If you’ve been to any of the recent WordCamp events, then you’ve probably seen a few members of our team hanging around a booth that looks like this …
In fact, we’ve sponsored seven of the recent WordCamp events (and sent representatives to two more), including:
- Dallas / Fort Worth, Texas
- Tampa, Florida
- Virginia Beach, Virginia (Hampton Roads)
- Ann Arbor, Michgian
- New York City, New York
- Sacramento, California
- Orlando, Florida
- Saratoga Springs, New York
- Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (WordCamp US)
By attending so many WordPress events this year (expect to see us at more in 2016!), we’ve been striving to step up our involvement in the active (and very welcoming) community that exists around WordPress. What we didn’t expect, however, was how much we would learn and take away from each event. While the information we’ve learned and absorbed from each event is enough to fill a book, here are three of the main takeaways from our recent experiences.
Communities Reflect Their Leaders
One of the biggest impressions we have based on our weekend at WordCamp US, and all of the WordCamps we’ve attended, is the generosity and kindness of the community. Those traits can also be found in the leader of the WordPress community, Matt Mullenweg. A few Liquid Web employees not only listened to Matt’s speech, but also had the pleasure of talking with him over lunch.
After speaking with him in person, it’s easy to understand why the WordPress community is so open and helpful – he serves as their example. Matt’s relentless focus and commitment to open source, along with willingness to help out his fellow man, has spread throughout the community like wildfire. Because of this experience, we feel inspired to continue working with WordPress and plan on maintaining all the connections we’ve made. (By the way, if you love hearing about all things WordPress, you should definitely be following Matt on Twitter!)
We’re Among Friends in Our Love for Open Source
Working within the WordPress community has only further reinforced our love of open source projects. We’ve always been a huge proponent of the open source community and work quite a bit with other open source projects, like Linux and Perl. In fact much of our software was developed with Perl, an open source programming language, and we have a strong history of supporting Perl in the past. We’ve donated to the Perl 5 Core Maintenance Fund and sponsored YAPC (Yet Another Perl Conference).
We choose to work with open source projects as often as possible because of the incredible quality, freedom, and flexibility they offer. Our background of supporting the open source community makes us even more excited about contributing to the WordPress project, further developing our own product, and giving back to the community in any way we can.
The Circle of Giving Back is Cultural
Over the last few months, we’ve learned how tight-knit and generous the WordPress community is. It’s open source nature and generous members mean that contributing to the WordPress project is not only a regular occurrence, but also vital for its success. To show our support for this culture, we’ll also be giving back to the community.
We’ve already sponsored WordCamp events in Tampa, Ann Arbor, Sacramento, Orlando, New York City, Saratoga Springs and the recent WordCamp US. We’ve contributed 30+ hours at various WordCamps we’ve attended and created over a dozen WordPress-related educational articles on the Liquid Web Blog and Knowledge Base. To add to those contributions, however, we are further investigating how else we can donate our time and resources back to the community. We’re also planning to attend more WordCamps in 2016 – keep an eye out for the announcement of where you can find us next year!
We’re so excited to be taking a more active role in the WordPress community – expect to see us at even more WordCamp events in 2016! We’ll be sure to follow up in this space with more details once they are nailed down. (Of course, we’re obligated to mention that we also recently launched our new Managed WordPress Hosting product. Check it out, if you’re interested!)
By the way, we gave away a ton of swag at our recent WordCamps, but we still have plenty left over! If you’d like some free Liquid Web-branded swag, you can sign up at our Brand Store. (If you leave your username in the comments below, we’ll add 300 extra points to your account!)
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