Give thanks for WordPress this Thanksgiving weekend

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Perhaps there is one time each year dedicated to giving thanks because, well, we just don’t do it enough. That, and we all need to overdose on tryptophan every now and then. Thanksgiving turkey, you hurt so good.

We all use WordPress. Odds are if you read this blog you use WordPress a lot. This Thanksgiving, we think it would be great to really show our love for this awesome software project, in whatever way we can. To help get the ball rolling, we’ve prepared a few ideas for ways you can show your thanks for WordPress.

Let’s start with something every one of us can do.

Write a post about why you use WordPress

Blogging is powerful. That’s a big part of the philosophy behind WordPress. Many of us are probably using WordPress because we saw someone else using it, and they convinced us in one way or another to give it a shot.

So, take a few minutes and post on your blog about why you use WordPress, why it rocks, and why your friends should be using it. When you do, add a link to it in the comments so we can collect all of our positive posts.

Send a quick thank you to WordPress volunteers

There are plenty of people working on improving WordPress every day that you could thank with a quick note, either via email or Twitter. For a good place to start, check out the list of contributors to the last version of WordPress, 3.0 (scroll down a bit). Granted, there are 218 people on that list, but if we each were to send a tweet to a few of them, it might be a neat show of gratitude!

Spend time in the WordPress.org support forums

If you’re reading this, then I can guarantee you that you have knowledge about WordPress that others online don’t. You could show your gratitude for WordPress by spending time in the WordPress.org support forums, helping others with issues they stumble while using WordPress.

For instance, a few of the recent support forum topics look like this:

  • How can I hide my site title and tagline on a Twenty Ten theme?
  • How do I use a static front page on my site?
  • Tabular data—table plugin or something else?
  • How do post tags affect search engine optimization?

Aside from grammatical accuracy, this is pretty much what you can expect from a good number of WordPress.org support forum topics. So head on over and help some fellow community members out.

Donate to WordPress theme and plugin developers

WordPress is free, which is a beautiful thing. But how many of the plugins, and likely themes, that you use are also free? I would bet most of them are.

Many WordPress developers release their own WordPress extensions—themes or plugins—for free, distributed to anyone on their blog or via the WordPress directories. And we use them. A lot.

It’s not necessary, but if you have spare change, choose a developer whose code you’ve relied on in the past, and see if their site has a donation button. Trust me, they will be pleasantly surprised to receive anything at all.

Contribute code to WordPress

If links are the currency of the internet, then code is the currency of open source projects. Whether it is through contribution to WordPress core (which anyone can do) or contributing by developing plugins and themes, all contributions make WordPress stronger.

Perhaps you’ve already developed a theme or a plugin for your own use. Have you considered releasing it to the community on the WordPress.org Theme Directory or the Plugin Directory?

Then there’s always…

If you have the opportunity, go ahead and hug a core contributor. If you’re super lucky, hug a member of the core commit team. These are the people that make this whole song and dance possible.

You might as well get started in the comments. Why are you thankful for WordPress? How has it affected your life?

One thought on “Give thanks for WordPress this Thanksgiving weekend

  1. For Reals? No comments yet?
    Well, I’m thankful for the brilliance of WordPress and the community.
    So many helpful people. It’s always blessing to get a solution from a WP forum.
    Thanks everyone!
    Keep Rockin the WP!

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