One event closes and the next one opens

mm-qaWe had a lot of lofty goals when we set out on this WordCamp US adventure, but at the very top of that list of goals two things stood out: Have the biggest WordCamp the world has yet seen and make sure that we create and curate an amazing WordPress focused experience for our attendees. Oh, and beanies. We are humbled, proud, and honored that we were able to achieve those goals.

That’s not to say this was a perfect event, but it was the perfect inaugural event. There is always room to grow, iterate, and improve and we hope to take our experience as organizers this year along with the feedback of our attendees, volunteers, speakers, and sponsors to make next year’s event bigger and better.

We’re so excited about the next WordCamp US that we’re going to open ticket sales for WordCamp US 2016 today! That’s right, you can get your tickets now.

Want to help us make next year even better? Fill out this survey to let us know what you loved and what we could do better.


State of the Word 2015

Here it is, folks! The talk we’ve waited for all year long, Matt Mullenweg presents the 2015 State of the Word. Whether you missed it live or want to catch it again here it is for your viewing pleasure.


If you’d like to view the slides, you’ll find them here:

Everything you need to know when attending WordCamp US

WordCamp US planning team

Time really does fly! It seems like just yesterday that we announced WordCamp US and now we’re just days away. The final details have fallen into place and we’ve reached that time when we need to make sure that all of you have the information you need to make the most of your time with us at WordCamp US.

Early Registrations

If you arrive a little early, you can pick up your WordCamp US badge in the lobby at the Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown on Thursday, December 3 from 2:30-6:00 pm.

Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown
201 North 17th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Tel: +1-215-448-2000

WordCamp US

The first two days of WordCamp US – Dec. 4 and Dec. 5 – take place of the Philadelphia Convention Center.

Philadelphia Convention Center
Broad Street Atrium Entrance
Broad and Cherry Streets

The first two days of WordCamp US are sessions, sessions, sessions!

Doors open for attendees at 8:00 am on both days.

Opening remarks kick off promptly at 9:00 am on Friday in the upstairs ballroom, followed by sessions in Kite & Key, Liberty Bell, and Independence on the first floor. Sessions begin Saturday morning at 9:00 am and the event concludes Saturday afternoon upstairs with Matt Mullenweg’s State of the Word. Lunch will be served upstairs. And yes, there will be BBQ.

Bonus: Come early on Friday for Yoga for Desk Jockeys in the Kite & Key room at 8:15 am.


Get on line: The network name (SSID) is WordCampUS and the password is opensource

Getting There

On foot: If you’re staying at Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown, the Pennsylvania Convention Center is a short walk away:

Via subway: Whether you’re on the Blue Line (Market-Frankford) or the Orange Line (Broad Street), get off at the City Hall station.

Taxis and ride services: Philly has plenty of Taxis and there’s Uber and Lyft if you want to request a ride from your phone.

By car: If you’re driving to WordCamp US you can find directions and parking info here:

We recommend the Convention Center Parking Co. at 142 N. Broad.

After-Party – 12/5 7-10pm

Saturday evening after the event we’ll hold the WordCamp US After-Party at Lucky Strike for bowling, ping pong, billiards, games, rock band, a photo booth, and more. Appetizers plus beer, wine, and cider will be provided.

We’ll have two floors with the lower floor set aside as a quieter space for those who don’t want to deal with loud music. You must be an attendee of WordCamp US to attend so bring your badge.

Lucky Strike
1336 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Contributor Day – 12/6

For Contributor Day, we’re back at the Pennsylvania Convention Center for the last day of WordCamp US. Doors open at 9:00 am, opening remarks are at 10:00 am and the event goes through 5:00 pm. Offsite lunch will be provided.

You can follow us on Twitter and Instagram as WordCampUS or like us on Facebook and use #wcus to talk about the event on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

We hope you’re as excited to attend as we are to have you here!

Sponsor Spotlight: Bluehost

We want to thank Bluehost for being a Fairmont sponsor at WordCamp US.

Bluehost has been a WordPress partner since 2005 and powers over one million WordPress sites. Their goal is to provide outstanding hosting services and customer support for the best possible price. Bluehost is also constantly innovating and upgrading their services and infrastructure at no additional cost to their customers. Join the millions of other website owners that have already chosen Bluehost and see how they can help you with your site.

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Be sure to stop by the Bluehost booth to meet their team and learn how they can help you with your site

Sponsor Spotlight: WooCommerce

We want to thank WooCommerce for being a Commonwealth sponsor at WordCamp US.

WooCommerce is powered by WordPress and built by WooThemes.  The goal of WooCommerce is to allow you to sell anything online – beautifully. You can integrate with payment processors, easily manage shipping methods and inventory, set up flexible tax rules, and view detailed store reports all from your WordPress dashboard.

woocommerce_logoWith hundreds of extensions available, WooCommerce can easily be customized to power all types of online stores.  Whether you’re a seasoned professional or just starting out, WooCommerce was built with a focus on ease allowing anyone the ability to sell anything online.

Be sure to stop by theWooCommerce booth to meet the team and learn how they can help you sell online.

Sponsor Spotlight: Sucuri Security

We want to thank Sucuri for being a Commonwealth sponsor at WordCamp US.

One of the most important aspects of your website is security. Whether you’re an individual blogger, or running an enterprise-level application, security should always be a top priority in your website plan.


Sucuri gives website owners peace of mind with solutions that prevent hackers from abusing websites, and professional response services to those compromised. Sucuri is dedicated to researching the latest and emerging threats affecting websites like yours.

From security monitoring to malware scanning, detection, and cleanup, Sucuri has the services you need to keep your WordPress powered website safe and secure.

Be sure to stop by the Sucuri booth to meet the team and learn how they can help keep your website Sucuri safe.

Sponsor Spotlight: Jetpack

We want to thank Jetpack for being a Commonwealth sponsor at WordCamp US.

Jetpack from Automattic connects your site to enabling an array of features including traffic and customization tools, enhanced security and speed, centralized site management, and more.

jetpack-horizontal-reduced-paddingJetpack is your WordPress, Simplified. Jetpack is a free WordPress plugin that allows you to focus on what you do best. Create and publish great content. Jetpack will take care of the rest.

Be sure to stop by the Jetpack booth to meet the team and learn how Jetpack can help propel your website to the next level.

Accessibility at WCUS

We are happy to announce that WordCamp US will be fully accessible to the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing via Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART) live captioning and American Sign Language (ASL) Interpreters.

Captions will be projected to the main screen in every presentation room and ASL interpreters will be provided on request. The Livestream will also have captions available.

ASL Interpreters may be requested via the General Admission Ticket registration form.

Videos from WCUS will immediately have captions when they are posted to

In addition to helping people with any level of hearing loss, captions also make presentations more accessible to folks whose first language is not English and can improve comprehension and retention of content for all viewers.

Accessibility is a priority in The WordPress Community. For WordCamp US, we made a commitment to make the event as accessible as possible with the hope of setting a new standard for all WordCamps.

Thank you to the Deaf-Hearing Communication Centre for helping us implement these services.