6 WordPress Things I’m Thankful For

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As the US gets ready to celebrate Thanksgiving, it’s the time of year where I stop to think about what I’m thankful for regarding WordPress. In no particular order, here are six things I’m thankful for when it comes to WordPress.

The Community

The WordPress community is a large reason for the project’s continued success. It’s filled with smart, passionate people, democratizing publishing on a global scale. WordPress is like an engine and the community is the oil. Without the community, the project would likely not be as large and successful as it is today.

WordPress, Plugin, and Theme Developers

Developers are the people who create solutions to problems. Thank you for everything that you do to help WordPress be a better project whether it’s through themes, plugins, or core contributions. I especially thank those who contribute to the project without being paid for it. WordPress wouldn’t be the same if it weren’t for the generosity of so many developers.

Support Forum Volunteers

The people who volunteer time on the WordPress support forums are special. To millions of users, they represent the front line of the project. Most of them are not paid and provide support as a means of contributing to WordPress. Several support queries are resolved each week because of their dedication.

Meetup/WordCamp Organizers

Meetups bring users together to interact and learn about WordPress. They’re an important part of the community and project. WordCamps are a huge undertaking and provide great opportunities for local communities to learn about WordPress. Not everyone has the skills to organize these events. It takes someone with passion, dedication, energy, and time. Thank you to everyone who has played a role in organizing either a meetup or WordCamp.

Mike Little and Matt Mullenweg

If Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little did not fork of b2 in 2003, WordPress may not exist. Thank you both for getting the ball rolling in 2003.

WP Tavern Supporters

Last but not least, thank you to those who continue to read the Tavern on a daily basis and support the work we do. Whether it’s commenting on articles, interacting with us on Twitter, or listening to WordPress Weekly, your involvement with the Tavern is an important part of the site’s success.

What Are You Thankful For?

Even if you don’t celebrate Thanksgiving, there’s probably a few things you’re thankful for when it comes to WordPress. Tell us about them in the comments.


19 responses to “6 WordPress Things I’m Thankful For”

  1. I had a dream about building a certain website but I knew my skills weren’t good enough to do it without a leg up. With WordPress, I was able to build that site and, in doing so, gained some amazing skills. Working in WordPress changed my life.

  2. @Jeff – I really love the spirit of your post.

    @Scott Wyden Kivowitz (from the comments) – and I’m super thankful to have you on the team! :)

    And I’m especially thankful for all the WordPress volunteers that keep things working so well – forum moderators, code contributors, theme reviewers, plugin moderators, WordCamp organizers. And thankful to the early powers that be for building the platform on which we’ve been able to run a business that we love for years.

  3. I guess I’d have to say that WordPress, Since 2003 has taught me, or lead me to learn..

    1. Direct Custom Programming within WordPress to remove the Performance Bottlenecks.
    2. Advanced NGINX Developement, I have my own custom nginx server which directly supports WordPress in many ways.
    3. Advanced Ubuntu Development, I now custom build and Configure Ubuntu for Speed, using only the advanced software needed to run Ultra-Fast WordPress Websites..
    4. http://boi-infinity.com My wife and I run a high traffic WordPress + Woocommerce Website for our Private Server. I’m also an MMORPG Programmer but the site has taught me a lot about website security and other issues that most other WordPress websites would never face.. We get 1000+ hack and security vulnerability attempts each day!

    Thats what I’m thankful for..

  4. Only 6 things? We could be here all day running through an exhaustive list of amazing features WordPress offers us. Not sure where any of us non-developers would be without the intuitive and flexible interface that WordPress has to offer. Thanks for sharing Jeff!


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