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This week in WordPress

Smells like community spirit 🎡

It's a challenging time for everyone at the moment. But when times are hard, there's no better community to be a part of than the WordPress one.

WordPress businesses and freelancers have come out in force this week to offer help, discounts, or freebies to the wider community πŸ₯° Without further ado, here are some of the amazing offers of help we've spotted...
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And there's more where that came from. Make sure you check out this comprehensive list put together by Brian Krogsgard on Post Status.

For many of us, the transition to working remotely will be a new experience - and one that can be quite challenging.

WordPress mental health charity, WP&UP, has put together a knowledge base full of information for both employers and employees on how to manage this scenario.

Cory Miller of Post Status conducted a live Q&A webinar with Dr. Sherry Walling on how to take care of your mental health in uncertain times. You can watch the recording here.

Practical advice has also been shared by Alex Denning from Ellipsis. "A lot of people are suddenly working remotely. We're fully remote, so I wanted to go beyond working-from-home tips and share some of our processes. This post is about our remote co-working day, which is our really effective way of collaborating. Enjoy! https://getellipsis.com/blog/remote-co-working-day/" tweets Alex.

WordCamp Europe rescheduled

"Exciting news: #WCEU is will now take place in Porto πŸ‡΅πŸ‡Ή on 3, 4 and 5 June 2021! πŸ₯³" tweets WordCamp Europe.

In their official announcement, the team shared that it'll be in the same venue (Super Bock Arena). It may feel like a long time to wait, but it's great to see plans being set for the future.
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If you can't wait that long for your dose of WordPress community goodness, David Bisset has put together https://mycamp.rocks/ - a compendium of WordCamps and WordPress meetups that are meeting virtually πŸŽ‰.
And if you fancy a trip down WordCamp memory lane, Sabrina Zeidan has started a fun challenge on Twitter. Share a photo memory of a different WordCamp every day for five days, challenging another member of the community to do so at the same time πŸ“Έ. Join in and make sure you use #WPTogether!

Apply to speak at WordCamp US 2020

If you're struggling to keep yourself occupied during this period of confinement, why not get your pen and paper out and start jotting down some WordCamp talk ideas?

Last week, WordCamp US opened their call for speakers for the event due to take place October 27 - 29 2020 in St.Louis, MO.

The team have requested applications for both full length and lightning length sessions, and encourage applicants to think beyond WordPress. If you're interested in applying, you have until April 17 2020 to do so.
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In other news...

  • – Finding the right keywords is fundamental to SEO and should be a first step when starting a blog. Good keywords will be the pillar on which to build your SEO strategy. If you're not sure where to start, check out this post from SEOPress - Sponsored link
  • – If you missed the virtual WordPress conference, WordSesh, this week, you can currently save $50 on a subscription to WPSessions which will give you access to the WordSesh recordings plus many other resources.
  • – WordPress 5.4 RC4 is live! Help the team meet the scheduled March 31st release date by testing and/or offering your translation skills.
  • – Here's something to put a smile on your face... Sorta Brilliant build blocks that "allow you to do things with WordPress you never dreamed of before. Things that will not only make your life easier but your site more fun." They're also currently recruiting for the WP Police Department πŸ˜‚.
  • – Brandon Ernst of Freemius recently conducted an interview with MailPoet's CEO Kim Gjerstad on how MailPoet became the email leader for WordPress. - Sponsored link
  • – GitHub has acquired JavaScript package service, npm, reports Justin Tadlock for WPTavern.
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