One of my goals for this year was to attend my first WordCamp and so when I received an invitation to a UK Genesis meetup at WordCamp Birmingham I decided that this would be the perfect opportunity to achieve my goal.
Perfect because I would get to meet other Genesis Developers that I only knew of online and because I would be part of a group including people that had been to a WordCamp before. I wouldn’t be on my own and they could teach me the ropes.
What is a WordCamp?
WordCamps are casual, locally-organised conferences covering everything related to WordPress and are attended by anyone who uses or who is considering using WordPress. This includes bloggers, designers, developers, authors, marketers, SEOs, Businesses, Non-profits, photographers, entrepreneurs, etc.
What happens at a WordCamp?
WordCamps are usually run over a weekend and consists of presentations focused on using or developing WordPress. There are also presentations about related subjects such as marketing, web design trends, business, training and SEO.
You can also attend hands on workshops and there is plenty of opportunity to network and exchange ideas.
What did I learn?
The presentations were varied and the ones I attended included:
- How to speed up your website (Mike Pead)
- How to use Git for deployment and version control (Matt Radford)
- Training clients to use WordPress (Brian Duffy)
- Implementing language on multilingual WordPress websites (Belinda Mustoe & Doug Lawrence)
- Integrating WordPress with other applications (Jason King)
- Be a brand not a commodity (Petra Foster)
- Stop using photoshop for web design (Ben Furfie)
- Content is king (Rachel McCollin)
- Easy lazy SEO (Jessica Rose)
I learnt about some really useful tools and processes that will make my life easier and ideas and techniques that will help me to provide a better service to my clients.
Would I go again?
The weekend exceeded my expectations and turned out to be a fantastic, friendly, warm & welcoming introduction to the world of WordCamps.
The talks were great and I learnt loads of useful stuff but, more importantly, I got to meet other Genesis Developers in the UK and to forge friendships, something you cannot do online. I’m so glad I went and I can’t wait until the next one. Oh and I got a free T-Shirt!
If are Genesis Developer in the UK and want to join our community and be encouraged to come along to your first WordCamp then visit the Uk Genesis Website for more information.