rtCamp ❤️ WordPress

rtCamp’s WordPress story began with a hugely popular technical blog Rahul started in 2006. Initially covering WordPress, Nginx and other web technologies it grew to over 10 writers covering a vast number of topics.

The blog itself was powered by WordPress and fully run by an in-house team, the precursor to rtCamp. At the time, WordPress was barely 3 years old and nowhere as popular as it is today. But its passionate community, open culture and flexibility as a framework made it an easy choice.

When rtCamp was formally founded in 2009, WordPress services was its core offering. Having been using and building on WordPress for more than 12 years at this point, we find it only fitting that we give back in any way we can.

Code Contributions

Perhaps the most direct way to contribute to the WordPress project, rtCampers have made contributions to the WordPress codebase in every major release since version 3.6. That’s 14 consecutive releases, going back 4 years.

  1. WordPress 4.9 “Tipton” – Sayed Taqui, Juhi, Kiran, Milind, Siddharth, Utkarsh, Umesh Nevase & Yahil
  2. WordPress 4.8 “Evans” – Sanket, Sayed Taqui, Jignesh, Bhargav, Vaishali, Milind, Dhaval, Juhi, Utkarsh, Chandra, Pranali & Sagar
  3. WordPress 4.7 “Vaughan” – Juhi, Mangesh, Manish, Rahul, Sayed & Utkarsh
  4. WordPress 4.6 “Pepper” – Chandra, Juhi, Rahul P.
  5. WordPress 4.5 “Coleman” – Chandra, Juhi, Ritesh, Utkarsh
  6. WordPress 4.4 “Clifford” – Prasad, Umesh, Dipesh, Utkarsh, Juhi, Mehul, Sanket
  7. WordPress 4.3 “Billie” – Ankit Gupta, Sagar, Dipesh, Ritesh, Paresh
  8. WordPress 4.2 “Powell” – Dipesh, Sagar, Ankit Gupta, Ritesh, Paresh, Mehul
  9. WordPress 4.1 “Dinah” – Ankit Gupta, Ankit Gade, Udit
  10. WordPress 4.0 “Benny” – Ankit Gupta
  11. WordPress 3.9 “Smith” – Joshua, Umesh, Chirag, Pranav
  12. WordPress 3.8 “Parker” – Joshua, Ankit
  13. WordPress 3.7 “Basie” – Faishal
  14. WordPress 3.6 “Oscar” – Faishal

rtMedia is our free plugin for building media-focused community websites on WordPress. It has more than 20,000 installations and is under active development. A lot of rtMedia’s functionality is designed to extend the features of BuddyPress, another free and community-built WordPress plugin for social websites.

In the spirit of community, rtCampers have also contributed back to the BuddyPress core on several occasions.

  1. BuddyPress 2.8.0 “San Matteo” –  Bhargav, Sanket
  2. BuddyPress 2.4.0 “Pietro” – Mehul, Paresh, Ritesh
  3. BuddyPress 2.3.0 “Livio” – Paresh
  4. BuddyPress 1.8 “Di Fara” – Saurabh

WordPress 5.0 is the start of a new chapter for WordPress. The release will bring Gutenberg, a block-based editing and development paradigm that will be the foundation of WordPress for the next 10 years. We truly believe that Gutenberg is the future of WordPress, and want to be a part of it.

Community Contributions

Ask anyone in global WordPress community, and they will tell you that WordPress is more than just software. Freedom, inclusivity and collaboration are the core tenets of the “open” culture of WordPress.

Nowhere is this more personified than the WordCamps and meetups that happen around the world.

rtCamp has been a proud sponsor of several local and international WordCamps. We have also contributed toward several WordPress-related projects and Kickstarter campaigns.

  • Aditya Kane used to spend 40 hours/month for WordCamp Central work. 25% of his working hours, during his tenure at rtCamp.
  • Aditya was an organiser for WordCamp Mumbai 2014, 2015 & 2016.
  • Rahul, Ganesh and Dinesh were organisers for WordCamps Pune 2015.
  • Umesh Nevase and many rtCampers volunteer for different WordCamps.
  • Rahul, Saurabh, Dinesh and Aditya spoke at different WordCamps in the past few years.
  • Rahul and Nitun were speakers at WordCamp Pune 2017.
  • Ashish, Nitun, Sanket, Pranali, Rahul and Joel A. were organizers for WordCamp Pune 2017.
  • Vivek was a speaker at WordCamp Kochi 2017.
  • Sanket and Joel A. were on the organizing team of the first do_action in Pune in February 2018.

Our offices are regularly the venue for WordPress meetups, translation sprints and contributor days. We also host other open source meetups and events. Apart from logistics, rtCampers are often involved as organizers, speakers or attendees.

Our aim for this year is to use our new office (codenamed “rt3”) and its much better amenities to host a meetup, event or training session at least once every week.

Several rtCampers are polyglots and have contributed hundreds of strings towards the Hindi, Gujarati and Marathi versions of WordPress. In total, 29 rtCampers have the “Translation Contributor” badge on their WordPress.org profiles.

rtCampers have also contributed to WordPress design discussions, meta and community teams, with Juhi being a regular contributor in the WordPress theme review team.

Spreading the Word

Over the past two years, rtCamp has been working with COEP, one of the most prestigious technical institutes in the country, to introduce open source technologies to the students of Computer Engineering.

rtCampers are also building an open-source book called WPVeda with the intention of making it easy for anyone to become a WordPress expert on their own.