WordPress has led the way. The community has really benefitted from the blog and content management system, but the meetup community has also contributed to the development. Members translate WordPress into the German-language versions, they ensure an influx of new users, they train new users and much more. Should this not also be possible with WooCommerce? After all, it is used by up to 30 percent of all online shops worldwide, a trend which is reflected in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
WooThemes supports local initiatives
The WooThemes team has recently called for official WooCommerce meetups to be established worldwide. Just like the existing examples in the US and Cape Town, South Africa. Here, the framework:
- The aim should be to promote networking between the end users, e-commerce specialists, developers and shop designers.
- The meetings will be established by local members and supervised by WooThemes when necessary.
- Sponsoring is available through local WooCommerce partners or WooThemes itself.
- However, the initiatives are non-profit oriented and any financial support from partners should be disclosed transparently.
- The meetings themselves will be organized at Meetup.com.
- They can take place at regular or irregular intervals. WooThemes recommends organizing two or three small talks by experts or users per meeting.
- WooThemes supports local groups with marketing, training materials and covering the Meetup.com fees among other things.
First meeting in early June in Cologne
Some WooCommerce users have already come together in a meetup group in Germany. They had a meeting in June in Cologne, immediately after WordCamp Germany 2015. This may be a starting point for further initiatives in Germany, Austria and Switzerland – we will report on the meeting.
Would you like to help build a German-speaking WooCommerce community? Here is a link to the meetup. Potential local contacts should also feel free to present themselves and exchange ideas in the comments below.
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