Documentation Sprint

What We're Working On

This month, we'll be working on adding to, and improving, the WordPress Theme Developer Handbook and the WordPress Plugin Developer Handbook.

These handbooks aim to teach developers most everything they’d need to know to create a WordPress theme or plugin.

Both handbooks are under active development, but are currently in draft form, and will be comprised of both existing Codex documentation and new articles written from scratch.

If you’ve considered contributing to WordPress, helping with WordPress documentation is a great way to learn WordPress and give back to the WP community.

You can help with everything from editing, taking and editing screenshots, preparing code snippets, writing tutorials, etc.

We’ll have a list of specific work that can be done — feel free to expect direction from us on how to contribute.

We’d love to have your help, so if you’re interested, please review the following documents beforehand to help get you up to speed.

• WordPress Theme Developer Handbook

• WordPress Plugin Developer Handbook

• WordPress Style Guide

• Handbook Tutorial Template - a starter template with typical sections in a tutorial doc.

Tutorial Example

Where possible (and relevant) please write things as a tutorial, as opposed to just explanation. This Child Themes page is a good example.

This tutorial opens by explaining child themes and is followed by a tutorial about how to create one. This helps users understand and gives them practical steps to follow.

Contributing to WordPress

Also, if you haven’t seen it, check out Siobhan McKeown’s great Smashing Magazine article, Contributing to WordPress.

WordPress Docs Sprints - Now Monthly!

The WordPress Seattle Meetup is now going to hold monthly WordPress Documentation Improvement Meetups, so watch the Meetup site for the next installment in October.

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  • Eric A.

    Lots of great participation. Thanks everyone for showing up!

    September 23, 2013

  • Linda M.

    I didn't know quite what to expect but it was fun.

    September 22, 2013

  • Julie N.

    I can be there until noon or 1:00. I'm a tech writer, too (many years). If you can tell me more about what documentation will be covered, I can take a quick look beforehand. Thanks!

    September 15, 2013

    • Eric A.

      Howdy Julie. I know you! We met through Jill at the Gig Harbor Web Design Meetup. I'm bald Eric. :)

      Anyway, I posted an rough agenda this morning. We'll be working on the WordPress Theme and Plugin Developer Handbooks and need all sorts of help.

      Thanks for contributing and we'll see you there.

      September 16, 2013

    • Julie N.

      Hi Eric! Of course, I remember you from your meetups. :) I'm looking forward to Saturday. I found a style guide online, too, and will take a closer look at that as well. Thanks for the info!

      September 17, 2013

  • Shannon G.

    Rats! I'm out of town for this one but this is an event I really want to attend another time.

    September 16, 2013

    • Eric A.

      Sorry you'll miss it, Shannon, but we've got them scheduled monthly through the rest of the year and will likely start another monthly virtual docs meetup shortly.

      1 · September 16, 2013

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