How To Contribute To WordPress When You Are New

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Entering a room filled with WordPress contributors, and often times well known professionals, can be daunting. Especially when you’re new to the community. I know it felt like that for me when I walked into Contributor Day at WordCamp Europe Sevilla; I didn’t know what I could do to contribute, I had no clue what team could use me most.

Now that I am more acquainted with my role as contributor, I hear new community members say the same thing I did: “I don’t know where to start.”

The Secret To Becoming a Contributing Rockstar

Let me tell you something that will blow your mind:

Contributing to WordPress means showing up for the party.

A Contributor Day is not aimed at getting existing members to contribute more. Existing contributors show up during these Days to help new members get settled into a contributing role. We’re there, not to make you feel like you don’t know anything, but to pass on knowledge.

Continuously showing up for these events means that, step by step, you will get integrated more into the community. People will start recognizing your face. You will get the opportunity to work along side folks who can show you the ropes, and you get to pick up tasks that will inevitably lead to you becoming the person others will want to talk to.

Picking Your Team

If you’re still unsure on what team you should pick, think about this: what do you like most when playing around with WordPress?

Do you like finding solutions for others? Come join the Support team.

Do you like making the site look good? Design can use your knowledge.

Know more than one language? Help others around the world by helping out in Polyglots.

It’s up to you! Above all, remember: whichever team you pick, existing contributors will welcome your efforts. You only need to show up.

Share The Love

If you are an existing contributor, think about what it was like for you when you first started out. How can you make the joining experience better for those who follow you? How can you help them help you? Extend a hand, and help make the WordPress community a better place than it already is.

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