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Give the Gift of Love to WordPress

If you are using , , and/or are a fan of WordPress, consider giving the gift of love to WordPress this year. It’s never to late to help support the development of WordPress, one of the most popular and fastest growing blogging tools around.

You can help in four ways. All except one are very simple and take little or no time away from your busy life. It’s up to you to choose.

1. Donate Money

If you use WordPress, consider paying to keep WordPress going. Visit the WordPress Donation page for more information on how you can contribute financially to the ongoing success of WordPress.

Where does your money go? Good question. Money contributed to WordPress, either though gifts, donations, or partnerships, keeps the many WordPress project servers and hosts up and running, and supports WordPress-related projects where and when possible, as well as the occassional blogging conference and program. Plans are underway to create a WordPress-related foundation to fund the many developers and volunteer projects that helps bloggers inside and outside of WordPress, which may lead to some very exciting developments in the future. Most of the WordPress development efforts are done for free by hundreds of very active volunteers, but when possible, Matt Mullenweg and WordPress wants to help them keep going with funding.

The saying is that it takes a village, and the WordPress Community is a strong and viable group of determined volunteers working hard to change the face of blogging and the Internet, but someone still has to pay for the lights and servers. So your donations help keep the lights on.

2. Brag About WordPress

This is probably the easiest of the four ways you can help WordPress. Spread your love of WordPress around by bragging about it. If you are a fan of WordPress and use WordPress products, then tell others about it. Tell them how you use it, how it works, why you love it, and why you are a fan. The more people who know about this awesome free blogging tool, the more you help WordPress attract the fan base it needs to survive.

There are also banners and buttons you can post on your site to brag that you are a WordPress user. Wear a WordPress Button on your blog to show you care and support WordPress. Spread the love.

3. Install WordPress for a Friend

The WordPress famous 5 minute installation works. It is simple and easy to install WordPress, as you have probably already found out. If you are a fan of WordPress, you’ve already installed it one or more times, so you know that for the most part, installing WordPress is trouble free. So give the gift of WordPress love to others by installing WordPress for a friend.

If you know someone with a website, then talk to them about trying WordPress out. They don’t have to change their current website, just set up WordPress and play with it, and maybe incorporate a WordPress blog into their current site. It’s free and easy to use, so why not? They don’t have anything to lose but a little time.

If you know someone who is a writer and you want to introduce them to the fun of writing online and blogging, then help them get a website set up and install WordPress for them. Or register them for the free blog invitation so they can try it free without any strings to see if they like it.

The best gift of love is sharing what you love. This is a great way to introduce someone to WordPress and share the love.

4. Donate Time

WordPress doesn’t work in the vaccuum of the Internet. It takes a lot of people giving a lot of their time, energy, expertise, and passion to make WordPress work. If you have some familiarity and expertise with WordPress, consider sharing your love with others.

However you want to help WordPress, your help is needed for its continued existence. All help is appreciated and welcome to the WordPress Community.


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3 Comments

  1. Posted December 23, 2005 at 11:33 pm | Permalink

    Hi Lorelle,

    I was recently inspired by your blog to take the plunge and jump into wordpress after spending a little time in the arms of Blogger and Typepad. Ok so I took the easy route and purchased a hosted version and used a Fantastico installation to make it even easier. Anyway, I am inspired by this application and the people who continue to build and promote it. I feel kinda “geeky” using wordpress over typepad and can now be considered a raving fan. I’ll buy the t-shirt and tell my mates to get on board. By the way, awesome blog.

    Cheers
    Ed

  2. Posted December 24, 2005 at 2:41 am | Permalink

    Wonderful. And thanks.

    I thought about the issue of geeling “geeky” using WordPress and I couldn’t figure it out until I realized that one of the powerful features of WordPress is its total and complete customization and tweakability factor. You can use WordPress pretty much out of the box and rarely if ever have to “do anything” to it, but if you want, get out the Swiss army knife and start hacking and slashing. That’s the beauty of it. Simple and easy and challenging and complex. All at the same time.

    Good for you!

  3. Posted November 15, 2009 at 1:56 am | Permalink

    search engine and things related to it are always evolving, so its kind of hard to stick with the same plan as you always have to adapt to new rules. specially with google. any way thanks for the post.


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