Find Your Community at WordPress WordCamps

When you think about WordPress, websites and blogging likely come to mind. While this is certainly an accurate association, WordPress is much more than just a publishing and site-hosting software: it’s a community of users and developers across the globe. Almost every weekend, somewhere in the world, these users get together at a local WordCamp.

As a WordPress user yourself, you have an open invitation to attend WordCamps. Want to uncover what WordPress WordCamps are all about, what to expect, and the benefits of attending? Read on!

WordCamps are about community

The first WordCamp was hosted in San Francisco in 2006. Since then, these events have been held in 65 countries, across six continents.

WordCamps are informal meetups, organized by community members. They typically focus on all things WordPress, and provide users (regardless of experience level) with a place to collaborate, share ideas, and learn from each other.

WordCamps are hosted and organized by volunteers. While each one features a regional flavor, they generally follow the WordCamp Organizer Handbook. Below are some elements that you can expect to see at every WordCamp event.

Passionate attendees

One of the overarching themes present at every WordCamp is making WordPress education accessible to everyone. This is why these events attract a broad range of people — from new users to those who actively contribute to WordPress software development. You’ll meet bloggers, website owners, graphic designers, developers, WordPress consultants, and everyone in between.

Scheduled sessions

WordCamps typically take place over the course of a weekend. Many occur from a Friday to Sunday, while others are single-day events. Each day includes sessions that span a variety of formats. This might include workshops, panels, interviews, lectures, and live demonstrations.

Upon arrival, you’ll be presented with a schedule of sessions. Schedules are frequently organized by skill level and topic. For example, “Social Media Sharing for Beginners” or “Advanced Strategies for Search Engine Optimization.”

Session at WordCamp San Diego 2016. Photo by Joe McDonald (http://mcdonaldmediaproduction.com/)

Associated costs

WordCamps are not-for-profit. They’re meant to be low-key, affordable events. Tickets usually run from $20 per day, and include full conference access, snacks, and a t-shirt or other branded merchandise.

WordCamps are positioned to offer value for a low price because they’re subsidized by sponsors like Jetpack. In case you’re curious, here’s why Jetpack loves supporting WordCamps.

Jetpack Sponsor Table at WordCamp Europe 2017. Photo by Oliver Gobet (https://www.flickr.com/photos/gd6d/)

Organizers, volunteers, and speakers

WordCamps are led by teams of organizers, volunteers, and session speakers. Everyone involved in running the event is a volunteer, the majority of whom are locally based.

These volunteers donate their time and energy out of their love for WordPress and its community. They frequently wear matching t-shirts so that you can quickly identify them. Should you have questions or need anything at a WordCamp, find a volunteer to help.

Volunteers at WordCamp Dallas-Fort Worth 2017

Reasons to attend a WordCamp

Not sure if attending a WordCamp is right for you? Here are a few reasons to reconsider:

Learn something new

At every WordCamp, you’ll dive deeper into familiar topics, find new ways to improve your website, and become familiar with features that you might not be using at this point. In short, you’ll leave with insights and an eagerness to test out some new WordPress knowledge.

If you want to attend multiple sessions scheduled for the same time, don’t worry. Most WordCamps record sessions and post them on WordPress.tv afterward.

Visit new cities

Thanks to the affordability of WordCamp tickets, attending an out-of-town event might also factor into your budget. Consider this a great excuse to visit a new city and connect with the locals.

Additionally, if you’re attending WordCamp for business purposes, you might be able to deduct certain travel expenses from your taxes. Of course, you’ll want to check with your accountant first.

Meet the Jetpack team in-person

Jetpack sponsors WordCamps all over the world. As a part of that sponsorship, Jetpack team members attend events and host booths. At numerous WordCamps, you can stop by the Jetpack booth, meet the team that creates and supports it, and maybe even pick up some free merch.

Jetpack at WordCamp US 2015. Photo by Sheri Bigelow (https://flic.kr/p/CxRD7W)

Get your questions answered

Meeting experienced WordPress users who can help you overcome site obstacles is one of the greatest benefits of attending an event. Many WordCamps even offer a Happiness Bar where you can ask for website help throughout the weekend.

Expand your network

You’ll find ample time between sessions to chat with other WordPress enthusiasts. WordCamps are a great way to make business connections, find freelancers for hire to assist with your website development, and meet others who use WordPress and Jetpack in a similar way.

Go WordCamping

Each WordCamp is positioned to help attendees learn, engage with others, and discover the larger WordPress community. You might become exhausted from all the exciting new information and interactions, but chances are high that by the time you leave, you’ll already be thinking about your next WordCamp.

WordCamp Medellin 2016. Photo by Samantha Hare.

If you haven’t yet attended a WordCamp, now’s your chance! Find an upcoming WordCamp near you.

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Visit Us at WordCamp US to See What’s New and Get Exclusive Swag

Howdy! Are you going to be at WordCamp US in Nashville, TN? We are!

Jetpack is a Printer’s Alley sponsor of the third annual WordCamp US, and this year we’re more excited than ever to connect with you. We’ll be on site on Friday, December 1 and Saturday, December 2 to talk about what’s new with Jetpack, answer your questions, and give away some exclusive-to-WCUS swag.

If you have a question about using Jetpack or feedback to share with us, we’ll have plenty of staff available to talk with you. We’ll also have a satellite table at a separate spot where you can get help setting up the plugin, upgrading your plan, or troubleshooting specific issues.

If you’ll be in Nashville this weekend, make some time in your schedule to chat with our team, pick up some swag, and learn about the latest and greatest Jetpack features. We look forward to seeing you!

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Join Us for a Tête-à-Tête in Paris: Learn About What’s Coming to Jetpack

Jetpack is once again a headline sponsor of WordCamp EU alongside WooCommerce. Our team can’t wait to answer your questions, help troubleshoot issues, or just have a quick tête-à-tête about any WordPress topic you can think of.

This year we’re also inviting you to attend four great workshops by our team members and to sign up to be the first to hear about a big announcement coming from Jetpack.

Watch and share the teaser video here:

WordPress.com and WordPress.org: The Same, But Different

There’s often confusion over WordPress.org versus WordPress.com. In this talk, I’ll explore key differences between the two, the upsides, and downsides of each, and situations where you might want to use one over the other.

  • By Eric Binnion, Growth Wrangler.
  • For people sitting on the fence.
  • At 16:00 Friday, June 16th in the Haussmann Building.

Jetpack Secrets: Theme Tools, Actions, Filters, and Other Little Known Facts

Jetpack is loaded with filters and actions that allow you to modify default behaviour. It also comes with many theme tools that can be used when building a custom theme or one for widespread distribution. I’ll also have some fun new things to reveal to all who attend!

  • By Miguel Lezama, Jetpack Development Lead.
  • For developers, plugin authors, and designers.
  • At 16:30 Friday, June 16th in the Haussmann Building.

Jetpack’s Win-Win for Users and Hosts

Do you provide managed or shared WordPress hosting? (Or thinking of doing so?) We will cover how Jetpack reduces hosting churn and how we help hosts provide a best-in-class WordPress experience to all users.

  • By Richard Muscat, Jetpack Growth Lead.
  • For hosts working in the WordPress space.
  • At 09:00 Saturday, June 17th in the Haussmann Building.

Launch Your Site With Jetpack!

In this talk, I’ll go over Jetpack basics: how to connect to WordPress.com and how to configure popular features. I’ll also share some best practices for using Jetpack on client sites and some advanced tips and tricks.

  • By Richard Archambault, Jetpack Happiness Engineer.
  • For newcomers, intermediates, and freelancers.
  • At 09:30 Saturday, June 17th in the Haussmann Building.

We’re literally counting down the days until we get there. We look forward to seeing you at our booth and at our talks.

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Jetpack at WordCamp London

The Jetpack team is heading back to London!

WordCamp London is this weekend, and we’ll be there for Contributor Day on Friday and the main event on Saturday and Sunday.

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Why We Go To WordCamp

620 WordCamps. 67 cities. 48 countries. 6 continents.

Have you ever been to a WordCamp event? Curious about what it is?

WordCamps are casual, locally-organized conferences covering everything related to WordPress, the free and open source personal publishing software that powers over 75 million sites on the web.

Passionate WordPress fans are everywhere. WordCamps happen all over the world and Jetpack sponsors every single one of them. We also attempt to visit as many WordCamps in person as possible!

Our #1 goal is to support the WordCamp effort worldwide. Here’s why we love supporting WordCamps.

WordCamps are an opportunity to bring WordPress community members together IRL.

The Internet is a wonderful place, but there’s still something to be said for bringing together people in person to network, connect and learn from one another. Not only are WordCamps a great way to meet new friends, it’s also a place to develop new business connections.

WordCamps are a great way for beginners and seasoned WordPress users to learn and grow.

A typical WordCamp event includes sessions on how to use WordPress more effectively,  plugin and theme development, advanced techniques, security and more. Lectures, panels and workshops dive deep into these topics for those looking to enhance their knowledge of WordPress.

WordCamps are a low-cost way for WordPress users to keep learning.

Unlike many other conferences or meet-ups, WordCamp works hard to keep costs low so everyone has an opportunity to benefit. Sponsorship helps make that happen.

WordCamps allow us to meet the Jetpack community in person.

Here at Jetpack, we love our passionate users. When we get out and about in the community at WordCamps all over the world, we get to meet YOU in person. We always have a table at WordCamps and send a few members of our team to listen to your questions, thoughts and feedback. Nothing makes us happier than hearing from our Jetpack community.

WordCamps help us to both improve Jetpack and spread the word about our product.

Whether someone uses Jetpack or not, when we meet WordPress users in person, we listen and gain feedback that gives us ideas and helps us improve Jetpack. This allows us to make an even bigger impact for those who use WordPress day in and day out. WordCamps also lets us spread the word about important tools like Protect, which benefit the entire WordPress community at large.

Want to attend a WordCamp event? Check out this list of upcoming events to see when WordCamp is coming to a city near you!

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See you at WordCamp London!

Jetpack is proud to sponsor WordCamps in 2015 and the team will be in attendance at this year’s WordCamp London! Come find us at our table to grab some swag or to talk about Jetpack’s latest features and upcoming releases. We’ll also be covering the Happiness Bar during much of the event to answer your WordPress or Jetpack-related questions.

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