Giving back is good for WordPress and good for you. As you become more involved with WordPress, you’ll learn that it’s more than just software—it’s a community. The biggest mistake you could make is regarding this community as an optional feature. Giving back doesn’t just make you feel good—it’s a great way to become known as an expert. Releasing a free plugin or theme can take time away from client work, but it can also yield leads for years to come. I had an idea for a plugin one night. It took about four hours to code it and release it. Within weeks, it led directly to a new client. I wouldn’t have gotten that client if I hadn’t given back.
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