WordPress is software. WordPress is an Open Source project. There is also a service called WordPress.com. And undergirding the vast platform we collectively define as WordPress is the community. A community of people who give their time and expertise in support, education, plugins, themes, translations, training, accessibility, and so much more. A community of people all over the world who publish content that gives voice to their hopes and dreams. A community of people who are the heartbeat of WordPress.
Meeting so many amazing people that work with WordPress since building my first WordPress site in 2006 has changed my life, my WordPress community, and the lives of more people than I can count. Let me tell you what it used to be like, what happened, and what it’s like now.