This weekend BU has been playing host to a fantastic group of the nation’s best and brightest WordPress Developers for the 7th annual WordCamp UK event. The event is a chance for the community of WordPress developers to come together, share ideas and experiences, and provide each other with support and advice. Over 100 people attended the event, coming both from the local conurbation, and from further afield – in particular one gentleman had come all the way from Spain!
Arriving Saturday morning I had the basics of WordPress down, having previously developed a free website for a local community event that consists of a few different pages and a blog feed. Talks have been submitted to the running order by the attendees of the conference in advance, giving people a selection of topics to pick and choose from depending on their interests. Sessions have been hugely varied, for example: “A beginners guide to web accessibility”, “Learning to sell your services as a web designer”, “Designing with data”, and “How not to launch a startup”. One of the most helpful sessions from my perspective as a novice WordPress user was a series of 5 minute lightening talks on topics such as the importance of password security (to find out how long it would take a hacker to crack your password head to How big is your haystack?), how to set up a developer event, and a poetic recital of how to problem solve your website issues.
As well as attending the talks I’ve also benefitted from one of one tuition from other attendees on how I can develop sites offline and what plugins I could add to sites to make them more interesting and useful for the end user, all for no extra cost. Overall this has been a fantastic insight into the power of WordPress and how I can use it to support my own projects and events at a minimal cost. Considering tickets were just £10, I think there has been fantastic value in the weekend’s activities and I would recommend to anyone with an interest in WordPress (professionally or privately) to consider attending future WordCamps around the country.
WordPress is the powerhouse behind 1 in 5 sites on the web. Everything from this research blog, JayZ’s lifeandtimes.com, Ebay, and even the New York Times online is based on a WordPress template.
This July, BU and Silicon South are hosting the 7th Wordcamp UK developers conference, inviting the best and brightest WordPress developers and users to come and share their tips and tricks to get the most out of your site.
Taking place in the EBC on the weekend of the 12th and 13th July there are lots of ways you can get involved:
- Tickets cost £20 (including a free t-shirt), these are selling fast so purchase quickly to secure your place. To find out more click here
- Perhaps you know a thing or two about WordPress you’d like to share? You can submit your own sessions you might like to run, this could be an hours talk or a five minute lightning presentation – find out more about proposing a session here
- If you’d like to be involved but don’t know want to run a session, we are looking for a few volunteers to help with the running of the event. This would be fairly light touch, just helping with registration as people arrive and helping ensure sessions keep to time. In return we can offer you a free ticket for the weekend, including lunch on both days. If you’d be interested, or know someone who might be, please send me an email and I can give you more details.
Wordcamp 2014 Bournemouth
Saturday 12 – Sunday 13 July
Executive Business Centre, 89 Holdenhurst Road, Bournemouth BH8 8EB, United Kingdom.
Fancy yourself a WordPress enthusiast? This two day, participant driven, conference is this year being hosted by Bournemouth University and Silicon South in its first official trip to the South West. One of the key aspects of this event is that the agenda is built online by participant proposed sessions as part of a multi-track agenda, so if you’ve got some nifty WordPress tricks up your sleeve you can propose a session share these with other experts.
Now is your chance to get involved, click on the links to find out more about proposing a session (50 or 25 minutes) or a 5 minute lightning talk or just to register yourself for a £10 early bird ticket. This conference is a chance to build on your WordPress skills and meet community of developers.
If you’re planning to get involved in this event we’d love to hear about it so please do send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org