Inclusivity in Action: How No-Code Contributions Drive DEIB in WordPress

In the WordPress community, the term ‘contributor’ often brings to mind images of seasoned developers working diligently on code. However, a significant part of the contributions that fuel the progress of WordPress are ‘no-code’ contributions. These contributions, which involve non-coding tasks, play an invaluable role in fostering Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIBDEIB DEIB stands for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging.) within the WordPress community.

Inclusivity is a critical aspect of any community, and the WordPress community is no exception. WordPress is a popular content management system that powers over 40% of all websites on the internet. With such a vast user base, it is essential to ensure that everyone feels welcome and included in the community. Inclusivity means creating an environment where everyone feels valued, respected, and supported, regardless of their background, identity, or abilities.

The WordPress community has already made significant strides in promoting diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB) in recent years. However, there is still much work to be done. One way to drive DEIB in WordPress is through no-code contributions.

The Role of No-Code Contributions in Driving DEIB in WordPress

No-code contributions refer to contributions that do not require coding skills. These contributions can include anything from writing documentation, translating content, testing software, designing graphics, providing support in support forums and more. No-code contributions are essential because they allow people with diverse backgrounds and skill sets to contribute to the WordPress community.

No-code contributions are particularly crucial for promoting DEIB in WordPress because they break down barriers to entry. – Birgit Olzem

Historically, the tech industry has been dominated by white, male, able-bodied individuals – mostly located in the US. This has created a culture that is exclusionary to people from underrepresented groups. By encouraging no-code contributions globally, WordPress can create a more inclusive environment where everyone can participate and contribute.

Breaking Down Barriers: How No-Code Contributions Promote Inclusivity

No-code contributions promote inclusivity in several ways:

No-code contributions allow people with diverse backgrounds and skill sets to contribute to the WordPress project and its community. This means that people who may not have coding skills can still make valuable contributions to the project.

No-code contributions can help to address the digital divide. The digital divide refers to the gap between those who have access to technology and those who do not. By encouraging no-code contributions, WordPress can create opportunities for people who may not have access to the latest technology or coding skills.

No-code contributions can help to promote cultural diversity. By encouraging people from different backgrounds to contribute to the WordPress community, the project can benefit from a range of perspectives and experiences. This can lead to more innovative solutions and a better user experience for everyone.

As a self-taught web developer, I am constantly presented with new challenges that require me to expand my skill set and knowledge base. One such challenge that I have been struggling with is my ongoing difficulty with JavaScript and object-oriented PHP programming. This has made it difficult for me to contribute with code to core.

Birgit Olzem

Case Studies: Real-World Examples of No-Code Contributions Driving DEIB in WordPress

There are many examples of no-code contributions driving DEIB in WordPress. One example is the make/WordPress Polyglots team. This contributor team aims to make WordPress accessible to people all over the world by translating the software into different languages.

The WordPress project relies on volunteers to translate WordPress, and anyone can contribute, regardless of their coding skills.

For instance: I’ve found that some of the most impactful contributions can be made without writing a single line of code into core. Since 2012, I’ve been deeply involved in the Polyglots team, working diligently to translate WordPress into German, both in its formal and informal forms.

In the early days, this process required the use of an independent instance of GlotPress, a collaborative, web-based software translation tool. The complexities of maintaining separate translation packs and manually integrating them into the WordPress core via were significant, but crucial for the German-speaking WordPress community.

There have been countless sleepless nights spent in my German hometown, synchronizing with US-based office hours. This was done to ensure that every time a new WordPress version was released, the localized German version would quickly follow, available for download shortly after the main core version. In an ironic twist of roles, while my five children were tucked in bed dreaming, I found myself wide awake, nestled in IRC chat rooms. With a mix of patience and anticipation, I would wait for the announcement post from Matt Mullenweg, signaling the arrival of the latest WordPress version.

Over the years, we’ve seen a significant evolution in this process, with the translation efforts now centralized on, making the procedure more efficient and accessible to all. This transformation didn’t just happen; it was fueled by countless conversations and consistent “nagging” from contributors like myself towards the core and meta team members who had the power to effect change.

These experiences have taught me that it’s not only about how you can contribute, but also about how persistent you are in advocating for improvements that can make a real difference in the community. Every conversation, every suggestion, and every piece of feedback can be a contribution towards a more inclusive and user-friendly WordPress ecosystem.

Birgit Olzem

Another example is the WordPress Accessibility Team. This team is dedicated to making WordPress more accessible to people with disabilities. The team works on improving the accessibility of WordPress themes, plugins, and core software. The team relies on volunteers to test software and provide feedback, and anyone can contribute, regardless of their coding skills.

The Diversity speaker training team within the WordPress community exemplifies the profound impact of no-code contributions. This dedicated group works tirelessly to ensure that WordCamps and other community events showcase a variety of voices and experiences. They provide training and mentorship to prospective speakers, especially those from underrepresented groups, helping them overcome any hurdles to participation.

The team also works closely with event organizers, encouraging them to prioritize diversity and inclusion in their speaker lineups. The work of this team has been instrumental in making WordPress events more vibrant and representative of the global community that uses and builds the platform. It’s a testament to the power of non-code contributions in shaping an inclusive and equitable WordPress ecosystem.

Why No-Code Contributions are Essential for Nurturing DEIB Initiatives

Encouraging no-code contributions and promoting inclusivity in WordPress requires a concerted effort from the community. Here are some best practices for achieving this:

  • Create a welcoming environment: Ensure that everyone feels welcome and valued in the WordPress community. This means creating a culture of respect, empathy, and inclusivity.
  • Provide opportunities for no-code contributions: Create opportunities for people with diverse backgrounds and skill sets to contribute to the WordPress project. This can include writing documentation, testing software, designing graphics, and more.
  • Recognize and celebrate contributions: Recognize and celebrate the contributions of all members of the WordPress community, regardless of their background or skill set.
  • Provide resources and support: Provide resources and support to help people make no-code contributions. This can include training, documentation, and mentorship.

No-code contributions democratize participation in the WordPress community.

They welcome people with varying skills and experiences to contribute to the project. This inclusivity fuels diversity, as more individuals from underrepresented groups find a place to contribute. It also fosters equity and belonging, as every contributor, irrespective of their role, has an equal opportunity to shape the future of WordPress.

Getting Involved in No-Code Contributions

If you’re interested in contributing to WordPress but don’t consider yourself a coder, there are numerous ways to get involved. You could start by exploring the different teams within the WordPress community and seeing where your skills and interests align. Whether you have a knack for writing, a passion for design, or fluency in multiple languages, there’s a place for you to make a meaningful impact.

  • Make WordPress: This is the central hub for all WordPress contributors, including both coders and non-coders. The website provides details about the different teams and how to get involved with each. Website: Make WordPress
  • WordPress Support Forums: Another excellent place to contribute is by assisting users on the support forums. This can involve answering questions, providing guidance, or directing users to appropriate resources. Website: WordPress Support Forums
  • WordPress Polyglots: If you’re multilingual, you might consider joining the Polyglots team, which translates WordPress into different languages. This can make WordPress more accessible to users around the world. Website: WordPress Polyglots
  • This platform contains WordPress-related tutorials, presentations, and other educational content. You can contribute by creating and submitting your own videos. Website:
  • WordPress Documentation: If you enjoy writing and have a good understanding of WordPress, you might consider contributing to the WordPress documentation. This can be especially helpful for new users who are trying to learn how to use WordPress. Website: WordPress Documentation
  • WordPress Accessibility Team: If you’re passionate about making the internet accessible to everyone, you could join the Accessibility Team. This team works to make WordPress more accessible to users with disabilities. Website: WordPress Accessibility Team
  • WordPress Test Team: The Test team handles quality assurance for the WordPress software. If you have a knack for spotting bugs or potential improvements, this could be the team for you. Website: WordPress Test Team
  • WordPress Design Team: If you have a background in design, the Design team could use your help. They work on improving the aesthetic and usability of WordPress. Website: WordPress Design Team
  • WordPress Community Team: The Community team organizes WordPress meetups, WordCamps, and other events. If you enjoy event planning, this might be a great fit for you. Website: WordPress Community Team
  • Diverse Speaker Training Working Group: This group aims to increase the diversity of speakers at WordPress events. They provide resources and training to help underrepresented groups feel more comfortable and prepared to speak at WordPress meetups and WordCamps. Website: Diverse Speaker Training Working Group
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in WordPress Handbook: This handbook is a living document as a statement for creating inclusive WordPress communities and events. It provides a brief overview of best practices, guidelines, and resources for promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion. Website: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in WordPress Handbook

Remember, the key to getting started is to find something you enjoy and that aligns with your skills. Don’t be afraid to reach out to the team leads if you have any questions—they’re usually more than willing to help newcomers get started.

Conclusion: The Future of Inclusivity in WordPress and the Role of No-Code Contributions

Inclusivity is essential for the success of any community, and the WordPress community is no exception. No-code contributions are a critical tool for promoting DEIB in WordPress. By encouraging people with diverse backgrounds and skill sets to contribute to the project, The WordPress community can create a more inclusive environment where everyone feels valued and supported.

The future of inclusivity in WordPress depends on the continued efforts of the community. By creating a welcoming environment, providing opportunities for no-code contributions, recognizing and celebrating contributions, and providing resources and support, the WordPress community can continue to promote DEIB and create a better user experience for everyone.

To better understand the potential of no-code contributions and the vast scope of DEIB initiatives within the WordPress community, I invite you to also read my recent blog post: “Proposal: WordPress DEIB Committee – Establishing Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging within the WordPress Community”.

This article sheds light on the proposed formation of a dedicated committee aimed at strengthening these key values within our community. By engaging with this discourse, we can all contribute to the goal of ensuring that the WordPress community is a place where everyone, from every corner of the world, feels valued, heard, and included. Your voice matters in this conversation. Join us in this vital dialogue and let’s shape the future of WordPress together.

Remember, every contribution counts, and your unique skills and experiences are valuable.

If you have any questions or need further guidance, don’t hesitate to reach out. You can comment on this post below or contact me through the contact form on this site, send me a direct message on Slack (@, or DM me on Twitter @CoachBirgit.

I’m here to help and would love to see more people, from all walks of life, contribute to making WordPress the best it can be. So, don’t wait – get involved today!

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