How to Contribute to WordPress Core

My first ever contribution to WordPress was trimming whitespace from keys stored in the WordPress options table.

Basically, I removed a space.

But since then, I’ve contributed quite a few other patches to the project I love.  Eleven of them have actually made it in to the core codebase!

At the Portland WordPress User Group meetup a few weeks ago, I gave a 5-minute presentation explaining how everyone could get involved with WordPress; both developers and non-developers.  Still, people ask all the time how they can see their changes reflecting in WordPress core.

So here’s an example of how a recent contribution I wrote made its way into the yet-to-be-released WordPress 3.4. [Read more…]