WordPress is web software you can use to create a beautiful website or blog. We like to say that WordPress is both free and priceless at the same time.
That’s how WordPress is introduced on WordPress.org – a humble introduction for software that powers a huge chunk of the internet. Not only that, but to many people (myself included) WordPress is more than just ‘web software’ – it enables and signifies something far greater than that. This is what WordPress mean to me.
I make it no secret that I strongly believe in the WordPress community. Through this community I have met a ton of awesome people who share my passion for WordPress and the people who make it what it is. On top of that, I work at one of the coolest companies in the WordPress space where I get to work with some of the most talented individuals in the community on a daily basis.
With WordPress powering nearly a quarter of the internet (seriously – that’s massive), being a part of the community means you’re a part of something that is genuinely changing the world. WordPress’ mission to democratise publishing is one that it is currently succeeding at in spades and I’m honoured to be even a small part of that mission. Whether it’s fixing code directly in WordPress core, getting involved in your local WordPress community, or by participating in any of the other ways that you can contribute back to the project, you are throwing your hat into the ring of the evolution of the internet and publishing. That’s a real purpose that is worth getting behind.
On a personal level, I have progressed so much from just being a part of this community – my code has improved (publicly sharing it through plugins will force you to improve very quickly), I’ve learnt a lot about contributing to open source projects, and through organising WordCamps and other meetups I have learnt important management and organisational skills. This kind of growth is truly invaluable.
All of these things are, as WordPress itself is described above, both “free and priceless at the same time”. It is for these reasons that I love being involved in this great community and I will continue to work hard at doing what I can to improve myself and the community around me.