GreenGeeks Web Hosting will be sponsoring WordCamp Los Angeles September 21st – 23rd, 2018 which will be held at California State University, Los Angeles, Golden Eagle Ballrooms. WordCamp L.A. will host 40+ expert speakers, 30+ sessions varying in WordPress/Business topics and an awesome after party/networking session on Saturday the 22nd at the Blue Cow Kitchen, which will begin at 7:30 pm. All attendees are invited.
Up to 500 individuals are expected to attend WordCamp Los Angeles this year. If you don’t know someone who will be attending you will definitely meet more friends than you expect. Be prepared to mingle!
Our very own, Trey Gardner, CEO of GreenGeeks will be attending WordCamp L.A. His two children will be tagging along learning more about WordPress and networking with the community. Make sure to find them, say hello and snag a selfie!
“I’m very excited to be attending my 6th WordCamp and in my home town of Los Angeles. I hope to learn more how GreenGeeks can help support the WordPress community and I look forward to meeting any of our GreenGeeks customers in attendance!” – Trey Gardner, CEO – GreenGeeks.com
Also, keep in mind that WordCamp wouldn’t be possible without sponsors, organizers, and volunteers. Make sure you thank those individuals when you see them, especially Lara Schenck, Jen Miller, Thomas Patrick Levy, Leo Postovoit, Roy Sivan, Ericka Koyama, Bridget Willard and Stephen Harvey for preparing and planning this whole event!
Here is an overview of the topics that will be available to learn from:
WordPress 101 Presented by Christina Hills in Beginner’s Day.
Get an introduction to What is WordPress? and get a better understanding of why over 30% of the Internet uses it for their website. Christina will also cover the basics of what is a WordPress theme or plugin?
Choosing & using plugins Presented by Evan Stanton in Beginner’s Day.
Once you have a theme chosen and have used customizer to customize it, how do you add functionality? WordPress plugins are an easy way to add functionality to your or your client’s site. How do you know which one is the best one for the feature you want? How do you know if it is good code and will stand the test of time and deal with the demands of the business? You will learn how to pick out, install, and use WordPress plugins.
Contact Forms Presented by Amy Hall in Development Track.
If you want leads from your website, you need a contact form. Amy will talk all about lead generation and the importance of Contact Forms.
25 things you’re doing wrong on your WordPress site (and how to fix them) Presented by Andrew Wilder in Angels Flight.
This session will be an action-packed overview of tons of “little details” on your site that, when done right, really add up to contribute to your success. Covering a wide range of topics, including site speed, security, plugins, and SEO, we’ll go through a huge “punchlist” of items so you can see what you’re already doing right (bravo!) and where you can improve. You’ll come away from this session with a ton of things you can do to help take your site to the next level – no matter which level you’re currently on!
Empowering Women through Design Presented by Caity Kelly & Victoria Cole in Griffith Park Observatory.
Our graphic design agency’s mission is to empower women & minority owned businesses to succeed with impactful design. In this presentation, my business partner and I will discuss:
- How we empower women with design
- How web design can help women become successful business owners
- Finding ways to align with other professional women / creating a support network
- How design impacts cultural change.
We interviewed a few people from the community and here’s what they had to say:
“I joined the WordPress community in 2014. I keep coming back because to me WordPress is the community, it isn’t the actual code, or the CMS, or the admin, WordPress is the community, and I love being involved in it as much as I can.
There is no reason to buy a ticket. If the price isn’t within reason, there are scholarships available, but keep in mind for a tech conference, it’s at an unheard of price considering any other conference I go to is over $1,000. If you are having anxiety about being around that many people, just remember that a good chunk of people attending also have social anxieties, and it is easy to find quick spots to get away (I know I need it) every once in a while. There are talks and conversations for people at any level whether you are just starting out with your own blog, or are a seasoned enterprise engineer.” – Roy Sivan
“I started using WordPress in 2009 and joined the community sporadically in 2011 but became very active in 2013. The community is what keeps me coming back. It doesn’t matter what town I’m in – anywhere in the world – if there’s a WordPress group, I’m welcomed in. The people and community behind the platform make it a very special part of my life. If someone was hesitant to buy a ticket, I’d say buy it anyway, because they are going to sell out! WordCamp Los Angeles offers dynamic top-notch speakers discussing topics that will add value to your WordPress journey. The only regret I can imagine is NOT getting a ticket.” – Jen Miller
“When did you join the WordPress community? I joined the WordPress community in 2013, when I attended my first WordCamp – but I had been a WordPress developer since 2008-09. What keeps you coming back? The amazing connections, friends and the endless learning opportunities keep me coming back. What would you tell someone who was hesitant to buy a ticket to WordCamp? I would tell them to go for it. Even if you don’t learn anything tech-wise, you’ll build friends, connections, and have a fantastic time. WordCamp is just as much about networking as it is about learning.” – Miriam Goldman
“I ran my first WordPress project in 2008 when I launched Eastern Iowa News, a now defunct-news startup that penetrated a quarter of the market. WordPress makes content creation so easy and can help us stay relevant and build an audience. I’ll share all my tips on how you can create content quicker from mobile. That is what’s great about the community. People share expertise wide and far.” – Christoph Trappe
“I started attending WordCamps in 2013 and began volunteering in 2015 for WordCamp LAX. I’ve been doing their social media ever since. WordCamps are the best way to meet peers and level up your education. The people who make the WordPress community are some of the most generous people I’ve ever known. There’s no reason NOT to attend a WordCamp.” – Bridget Willard