I’ve been thinking a lot recently about the relationships that happen behind the scenes to make our experience of the internet so bright, beautiful, and useful. As I’ve dug deeper into what needs to happen to make a website a reality, I’ve been astounded by all the components and effort needed. A snazzy website is one of the best examples of teamwork I can think of.
There are so many different expertise that go into making a website. Web designers, web developers, database administrators, hosting servers admins, mail server admins, you get the idea. Each of these people spend countless hours making the things they’re passionate about great. Yet, by themselves, they wouldn’t really be sustainable or able to produce the high quality websites that have become part of the everyday user’s expectation. Everyone builds upon the abilities of the others to achieve truly remarkable results.
While I haven’t been in the business for all that long, I’ve been impressed at the community I’ve encountered, especially within WordPress. People are genuinely excited about each other’s work and want to see one another succeed. More than a lot of the other industries I’ve been a part of, there seems to be a sense that when the tide comes in, all the boats rise. I’ve noticed many instances of people helping each other out and working towards a common goal, even by companies that I might have initially considered competitors.
It’s refreshing to encounter this when so much of the world is “every man for himself” and “dog eat dog.” The fact that WordPress is open source lends itself to be more inclusive and generous. So thank you, to all you countless faces I will never get to smile at, and names I will never get to greet. You’ve made my job better and more wonderful. And if we ever get the chance, let’s not hesitate to cheers over a drink!