WordPress.org Profiles On Track to Be Totally Revamped

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WordPress.org profiles are set to get a revamp in the very near future. Jen Mylo posted yeseterday, asking for thoughts and ideas about what to incorporate into the new profiles. She will be working with Mel Choyce to design a new UI for the profile data.

Mylo also initiated an effort to get speaker information from past WordCamp organizers as part of the plan is to bring in data from a user’s involvement in WordPress activities outside of WordPress.org. One of the biggest challenges, however, is ensuring that the profiles will be attractive for all users, including those with very little activity.

More User Data to Be Added to the Activity Stream

The current profiles on WordPress.org track support forum topics, ideas, and various activities related to Trac. The team plans to add the following additions:

  • International Forums – new topic or reply (for poster)
  • Plugins Directory – released a new plugin (for plugin author)
  • Themes Directory – released a new theme (for theme author)
  • Make P2s – newly published post (for post author)
  • Make P2s – new comment (for commenter)
  • Trac – new comment (for commenter)
  • Trac – new props (for user getting prop’d)
  • WordCamps – new speaker added
  • WordCamps – new organizer added

profiles-sketchThe updated activity stream should be in place soon. Mylo floated a working sketch earlier today to illustrate some of the ideas they’ve been discussing. She emphasized that the changes to profiles are likely to be added over several iterations.

Ultimately, the team plans to merge the new WordPress.org profiles with the forums profiles, but this will probably be completed further down the road.

Your WordPress Resume and Dashboard

The feedback on Mylo’s post regarding how people use their WordPress.org profiles indicates that contributors want to be able to easily find trac tickets and conversations they’re involved in. Others commented that contact information and contributions such as plugins and themes are high on the list of items they look for when viewing a person’s profile.

“The way I’m looking at profiles from a UX perspective is that for a visitor, the profile serves as someone’s WP resume,” Mylo said. “While for the profile owner, it serves as the dashboard for their involvement in the open source project.”

In the past, many people haven’t bothered to use or update their WordPress.org profiles, perhaps due to the lack of relevant information displayed about user activities. The planned changes will make WordPress.org profiles the go-to place for finding out about someone’s interactions and contributions to the WordPress project. If you’re looking to hire a WordPress professional who has a history of contributing back, the new WordPress.org profiles will soon be the best representation of a person’s involvement with WordPress.

5 Comments


  1. This is great news. Especially looking forward to the eventual merging of both the WordPress.org profiles with the forum profiles. They are a source of confusion for me.

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  2. I love this idea. Great news and I’m glad that it’s finally happening. I remember discussing this back at the community summit.

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  3. At one time I remember there was something cooking about placing our locations on our profiles so that when an event was going on, a search could be ran and those people could be notified. Anyone else remember that?

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    1. I’ve done a few searches but can’t recall ever hearing or reading about that. However, it’s interesting you bring that up since one of the things I’d like to see in the Profile revamp is the location data made more useful. Here is my idea:

      I’d like to see the Location data in profiles be put to good use. Right now, there is no easy way to find out how many WordPress people are in my area without doing some sort of grassroots effort to figure it out. It would be cool if in the future, I could create a group on .org and add people to it that are in my geographical area based on the location data in their profile.

      It looks like they may get rid of the map and just replace it with text but it would be cool to perform a search on WordPress.org to see who is near me.

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