One of the best and most visited WordCamps in the world - WordCamp Miami - will gather hundreds of WordPress enthusiasts for 6th time this year .
If you are brand new to WordPress, or perhaps you haven’t done much more than simply publishing posts or pages… then WordCamp Miami holds a lot of great information for you. But WordCamp Miami is a big event – the following QUICK guide is to point out some of the many talks and workshops you should see.
Note: Always check the schedule for the exact days/times of sessions, or if there are any last minute cancellations.
Pre-Conference (Friday, May 29th):
- Beginner’s 101 Course-This full day class is especially tuned for those new to WordPress.
- Front-end & WordPress Theme Course -This full day class is especially for front-end developers or designers who already know HTML/CSS coding but want to improve their skills in coding and their ability in building WordPress Themes.
- BuddyCamp Miami -This full day class is for designers, developers, and ANYONE wanting to learn more about BuddyPress.
Main Conference(Saturday, May 30th?Sun, May 31st):
Sat May 30th
All The How-To Tracks
Seriously, we couldn’t pick just one. If you are a WordPress user then you need to take a look at the Saturday “How To” track where a WIDE variety of subjects are covered. Many tracks aren’t JUST for beginners but with the step-by-step instructions and attention from speakers (who will be available in the Happiness Bar after the talks), beginners will feel well at home here.
Chris Lema – Blog Topics
Come hear Chris’s specific tips to help you find blog topic and how to get started writing without stress.
Sun May 31st
Business track is good for any business owners or freelancers. If you still want to learn more about WordPress, our All Users track covers a wide range of topics suitable for any level of WordPress user. And for the first time we are bringing “mini-workshops” to our Developer track on Sunday. Mini-workshops will fit any range of WordPress developer.
Avoiding Dangerous And Low-Quality Plugins and Themes
Choosing a theme or plugin can be as daunting a task buying a new car. Rami Abraham discuss several points that will hopefully provide attendees with a list of indicators and features to look for when making these choices. The goal is to get a high quality product, provided by a company that offers support, should you need it.
Growing Your Non-Profit With WordPress
Even if you don’t have a non-profit now, Tim Sisson’s tips on using WordPress can still apply to what you do.
Writing For The Web
Nakeesha Charles will show you how to write more clearly on your website.
Here are some of the speakers that so far have been officially announced:
Aaron Campbell-Aaron has over fifteen years of web development experience. He has been
a regular contributor to WordPress for the last eight years, and even co-lead the WordPress 3.6 release. Aaron has worked with clients ranging from
small local businesses to Google, Yahoo, Disney, and Harvard.
Brian Messenlehner-Brian, a former Marine Corps software developer is the
Co-Founder of WebDevStudios, Co-Founder of AppPresser,
Co-Author of Building Web Apps with WordPress and runs the New Jersey
WordPress meet up group. Brian loves using WordPress as an
application framework for building cool websites, e-commerce solutions, social networks and mobile applications.
David Hayes-David is part of the team at WPShout , a premier
source of WordPress tutorials, news, and more on the internet. He’s
a developer who does a lot of intensive backend server work with PHP
Jason Coleman-Jason is co-author of Building Web Apps with WordPress and Lead Developer
of Paid Memberships Pro, the 100% open source membership plugin for WordPress.
He has been pushing WordPress to its limits for many years and is an advocate
for using WordPress as an application framework to build web sites and apps
that go above and beyond the typical blog of CMS site.
John James Jacoby-Project lead for BuddyPress and bbPress. WordPress contributor, BackPress
supporter. Cranky driver. Puppy whisperer. Naps required. Currently the
Director of Web Engineering at 10up.
Justin Sainton-Justin Sainton is the founder of Zao, an agency based near Portland, Oregon.
As a core contributor to WordPress and lead developer for the WP eCommerce
project, Justin believes passionately in the philosophy of open source software.
Working exclusively with WordPress and an array of other open-source technologies, Justin and Zao have provided creative and effective solutions
for a wide variety of companies and associations ranging from Amazon to PayPal to
Mark Jaquith-Mark Jaquith has been working with and contributing to WordPress since 2004.
He is one of the lead developers of the WordPress core and offers freelance
WordPress consulting services through Covered Web Services with a focus on
scaling, security, and custom functionality.
Matt Cromwell-Matt is Brand Ambassador and Support Guru at WordImpress.com.
He’s the author of many free?WordPress?plugins, a popular blogger at his?website,
an admin of the Advanced WordPress Facebook group, co-organizer of the San Diego WordPress Meetup, and a WordCamp
speaker and frequent attender.
Michele Butcher-Michele is the lead WordPress Specialist at WP Security Lock cleaning hacked
websites and teaching the masses how to stay secure in the WordPress world.
She is also the head geek at Can’t Speak Geek. Michele is also the lead organizer
of the Southern Illinois WordPress Meetup and teaches beginners and Intermediate
WordPress for John A Logan College.
Morten Rand-Hendriksen-Morten Rand-Hendriksen built his first website in 1997 and has used the web to
further communication between people ever since. He’s a staff author at lynda.com
where he has published 50+ courses on WordPress and front-end development and also teaches web design and development at Emily Carr
University of Art and Design.
Rami Abraham-Rami Abraham is a WordPress developer and ‘gif savant’ at WebDevStudios.
He’s been building with WordPress since version 2.8, with a heavy focus in
an unending variety of frameworks, SVG animation, and is part of the Affiliate
WP support team after hours.
A co-organizer of WordPress Lancaster / WordCamp Lancaster, Rami also attends and
speaks at a variety of WordCamps, other tech conferences, and meetups.
Sarrah Vesselov-Sarrah Vesselov hails from Tampa, FL. She is the Creative Director for NRS and
freelances in the areas of web design, PPC Marketing, SEO, and media project
management. She teaches classes in WordPress, HTML5, CSS3, and internet
marketing at several Tampa colleges. Sarrah has served as Mentoring Lead for
SIGGRAPH, Production coordinator for Evolve CG, and is currently the Director for
the Women Who Code Tampa chapter. She holds a B.F.A in Computer Animation,
a M.B.A in Marketing and has just completed a Front End Engineering program.
Shanta Nathwani-Shanta R. Nathwani is a Web Design and Information Architecture Consultant
as well as an Instructor in Web Design and CCIT Capstone at Sheridan College,
located in Oakville, Ontario, Canada which includes teaching WordPress.
The ICCIT program is a joint program with the University of Toronto at Mississauga.
She teaches students and small businesses how to use their websites and
social media to increase their online presence leading to increased revenues and
improved customer service. She has assisted companies to incorporate social
media in the real estate, financial, non-profit, education and technical fields to name a few.
Syed Balkhi-Syed Balkhi is an award winning entrepreneur and CEO of Awesome Motive Inc,
the parent company of WPBeginner (the largest free WordPress resource site),
List25, OptinMonster, Soliloquy, EnviraGallery, ThemeLab, and several more.
His sites have millions of subscribers and quarter billion video views. Syed’s work
has been featured in Forbes, Inc, Fox Business, Entrepreneur Magazine, Wired
Magazine, and countless other well-reputed online magazines.
Sze Liu-Sze Liu is the CEO and Founder of 852?Creative?Marketing?&?Design.
Originally from Hong Kong, Sze has always loved branding, marketing and
technology and has been involved in the field throughout her career.
She has managed online and offline marketing for start-ups and major corporations (Manpower, Inc. and Ryder System, Inc.).
She also has experience in global business development,
including projects based in China.
Sze has lived in South Florida for more than 20 years and holds a B.S. in
marketing and international business from Florida Atlantic University, as well as
an MBA from University of Miami. As co-founder of Wiredin Women, she also helps support a community of women
who wish to learn, share ideas and become successful in online business.
Taylor Lovett-Taylor Lovett is the Director of Engineering at 10up, one of the biggest
WordPress centric agencies in the world. Having been involved with WordPress
since 2007, he has contributed to WordPress core, authored popular plugins
(downloaded hundreds of thousands of times), ND spoken at many conferences
across multiple continents.
WordCamp Miami will be held over the course of three days at Florida International University
Florida International University | School of Business
11200 SW 8th St, Miami, FL 33174
Public Transportation to FIU
buses 8 and 11 go to FIU from downtown Miami.