Slack mimics the way large groups naturally communicate, adding tide pod emojis, savage bots, magic 8 ball decision making, and of course gifs! No wonder the WordPress community has started to use Slack to coordinate activity.
Standing for Searchable Log of All Conversation & Knowledge, Slack is more than just a glorified text message platform. It’s a central knowledge base where ideas evolve as they’re recorded and shared openly, rather than entombed in email inboxes or lost in a social media stream. Becoming a part of different communities in Slack can help you increase your profile in the WordPress sphere.
In this post, we’re going to share some of the top Slack workspaces that are taking WordPress projects to new and exciting places. Don’t be afraid to jump on board, introduce yourself, and start bringing your ideas & experience to the table.
All Work and No Play Makes Slack a Very Dull Boy
Slack workspaces are communities, just like the literal millions of assemblies found on LinkedIn and Facebook. There are also some great finds scattered randomly across the internet. For example, check out this list of Slack communities specific to remote workers.
To join a Slack workspace, you need to be allowed by the admin. For public workspaces, the process is automatic. You just enter your email and an invitation is automatically sent to you. For private Slack workspaces, you’ll need to be approved before you receive an invite.
Here are some WordPress Slack workspaces where the best and brightest gather.
1. WordPress + Slack
The main WordPress Slack community is at WordPress + Slack. Not only is this the largest WordPress Slack workspace, it’s one of the largest Slack communities on the web. There is a lot going on.
There are over 80 channels on different topics ranging from bbPress, BuddyPress, accessibility, WP-CLI, Core, to translations and more.
You’ll also find channels for WordCamp EU and WordCamp US, so you can follow up on all those connections you made.
Note, Slack communication is used for contributing to the WordPress project, be it code, design, documentation, etc. There is no support channel for WordPress on Slack; the best place for that is the WordPress.org support forums.
To join, login to wordpress.org or create an account to get started. You’ll then scroll down to the Joining the WordPress team on Slack section and click on the I understand. Please send me an invite link.
This will send an invite to the email associated with your WordPress.org account. Open up the email, click on the link and proceed to Slack.