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Few open source projects have had the same impact on the Internet that WordPress has. For those with a story to tell, WordPress has made it trivially easy to share it with the world. Developers love it for the ease in which it can be customized How To Safely Experiment With Customizing Wordpress Themes How To Safely Experiment With Customizing Wordpress Themes Read More and expanded with plugins. Web hosts love it because WordPress scales, and is free of charge.

But what about absolute blogging beginners? Regardless of whether you’re approaching WordPress from the perspective of a novice developer looking to make a bit of extra cash, or someone getting into web publishing for the first time, WordPress is the platform for you.

Perhaps most compelling reason is the WordPress community. Put quite simply, this is huge. They’re notoriously helpful and supportive, and ridiculously active. The stuff that gets produced by this band of WordPress aficionados is staggering.

Online Communities

There are a huge number of WordPress communities online. Some of these are based around a geographic locale, but others are aimed at a global audience. One of these is Advanced WordPress, which boasts 4074 Facebook fans and a vibrant Meetup community.

It’s a great place for people to ask questions. Although, it should go without saying that there are rules you must obey after joining.

Rule 1 of AWP Club: You don’t talk about AWP Club lol. No just kidding we want you to talk all you want about it and tell all your Advanced friends to join.

They’re a light-hearted bunch, but they seem ready to help, and some pretty interesting conversations seem to be happening on their homepage.

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Subreddits

I’ve written about my fondness for Reddit in the past. There are a huge number of individual communities on Reddit (called subreddits) covering a huge amount of topics, from weight loss Shed The Pounds: Subscribe To These 4 Weight Loss Subreddits Shed The Pounds: Subscribe To These 4 Weight Loss Subreddits Have you made a resolution to lose a bit of weight? Reddit is a great resource for this, with plenty of subreddits for those eager to reach a healthier weight. Read More to video games.

Wordpress-subreddit

So, it makes sense that WordPress has a large, active Subreddit. Over 15,000 WordPress aficionados have subscribed to /r/wordpress, and regularly share tips on hosting, maintenance, development and theme design. If you’ve got a problem that’s been bugging you, here’s a great place to ask for help. And if you’ve done something cool and want to show it off, here’s the place to do that.

There’s also a smaller subreddit (/r/wordpressplugins) that’s dedicated exclusively to the development of WordPress plugins. Although, this is nowhere near as active as the main /r/wordpress subreddit.

The WordPress Codex

Okay, I’m cheating here. The WordPress Codex isn’t a community. It is, however, a community driven project.

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But what is it? Great question. The WordPress Codex is the most authoritative tome on the open-source blogging platform, and is developed by contributors around the world. It’s kept up to date, and is thorough and accurate. It’s an amazing example of community-generated documentation.

If you’re looking for an alternative to the WordPress Codex, you can check out Interconnect/IT‘s thorough and detailed WordPress User Guide. It’s rather good indeed.

Events

Python has PyCon. Ruby has RubyConf. And WordPress has WordCamp. These reasonably priced conferences are brilliant opportunities for you to meet other WordPress aficionados, to Network and to develop your understanding of this powerful blogging platform. And there’s probably one going in your city.

Can’t make it? No worries. Wordcamp videos can be found on Youtube and Vimeo.

There might also be some community events going on in your city too. I regularly go to SWIG (the Scouse WordPress Interest Group). This monthly meetup has some pretty amazing talks and is ran by Interconnect/IT; a local WordPress consultancy firm.

Even though I’m not a WordPress developer by trade, I’ve gotten a lot out of attending them, and have made some rather valuable connections in the process.

Conclusion

The WordPress community almost seems designed to be welcoming for beginners. And whilst some communities have achieved a degree of notoriety for drama and infighting, the WordPress community seems to be a rather placid bunch of people, cooperating for a common good.

But what do you think? Do drop me a comment below and let me know.

  1. Ben U.
    March 10, 2014 at 10:18 pm

    Hey Matthew,
    This was a really nice post. I agree that beginning bloggers should definitely throw themselves into the WordPress community and take advantage of all the shared knowledge and experience that is readily available. Anyway, I thought this would be of value to our blog readers, so I included it in my roundup of the month's best Magento, WordPress, and ExpressionEngine content. http://blog.nexcess.net/2014/03/04/februarys-best-expressionengine-wordpress-magento-content/ Thanks for the helpful information.

    Ben

  2. Lu Mace
    February 18, 2014 at 8:20 pm

    I like Blogger.com from Google very easy and no spammers and bugs ... WP just have "the name"
    :)

    • Anonymous
      February 19, 2014 at 10:25 am

      Agree! Blogger.com (Blogspot) is very promising and the platform deserves love, too.
      But if you want to control over a lot of functions and features, you should try WordPress instead.

  3. Marco @UserNeophyte
    February 18, 2014 at 1:03 pm

    I'm a bit new to wordpress and a lot of people say that it has a lot of vulnerabilities. That same person also pointed out that since wordpress is well supported by alot of people there would be a lot of vulnerability.

    So as an aspiring blogger, if I ever decide to start my own, I wouldn't want anyone to compromise my 'intellectual property'.

    So I would like to confirm, Is it true that wordpress has a lot of vulnerabilities? If so is there any way to fix this? Because it sure is exciting to be part of such a large community.

    • Mycelus
      February 18, 2014 at 5:40 pm

      Any software has vulnerabilities, it's just about people finding them. WordPress is used in 1 in every 6 websites in the world and is constantly growing and improving, vulnerabilities are fixed quickly. No software or system is hack proof, you don't need to worry bout your IP being stolen considering that you are likely a small target, and, if you want increased security, go with a good web host that is tight on their security, chances of someone using a WP vulnerability is not that high.

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