How to Track WordPress Development - dummies

By Lisa Sabin-Wilson

If you know where to look, keeping track of the development cycle of a WordPress project is pretty easy because the development team tries to make the development process transparent. Not only can you keep track by reading about the cycle in various spots on the Internet, but you can also eavesdrop on the conversations between developers and jump in and lend a hand where you can.

You can stay up to date on what’s going on in the WordPress-development world through blog posts, live chats, development meetings, tracking tickets, and bug reports, just to name a few. This list gives you a solid starting point on where you can go to stay informed:

  • Make WordPress Core: The official blog of the WordPress development team where you can follow and keep track of the progress of the WordPress software project as it happens. Here you find agendas, schedules, meeting minutes, and discussions surrounding the development cycles.


  • WordPress Developer Chat: Using an Internet Chat Relay (IRC) program, WordPress developers gather weekly to discuss a predetermined agenda of items that need to be discussed during the development cycle. You’re invited to join the IRC chat room to listen in or participate . You can download the free mIRC program (PC) or the Ircle program (Mac). Follow the program’s user manual for instructions on how to use IRC.

  • WordPress Trac: You can follow along here with the changes in WordPress development by

  • WordPress Mailing Lists: Join mailing lists focused on different aspects of WordPress development, such as bug testing, documentation, and hacking WordPress.