WordPress.org Devhub: A Call to Action

The WP Crowd

Nick Adams

Published: April 21, 2016

The Codex is going away. The Devhub is here. A lot of people have been complaining about it, a lot of people don’t even know what it is, but the real question is: Whose responsibility is it?

What is the Devhub?

The Devhub is the new documentation for WordPress developers. You can find it at http://developer.wordpress.org. It exists to be a resource for anyone who develops or wants to develop sites, plugins and/or themes. Many people are familiar with the Codex. It’s a great resource that has helped out many of us. But it also had its limitations. The Devhub was created to be a better version of the Codex. It’s also new, and needs a lot of work.

How to Get Involved

Contributing to WordPress doesn’t require a secret knowledge, and there are no barriers to entry. There are enough ways that, whatever excuse you try to come up with for why you can’t contribute is immediately invalid.

One of the most common excuses that I hear from people who aren’t contributing, but are complaining is, “There’s nothing for me to do”, but in fact, there are so many things for you to do that there are entire websites dedicated to that (see the next paragraph).

If you go to http://make.wordpress.org, you can see the various teams, including Documentation.

Information for getting involved in working on the Devhub is right here: https://make.wordpress.org/docs/handbook/developer-resources/devhub/

You can join in the discussions on Slack: https://make.wordpress.org/chat/

There are many Facebook groups where you can have constructive conversations with others about changes you want to make to the Devhub. (Notice I said “changes you want to make” and not, “changes you think someone else should make”) A few very popular facebook groups are:
WordPress Help for Beginners
Intermediate WordPress
Advanced WordPress
WordPress Help for Professionals

Why This Matters

WordPress is an open-source project. It’s not owned and operated by a company. It’s not anyone’s “responsibility”. It’s not something that anyone owes you. It’s a community project that requires community support. If you are using WordPress in any way, shape or form, you are a part of that community. Thousands of people have donated countless hours to get WordPress to where it is today, used by millions, powering almost 25% of the internet. If we want to continue to see WordPress evolve, it’s up to us as a community to stop complaining and start contributing. If even 10% of WordPress’ millions of users contributed to the support forums, helped out in the various WordPress-centric Facebook groups, or contributed to the documentation, one can only imagine the possibilities.

The Bottom Line

When a project belongs to all of us, and we don’t like something, the only person whose responsibility it is to fix it is the person we see in the mirror.

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