The end of 2016 is just around the corner—four days in fact—and it has been an incredible year for WordCamps. According to WordCamp Central, there were over 115 camps in 2016 alone, with 65 taking place outside of the U.S. There is no question that WordPress is changing the lives of people globally.

WordCamps bring value to the WordPress community. They inspire and give us the ability to learn from each other. 2016 marked an opportunity for the SiteLock team to immerse itself. We experienced camps large and small, from the U.S. to Canada to Vienna, Austria. We met innovators, developers, bloggers and brand-new users. It was amazing to shake hands and hear how people are changing their lives (and the world) with WordPress.

Attending WordCamps and meeting people who use our products also gave us great insights. We were able to dig down and better understand website security concerns from a WordPresser’s perspective.

In the spirit of reflection, we wanted to share some fun 2016 SiteLock WordCamp stats:

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19 WordCamp talks

17 WordCamp sponsorships

17 community, agency and influencer interviews

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2,000+ attendees at WordCamp Europe

2 new WordPress Evangelists (Adam Warner and Logan Kipp)

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34 WordCamp recaps published on The District

3 SiteLock team members spoke at WordCamps 

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4,200+ attendees at WordCamp U.S.

40 WordCamps attended

The number of WordCamps is set to grow in 2017 and we have no doubt that WordPress has, even more, awesomeness in store. We can’t wait to see what the new year brings, and don’t forget to ask Adam or Logan about our industry-leading malware scanning and removal system, web application firewall and 24/7/365 U.S.-based customer support, we keep your website up and running, so you can focus on the things that matter most—your business, your passion, your word.