Category: Community

Sign up to use your skills for charity

We’re very excited to announce that sign-ups are now open for our fourth annual do_action WordPress Charity Hackathon! We have a great selection of 10 non-profits that we will be working with and we are looking for participants from the local community to work on their brand new sites.

All skill sets are needed!

As always, we’re looking for Social Media Managers, Content ManagersProject Managers, DesignersDevelopers, and Quality Assurance Testers for each of the teams, so if you have any experience managing websites in any capacity then you can participate!

The sooner you get your name in the better as these spots do tend to fill up fast – we already have half of the spots filled 🙂

This year we’re working with the following organisations:

  • The Homestead Projects for Street Children
  • Durbanville Children’s Home
  • Kidz Adventure Camp
  • Iliso Care Society
  • ASSITEJ South Africa
  • Usiko Stellenbosch
  • Daughters Of Destiny
  • Rotary Club of Constantia
  • Little Lambs Christian Day Care
  • Tygerberg Association for Persons with Physical Disabilities

When you sign up you can select which charity you would like to work with and what your role on the team will be.

What is do_action?

In case you haven’t heard about it before, do_action is a charity hackathon that uses WordPress to uplift local communities. The hackathons are community-organised events that are focussed on using WordPress to give deserving charitable organisations their own online presence. Each do_action event includes participants from the local WordPress community coming together to plan and build brand new websites for a number of local organisations in one day.

We first started do_action in 2014 in Cape Town and, in the last year or so, it has grown into a global movement with events starting up all over the world.

I’m really looking forward to working with many of at this event once again!

WordCamp Cape Town 2017 – Call for volunteers and speakers

It is with great excitement that I announce that the WordCamp Cape Town 2017 call for volunteers and speakers is now officially open!

Every year, local and national WordPress users volunteer their time to help make WordCamp Cape Town happen. Our volunteers help manage the venue and keep the event running smoothly, while our speakers provide engaging workshops and talks to provide our attendees with the mental stimulation they need to go forth and build bigger and better websites, eCommerce stores and blogs with WordPress. Without them, WordCamp simply wouldn’t exist.

This year we have some big things planned, so we need as many hands on deck as we can possibly get. If you’ve never spoken or volunteered for a WordCamp before, I highly encourage you to give it a bash this year. We have a great organising team and with the right group of volunteers, I’m sure there is nothing we can’t accomplish this year.

Visit the WordCamp Cape Town website for all the relevant information, or go straight through to the Call for Volunteers or Call for Speakers announcement posts.

WPHugs & Mental Health Awareness Month

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) in 2001, one in four people would experience a mental health issue, and less than a third of these people would seek the help that they need.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month in the US, so we would like to take moment to talk more about it and to help others reach out and speak out.

The first time I openly spoke about my personal struggles with mental wellness was with the mic and a full audience at WordCamp Cape Town 2016. It was not easy to do, and that is exactly what raising awareness is trying to do; make it easier for people to speak up and reach out.

It was also at WordCamp Cape Town 2016, that I spontaneously decided to add a hashtag to the bottom of all of my slides called #WPHugs. I didn’t know what to expect from the talk – a non-tech talk at a tech event. But, WordPress has never just been a technology, WordPress is it’s community.

Many people came to me during breaks and during the after party and opened up about their own struggles. Many saying they wished that they were brave enough to speak to their bosses or colleagues or employees about it. I want to help make speaking out less of a bravery; and more akin to the ease at which we admit to others that we are cold in winter.

I went through one of my most difficult struggles in February this year, I had fallen, and it was largely the WordPress community that I have grown into, locally and internationally, that have been helping me with the lifting up.

I could not leave WPHugs to simply be a #hashtag. WPHugs for WordPress is now a full project that began early May, and is volunteer driven, just like WordPress. It aims to offer a supportive and educative platform to raise awareness about mental health and make it easier for everyone to never reach the darkness of not knowing or feeling alone, it’s a community by the community for the community.

The future of WPHugs sees it having regular essays written by other WordPress friends as well as created a repository of resources and supporters of the WPHugs initiative. Currently all discussions happen in Slack. WPHugs Slack has many members from around the world and our local WordPress South Africa Slack has a #wphugs channel.

Let us come together to remove the stigma of mental health issues – The WordPress Way.

Visit: WPHugs.org

Other:
WPTavern: WPHugs: A Community Devoted to Educating, Discussing, and Raising Awareness of Mental Health
HeroPress: Community saved my life: Falling down, lifted up.

Workshops for WordPress beginners & users by the Code Saloon

Code Saloon workshops are specifically aimed at teaching you how to manage WordPress websites. Whether you’re running your own business, working as a content manager, or learning the basics of web development, this course will put you in the saddle and expand whatever skill set you already have.

These workshops are aimed at users rather than developers. No coding experience is necessary and no WordPress experience is required either (although preferable). However, if you are a developer, this will give you a solid understanding of WordPress.

In the Beginner WordPress Workshop attendees will learn how to choose, install and customize a good theme, what a plugin is and how to install and optimize one, and how to manage your plugins & themes, menus, widgets & security.

Tickets can be purchased on Quicket:
https://www.quicket.co.za/events/21219-beginner-wordpress-workshop/

Facebook Event:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1256510881131696/

For more information visit http://codesaloon.net

Email: thecodesaloon@gmail.com

 

WordCamp Cape Town 2017 – Call for organisers.

New Year, new resolutions, new WordCamp. While it is still months away, the time has come to start planning the WordCamp Cape Town 2017 and we’re looking for people to be part of the organising team.

If you were on the team last year, your experience and knowledge would not only be greatly appreciated but welcomed with open arms. If you are keen to help organise the next WordCamp, we’re always looking for fresh ideas to make our yearly ‘grand meetup’ something special.

If you are ready to play a vital role in the planning and organising of the next Cape Town WordCamp, fill in your details below and hit that submit button.

The Cape Town WordPress community thanks you.

 

Meetup: ReactJS & WordPress

This is a joint event with the Cape Town Front-end Developers meetup group – you can RSVP on their event.

For the first meetup of 2017, we will be joining up with the Cape Town Front-end Developers meetup group to talk about ReactJS and how you can use it with WordPress.

The meetup will be held at the Media24 building (14th floor) on Wednesday, 1 February – it will start at 18:30 with the talk starting at 19:00. Food and drinks will be available, so come along and have a good time with the WordPress and Front-end Developers communities. This event is fully sponsored by Media24.

RSVP on the event here (also includes further venue details and such).

About the talk

ReactJS is the new kid on the block and WordPress has stood the test of time. This talk will cover how easily you can introduce ReactJS within an existing WordPress site. We will talk about React tooling (Webpack and Babel) and how to setup a modern JS workflow for development. Last we will talk about how you can package your code for production using Preact.

The talk is for anyone interested in ReactJS and how to get started.

About the speaker

Kurt Farao (Car Brochure, @kingramsi) is a Fullstack JS developer at Liquid Thought. His current Front-end stack is React. He also dabbles in MongoDB and NodeJS from time to time. When away from his keyboard, you’ll find him battling his best time at your local racetrack.

Community co-working #coworkpress

As a local WordPress community we have an opportunity to connect with each other in a way that we can never really connect with those outside of Cape Town. To foster those connections and to give us space to become a more close-knit community of WordPress users, we’re going to be getting together as a community on the last Wednesday of every month to simply work alongside each other – otherwise known as ‘co-working’ (hence the incredibly clever hashtag #coworkpress).

These days will be informal and we will meet at a different location each month – each location is more than likely going to be a coffee shop, but we have no set rules on the type of place at which we’ll meet. We will not ‘plan’ these days in the sense that we will not be booking a table or anything – it’s more of a relaxed Capetonian day of working alongside each other with good coffee and good food.

You can arrive at any time during the day and leave at any time during the day – there’s no pressure to stay for any length of time other than that which your job allows and what you’re in the mood for. It’s also worth noting that these are not sponsored days – anything you eat or drink will be on your own tab.

Given that we will be changing the venue each month, you will need to follow our meetup group for details on where we will be each time.

The upcoming co-working day will be on Wednesday, 30 November at Tribe Coffee in Woodstock. On the day, we will collectively decide what venue we will use for the following meeting – obviously noting that we will not be doing this in December as it will be year-end holidays and this is Cape Town after all.

Looking forward to seeing you all there!

#coworkpress

WordPress Global Translation Day recap

Saturday 12 November 2016 was the second WordPress Global Translation Day. It was my first event, not only as translator but also as co-event host. I was a little nervous as I would also mostly be meeting the attendees for the first time, so I had no idea how things would go down.

Fortunately the WordPress community is a great place, and this is because of the people in it. From the moment the first attendee arrived to when we eventually packed up for the day we had a blast, translating WordPress into our chosen languages, telling stories, cracking jokes and just generally having a good time.

Attendees included (from left to right in the picture above) Shabier, Wesley, Rosy, Sello and myself. Wesley, who submitted the locale request with the help of Trisha from the Johannesburg meetup group, was also translating Xhosa for WordPress for the first time. Not only that but Rosy started working on Sotho and Sello on Setswana. By the end of the day we had two translation files for these languages that we’ll be looking to submit requests to be added as locales for WordPress. We’re almost halfway towards adding all 11 official languages, just in one day.

At around 12pm we had the opportunity to share the live stream with Petya Raykovska (the WordPress Polyglots team lead) and the team from Johannesburg, led by Trisha. We had a few feedback/echoing issues but it was good fun to be able to share our story with the translation teams around the world. It was also pretty amazing to see all the other teams from Europe and India and share in their fun.

After a great lunch from Woolies and Vida (sponsored by the great folks at WooCommerce) we had a group Skype with John Parkinson, a volunteer with WordPress TV from Ohio in America, who is putting together a short video showcasing the day. Afterwards we had another Skype with Trisha and the team from Johannesburg, sharing stories and meeting our Gauteng counterparts. I for one am looking forward to seeing them all again in person at WordCamp Johannesburg this coming weekend.

Thanks to our generous sponsors, Ashleigh Norris and the team from The Business Center for the amazing venue and WooCommerce, who sponsored our data and lunch for the event. Also thanks to my co-host Hugh for helping with getting the sponsorships in place (and checking in with me from time to time to see how things were going.) To Petya and everyone in the Polyglots team, thanks for organising this amazing event. I’m looking forward to the next one

Finally a big thanks to Shabier, Wesley, Rosy and Sello for taking some time out of there day to help translate WordPress in their languages. I look forward to seeing you all again at our next meetup!

Back to Basics

This blog has been somewhat neglected of late and that’s largely because we just haven’t been putting in the time into it that we should be. To some degree, the same can be said for our local meetup group – while we (the organising team) have endeavoured to organise regular events for the community, we have fallen far short of what we intended. This is steadily changing though as more people are getting involved in assisting with event organising – a fact that make me exceptionally excited.

So, from here on out you will start to see more activity on this blog (now that it is living at it’s new home on WordPress.com) and we will be pushing for more local events as well. Keep an eye out on the blog for some announcements real soon, as well as some new ways that you can get involved in the local community. You can follow the blog via email from the form in the footer.

WordPress is all about community and we only work if more people get involved in making it happen – the more that everyone helps out, the more effective we can be.

I’m looking forward to pushing this community further, together!