The WordPress Forums Nonprofits Should Know

There are so many places to learn and talk about WordPress, but which are best and most nonprofit-focused?

Whenever you need WordPress advice, make sure to use the right forum depending on the topic of your post. Some forums focus on support while others are more for community or high-level discussions. All of them, will help you get better at using WordPress!

Talk WordPress with Other Nonprofit Staff

As a WordPress user, you’re a member of a huge community of users that can support each other! Hearing from and sharing with other nonprofit staff using WordPress helps you stay up-to-date on trends and not feel alone when your donate button is broken and it’s December 28!

The Nonprofit Technology Network’s (NTEN) WordPress Community has a great forum specifically for nonprofit WordPress users and consultants.

If you’re frequently on Facebook, check out the WordPress for Nonprofits group started by the people behind the Give WordPress plugin for donations.

Get WordPress Help

When it comes to getting WordPress help, always start with the forum for the specific theme or plugin giving you trouble.

If you use a free theme or plugin hosted on, those each have support forums linked to from the theme/plugin home page.

If you paid for a theme or plugin, they should have a specific support forum or email address. Going straight to the person who built what’s broken is the fastest route to a fixed site.

Developers writing code for WordPress should make the WordPress StackExchange Q&A site their go-to source for searching for and asking questions about WordPress code.

Local Communities

Beside connecting with other nonprofit staff, you may want to connect with other local users of WordPress. There are over 400,000 members of WordPress Meetups around the world, so go see if there’s a meetup near you! Many meetups will have message boards or Slack teams (a popular chat service) that can offer additional support and camaraderie when you’re not there in person

Finally, look for a WordCamp conference near you. WordCamps are extremely valuable and affordable professional development where you can connect with other users.

Something for Everyone

Whether you need technical support or just to rant about a nasty comment on your blog, online WordPress communities can help keep you sane and constantly improving your site.

Convinced and ready to join? Here’s the full list of recommendations:

$20 Full-day WordPress Professional Development!

When you work for a nonprofit money is often tight, and professional development can seem like an easy line to cut. The immediate benefits of new training and skill-building aren’t always apparent, but professional development can help increase the effectiveness of your organization in the long term.

That’s certainly true of technology training, and lucky for us, the WordPress community provides amazing professional development opportunities—practically for free!


Take a moment and look at the schedule of upcoming WordCamps. As I’m writing this, there are WordCamps coming up in Dayton, Ohio; Lancaster, Pennsylvania; Mumbai, India; Atlanta, Georgia; and Jerusalem, Israel. And those are just the ones in March.

If you can get to one of these WordCamps, they most often cost $20 for an entire day of talks, networking, and help. Whether you’re evaluating whether to use WordPress or you’ve managed a site for a few years and want to increase your knowledge, WordCamps are a too-good-to-pass-up deal for building your nonprofit’s technology capacity.


If you can’t make it to a WordCamp or there isn’t one in your area, see if there’s a WordPress meetup near you. These events are usually free for a few hours of training, networking, and, if you ask nicely, probably a lot of free support!

If You Miss It

If you’re just learning of WordCamps and meetups, don’t despair! First, get the next one on your calendar if it’s been scheduled. If not, bookmark the event pages or sign up for the mailing lists so you don’t miss the next one.

Then, head on over to where you’ll find video recordings of hundreds of past WordCamp talks. Watch one over lunch once a week for a month and you’ll know more about WordPress than you did before! Not sure where to start? Try these videos about blogging, social media, and web accessibility. (Oh look who that is! 😉)

Not Just About Skills

While learning a new specific WordPress skill is probably what you imagine taking from events like these, the connections you make are just as valuable. Even if you don’t choose to work with a consultant, it’s important to have a person who can help you when your website runs into a problem you can’t fix. WordCamps and WordPress meetups are some of the best places to find people to help you with your site.

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