I just made the decision to start using GitHub Sponsors with the idea of trying to support my contributions to WordPress. While I am still looking for my next full-time position, I’ve been enjoying contributing to WordPress and wanted to see if the community would support those contributions.
Some of what I hope to be able to offer with these contributions are ways to help smaller agencies and product companies, so if you sponsor me at $1000 a month, I will come in and give a presentation once a quarter I can join your company slack and be someone you can reach out to about WordPress core. I’ll also do either a custom workshop, architecture review, or development review for your team once a quarter.
Or perhaps you have a core ticket/patch that you feel is stuck and not moving? I’ll help move that forward for a one-time contribution of $100. You’ll get my personal opinion but no guarantee that a patch will be committed. I will leave a comment with what I think the next steps are to move something forward. If there are existing patches, I will review them and at my discretion, may commit the code, however, I may instead include a recommendation to close it as wontfix or something similar. I promise to approach the ticket with an open mind. This isn’t pay for play. My opinion is no guarantee that a patch will be accepted into WordPress.
If you have another idea for how I can help your team with WordPress Core contributions, get in touch and we can discuss it.
Initial contribution focus
I’m off volunteering for the next week, but when I get back I have three main things I want to focus on:
- Improvements to the Build/Test tools including expanding the automated tests and improving grunt-patch-wordpress. My goals for grunt-patch-wordpress are mostly quality-of-life enhancements. I also want to continue work towards it being a gruntless script to get rid of an annoying issue where it checks for npm updates every time.
- Helping with all minor and security releases. Minor and security release work is often underappreciated but it’s something that I have helped with in various forms for a long time.
- Improve compatibility with PHP 8.0, 8.1, 8.2 and 8.3. I focused on WordPress compatibility with PHP 7.0 – 7.2 and during that time WordPress was fully compatible with PHP right away. I want to put some effort towards ending beta and caveat support for PHP8 and move to full support.
My Initial Github Sponsors for WordPress
I want to thank my initial group of sponsors:
Thank you to these seven individuals along with two sponsors who wish to remain anonymous. Thank you for believing in me! Thank you for supporting my independent contributions to WordPress! Use the link below to join in.