WordPress Toronto Evening @ The Sorrel Restaurant, Yorkville

Matt Mullenweg - WordPress Founder Last night, WordPress VIP hosted the Toronto WordPress community in downtown Toronto. (Thank you WordPress VIP!).  We celebrated WordPress with one of its founders – Matt Mullenweg.

Listening to Matt speak last night and then doing a little bit of reading about WordPress this morning, I’m reminded again about why I love WordPress (and I’m not even going to mention all the business benefits – too many to add to this post). Here’s some of the reasons I love WordPress:

WordPress is community based – For the community, by the community

The WordPress community ascribes to cooperation.  Quoting WordPress.org:

“Everything you see here, from the documentation to the code itself, was created by and for the community. WordPress is an Open Source project, which means there are hundreds of people all over the world working on it. (More than most commercial platforms.) It also means you are free to use it for anything from your cat’s home page to a Fortune 500 web site without paying anyone a license fee and a number of other important freedoms.

The WordPress Toronto community is a natural extension of WordPress worldwide. The photo that you see here is courtesy of a WordPress blogger that I met at WordCamp 2009 and see at WordPress events. Willingly and freely given.

WordPress equalises the world of publishing

As Matt pointed out to us last night, WordPress has contributed to the democratization of publishing – in other words – the little company or solopreneurs has an equally elegant and powerful platform from which to publish content to the world. The publishing playing field has been leveled.

WordPress embodies the entrepreneurial spirit

The founders saw a need (as entrepreneurs do) and sought to fulfill it. WordPress “started in 2003 with a single bit of code to enhance the typography of everyday writing” (WordPress.org). By December 2011, WordPress 3.0 has been downloaded over 65 million times.

WordPress empowers people

Open source, free, fully available and accessible to those of us who are not coders and web developers.  WordPress has opened the web world to writers and given them a platform from which to publish without the need of web techno geek knowledge.

I love you, WordPress. Can I really say that online?

Lastly, a shout-out to the Toronto WordPress MeetUp group. I appreciate you all. You embraced a simple end-user like me, entertained my (sometimes) silly, uninformed questions and treated me like an equal player in the WordPress arena.

Web copywriter, lover of words, WordPress workshop facilitator. When I'm not writing, I am gardening, drinking coffee or letting my cat lounge on my lap.

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2 comments on “WordPress Toronto Evening @ The Sorrel Restaurant, Yorkville
  1. Ken Dirschl says:

    It was a great evening; only wish I had been feeling better. There is a great spirit of optimism amongst the group. I met some outstanding folk. Matt’s short speech was quite inspiring, and WordPress is a great testament to the power of open source. Looking forward to another meetup like that one.

    • Dawn says:

      Thanks for stopping by. So glad to have met you there and sorry to hear that you weren’t feeling well, Ken. Matt’s speech was inspiring for me as well. I appreciate the values and priorities of the open source community. And he encapsulated them that night.

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