Essays

Joe Simpson Jr.

Second Chances: How A Trip Back Into The WordPress Community Saved My Life

Contributor: Joe Simpson Jr.

Often, we refuse change and don’t get a second opportunity to make things right. But for me, June 17, 2017, changed my life forever. A life-threatening heart event forced me to start over and in the short time since WordPress helped me rediscover myself and to do the things I truly love. At 10 am …

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How Contributing To WordPress Empowers Me

Contributor: Siobhan Cunningham

One of my favorite WordPress memories is standing in line to register at WordCamp London 2018. Upon saying my first name, no one looked surprised or asked me to say that again, please? Where I live, in the Netherlands, Siobhan is definitely not a common name. Also, the pronunciation is quite different from the spelling. …

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Yordan Soares

Beyond Software: Meeting the WordPress Community

Contributor: Yordan Soares

Este ensayo también está disponible en español. The first time I used WordPress I had no idea what was going on behind the software… or beyond it. I knew there was someone making it all work, but I couldn’t even remotely imagine all the people who were making WordPress not just a tool for developing …

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Maja Loncar

How the WordPress community contributes to human development

Contributor: Maja Loncar

In the beginning WordPress being an “open-source” platform concept was only an idea by Matt Mullenweg that was supposed to gather people to contribute for free for a greater cause with no guaranteed success. The idea to gather people around a vague and non-profit cause would not have succeeded without the generosity of WordPress pioneers, …

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Elisabeth Klaar

Helping Small Businesses During A Pandemic

Contributor: Elisabeth Klaar

In mid March 2020 it was clear that the coronvirus pandemic was going to have drastic consequences for daily life. Many local shops, market stalls and other food outlets would struggle to keep in touch with their regular customers. It was also worrying that lots of people would be stuck at home with only the …

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Tyler Lau

Embrace Who You Are and Others Will Follow

Contributor: Tyler Lau

Wondering how a university drop out with ADHD and a criminal record found a spot in the WordPress community? Read on to see why it’s often your “faults” that can make you a major asset to any product team. For as long as I can remember, I’ve had a knack for spotting an opportunity to …

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Bud Kraus

Finding My Way With WordPress

Contributor: Bud Kraus

Wow, HeroPress! How did I even get here? Why am I even here? I’m hardly a hero after reading so many inspiring stories. Let me tell you mine. I do this with my usual reluctance which I will explain in a bit. The Beginning I got started with WordPress about 10 years ago. I was …

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Alexander Covtun

Thinking Outside the WordPress Box

Contributor: Alexander Covtun

Most people, when they discover WordPress, start on the challenging and rewarding path of developing themes, plugins and similar products. I decided to think outside the box. My name is Alexander, and my WordPress journey began in 2009. I’m from Chisinau, Republic of Moldova. I originally discovered WordPress while looking for a content management system …

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