Welcome to the live blog of the State of the Word, at WordCamp US 2015! Follow along for live updates from Matt Mullenweg’s talk, and watch the live stream.
Do you have a WordPress business? Just you, maybe? It’s not easy to stay current with tools and techniques that can help you get more done in less time, or do things you couldn’t do before. At WordCamp US, you’ll be able to learn a lot that will help your business and make life more enjoyable.
For example, you can expect that Sarah Pressler’s “Beyond Gantt Charts and Dependencies: The Emerging WordPress Project Manager” will help you to better control the various projects going on at a given time. It’s a lightning talk, not a full course in Project Management, but learning a few best practices is always good.
What do you use for your site development? You can look forward to learning great ways to build a development environment with the tools Tracy Rotton will discuss in “The Modern WordPress Developer’s Toolbox.”
Ever have clients say they love that splashy theme with a beautiful demo? It’s worth your while to consider “Themes Are for Users,” by David Kennedy. His session will show you how to help clients select themes that work for their specific users and situations, rather than being distracted by glitz and a dazzling array of options.
Another useful lightning talk comes from Brian Krogsgard: “How to Build a Compelling WordPress Product or Service.” Brian will highlight some great tips on improving the value you can provide to your clients, helping you stay competitive.
Security is fundamental, and the more you can learn about it the better, so attending Tony Perez’s “Navigating Today’s Website Threats!! – A Stroll Through WordPress Security” is an easy call for almost everyone.
WordCamp US provides two jam-packed days of learning at both full sessions and lightning talks. If you have a WordPress business, it’s a fantastic opportunity to gain insights, explore aspects of WordPress you may not have known, and learn from some of the best in the WordPress world.
Hey, bloggers and writers! WordCamp US isn’t just for the coders and theme-makers among us. If you’re more into the content creation side of things, here are three reasons you should grab a ticket and join us.
WCUS is going to be packed with people from such a wide variety of backgrounds and skill levels, you’ll have an opportunity to meet and chat with all sorts of enthusiastic WordPress users and make new blogging friends. (Bring your business cards!)
Learn New Things
There are dozens of sessions to choose from, so you’re sure to find several that will work for you. Here are four sessions in particular you might be interested in:
- In “Publish in 10 Minutes Per Day,” Andrea Badgley will share tips on creating a plan to create content for your blog without a huge time investment.
- If you’ve got a blog full of content already, why not turn it into an eBook? Lisa Melegari will share the details you need to make it happen in, “From Blog to Book: Re-purposing Your WordPress Blog into an eBook.”
- In “What I Learned When My Blog Post Went Viral,” Dennis Hong will help you prepare yourself for the day one of your posts hits it really big.
- If you’ve got your blog up and running and are considering adding a shop to your site, Patrick Rauland’s “E-Commerce in 2015” will cover all of the basics to setup your store and the things you should focus on to make sure it’s a success.
Beyond these four, there are even more relevant sessions for bloggers on the full schedule — Check it out & map out your plans!
There’s just something about being in a room full of fellow bloggers and WordPress users to find new inspiration. Whether it’s something you hear a speaker say, a tip you get at the Happiness Bar, or a chat you have with a fellow attendee, attending WCUS is sure to spark new ideas for your own blog!
Ready to join us? Buy your ticket now!
Guest post by Luca Sartoni.
Ahead of the event, we’d like to help you get oriented to some of the dozens of sessions which might be aimed at a specific audience, or might appeal to someone trying to learn more about the subject. Today, we’re going to look at three great presentations about design:
Lauren Pittenger is a Front End Designer and Developer with LBDesign. She also serves as an instructor with the Women’s Coding Collective. In her spare time, she enjoys painting and snuggling puppies.
David A. Kennedy works at Automattic wrangling themes for WordPress.com. He’s also an accessibility evangelist and He contributes to WordPress Core, the WordPress Accessibility Team and the Underscores starter theme. His presentation is about a theme’s user experience, and how to set users up for success.
Beth Soderberg works as a web developer at CHIEF and in her spare time volunteers with the WordPress Training and TV Teams, the WordPress DC Meetup, and the DCFemTech coalition in Washington, DC. In her session she will explore the fundamentals of CSS transforms, transitions, and animation.
If you are up for a quick snack, here are three more talks on design which will be in the 10-minute format:
- Streamlining the Web Design Process Using Style Tiles – Stephanie Brinley
- Pushing The Creative Limit – Sara Cannon
- Designing For Those Who Matter – Your Users – David Laietta
Here it is, folks! The moment that you’ve all been waiting for! We’re pleased to present the full schedule and sessions for WordCamp US, 2015!
We have so many amazing sessions lined up, with something for every interest and skill level! Our incredible speakers are nothing short of top notch. We couldn’t be more excited about what they have planned to share with us.
Without further ado, here is the full listing: https://2015.us.wordcamp.org/schedule/
Go on! Take a look and let us know via Twitter what you’re most excited about.