If you are new to WordPress and WordCamps, here is some general information you might find useful. Do not hesitate to contact us for any question you could have! We are looking forward to welcome you in the WordPress community, and to the WordCamp (tickets here). If you prefer to read it in French, we added the same information to the bottom of this page: “Bienvenue au WordCamp”.
What is a WordCamp?
A WordCamp is a day or two of talks around WordPress, there are WordCamps every week around the world, see https://wordcamp.org
WordCamp Geneva 2016 follows WordCamp Switzerland 2014 and 2015, that’s the reason it will be held in English for this year, to better serve the audience from the whole Switzerland. It is organized by volunteers, as everyone who contribute to WordPress is.
What is WordPress?
WordPress is a CMS: Content Management System. It is a software installed on a webserver, to facilitate web publication. You can find it here https://wordpress.org (.ORG!). Some hosts even includes WordPress directly in their hosting tools. WordPress is open-source, free but priceless, belong to everyone and to which we contribute freely (see below for Contribution). It must not be mistaken with WordPress.com (.COM!) which is a commercial product from the company Automattic.
What is Open-Source?
(Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open-source_software )
Open-source software (OSS) is computer software with its source code made available with a license in which the copyright holder provides the rights to study, change, and distribute the software to anyone and for any purpose. Open-source software may be developed in a collaborative public manner. According to scientists who studied it, open-source software is a prominent example of open collaboration
Contribute to WordPress?
You do not need to be a coder to contribute to WordPress, all levels welcome.
Needs are diverse, such as translation, documentation, support on the forums, development, contribution to code for the core but also for mobile development, accessibility, etc. There is also the topic called “Community” = help to organise WordCamps and monthly meetups. There will be a Contributor day (full info here) on November 19, the day after the conferences.
WordCamps and WordPress events are made by a community who believes we should be truly open for everyone. As such, we are committed to providing a friendly, safe and welcoming environment for all, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, disability, ethnicity, religion, preferred operating system, programming language, or text editor. The full code of conduct is here.