About a week ago, a survey was sent to various WordPress community members. These responses came from Europe, USA, Australia and other Asian countries. Thank you very much for taking the time to answer.
The answers have been gathered and majority of them are developers and programmers. It’s also exciting and inspiring to see responses from users, writers, marketing specialists, WordCamp organizers, designers and business owners from different parts of the world.
With this survey we will gain more insight on the culture of other members and learn from the tips they shared to us. Additionally, respondents and other users will also learn from other members’ techniques on WordPress. After all, we can always learn something new from each other.
When did you start using WordPress?
Based on the data gathered, it’s as early as 2004 and 2012 is the latest time of usage.
How did WordPress change your life?
“WordPress made my life easier,” according to Polish developers Marcin Pietrzak and Andrzej.
Programmer Marcin Wolak says that WordPress helped him find a better job. “And as a framework it is always good as base for almost every project,” he added.
“Five years ago, I was looking for some replacement for my custom content management system. Finally I chose WordPress because of its very user friendly interface (very important for my clients). I started to learn more and more how to use it, discovered awesome WordPress community, started to write a blog about WordPress and speak at WordPress events.” – Pawel Wawrzyniak, Programmer
Xavier Borderie, technical writer from France shared that it helped him land his current job, and got him to know many open-source enthusiasts. Running fanatic and developer Krzysztof Tomczyk, said “I began to think positively.” “There are more solutions,” he continued.
In terms of sites, John Parkinson (USA) mentioned that “WordPress has been a tremendous help in my website work.” The same thing goes for programmer Dziudek, “…yes, it changed my thinking about creating websites.”
On the other hand, Front-end web developer, Kasia, discovered what is beyond WordPress as a platform, she said “it helped me find my place in the WP Community, I found friends and more.”
Undisclosed designers, developers, programmers, search engine marketing specialists, company directors and owners, etc. admitted that their lives have changed for the better because they earn money from companies making plugins for this platform. Some of them even formed their own companies because of it.
Moreover, they were able to build lots of sites and landing pages for SEO purposes, “but customizing and building simple sites like these take some time to create, and WordPress saves your time.”
An Australian businessman shared, “it was a great leap for my company, especially when we started using WordPress. My employees are happier and of course the clients too! If I’ve decided to use something else before, my company might not be at this point right now. It was funny looking back at it now because a long time ago, I thought it was too risky to go with open source like WordPress, but now I know that the risk I took previously, was one of the best decisions of my life.”
A developer claimed, “WordPress fueled my agency — we started in 2005, went WordPress only by 2007, and grew 40-50% every year since. Then, when we became a WordPress product company, the community enabled us to focus on that full time until we were bought. So WordPress has been a very big part of my professional life!”
A successful company owner from Spain said, “two years ago, one of my engineers introduced WordPress into our business and since then we have been using it. The growth is indeed better. And from then on, we decided to ditch our offices and we just work wherever we are in the world. On the business side, it gave us financial freedom, but the best part is the reward it gave us on the personal side – it gave us the full freedom of time. Even I own a business, for me, the freedom of time given by WordPress is much better than the financial aspect of it. Now I spend more time with my family.”
Ways to Contribute
The following ways below are combined answers of various WordPress users from different countries:
- Theme reviews, core contribution, translations, community meetups, creating own blog about WordPress.
- You can translate WP, and projects that are related to WP. You can engage in community.
- Organizing WordCamp/WordUp itself is contributing, but for myself it was supporting other WP users on forums, writing free plugins or reviewing themes for official repo.
- Developing themes and plugins, answering user questions on forums/IRC channels/FB groups.
- Share your knowledge, organize events about WP, report bugs.
- Contributing to documentation and writing free plugins.
- Support forum, patch testing / writing, ticket submitting, releasing plugins and themes, writing books and tutorials, etc.
- Participate in your local meetups, give time to help others learn, help out in the forums, go to WordCamps, and contribute code to core!
- Speak and volunteer at WordCamps, also as a moderator at WordPress TV.
Although there are ways here that may not be your cup of tea, you can always hop in the Make section of WordPress where you may find something interesting that you will be comfortable in doing.
YOUR tips ON WordPress
- “Read Codex. Learn. Be open minded. Don’t try to invent wheel again – almost every time you will find function in WP that will do what you need.”
- “A lot – that’s why I have a blog for WordPress developers My last favourite discover – if you are using custom taxonomy you can show posts connected with few terms by using in URL: ?term=xxxxx+yyyyy – it will return all items connected with taxonomy term and values xxxxx and yyyyyy – it is very useful if you want to create a multiple tags search. 🙂 “
- “Never stop learning and as soon as you learn something – teach others about it.”
- “No matter what problem you have in WordPress, there is always a solution. Always ask a question to google in English. Always ask a simple question to google. Someone in past find a solution to his problem asking a simple question. Solution is waiting for you, just ask a simple question. The truth is out there.”
- “Trying to find help with WordPress can be intimidating. Find people and websites that have value.”
- “For beginner users, WordPress could be a little overwhelming even if you try Codex. There are terms that could be quite scary at the beginning, but the key here is to not be overwhelmed. Take your time to learn and don’t rush. Take it in one step at a time.”
- “Never start developing with a cloudy mind. I mean, if you are angry or hungry, stop for a while and breathe. When you feel cool, then you can start developing.”
- “Keep it simple”, “always backup”, “give back to the community any way you can. It will pay off in unexpected ways!” “Know and love the Codex and the template hierarchy.”
- “You will have to spend some time to fully understand how to use filters and actions, what is theme structure, how to build your own plugin and in general how to build websites based on WordPress. The best way to learn is to practice. Find some tutorial and start building your first website as soon as possible. It won’t be easy at the beginning but it is worth it.”
- “If you are on a business using WordPress, don’t be afraid to try and experiment with things. Always experiment, and when you do, don’t forget to add the flavors and spices.”
Thank you everyone for sharing your tips. It was nice exchanging thoughts and experiences like these. If you like this article, kindly pass it on.