Pascal Birchler: From Blogger to WordPress Core Committer

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May 26, 2016

I’ll talk about my humble beginnings as a WordPress user and how I eventually got commit access to WordPress core. By telling my unique story I want to show how rewarding contributing to an open-source community can be and inspire people to do the same. I’ve been using WordPress since 2006, but only in the last three years I’ve been contributing heavily to the open-source project. I began attending the local meetup and the very first WordCamp in Switzerland. I attended WordCamp Europe 2013, where I submitted my first patch to WordPress core. Fast-forward to 2015, when I decided to develop a feature for embedding WordPress posts on other websites that made it into WordPress 4.4. How do these embeds work and what is it like to lead such a project? What does breaking the web by introducing bugs feel like? At the end of 2015, I attended WordCamp US where I was announced as one of seven new guest committers to the WordPress project. It wasn’t always an easy journey, but it has always been rewarding and I could always count on the helpful people around me. I will talk about the various ways people can contribute to WordPress and what it takes to be a core committer. Also, I will reveal what Swiss chocolate has to do with the latter…

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