When was the last time you visited WordPress.org? Was it to ask a support question? Search for that perfect SEO plugin? Or maybe to snag a WordPress logo?
Whatever the reason, I’m sure there are plenty of beginners and average users who never have really found a reasons to visit it, or when landing there, get a little overwhelmed.
That is why in todays post I am giving an overview and quick link to all that is WordPress.org.
Well, a little bit of this and a bit of that. I think that the one thing that confuses some first time users is they can download WordPress to their computer. They do it, then what? Next time let your eyes wander down to the It’s As Easy As… (I’m not making any promises on easy though).
Just what it says. Giving you an idea of some of the cool, some of the big, and some of the important sites that are on WordPress.
Also called the Theme Directory, this is where you are going to find over 2,500 free themes. These are all scrutinized by the theme review team, so you can be rest assured they have the WordPress seal of approval on them and aren’t filled with nasty bugs. Likely, you will search for a free theme while in your dashboard, but just remember, either way you are accessing the same themes.
Like the Theme Directory, the plugin directory also houses a ton of free plugins to help you with your WordPress sites functionality. Also, note, widgets are in the mix as well. At this point we are looking at over 35k + to choose from. You might find a few that are outdated, but they will warn you if it’s not been updated in the last couple of years. Again, they do watch what comes through and will pull any plugin that may cause any nastiness. And also like themes, likely you may be searching this same directory from your WordPress dashboard while installing new ones.
This is where you can download the mobile app of WordPress for iOS, Android or Blackberry. The mobile app is pretty sweet and if you use your tablet or smartphone a lot, you may want to check these out. And yes, they are also free.
There are a couple ways of getting support.
Forums – You are going to find some serious forums on this site. Thousands of questions, and likely you may search and find the answer you need. If not, ask. A lot of the people who come in and help you volunteer their time. They block out part of their lives only to come in and help you. So take advantage of the forums, but do be nice.
Documentation – This is called the WordPress Codex. Sounds religious, huh? In any case, you can find a lot of stuff here. Now some of it may be a bit too technical for you, and your eyes will glaze over, but there are a lot of people who have gone to a lot of work keeping this info updated. So give it a shot, you never know what gem you may find to help you understand that next WordPress question you have.
Yep, WordPress primarily runs on people who give of their time. The software is created by hundreds of developers who volunteer. In fact, if you love WordPress, find a way to give back. There are a lot of choices including working on the Core Team, the UI Group, Accessiblity, Mobile Team, Support, Theme Review Team, Plugin Review Team, Documentation, and the Meta Team. You can also find resources to help you start a WordPress meetup in your area, or organize a WordCamp. And if you are a polyglot, they could use your help to.
Want to get an overview of what WordPress is about, this is where to start. But it doesn’t just end there, you will also learn about:
Requirements – The technical info you will need to know when starting a self-hosted WordPress site.
Features – Another nice overview of features you will get as a user and as a developer.
Testimonials – The groovy and nice things people are saying about WordPress.
History – Yep, they have started to work on a book of the history of WordPress, and although it’s still in the works, you can preview Chapter 3.
Books – A few choice books from various authors that they decided to share with you.
Swag – Want to get a WordPress shirt? Or maybe an WordPress ornament for your next Christmas tree? It’s all here.
Logos and Graphics – If you are going to put the WordPress logo somewhere, and want to be proud of it, you can get several file formats here and know that you aren’t using some cheap or worthless knockoff.
Fan Art – Fun stuff, from a song, to tattoos, to a few other graphics made by fans.
Contact – Need I explain?
Domains – Did you know you cannot legally use the word WordPress in your domain? I see a lot of people who do, and shame on them. Instead, use WP, like, you know. BobWP. Here’s a bit more info on that and a nice, subtle warning.
GNU Public License – What is this GPL license thingy? Ever wonder why WordPress is free. Why people can take and run with it? You can dive into the details here.
Roadmap – Want to see all the different versions that have come out since it’s first release? Maybe see the different musicians each version was named after. It’s all here.
Philosophy – What would a site be without this. You may just find it interesting. In any case, they don’t get too deep here.
Statistics – Just 3 simple pie charts showing you the systems people are running WordPress on.
Of course, what would WordPress.org be without a blog. It’s like a day without sunshine. White bread without peanut butter. The 60’s without the Beatles. Well, you get the point. It’s a great place that keeps us updated, especially on new releases. You might want to consider subscribing if it’s your thing.
Yes, they do give a few recommendations on hosting. Should you use who they list there. Maybe. It’s up to you. But my recommendation, when it comes to hosting, ask people you know and trust for suggestions.
And if thats not enough, here are some links on the site to other WordPress stuff.
Yes, they do have a job board there. These aren’t at WordPress. People post jobs on the site. So if you are looking for work, heck, might want to check it out.
Learn WordPress.org is a new site and a work in progress. You might want to keep your eyes on this because it may become a great resource for you.
Do you have a great idea for WordPress? Maybe you want to see what others are suggesting, and even rate them. This is where you can do just that. And…
If you have a complaint instead, post it.
Want to know where the next WordCamp is going to be? Or maybe you want to see if there is one close by. You will find it all at WordCamp Central.
You can see your WordPress hero’s latest WordCamp presentation or maybe some other goodies here. There’s a lot to find on this site, but we are still waiting for the Reality Show.
Want to create a forum yourself? Might want to check out bbPress for WordPress.
Do you think they would really let you get away without there being a link to WordPress.com. Nah!
As the founding developer for WordPress, the guy should get a link to his own blog, right?
That’s it. All that is all on WordPress.org. Enjoy!