Balancing Philosophies and Community As Your Project Evolves



Growing your consumer-focused open source project is going to present many challenges. Over eight years, WordPress has evolved from a simple blogging solution to a robust publishing platform in response to the growth and transformation of its community, while continuing to maintain its core philosophies and values. Join a core team member and a core community member of WordPress in understanding the project's failures and successes.


WordPress started as a fork of a blogging platform. In the eight years since, it’s grown into a robust publishing platform that powers more than 12 percent of top websites. New sites are more often leveraging WordPress as a CMS than as simple blogging software. This hasn’t been without challenges pulling the software in many directions.

We’ll discuss how the core team and the community have both evolved with incredible growth and demand of the software, while maintaining strong core philosophies that can be credited to its simplicity, smooth user experience, and popularity.

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    Aaron Jorbin is an engineer with Clearspring where he works on AddThis and a WordPress Core Contributor. He has spoken to multiple User Groups and at WordCamps in four time zones. When he’s not busy creating and fixing bugs, Aaron helps run an educational simulation conference for over 1500 college students. He’ll gladly toast to the GPL any day of the week and happily will discuss whisky, quality beer, or the upper peninsula of Michigan with anyone that wants.

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    Andrew Nacin


    Andrew Nacin is a core developer of WordPress. As a member of the core team, he wrangles contributions, develops new features, and tries to fix more bugs than he creates. He lives in Washington, D.C., and works as a Tech Ninja at Audrey Capital, where he works on and other projects. He prefers decisions over options.