Presenting at WordCamp Zurich in 2019

WordPress is the most popular content management system in the world. What makes it great is the community which maintains it.

There has been an active WordPress community in Switzerland for many years, with the first national event taking place in 2014. Since then, activity has increased exponentially, both nationally and in exchange with colleagues from all over the world. This website is both a showcase and resource for the Swiss community.

What is WordPress?

WordPress is an open-source piece of software, which users can download and use to build websites and web apps. The software, its plugins and its themes — with which site owners can use to control the style of their website — have been continually maintained since 2003. Because WordPress is open-source, there is no license fee to pay: the downloadable version of the software is free to use.

Downloadable version

The downloadable version of WordPress is managed through the website WordPress.org and is programmed and maintained by volunteers across the world. This is the version to use if you want to have full control over your website, or if you’re working with a freelancer or web agency.

Hosted version (subscription)

WordPress.com was launched in 2005 as an alternative, hosted solution which allows users to create websites without downloading the software. This service is a private commercial enterprise run by Automattic and operates outside the open-source community. However, many of the developers at Automattic use their experience with the hosted solution to contribute back to the onward development of the downloadable software.

Members of the WordPress Switzerland community at WordCamp Europe in Berlin, 2019

Some of the members of the Swiss WordPress community

Meetup events

Regular meetup events take place all over Switzerland. Events are free of charge and run by localised groups, who meet on regular occasions to talk about everything to do with WordPress. We’re a diverse, friendly and welcoming community, and everyone – with any level of knowledge – is welcome to join us.

Upcoming events

Blog posts

This is a collection of recent articles and blog posts we’ve collated from a number of third-party websites, all of which relate to WordPress.

Slack discussion channel

In order to give WordPress developers, designers and content creators a free virtual place to hang out between meetups, we started a free Slack channel for WordPress Switzerland in 2016. Slack is a chat room in which members exchange knowledge, share links, and get to know other developers across Switzerland.

You can sign up for free using your @chat.wordpress.org email address, or Tweet us @wp_switzerland for an invitation.