Why We Took Plesk to the Nordics #WCNordic

WordCamp Nordic

WordCamp Nordic was two years in the making and we were more than excited to be a part of this very first edition in Helsinki, Finland. There were many reasons why we sponsored and joined the event. Read on to find out.

Top Reasons We Sponsored the First WordCamp Nordic

WordCamp Nordic - Plesk Team
  1. Backing Open Source Projects
    We love open source because we get exposed to new and alternative concepts, techniques and approaches to solving problems. Plus, it helps create innovation opportunities.
  2. Investing in the WordCamp Community
    Being present in a first-time location creates opportunities to meet new people in a different region. If our contribution can help provide more of these events where people can strengthen relationships and create magic – then so be it.
  3. Supporting WordCamp Nordic Values
    We wanted to actively support this very first regional Nordic WordCamp which was a door-opener for more regional medium-sized WordCamps worldwide.
  4. Learning from industry professionals
    We weren’t there just to share our knowledge, contributions and resources. But also to learn from the WordPress experts about small business woes, hosting fears, developer tips, and more. All useful info we can share with our customers for a better WordPress and ultimate online experience.

Julius Haukkasalo on top business mistakes you can avoid

Julius Haukkasalo at WordCamp Nordic

As mentioned before, we were also at WordCamp Nordic to learn. And among the many talented individuals at the event, we discovered Julius. A business owner, who had a lot of wisdom to share on running a company. Especially useful for many of our Plesk customers, who also manage businesses themselves. Here are the top three tips we took from him.

 

  1. Don’t try to do it all alone

 

It’s easy to delegate the stuff you don’t like/care about. We all tend to do the stuff we’re best at. But if somebody can do 80% of what you do – delegate! You also need to prioritize yourself, your workload and how much you can take on while still being motivated and avoiding burnout. You are the most important resource for yourself and your company.

  1. Allow employees/colleagues to fail

Julius compared leading a team with raising a family. When his kids said they “don’t know how…”, or are “not good”, or “too small”, he figures it’s because he tried to protect them too much. Let your colleagues/employees make mistakes and learn.

  1. Don’t delay solving issues

If there is a conflict to solve, go for it without any delays. Sometimes it’s difficult to distinguish when it’s about time to let your colleagues and employees do their own thing and when you are just being coward who tries to avoid conflicts.

Jonathan Sulo on WordPress plugins that hosters fear

Plesk at WordCamp NOrdic, Finland - Jonathan Sulo

One of our priorities at Plesk is speed and performance. So naturally, we had a lot of interest in Jonathan’s session – which was about plugins that drain performance and kill your database. So our hosting partners and customers would do well to stay away from plugins such as these to retain their clients.

He also suggested alternatives to use and some general usage and error-checking tips for WordPress plugins. We feel that the main point Jonathan made is that the most dangerous plugins are the ones you don’t update. Which we of course agree with 100%. Same goes for updating Plesk too.

Moreover, Jonathan believes it’s better to update and break the site than deal with the security risks of outdated software. He then went on to give us a checklist in order to add and run plugins the right way.

Adding plugins the right way

  • Think about whether you really need that plugin. Is it a must-have or nice to have?
  • Avoid plugins that “do it all”
  • Are there server-based or PHP functions or alternatives?

Running plugins the right way

  • Check out the plugin properly first
  • Only install from safe sources
  • Test before and after install
  • Activate for website or network
  • Delete plugins you don’t use
  • Scheduling: use server-based Cron (via control panel) & WP-CLI /usr/bin/php

Finally, he gave valuable advice within and outside WordPress, such as using WP-CLI and checking the error logs via your hosting provider.

Note: You can read our recommendations on WordPress plugins and backup solutions here.

Key Takeaways from our latest WordCamp Experience

Plesk at WordCamp Nordic - booth - support engineers, Francisco and Robert

Having our sales engineers, Francisco and Robert, on site was useful to gather info about the needs of the WordPress community. Plus get valuable feedback about the WordPress Toolkit and its features. A number of potential customers had technical queries about the software and its suitability for their projects – and we could easily answer.

We also seized the opportunity to connect with a few small to medium-sized partners and enhance our relationship with them. We’re looking forward to being present and doing more of this at more regional WordCamps like Latin America and SE Asia. And of course, hope for a 2020 edition of WordCamp Nordic!

WordCamp Cologne 2017: A Special Plesk Recap

Plesk recap blog post about WordCamp Cologne 2017

WordCamp Cologne was one of the biggest WordCamps in Germany for the year with 250 attendees. I was one of this year’s co-organizers, putting heart and effort into it for weeks. Colleagues Patricia, Jan and Jörg couldn’t wait to be in the beautiful city, that welcomed us with wonderful weather.

Contributing to WordPress

Before the actual WordCamp event, we held a WordPress Contributor Day in the stylish Microsoft premises where 80 people contributed to the open-source project. We had WordPress Core, Meta, Accessibility, WP-CLI, Hosting, Polyglots, WordPress TV, Design, and Community.

Jan and Jörg joined the Hosting team and connected the community with hosting companies to improve WordPress hosting. Amidst organizer duties, I also took part in discussions and Q&A at the Community table.

A Heartwarming WordCamp Start

Saturday early morning, we set up our brand-new Plesk booth and arranged numerous giveaways.

And we just had to spoil our WordPress friends with delicious sweets to power their day:

I was honored to co-host with Marc Nilius, this year’s lead-organizer. The most special and emotional moment was when the community surprised me with a personalized community Wapuu. I almost burst into tears.

BarCamp, Talks and Speakers

This year’s WordCamp Cologne was a BarCamp – no session or speaker in advance, but attendees interested in giving a talk presented their topic in under a minute. If the audience was interested, the session got scheduled. Plesk CTO Jan Löffler pitched two sessions and both got a slot. See the slides (German) for WordPress auf Speedand Web Trends in Zahlen und wie sich Hosting verändert.

Altogether, 39 sessions were scheduled on website performance, design, accessibility, web security, Gutenberg, web development, mental health, digital law and digital nomad lifestyle.

WordPress Toolkit and Plesk Courses

The attendees were super interested in WordPress Toolkit demos. They asked how they can use Plesk for their private or business purpose. If you missed this part, don’t worry, find out more by clicking below or get in touch with our experts.

Discover the WordPress Toolkit

Feedback from the community was more than valuable for us – a company always trying to improve. They also loved that we offer free courses on how to use Plesk in Plesk University. Take some time to check them out.

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WordCamp Goodies and Atmosphere

It wouldn’t be a WordCamp without swag. WordCamp Cologne gave attendees a t-shirt and branded scarf in soccer-fan-style.

We couldn’t keep a straight face – it was just so much fun.

Of course, we also joined the social events with the community while discovering the lovely German and “Kölsch” culture.

Plesk gets its own official Wapuu!

An international delegation of WP community members official released Plesk’s Wapuu:

We’re still looking for a cool name that will fit this little guy. Help us out by leaving your suggestions in the comments below.

Wrapping up WordCamp Cologne with captured memories

While overwhelmed by the positive feedback, I need to mention the 9 organizers, 16 volunteers, 42 sponsors & community-sponsors who made this event possible. It was hard to leave.

But we went home with lots of inspiration and positive energy. Here are some special moments captured below. Can you spot yourself?

WordCamp Seattle 2017: A Journey Across Continents – Recap

Wordcamp Seattle 2017

We’re just back from WordCamp Seattle where 6 team members from Europe and Canada represented Plesk in the US. We were proud to be one of this WordCamp’s Gold Sponsors and even better for me – it was my first ever trip to the US!

Everyone was so friendly and helpful in the days leading up to the event that I couldn’t help but amp up the excitement. After exploring some of the city in the first snowflakes of the winter, we were ready for the big weekend.

WordCamp Challenge: Unlocked!

One day before the start of WordCamp Seattle 2017 and the unthinkable happens. After many weeks of prep work on our sponsor appearance, we find that our booth and swag is stuck in customs in Memphis. And there was no chance to get it to the event in time. Well, for no small fee anyway.

But we kept our cool and immediately started looking for alternatives. Furthermore, we decided to spread nothing but good vibes and I assured the team that the WordPress community would be more than empathetic about us being booth and swag-less. And this is exactly what happened.

But we’re Plesky, so we couldn’t help but get cheeky and fun about the whole thing. We presented our “invisible booth” to the first arriving WordCamp attendees. It was “a new Plesk concept and probably the most awesome booth they’ve ever seen – if they use their imagination! Just be like Walt Disney, be magical!”

We had fun with it but also learned and passed on to fellow sponsors that shipments can get stuck at customs if you don’t provide enough info regarding the degree of toxicity of the ink in our swag pens. Yes. So, live and learn, folks!

We then thought on our feet and assembled a TV, posters and roll-up banner. In the end, our improv-booth looked pretty good. Special thanks to Eric Amundsen, WordCamp Seattle sponsor wrangler, who helped us set it all up.

Our Flying Wonders

Unexpectedly – one of our parcels managed to find its way to Seattle, and 12 little Plesk toy drones popped out of the box! Knowing that these drones were the only swag we could give away, we started a “Drone-Winning Competition” – first by photo contest and later by raffle.

Admittedly, we had our own fun flying the drones all over the place with old and new WordPress friends. But the gliding sensations also brought lots of interested people to our booth. And here are the lucky winners of the toy drones looking rather pleased:

Volunteering at WCSEA

I went for my usual volunteer shift as room manager and emcee and assisted Ben Byrne and Saied Abbesi during their informative talks. Ben’s session was about accelerating custom development with dynamic scaffolding and WP-CLI. This is a developed approach that leverages WP-CLI to dynamically inject configurable, pre-written code into a specific in-house starter theme. Saied’s talk was about truly responsive website design and he explored browser-compatible innovations in CSS instead of using media queries. The end result will save time and create more adaptive web experiences.

I shared my shift and duties with the lovely Marina Snyder, a first-time WordCamp attendee who immediately started as a volunteer – Kudos to you, Marina!

WordPress Toolkit Demonstrations

Back at the Plesk booth, I noticed many people interested in a demonstration of Plesk’s WordPress Toolkit. This tool simplifies the life of WordPress web professionals in many ways and it was a pleasure to see how enthusiastically the community reacted when recognising its potential.

WordCamp Seattle 2017 Sessions

Here are some more sessions we attended during the two days of WordCamp Seattle 2017.

  • WordPress is a Banquet – Keynote by Andrea Middleton

Andrea talked about the multiple ways there are to contribute to the open source project, WordPress. He showed inspiring examples of WordPress contributors like Petya Raykovska and Bridget Williard, who it was a pleasure to finally meet in person in Seattle. Anybody can find something to contribute. So if you’re passionate, let’s do it. Here are some words of wisdom from the one and only.

  • Women in WordPress Panel – by Bridget Williard, Francesca Marano, Tessa Kriesel and Rachel Cherry, moderated by Miriam Goldman

This was one of the most inspiring sessions I have ever seen at a WordCamp. Four amazing women sharing their experiences in the tech world in a more than honest way – which certainly took some courage. Follow these women on Twitter. We learnt a lot about behaviours that should be questioned, from either gender. There was an important message to spread to women in tech: Stop apologizing for being awesome!

  • Gutenberg and the Future of WordPress by Morten Rand-Hendriksen

Morten gave the audience true insight into what Gutenberg is and how it’s going to change WordPress. With no fear for live demo risks, he showed the audience fascinating details about WordPress’ upcoming new editor. An amazing tool, but it’s not ready yet. Every WordPress user should use and test it and provide valuable and needed feedback.“Gutenberg is our tool, Gutenberg is our responsibility!”

Great Time in the US

After the sessions, the Pleskians and I had a smashing time at the socials, with a delicious team dinner and a hilarious WordCamp Karaoke event! Let’s just say I know what’s on my schedule for WordCamp US in Nashville, starting December 1st! I’m proud of the Pleskians for overcoming all obstacles in a way that stayed true to Plesk. Meanwhile I thank the wonderful WordPress community for the support through WordCamp Seattle.

More WordCamp Seattle Moments

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I’m so passionate about the WP community and love helping with organising WordCamps. What are you passionate about in the WordPress world? Tell us in the comments below!

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WordCamp Singapore 2017 – A Plesk Recap

Plesk at Wordcamp Singapore 2017

Plesk flew thousands of miles to join over 200 people from all across the globe in this year’s WordCamp Singapore. As a proud Bronze Sponsor, we set up our booth in Suntec City Expo Center’s main hall. Then, interacted with our friends from the WordPress community.

 

Conference Day at WordCamp Singapore

The WordCamp event opened up with a traditional quiz, which we loved. Did you know the first WP version was called Miles Davis? Then on that high, we went on to the inspiring talks held by 20 international speakers. They hailed from the likes of Google, Automattic, HumanMade and more local and global WordPress businesses.

The schedule was bursting. But we were simply impressed by the open and sincere sharing of thoughts about regular WordPress pains. We delved into self host vs. host with provider, security concerns, how to fit SEO and marketing analysis into your blog or ecommerce site, and much more. Lots to think about.

Not only that, but a few people also came to check out what we brought to the place and find some common ground or “cool want” as they called it. Good thing WordPress Web Host just opened to provide a beneficial platform for users.

Meanwhile, in the main hall, we networked, ate and visited more sponsor booths!

 

What’s a WordCamp conference without an after party, right? This one was nice and cozy, set at Harry’s, just 5 minutes walk from the convention center. A shout out goes to Jon Ang for buzzing along the tables not letting the fun simmer down. Thanks Jon, you made that night!

Contributor and Workshop Day

This was the first Contributor and Workshop Day in WordCamp Singapore, and boy was it fun. One family-like atmosphere, where all people from any background could sit with their laptops and did what they loved. All while giving back to the WordPress project. No experience is needed. You can find out more about what went on here.

Thanks HumanMade

HumanMade did a nice job organizing the event. They had their work cut out for them being such an enormous gig, yet we came off feeling comfortable, immersed and entertained. In the words of Schwarznegger: “we’ll be back”.

Jesse Friedman Interview at WordCamp Rhode Island

This year’s WordCamp Rhode Island went down on Sept. 22nd and 23rd. Plesk was proud to sponsor the event with around 200 attendees and 22 speakers. A team of 8 organizers led by Joy Adamonis, and 15 volunteers turned WordCamp Rhode Island’s 6th edition into a blast.

Our WordCamp Rhode Island Highlight

jesse-friedman-wordcamp-rhodeislandJesse Friedman was one of WordCamp Rhode Island’s co-organizers. This year, he was in charge of the speaker-wrangling and of, well, being a speaker himself. He was so kind to become my interview partner for a short recap and some personal questions.

Jesse has been building websites for 17 years, and exclusively with WordPress since 2006. Since then, he has written several books, taught 100s of students and organized dozens of local meetups along with a few WordCamps.

He’s spoken at tech conferences worldwide and utilized his consulting expertise for small agencies and billion dollar international companies. Today he’s a proud team member of Jetpack at Automattic.
(Source here)

Plesk Interviews Jesse Friedman

Naturally, we couldn’t help but ask Jesse a few questions to pick at the brain of one of WordCamp’s most influencial.

  1. How did you experience this year’s role as a WordCamp Organizer?

This was a great year for planning. Our organization team came together under the leadership of Joy Adamonis, the events lead organizer. Joy was so organized and on top of everything that had to be done. We spent so much less time scrambling to complete tasks and thinking more about how we can improve the conference. This year we made some major changes to our speaking tracks and our blind speaker submission process.

  1. What’s been the matter closest to your heart as an organizer for WordCamp Rhode Island?

I used to be an Adjunct Professor at a local University. So for me, it’s always been about giving back and helping to teach those who need a little push to succeed. WordCamp Rhode Island has an especially eclectic group of experts and novices. So designing a curriculum that everyone can benefit from is a fun and worthy challenge.

  1. What do you love most about WordPress and its community?

In the closing remarks this year I asked every attendee to raise their hand if they received help at a WordCamp, or owe some level of their success to something they learned at a WordCamp. Nearly everyone in the room raised their hands. The WordPress community is amazing because we all came from the same place.  We all needed help from someone else in the community at one point or another. The amazing thing is that no one forgets. So now we have an awesome community comprised of thousands of people eager to give back.

  1. What piece of WordPress related advice would you have given yourself 5 (or 10) years ago?

I would have told myself not to be so sure about what I’d be doing in 5 years. In the last 6 years I have gone from the Head of Development at a production house, to the Director of Innovation at a startup, to doing UX and Marketing at Jetpack. And now I’m working in Partnerships and Business Development. WordPress creates so many opportunities for everyone and their careers, we should all be open to it.

We want to thank Jesse for this interview and the support he gave to Plesk during the event.

Looking for more from this event?

Soak up tons of great talks and ideas from our WordPress community with presentations from the WordCamp Rhode Island sessions or tune in to them here on WordPress TV.

WordCamp Nijmegen Recap

Wordcamp Nijmegen 2017

Jörg and I have recently represented Plesk at WordCamp Nijmegen – the first ever Local event in The Netherlands. We were met by perfect organization, led by Taco Verdonshot. This paired with the high quality of the talks and speakers makes us hope this wasn’t a one-time edition.

Have a look at the cool, new Plesk Swag we entertained our attendees with. Our booth was surely emitting a fun atmosphere during the whole event.

Great WordCamp Community and Program

We were swept away by how welcoming the Dutch WordPress Community was and the varied program they gave us. There were speakers who even spontaneously switched their presentation from Dutch to English to accommodate the foreign attendees.

This WordCamp came with two tracks – and there was going to be something for everybody. From WordPress beginners to advanced developers.

So we kicked off – with Joost de Valk‘s keynote “5% voor de toekomst” (“5% for the future“). Joost took on all the different ways we can contribute to the open-source project that is WordPress.

Emceeing on the Nijmegen Stage

With pleasure, I introduced my husband, Alain Schlesser, who gave the Nijmegen audience valuable basics of OOP plugin development. Yet my more emotional moment on stage came after the last morning lightening talk by Yvette Sonneveld.

Yvette inspired us by sharing her experience and pleasure of volunteering at WordCamps. Then, she ended her contribution by thanking me for my support over the last two weeks. Support that I gave before her very first talk as a WordCamp speaker. Yvette even quoted me in her last slide and took me in for a big hug on stage.

 

The Next WordPress Generation in Nijmegen

Another WordCamp Nijmegen highlight for us was the engagement from our youngest WordPress enthusiasts. CoderDojo Nijmegen took them under his wing and they learned to build their first WordPress site during the event!

Thank you WordCamp Nijmegen

WordCamp Nijmegen and WordPress Contributor Day managed to ride the success of the Local Brighton event in the eyes of Plesk and myself. Check out all the fun we had in the photo recap below. Thanks for an awesome weekend Nijmegen and “Tot ziens!” (goodbye!)

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WordCamp Brighton: A Plesk Recap

WordCamp Brighton 2017

WordCamp Brighton 2017 - Carole MC

This month, I was part of WordCamp Brighton – a two-day conference about WordPress topics voluntarily organised by the community, for the community. Plesk was one of this year’s sponsors, so it was doubly exciting for me to experience this WordCamp for the first time as part of the Plesk team.

After WordCamp Europe in Paris, where I debuted as an on-stage emcee in front of almost 2,000 attendees, the cosy and laid-back atmosphere of WordCamp Brighton was just what I needed.

As this was my second WordCamp in the UK this year, where I was emcee-ing yet again, I was looking forward to reconnecting with fellow WordPress attendees from the previous event. And of course, to meeting new community members.

Warm WordCamp Welcome and Preparations

I touched down in Brighton on Thursday evening and headed straight to the volunteer’s dinner at Ohso Social Beach Bar. I got the golden invite as I was emcee-ing again at this event. It was great to meet my WordPress friends in such a relaxing beach atmosphere. Excellent food by the way – it was vegetarian and vegan during all the way. And after some nice drinks, it was time for my travel recover – bedtime.

Friday 8.30 AM, I was at The Old Market, the WordCamp venue, waiting for the doors to open at 9.00 AM. I was there setting up the swag table with all the best Plesk merchandise I had brought for the attendees. The sponsor area was at Tom’s Bar, a really nice spot to meet and chat, referred to as “The Hallway Track” at conferences. Check out this lovely spread:

WordCamp Brighton - Plesk promo

The WordCamp organizers had decided not to produce branded WordCamp t-shirts as special swag this year, but branded reusable water bottles and coffee cups instead! What an exemplary and easy way to contribute to an eco-friendly environment – producing less waste. I really loved the idea.

The WordCamp Community Impresses Again

After the opening remarks at 9:45 AM , the first speaker Gabor Javorszky started with a very valuable talk: “Things you didn’t know you need to know about databases and WordPress.” He went into great detail and covered a lot of the more obscure database performance issues. Check him out in full-focus mode!

WordCamp Brighton 2017 - Gabor Javorszky

Then it was back to Tom’s Bar for me, meeting and chatting with the beloved WordPress community. It’s always so much fun at these WordCamps, no matter the country or city – I always experience an extraordinary and welcoming atmosphere. And I love the community for being 100% open-minded, inclusive and helpful.

WordCamp Brighton Talks for 2017 

It was then time for me to get back on stage as an emcee or MC – Master of Ceremonies for the talks at WordCamp Brighton 2017. I covered 4 Lightning Talks (short talks of about 10 minutes each) and two workshops. My role was to introduce the speakers, to moderate the Q&As and to give additional information about the event to the audience.

What was special about the schedule of WordCamp Brighton was the fact, that there had been only one track. It seemed to contribute to the relaxed atmosphere – attendees didn’t have to change rooms or make difficult choices about which session to pick. No FOMO (“fear of missing out”). Regardless, the program was diverse. And there was high-quality and easy access ensured all round when it came to the talks.

On Friday afternoon, Franz Vitulli was the first speaker and during his talk “Product as a Mindset”, he was helping the audience to find out if they are or could be product persons too.

WordCamp Brighton - Franz Vitulli

Next, Phil Ward held a very entertaining talk about “Coding Your Career.” The former professional wrestler turned Senior WordPress Developer has found a good work-life balance and gave advice to get what you want out of your career.

Tammie Lister led an interactive workshop with the theme “Design for Humans”. John Blackbourn then led the second workshop on “The A to Z of WordPress Multisite” for beginners in the afternoon.

Lightning talks continued shortly thereafter with an inspiring talk about “Dealing with Anxiety at the Workplace” by Laura Nelson. I can hardly imagine the courage it took for her to get on stage and talk about dealing with the struggles of anxiety that she faces every day. Laura was amazing and I truly hope that speaking publicly about this mental health issue will also help diminish the stigma around it.

Maja Benke followed Laura onstage to give valuable insight on “Accessible Web Design”. I must admit, I personally hadn’t delved that deeply into accessibility, so I really appreciated Maja’s crisp yet comprehensible way of presenting this important topic. There will be some work for me ahead regarding this.

WordCamp Brighton 2017 - David Lockie

The last workshop – and the last session for the first day – was held by David Lockie, founder of Pragmatic, the UK’s leading WordPress agency. He presented the “WordPress Business Toolkit”. David wants to help people avoid painful mistakes from growing a business. Sharing their business learnings and processes is one of Pragmatic’s core ways of giving back to the WordPress community.

WordCamp Brighton 2017 - David Lockie and the community

Networking at WordCamp Brighton 

I closed the first conference day on stage and later celebrated with the WordCamp community in one of Brighton’s English pubs, readying myself for the next day of networking. My second conference day was mostly spent at Tom’s Bar, full of interesting discussions with the network, photographs and interviews. Unfortunately I was so busy collecting WordCamp Brighton impressions that I only got to listen to one talk in the end.

While getting in touch with more WordCamp sponsors, I found out that 34SP have been satisfied Plesk partners for over 14 years now! What a great time I had with Daniel, Keith, Siobhan, Kayleigh, and their amazing crew. Later, I even got video-interviewed by Siobhan for 34SP and am already looking forward to the finished result.

This wasn’t my only interview that day – the youngest attendee of WordCamp Brighton also had a few questions for me! And as a reward, I got a unicorn Wapuu-sticker from WordCamp Edinburgh. I couldn’t be happier to see children involved in WordCamp.

At the Pragmatic booth, I picked up free limited edition “Brighton Rocks” screen prints by Simon Cooke. I even discovered that Pragmatic is launching the International WordPress Awards (IWP), a non-profit organization for the WordPress community, providing a way to recognize and celebrate the highest achievements in the industry. The IWP Innovation prize is endowed with 30,000 USD. So I’m very much looking forward to seeing this project grow. Elliot Taylor and Tom Chute even helped me contribute to a new podcast for the WordPress Community, as you can see. So stay tuned for more information about this project!

WordCamp Brighton 2017 - Pragmatic.Agency

WordCamp Brighton 2017 - Ryan Rietyeld

The day passed very quickly and I joined Rian Rietveld’s session about web accessibility at the very end. As usual, the audience was captivated by Rian’s presentation and the Q&A session I saw was so interesting too. This talk was the last for WordCamp Brighton. Elliot closed the conference at 5.40PM and during the closing remarks, all the organizers, speakers, volunteers and emcees joined Elliot and Alice Still, the lead organizer, on stage for a final goodbye. It was an immense pleasure being part of this great event and special thanks to the organizers for entrusting the WordCamp emcee responsibility onto me!

WordCamp Brighton 2017 - Speakers

The venue was then ready for the afterparty – one final chance to chat with the attendees, organizers, speakers and generous sponsors. Of course, I was also one of the people rocking the dance floor – because that’s what I do. Plesk lightening yo-yos also made a feature, allowing people’s inner child to come out and play.

WordCamp Brighton 2017 - Afterparty #1  WordCamp Brighton 2017 - Afterparty #2

Capping WordCamp Brighton: Contributor Day

On Sunday 10.30AM, 35 WordPress users came together at Eagle Labs to contribute to the open-source project of this WordCamp Brighton’s Contributor Day. Here, you could join different teams and work on WordPress together. After Tammie Lister’s intro, we split into teams: Design, Accessibility, Marketing, Core and Community. This was followed by an afternoon presentation on Gutenberg, the new WordPress editor, plus a Q&A session on Accessibility with Rian Rietveld.

I’d already heard about the Gutenberg Editor but hadn’t installed it or seen any presentations about it. As a non-technical person, I really liked what they did. In my eyes, the editor is more beginner-friendly and I look forward to having contact with it, even if I continue to use my actual Page Builder.

WordCamp Brighton was a Blast

I had to leave Brighton bright and early on Monday morning with a heavy heart, because I really loved everything I was part of at this WordCamp. My only regret is not having enough time to explore this beautiful place. So far, I’ve enjoyed every WordCamp I’ve attended, but this one will definitely go down as one of my all-time favourites. Sign me up for the next edition in 2018! So long Brighton, you’ve been wonderful!

WordCamp 2017 - Brighton

WordCamp Bright 2017 Highlights

  • The relaxed atmosphere present throughout the whole event
  • Eco-friendly water bottles and cups
  • The emphasis on the WordCamp Code of Conduct
  • The great vegetarian food at the venues and at Brighton’s restaurants
  • The Gutenberg presentation by Tammie Lister on Contributor Day
  • The amazing WordPress community <3

Want to see more photos from the event? Check out our gallery here.

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