very first WordCamp Brisbane 2015. We talked about Contributing to WordPress: Why it’s Important to Your Business. 

Today’s post is HumanMade’s Product Manager, Japh Thomson‘s WordCamp Kansai 2015 talk on how to contribute to WordPress in different ways.

Japh talked about the areas of WordPress where you can contribute: regarding how, where and when.
Accessibility, Support, Plugins, Documentation, Meta, Community, TV, Training, Polyglots, Themes, Mobile, etc. These are some of the major areas where you can contribute to WordPress. With each of these major areas, there are smaller areas where you can give focus on.

For example, there’s Polyglots. If you wish to contribute to Polyglots, it could be something like  documentation translation, Codex, Inline docs. etc.

Now that we know where to contribute, here’s how to do it.


Start talking to people.

Everyone has something to offer! You’ll be surprised how useful the very skills you have are to the community.

4 Best resources to find out how to contribute:

  1. WordPress.org Profile
  2. Slack
  3. WordBench
  4. make.wordpress.org – blog for each contributing team, which is mainly for reporting.

This enables participation in forums, submission of plugins, themes, and so on.

Why you should contribute?


1. Learn 

Learn new skills, code, team work, management, even written / spoken language skills

2. Personal Profile 

You get to know new people! And it helps build your reputation.

3. You can be part of something bigger 

WordPress powers nearly 25% of the web. With this, there is a lot of professional opportunities to be a part of a project that already did so much for the web.

4. Give back 

It is indeed motivating to give back to the community.

5. Business profile 

For freelancers or employees that uses WordPress. What you contributed to the community is a reflection of your business and employer!

6. Awareness 

If you offer WordPress services, it’s important to know what is happening in WordPress, plugins and new things.

When Japh used to work for agencies before HumanMade, he used these six points to encourage them why to contribute to WordPress.


HumanMade Contributions: Their Members & Contributions


  • John Blackbourn not only contributed to WordPress 2.3 released plugins, but he is also active in the community by speaking at WordCamps and even lead contributor days!
  • Bronson Quick is also a Core Contributor, organize and spoke at WordCamps.
    Plugins: Contributed to Google App Engine, import from Ning, BuddyPress Achievements, and WooCommerce Plugins. Besides these things, he also co-created Chassis Host.
  • Jenny Wong contributes mainly to the community and is a CommHub project lead. She helps bridge WordPress and PHP communities.
  • Tarei King is getting started to get involved! He volunteered in WordCamp and is on the Theme Review Theme and authored Om Connect theme!
  • Paul Gibbs is a plugin developer and organizes the first BuddyPress conference in U.K.
  • Petya Raykovska helps the whole Polyglots team and organizes community, polyglots stuff and connect those two together.

HumanMade has a total of 28 members and all of them contribute to WordPress in their own way. With contributing, it demonstrates the value of your company.



“I hear and I forget, I see and I remember, I do and I understand.”

The best way to learn is when you do something yourself. It helps you greatly in understanding something. Find one of the areas of WordPress and start exploring and why not start contributing now?

Q & A

Q: When you contribute, how does this appeal to your customers? 

Referring to “Awareness”.  This shows that their company definitely knows WordPress.

Q: Even if you contribute to WordPress, your customers don’t know that. How do you make them be aware of it? 

HumanMade contributions are published on their website and they say it to their clients when it is relevant to the occasion.

For example, if the project needs to use WP REST API, they mention they have Ryan McCue who developed a plugin specifically related to that project.

Q. What would you say is the grandest contribution of HumanMade to WordPress community?

“I would say that the greatest contribution is time that the whole company dedicates to contributing.”

It is kind of a “gamble”, but the other one is WP REST API.  2-3 people contribute to that mainly and the rest of the team helps in testing.

Japh’s talk is one of the four English sessions in WordCamp Kansai 2015. His talk was translated by Toru Miki.

Tomorrow’s English Sessions will be the following:

11:45 – 12:30H: How I built a WordPress-powered SaaS (Software as a Service) in 3 Days – Bryce Adams

16:45 – 17:00H: Why WordPress Contributions Drive us to the Road of Innovation – Kel Santiago

17:00 – 17:15H: Going Global: Introduction & Benefits of Multilingual WooCommerce using WPML Plugin – Maciej Pilarski