A look at our time at WordCamp Denver.
Last weekend, Chris and I went to our first ever WordCamp – WordCamp Denver.
What Is WordCamp?
WordCamp is a conference that focuses on everything WordPress.
WordCamps are community- and volunteer-organized events that are put together by WordPress users across the country. Everyone from casual users to core developers participate, share ideas, and get to know each other.
The first WordCamp was organized in 2006 in San Francisco by Matt Mullenweg, the original developer of WordPress and founder of Automattic. Since that first conference, local WordPress communities around the world have organized more than 470 WordCamps in 196 cities in 48 countries (see a location map). WordCamps are all different depending upon the community that is hosting them, but generally, WordCamps include sessions on how to use WordPress more effectively, how to develop plugins and themes, how to run a WordPress business, and on general web and marketing topics, like search engine optimization. Sessions are often recorded and can be watched later on the WordCamp channel at WordPress.tv.
Our WordCamp Denver Experience
Our business is relatively new to Fort Collins. We have been here since January 2014. Before that, we did a short 11-month stint in Gillette, Wyoming, prior to which we were based in Nantucket, Massachusetts. Neither Gillette nor Nantucket has large WordPress communities; one of the many reasons we were thrilled to relocate our business to Fort Collins was because of the great local WordPress meetup and its proximity to Denver WordCamp.
At WordCamp, we were able to connect with some really exciting people, some of whom are big names in the WordPress community (like Chris Lema), and we were able to continue developing our knowledge and skills. We attended talks on everything from WordPress security and protecting websites from getting hacked, to custom theme and plugin development, search engine optimization, WordPress for nonprofits, and more. We’re excited to be bringing new information to our client interactions and to have had the ability to continue to grow our knowledge base.
Another exciting thing was to see one of our recently completed websites, made for Fry & Elder Law Firm, chosen for on-the-fly website critiques.
Everything about WordCamp was amazing and we’re already planning for our next conference. If you have the ability to attend a WordCamp, we could recommend it more. You don’t have to be a developer to go to WordCamp – beginners are welcome too!
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Want to attend a WordCamp?
Denver WordCamp has passed for this year, but there are plenty more in the works! Click here to see a schedule of upcoming WordCamps. You can also learn more about what to expect at a WordCamp here.