Sometimes it’s easy to forget that WordPress is actually a community. I’m easily reminded of the community aspects when I look at my Twitter feed–where I can catch up with awesome WP community members quickly, jump into conversations, or just revel in the many indispensable links shared by any number of said community members. What I’m talking about, though, is when you actually get to work developing and designing sites. At times, it may be easy to get lost in the work that you’re doing. You know you need a plugin for a specific function and, lucky day, someone actually made one! You click download, you pop that puppy into your /plugins/ directory and everything is right as rain. Many times, that’s where it ends. You get this fabulous plugin or theme and then it just exists. You see notifications when updates are available, so you get those updates and move on with your day. On your end, as a user or a developer, it’s pretty automated after you install and setup a plugin. Updates come and you apply them and then test test test. Do things still work properly and look cool? Awesome! Then let’s move on to the next task. Before you know it, this kind of becomes your life. For the times
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