People of WordPress: Carla Doria

People of WordPress: Carla Doria


In this sequence, we share some of the inspiring tales of how WordPress and its world community of contributors can change individuals’s lives for the higher. This month we function Carla Doria, from South America, a buyer assist specialist on how WordPress opened up a brand new world for her, and her want to assist her local people uncover and revel in it too.

Carla Doria pictured reading a book
Carla Doria

For Carla, working with WordPress is an important half of her life. It gave her a profession and a group, through which she she would set up the primary WordCamp in her metropolis, Cochabamba, and the primary in Bolivia.

Carla studied industrial engineering and has a grasp’s diploma in environmental research.
Her first expertise with WordPress was when she determined to begin a small enterprise designing and promoting cushions and bedclothes. While Carla sat within the small retailer she had rented, hoping that folks stopping on the store home windows would step in to purchase one thing, she determined she wanted to create an internet site.

First steps with WordPress

Carla had no price range to rent any individual, however she felt assured  she may study issues on her personal. 

“Learning to use WordPress requires no code skills or a technical background. It needs an adventurous and playful spirit.”

Carla Doria

She had all the time been studious, and determined she would work out the right way to construct an internet site herself. Carla ended up constructing a easy weblog with WordPress. At the time, she didn’t actually have a price range to purchase a customized area, so she used a free subdomain.

“Learning to use WordPress is easy. It requires no code skills or a technical background at all. It only needs an adventurous and playful spirit,” mentioned Carla

There have been no earnings, and any earnings primarily went to pay the shop’s hire. At the time, her earlier firm contacted her for a job opening that matched her profile. Carla wanted that earnings and determined to closed the shop and overlook about being an entrepreneur.

Back in worker mode, Carla began her new job as a technical author for a software program growth firm. Since Carla had accomplished her grasp’s diploma within the UK, she was proficient in English. Her shut affinity for computer systems and know-how made it simple for her to translate complicated software program jargon into easy tutorial steps.

As Carla received extra taken with technical writing and began to enhance her writing expertise. This reconnected her together with her earlier enthusiasm for writing, and she or he determined to channel that curiosity right into a weblog.

Diving deep

Creating her weblog helped her change into extra accustomed to WordPress and constructing web sites. In 2015, Carla blogged about writing, her ideas, e book evaluations, and the whole lot that got here to thoughts. 

Through in search of solutions to particular points utilizing her WordPress weblog, Carla discovered the assist boards a helpful place to go. Soon she realized that she may additionally assist reply different individuals’s questions.

Carla started checking the boards as a passion. She appreciated that she was in a position to assist individuals and study extra whereas doing so.

Instead of browsing social media throughout her work breaks, Carla centered on checking the WordPress boards. Through this she learnt a few assist job in a single of the worldwide corporations.

She felt the job was made for her and was excited to assist individuals in constructing their web sites with WordPress. The function supplied the chance to work remotely and journey whereas nonetheless working.

After three years as a technical author, her profession felt caught. She was sure she didn’t wish to return to any job associated to industrial engineering.

Carla didn’t get by means of the choice course of the primary time. But after practically 18 months between three purposes and studying HTML and CSS, Carla lastly secured a assist job in 2016. With this job, WordPress turned her foremost supply of earnings.

Leading an area WordPress group

On the job, Carla discovered in regards to the WordPress communities around the globe and WordCamps. But when any individual requested in regards to the WordPress group the place Carla lived, she didn’t know what to say. Was there a group?

She found no native group existed, so she researched what was wanted to setup a meetup. Carla mentioned the concept with others, however hesitated as she thought it could require an knowledgeable WordPress developer to arrange.  

But after attempting to gauge curiosity, Carla realized that the one approach to discover group members was to begin a group. In 2017, the WordPress community in Cochabamba was born.

The theme preview screen in the WordPress Cochabamba meeting on creating your website with blocks.
WordPress assembly in Cochabamba explored creating your web site with blocks

The group has had ups and downs, in all probability just like another group. Although Cochabamba just isn’t a giant metropolis, that they had points discovering a location that was free and accessible to anybody who needed to hitch. People got here with completely different ranges of data, from individuals with huge expertise with WordPress to individuals with no expertise however who needed to study. 

The group grew through the pandemic, as meetups went on-line and folks from different cities in Bolivia have been in a position to attend. After restrictions have been lifted, there was so much of pleasure amongst members to fulfill one another in particular person.

Giving again by means of talking

Carla reading a book under a tree

The group additionally helped Carla to develop a brand new ability in public talking. She utilized to be a speaker at WordCamp Mexico 2019 and 2020, WordCamp Guayaquil 2019, and WordCamp Colombia in 2020. Her confidence grew whereas she loved connecting with different communities and assembly individuals who have been on comparable pathways. Not all of them have been builders, as she had presumed. Many, like her, began out as bloggers.

WordCamp Cochabamba's logo with blue and grey lettering and a hat

Finally, after three years, Carla utilized to arrange her first WordCamp in 2021 in Cochabamba. She had by no means imagined organizing any WordCamp, and thru this having the expertise to speak to sponsors and get in touch with firms, and lead a gaggle of individuals with completely different abilities and backgrounds. Carla felt she had learnt a lot from the expertise.

Thanks to WordPress, Carla discovered a job she loved, was in a position to work remotely, and assist construct one thing in her group to assist individuals study expertise and discover profession alternatives.

Carla feels grateful for all she has been in a position to do due to WordPress. She mentioned: “WordPress has led me to find good jobs. It also has allowed me to contribute to a community of friends that love learning about WordPress.”

Share the tales

Help share these tales of open supply contributors and proceed to develop the group. Meet extra WordPressers within the People of WordPress series.


Thanks to Alison Rothwell (@wpfiddlybits), Abha Thakor (@webcommsat), Larissa Murillo (@lmurillom), Meher Bala (@meher), Chloe Bringmann (@cbringmann), and Surendra Thakor (@sthakor) for work on this function, and to all of the contributors who helped with the sequence just lately. Thank you too to Carla Doria (@carlisdm) for sharing her experiences.

Thank you to Josepha Haden (@chantaboune) and Topher DeRosia (@topher1kenobe) for his or her assist of the People of WordPress sequence.

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This People of WordPress function is impressed by an essay initially revealed on, a group initiative created by Topher DeRosia. It highlights individuals within the WordPress group who’ve overcome boundaries and whose tales may in any other case go unheard. #HeroPress


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