Category: Community

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!