With WordCamp Birmingham just TWO DAYS away! we wanted to share a few tips for rocking the day’s sessions as an attendee. Here are a few tips to keep in mind:
Get here! Use the map, on this page, to get your directions. Also, once you are here and registered, look on the back of your badge to see a map of the location of lunch spots and the afterparty. The parking lot across from the Harbert Center on Richard Arrington, Jr. Blvd. and 4th Avenue North will be free for WordCamp attendees.
Keep track of your badge. It is your admission to Harbert Center activities and contains coupons and your food tickets! We like to recycle the lanyards, so once the day is over, drop it off at the swag table.
Follow and use the #wcbham hashtag on Twitter. A lot of attendees will post quotes they like, photos and other fun stuff. The WordCamp Birmingham Twitter feed will also use this hashtag for updates throughout the day.
Follow @wordcampbham on Twitter. We will post updates and maybe even share some of your Tweets! If you post to other social media websites, such as Facebook or Instagram, feel free to use #wcbham as well.
Stay on track. You’ll notice the schedule runs in three columns: the first for the user/blogger, the second for a business or freelancer, and the third for developers. Feel free to use one track or mix and match.
Don’t forget about the afterparty! This year’s will be at Rogue Tavern starting at 7 p.m. out on the patio. Bring your WordCamp badge.
We wanted to take a moment and mention one of the coolest features of WordCamp – the Happiness Bar.
The Happiness Bar is a live help desk, where WordPress pros sit, wait, twiddle their thumbs, eat snacks just waiting for attendees to ask them a question. These helpers are often WordCamp speakers, organizers or volunteers, a wonderful group of WordPress professionals waiting around to help – YOU!
Looking for help or advice with a certain WordPress problem?
Need recommendations for plugins or themes? Having trouble configuring your theme? Got a weird shopping cart or sidebar issue you just can’t figure out?
Bring your questions a to the Happiness Bar and one of WordCamp Birmingham’s friendly volunteers will help you sort out the issue.
We love the WordPress community that is growing all over the South. We are currently looking to round out our team with those who can help make WordCamp Birmingham 2016 a wonderful experience for all. (Tip: read through to the bottom on how to get a FREE ticket to WordCamp next weekend.)
Also, we know you have a winning attitude and a giving spirit, and we want to give you the chance to show that off at WordCamp. In fact, we’ll give you a coupon code for a free ticket if you sign-up to volunteer for 4 hours on October 29th. What do you think? Got the time? Got the smiles?
Q1: Why do you choose to participate in WordCamp? What is the impact of plugin architect WordPress/WordCamp for you?
A1: Before getting into WordPress I spent some time looking into Drupal, which has a surprisingly large developer community in the Chattanooga area. Looking to move from all custom work to using a CMS the community aspect and the resources of a local camp were much desired. Shortly after that camp I discovered a local WordPress meetup hosted by a company in my home town, the WP Ninjas. This was my first real introduction to WordPress, and while I was looking at Drupal, the local WordPress community pulled me closer. WordCamps are the recurring representation of the community that I saw in WordPress and my chance to meet more people in that community.
Q2: How do you primarily work with WordPress?
A2: My day to day is developing for Ninja Forms, the drag-and-drop form builder for WordPress. We recently released a sweeping UI and codebase change with Ninja Forms THREE that has kept me more than busy for the past year. Outside of that I maintain a website for my developer podcast, Plugin Architect, and build sites for Non-Profits and small businesses on the weekends.
Q3: What have you learned is the most helpful “rule of thumb” in managing a freelancer-lifestyle?
A3: By far, scheduling seems to be the most important consideration, as it can be one of the biggest factors to your success, but also your biggest downfall. Every client loves a freelancer that can keep a schedule, but failing to do so will lose many projects over time. This affects more than just the workday and can bleed into your social life, or lack there of, if not managed correctly.
Q4: Any apps/tools you find super helpful?
A4: phpStorm with XDebug has changed my life (thank you Iain Poulson!). Also, laracasts.com is a fantastic resource for PHP developers, second to none.
If you’re ready to dive deeper into WordPress and crack open what makes it tick, this is the track for you. Track 03 will be brimming with acronyms, work environments, optimization tips and command prompt tricks. So check out the Developer track if you want to learn more or simply want to learn what all that means.
EVAN MULLINS – Evan blogs at circlecube.com and has even been known to dream in WordPress. With a background in digital media art, he now embraces the dark side and has found a strong creative outlet programming websites.
MICAH WOOD – Micah currently works at Narwhal Digital as the team lead for enterprise WordPress projects and helps organize a local WordPress meetup group.
COREY MAASS – Corey is a full-stack web developer with a love for entrepreneurship and minimum viable everything. He built his first website in 1995, his first SaaS app in 2003, and his first WordPress plugin in 2009.
DAVID WOOD – David is a web developer with over 7 years of development experience. He has spent much of his career working with WordPress, writing everything from custom plugins and themes to highly specialized code for unique situations
PATRICK BATES – Patrick began his Internet career with becoming his hometown’s first ISP in 1995. He first became involved with WordPress in 2011, which then led to him co-founding Project Nami (a port of WordPress to SQL Server) in 2013.
SAM BRASSEALE – Sam is a Birmingham based web developer working at Cayenne Creative managing a team of developers who build client sites primarily using WordPress.
Many of these developers will be hanging out all day. A few will even be helping out in the Happiness Bar. So be ready to ask questions or chat them about all things WordPress. Buy your tickets today!
Sam is a Birmingham based web developer working at Cayenne Creative. He has been working as a web developer since 2009. Since then he’s worked at various agencies around town, founded a startup, Freshfully, based in Avondale, and now manages a team of developers building client sites primarily using WordPress. He was kind enough to give us a few minutes to answer some questions so that we can get to know him better.
Q1: Why do you choose to participate in WordCamp? What is the impact of WordPress/WordCamp for you?
A1: I chose to participate in WordCamp partially due to peer pressure, ha!. I also have always wanted to find a way give back to the community of developers in Birmingham. I’ve been toiling away in my little bubble of influence for a while now with no real benefit outside our client base. I feel it’s important for us to share what we know to help others get there faster. A rising tide lifts all boats.
Q2: What is the impact of WordPress/WordCamp for you?
A2: WordPress has impacted me personally for a number of years. I’ve been employed as a WordPress developer for going on 7 years now. I’ve basically built my life around creating great user experiences for my clients and their clients using WordPress as a platform. I also landed one of my early jobs after attending WordCamp many years ago. WordCamp has always been a great example of providing ongoing learning for both developers and those who need websites.
Q3: How do you primarily work with WordPress?
A3: All of my work with WordPress is custom development. We will use some off the shelf plugins for functionality, but most of that functionality is heavily modified or created from scratch.
Q4: What is the most powerful tool or strategy for someone managing multiple WordPress sites?
A4: Well, as it so happens, my talk at this year’s WordCamp will be specifically about that topic. I’ll be speaking on using Vagrant and Wordmove to manage multiple websites with relative ease. There are a few tips and tricks involved in setup and day-to-day usage, but pretty much anyone familiar with developing sites locally should be able to pick up the techniques and run with them on day one.
There is so much practical and real world experience listed below. No matter what stage you find yourself – a 10-year freelance veteran or simply dreaming of the day someone would pay you money to do some WordPress work – the folks listed below are the ones you would want to buy a cup of coffee with and pick their brains.
NATHAN INGRAM – Nathan is a regular instructor at iThemes Training where he teaches WordPress and freelance business development topics via live webinar.
ELIZABETH PAMPALONE – In 2007, Elizabeth started her first company, Jax Computer Chic. She started out making house calls for sick computers and branched out into teaching classes at the local High School.
BRIAN KROGSGARD – Brian is the editor of Post Status, a news and information website for WordPress professionals. It’s a community-centric project with more than 700 members doing incredible things with WordPress.
KRISTI L. OLIVER – Kristi is a serial entrepreneur, public speaker, and professionally known as The Brand Visibility Expert™. Like many of her fans and clients, she is passionate, results-oriented and operates her brand and businesses in a spirit of excellence.
ADAM WARNER – Adam discovered the world of WordPress in 2005 and has been working within the community ever since founding several WordPress-focused businesses providing education, plugins and consulting services for online business owners.
KYLE JOHNSON – Ninja Forms Senior Developer and host of the Plugin Architect Podcast.
So buy your ticket today and come on out to WordCamp Birmingham 2016 to learn from their successes, failures and bags of tricks.
It’s 2pm folks! While ticket sales for WordCamp Birmingham will continue through next week – there are only 10 hours left for you to buy your ticket and register you shirt size. After 11:59 p.m. today, we can’t guarantee your tee will fit your frame.
This year’s design is great and it’s one you’re going to want to have in your drawer:
Today, we want to introduce you to the outstanding slate of speakers lined up for the Bloggers/Power Users track. Check out the list below or click through to get more info about each speaker. You’re probably even going to want to give their sites a follow or chat them up on social media somewhere. So look for them in all those spots as well.
KATE NEWBILL – Kate has been building websites since she taught herself HTML and CSS to dress up her eBay listings in 1999. Today she runs 2FishWeb LLC, a general WordPress consultancy offering design, development, security, and maintenance services, and teaches classes on WordPress.
GERROALD BARRON – Gerroald is passionate about WordPress development and WordPress security.
GEORGE CHILDS – George has taught WordPress training seminars on three different continents. His passion is to make things easy to use so that nobody feels stupid, because most people aren’t.
SHELLY PEACOCK – Shelley built her first website in 2009- as a way to make my designs “do stuff”, and as a portfolio for her art business. Mantra: Life is short- GET #FIERCE WITH IT.
SARA CANNON – Sara is an entrepreneur, creative director, and artist. She is the Managing Partner and Creative Director at Range. She is also the Founder of Spruce Media, LLC.
KATHRYN LANG – Master of “it’s all about #relationships.”Aficionado of inappropriate laughter, Kathryn Lang has been helping others find the time to make their dreams come true.
What do you think? Many of these speakers will all be doing follow ups in the Happiness Bar after their talks, so you can track them down to ask more questions or to get help.