WordPress has a lot of opportunities apart from the fact that you can build amazing websites with it. Just to be clear, I am not talking about job opportunities here. If you are looking for WordPress job opportunities, check out my ultimate list of WordPress Companies’ Career Pages and apply for any of the jobs. This list contains WordPress opportunities available for people who use WordPress or any WordPress-related products.
In this post, I am going to talk about opportunities that are available to people who use WordPress or are WordPress enthusiasts.
Let’s get right into it.
1. Yoast Care Fund
Yoast Care Fund is a reward scheme set up by Yoast – a WordPress SEO company. Every year, Yoast invests $25, 000 into helping those who dedicated their time and efforts to making WordPress better across the world. Yoast being a company that values the inputs of everyone who contributes to WordPress has set up this reward program in which $500 is given out to each nominee. In addition to the cash donation, the nominated participants are also offered an interview and featured on the Yoast blog. Both the interview and the cash donation are great rewards for anyone.
Selection for the reward is strictly based on nomination. Anyone from any part of the world can be nominated. See the conditions for nominations below as stated on the Yoast Care Fund page.
- Because Yoast is part of a US-based company (Newfold Digital), we must comply with US laws, including OFAC requirements. Therefore we will need to do an OFAC check on both the nominee and nominator.
- Your nominee hasn’t received Yoast Care in the past 15 months.
- Your nominee doesn’t get paid for their work on WordPress. If you do awesome paid work, it’s your job.
- Your nominee has to be active in a Make WordPress team. Getting you coffee at a WordCamp just isn’t enough.
- Obvious one; you can not nominate yourself. Don’t bother. Won’t work. 😉
- If you nominate someone 16 or under, please do realize that we need permission from their caretakers before we can make them (relatively) rich.
- You need to have at least three references (who gave permission!)
- Legal speak: A nomination is not a guarantee for selection, Yoast decides who gets the glory.
The first recipient of the Yoast Care Fund is Giorgia Castro. Since its inception in 2019, over 65 people have been rewarded under this scheme.
2. Lifter Software Scholarship Request
Lifter LMS is a WordPress Learning Management System Plugin. The plugin helps course creators or educational organisations create a robust online learning platform for students.
Lifter LMS offers a 50% discount for the first year to Non-Profit Organisations that are in a tight spot financially.
The NGOs will have to request the discount by filling out a form here. The scholarship can be applied to any one of their products whose prices range from $120 – $12000. So NGOs can save as much as $600 through this scholarship.
You can apply for the scholarship right here.
3. WordPress Foundation
WordPress Foundation is a charitable organization founded by Matt Mullenweg to further the mission of the WordPress open source project. The WordPress Foundation helps sustain the WordPress core and other WordPress major products.
Ths Foundation allows people to make donations and also offers them the incredible reward of a mention on their donor’s page. Even with as low as $10 per year, donors get listed on this DR88 page. Although the name is not linked, being mentioned on the WordPress Foundation will do a lot of good to your reputation and give you global recognition.
4. WP Sessions
WP Sessions is a private training network that helps WordPress users learn how to build better websites, find better clients, provide better service, and eliminate the blind-spots in their businesses. WP Sessions is suitable for both first-time users of WordPress and Expert users.
This premium WordPress learning platform features over 200 WordPress experts across the world. If you are an expert and you would like to establish your authority in the field, getting featured as a speaker during one of the Word Sessions is what you should consider. The platform features only experts as trainers, so being a speaker in any one of the sessions will establish your authority as an expert. You can contact them to find out what the available speaking opportunities are.
Heropress is a community initiative created by Topher DeRosia. It highlights people in the WordPress community who have overcome barriers and whose stories might otherwise go unheard.
HeroPress tells the stories of people who have leveraged WordPress and its community to change their lives and achieve their goals. Through these stories, global connections are made and conversations had that build a stronger community, more employment and educational opportunities, and easier access to resources.
Anyone from any part of the world is allowed to contribute their stories.
More than 200 people have been featured from North America, Asia, Africa, South America and Australia as of the time of this writing.
If you have an interesting WordPress story, you can contribute it now.
6. Balkhi Foundation
Syed Balkhi is an award-winning entrepreneur and the founder of Awesome Motive – a top WordPress company. Syed Balkhi is the owner of WP Beginners, a top WordPress education blog. Balkhi established the Balkhi Foundation to facilitate achievers to educational heights that would otherwise be out of reach.
The Balkhi Foundation was created as a way to give back to the community and help students who are attaining success despite the obstacles in their way.
They have 2 categories of scholarships.
Higher Education Scholarship
The Balkhi Foundation Higher Education Scholarship helps make college more affordable for talented high school seniors attending US-based colleges or universities. Winners receive $1000 and can reapply each year of college.
K-12 Technology Training Grants
The Balkhi Foundation Technology Training Grant funds technology training or technology internship attendance for interested Florida K-12 Students. A $200 – $500 award is available for each application.
As of the time of this writing, the foundation has donated more than $319,000.
To apply for any of the scholarships, kindly click here.
7. WP Africa
WP Africa is the WordPress community for Africa. The website features a directory of WordPress experts across Africa and the submission is free. If you have some excellent WordPress experience, you can submit your profile for listing. There are 3 levels of membership.
The listing for ‘Individual Member’ and ‘Community Organizer’ is free while the listing for an Organization costs $50 for one year.
After you are listed as a member, you can also submit a story to get featured.
ThimPress is a WordPress company that allows you to list your plugins, themes or WordPress Products on their marketplace for more exposure. They can also write paid reviews for your products or services. All the services are paid but not all WordPress companies allow this even with payment.
The site currently has a DR 87 and it would help the authority of your site a great deal if you get a backlink from them.
Do you know a WordPress Opportunity not listed here?
This is not an exhaustive list of the available WordPress opportunities. If you know of any opportunity that I have missed out on this list, kindly let me know in the comment box and I will be happy to add it to the list. But I have been able to prove that there are some amazing opportunities. I will always update this list as soon as I discover new WordPress opportunities.
Michael Adegoke is a WordPress Expert with more than 10 years of experience. He has worked with several brands across the globe, helping them solve problems revolving around technical SEO, Web Calculator Development and Speed Optimization. There are more than 100 Web Calculators that have been built by Michael Adegoke. Some can be found at (usacalculators.com).
Michael has a degree in English & Literature but decided to go the path of WordPress which he fell in love with since 2011. He has previously worked as a Graphics Designer, Social Media Manager and Digital Marketer.
He enjoys solving problems and helping people.