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Woo heads to Philly for the inaugural WordCamp US

December 9, 2015 - 2 Comments

As you might have heard, the first ever WordCamp US was recently held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Though there have been plenty of local WordCamps in the past, this was the very first one designated for all of the United States.

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The logo for the first WCUS.

True to its name, WCUS attracted attendees from all across the country, and even a few from across the globe. The gathering was made up of nearly 2,000 attendees, volunteers, and sponsors, and we here at Woo were delighted to be part of all three groups.

WordCamp US was a blast for those of us who made it. We had an incredible opportunity to sponsor this brand new event, talk to dozens of WooCommerce customers, and hear their amazing stories. A few of us volunteered as event staff, one member of our group spoke about eCommerce, and we all rolled T-shirts until our hands went numb. And some of us even ended up on the local news!

Here’s a closer look at what went on at the inaugural WCUS, why we wanted to be there, and some of our favorite happenings from the weekend.

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Developing as a developer at WordCamps

November 24, 2015 - 4 Comments

At Woo, we take it for granted that developers know why they should attend their local WordCamp. For us, the benefits are clear and we find huge value in these events. However, this may not be as clear for everyone.

If you’ve never attended a WordCamp before and you don’t really know why you should, then we’re here to change your mind. Here is why showing up at a WordCamp is one of the single most important things you can do for your career, life, and community as a WordPress developer.

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WCEU: A weekend of firsts and the unexpected

August 4, 2015 - Leave a comment

WCEU 2015 was my first WordCamp. I was the first to sign up, and I had no clue if anyone would come with me or how many of us would go.

As the countdown to Sevilla inched closer, we had a Euro meetup of 12 and a planned Woo house wouldn’t hold us all. Anyone on the fence about attending then gave into serious #fomo.

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WCEU also marked the first time meeting fellow Ninjas in real life. How would that go? Will people like me? Is everyone as awesome and smart as they are online? These are questions that a lot of us have when we work remotely and only interact with coworkers via Slack and Google hangouts.

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Talking eCommerce at WordCamp Paris

January 28, 2015 - 3 Comments

This weekend Woo represented at WordCamp Paris to meet the French community and share knowledges acquired during the last couple years around WooCommerce and the WordPress eCommerce niche. With 270 attendees on day 1 and 140 the next this WordCamp was a real success with 34 talks presented – some in French, some in English. A quick video made on my iPhone:

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Tools for WordPress Contributors

December 19, 2014 - 14 Comments

Contributing to WordPress is an exciting and rewarding task – no matter how you go about it, it’s incredibly satisfying knowing that you’re giving back to a platform and community that dominates nearly 25% of the internet. That being said, it can be very tricky to know where to start with contributions. There are so many different avenues that you can go down when contributing that it would be incredibly helpful if you had a guide to show you the way.

Well, you’re in luck – here are a few tools that are designed to help new (and old) contributors find their way in the world of WordPress.

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Tips for organising a successful WordPress Meetup

November 18, 2014 - 1 Comment

Meetup groups are locally-organized groups that get together for face-to-face events on a regular basis. Anything that brings together 2 or more people to share their WordPress experiences counts – there’s no minimum number of attendees or required format.

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If that’s the definition of a WordPress meetup, how do you go about organising one?

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WordCamp San Francisco 2014

October 30, 2014 - 2 Comments

It isn’t everyday that WooThemers get see each other face to face. This past weekend a half dozen of us came together to attend WordCamp San Francisco, chat with our customers, and eat some amazing burritos (seriously – they were delicious). In attendance were Bryce, Cobus, Dwain, Danny, Marina, and myself.

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WordCamp Providence Roundup – The Flexibility of WooCommerce

October 26, 2014 - Leave a comment

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Earlier this year, I was lucky enough to speak at WordCamp Providence about the Flexibility of WooCommerce – my first WordCamp Presentation! Couldn’t make it? Don’t worry, neither could I.

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WordCamp Cape Town 2013: Recap

November 15, 2013 - 1 Comment

A little while ago we told you how a few of our Cape Town team members have been getting involved in the local WordPress community, with the year’s events ultimately culminating in WordCamp Cape Town 2013. Well, that event was just over a week ago and it was an undoubtedly huge success.

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WooThemes at WordCamp Atlanta 2013

March 21, 2013 - 20 Comments

For anyone who is unaware, there are conferences happening all around the world that are centered around WordPress. They are appropriately called WordCamps, though they aren’t what you may traditionally think of as a camp. They are, on average, 1 or 2 days long and have a range of attendees. There will be people there that are first time users and people who are developers making a living from WordPress. It’s a fantastic opportunity to learn, network, and get in some team bonding!

“WordCamp is a conference that focuses on everything WordPress.”

WooThemes in Atlanta

WooThemes at WordCamp Atlanta

With that out of the way, most of the US WooThemes crew decided to get together in Atlanta this past weekend for WordCamp Atlanta 2013. It was a fairly central point for us to all meet up, plus WooThemes was a sponsor. We had Tom (New York), Mike K. (Ohio), Maria (Roaming in the RV), Daniel E. (Texas), and myself (Indiana) all get together to have a little fun and checkout a WordCamp. For a lot of us it was our first official WordCamp, I believe Tom was the only person who had gone to another WordCamp before.

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WordCamp Cape Town 2012

November 16, 2012 - 5 Comments

WordCamp Cape Town once again took place last month, with high hopes of building on the success of last years’ event. This year WordCamp was located in the beautiful surrounds of Kirstenbosch Gardens at the foot of Table Mountain and saw 5 of the WooTeam interacting with the community, including 2 talks, 1 panel discussion and assisting in the happiness bar.

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Once again the event was organized by Ashley Shaw of LightSpeed. He did a great job of putting together the event, arguably on a larger scale than last years event. There were talks from some influential members of the Cape Town WordPress community, some 3 minute pitches, and it was great to meet some of our WooThemes users as always!

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WooCommerce at WordCamp UK

July 24, 2012 - 6 Comments

WooNinja on the train to Edinburgh

Last weekend WooThemes sponsored the annual WordCamp UK that was held in Edinburgh, Scotland. Myself, Mike and Coen attended and as expected, it was a great event. We met a bunch of cool people in a beautiful city, witnessed some inspiring talks and gathered some interesting ideas and feedback on all things WooCommerce. Read on to learn all about our Scottish adventure!

Mike and I spent 5 hours on Friday afternoon travelling up the country by train whilst Coen flew in from Holland, bringing with him some Dutch delicacies for us to try (Chocolate sprinkles for breakfast, anyone?).

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