WordPress is a tool used by millions daily, but most of us don’t know what happens behind the scenes. In order to provide the very best solutions in record time, one of WordPress’ innovative methods is through supporting an open source software project, managed entirely by the WordPress community.
So what does this open source project do?
Using the highly diverse global community of WordPress experts, the project enlists teams for broader projects such as Hosting, Plugins, Community and Mobile. These experts work on code, support the WordPress community, produce documentation, review new plugins and themes, and much more. These teams then vote on Team Reps to represent the team, speak on behalf of the other team members and help new volunteers to get started.
These Team Reps become active contributors of their area of expertise, delegating leadership roles and coordinating with other teams and projects. They are also responsible for providing reporting on the progress of their projects and keeping the team up to date.
Managing this type of network is complex and requires a great deal of skill, WordPress knowledge and expertise. Which is why we are proud to announce that the 2021 list of Team Reps includes one of Plesk’s own!
2021 Hosting Team Reps
Among the elected Team Reps for this year is Lucas Radke, Product Manager at Plesk for the past three and a half years. With his extensive understanding and expertise with WordPress and its tools, as well as the experience he has gained from using his skills building Plesk’s hosting management platform, Lucas will be representing the Hosting team members of the open source project.
This shows huge trust and confidence from the hosting team who voted him in, and is a huge achievement for Lucas who has worked for many years as a contributor to the team. We offer huge congratulations to Lucas, as we speak to him in this short interview:
A word with the new Hosting Team Rep
Congratulations on your new position Lucas! How are you taking the news?
It’s a pleasure for me to represent the whole members of the WordPress Hosting team and I’m super thankful for everyone giving me the trust.
Have you worked with the WordPress community project before?
A few years ago during a contributor day I had my first experience with contributing towards the hosting team and starting then, I attended the weekly hosting meeting regularly. After a few months I also started to lead the meeting.
Have you already got started with your Team Rep duties?
I have, but nothing much has changed as I was already deeply involved in the team and its work. Anyone interested is invited to check out make.wordpress.org/hosting and join our weekly meetings!
What else is coming up for the WordPress community project? Take a look here, and please join us in congratulating him in the comments!