Selfish contribution

A presentation at All Things Open by Francesca Marano

Why do people contribute to the open source projects? If you’ve ever wondered this but never gotten involved before, you might want to know the value of spending time contributing to one.

All contributors do it for the greater good — making the web a better place — but we also do it for ourselves: to advance personally and professionally.

In less than five years Francesca went from being a small-town website maker to landing a dream job in tech and leading two releases of WordPress. In this talk, she will share some of the benefits you can get by contributing to open source, such as improved skills, increased reputation, and meeting new people.


The following resources were mentioned during the presentation or are useful additional information.

  • Yoast’s Community involvement

    Yoast is very active in a number of communities. We sponsor many events and clubs in our hometown of Wijchen, The Netherlands. We like to make sure that our employees can help out in their communities by giving them free time off for volunteering. But we are not only supporting local communities because we’re very embedded in one huge worldwide community: that of WordPress.

    Yoast sponsors dozens of WordCamps around the world, organizes events such as WordPress contributor days in our HQ and even supports valued WordPress community members with a special grant called Yoast Care. We just love to give back to the people that gave us so much!

  • Make WordPress

    A website that has information about all the teams involved in making WordPress with handbooks, how to get involved, tools, etc…

  • GitHub Guide - How to contribute to open source

    Great resource from GitHub to get you started on contributing to open source, where to find a project, etc…

  • The Cathedral and the Bazaar

    The online essay.

  • Helen Hou-Sandi: Open Source, Open Process, Open Web

    Helen is the only female lead developer of the open source projects. She has been contributing for years, she led releases, projects, etc… Great talk for people new and experienced contributors.

  • A personal reflection on 8 weeks of coordinating the release of WordPress 5.3

    During my first time as a release co-lead, I wrote a post about my personal experience and what I learned about myself in the process.

  • WordPress Five for the Future

    WordPress needs YOU!

    Five for the Future is an initiative promoting the WordPress community’s contribution to the platform’s growth. As an open source project, WordPress is created by a diverse collection of people from around the world.