WordPress has been a rock among the shifting sands of website building platforms, with a fifteen-year history in the space. While other platforms have come and gone, split into multiple platforms, or struggled to even get noticed, WordPress has been a steady force that nearly one-third of the internet relies on. On December 6th, we saw the release of what is largely considered to be the biggest change to WordPress ever seen. WordPress 5.0 has moved away from the Classic Editor, and implemented the new editor, Gutenberg.
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It’s been a whirlwind year of awesome WordCamps for us here at SiteLock. From East to West, and North to South, we reached all four corners of the United States. We even ventured over the border to Montreal and overseas to Serbia! To finish out an amazing year, we headed to the South one final time for one of our biggest events of the year—WordCamp US 2018 in Nashville, TN!
This year has been quite the whirlwind of travel for me in my role as Community Evangelist here at SiteLock! It’s taken me from one end of the country to the other as a sponsor, speaker, and attendee, and every moment has been a blast. I’ve really enjoyed visiting so many different towns and WordPress communities. On Saturday, November 5, it was time to welcome people to my own town for WordCamp Portland 2018.
As co-Lead Organizer of WordCamp Portland, I was involved in all aspects of the event this year and we started planning all the way back in May! But on Saturday everything finally came together for one of our most successful WordCamps yet.
Last week I had the pleasure of returning to Baltimore for their annual WordCamp event. I have fond memories of my first time in the city in 2016 as it was where I met several of my WordPress community colleagues and friends, not to mention the after event fun at Medieval Times.
This year’s event was even better than my previous experience! Organizers did an amazing job of choosing high-quality content for the presentations, and each session was packed with actionable takeaways that attendees could start implementing right away. That sounds like the perfect marketing lead-in, but I also had the pleasure of speaking. I can only hope that I did my part in providing high-quality content too;)
Last week we rolled into LA for WordCampLAX and were greeted with sunny skies, palm trees, and lots and lots of talented, smart WordPressers. Held on the breezy 3rd floor terrace of the Golden Eagle ballroom at Cal State, it was one of the most unique WordCamp venues I’ve seen, perfectly suited to the dreamy LA weather.
There were three tracks this year, along with a full Beginner’s Day on Friday. It was so successful that they repeated a few of the Beginner’s talks over the rest of the weekend, as Friday completely sold out. There was also an unconference-style Barcamp on Sunday that encouraged audience participation with a selection of topics up for discussion. This is something you don’t see at many WordCamps, but I hope it inspires more organizers to include them because it’s a great way to hear new voices in the community.
This year’s WordCamp Sacramento was full of great speakers, interesting topics and lots of enthusiastic attendees. Again held right downtown at the Sacramento Convention Center, it was 2 days of three tracks, including a dedicated Beginner’s track.
SiteLock was a Gold sponsor this year and Michael I were hanging at our sponsor booth spreading the word about security for WordPress!
WordCamp MSP spanned three days this year, with the first day dedicated to blocks of 2-hour workshops. This gave the speakers and attendees the opportunity to engage in their topics more deeply and leave with both a great understanding of the topic, and many real-world actionable tasks to put into place immediately.
At SiteLock, we are passionate and committed to giving back to the communities in which we live and work. In July of 2018, SiteLock teamed up with the Phoenix Rescue Mission for their “Code Red” water drive. With temperatures hitting the triple digits during the summer months in Phoenix, the SiteLock team wanted to provide relief to those without access to shelter or water.
We are proud to announce SiteLock employees donated a whopping 23,537 bottles of water to the Phoenix Rescue Mission. Not only that, but SiteLock matched our employees’ donations, contributing more than 47,000 bottles to the drive!
And there’s more good news! The Phoenix Rescue Mission also had a third-party company match SiteLock’s donation. Together, we donated over 70,000 bottles of water to those in need to cool down and get some relief from the summer heat. Check out some photos of SiteLock’s water drive donation!
About the organization: The Phoenix Rescue Mission is devoted to providing help, hope, healing, and relief to the homeless men, women, and children of Phoenix and its surrounding communities.
This year marked the 10th anniversary for WordCamp Montreal, held at the John Molson School of Business, in the heart of the city. SiteLock participated as a Gold sponsor and our own Jamie Schmid was selected to speak about how using staging sites in WordPress can make your web development projects a lot easier.
“WordPress is People.”
That was the underlying theme of this year’s WordCamp Denver, but it’s also the theme of the WordPress community in general. Many of us who consider this amazing community “family” (myself included!) have our own stories of the odd, unexpected, serendipitous journey that led us here.
Many of us worked for years with WordPress, isolated on our own proverbial island, before we even discovered the WordPress community exists! But whether it was finding an answer in the .org forums, reading a helpful tutorial posted by someone who’s been there done that, or just referenced the Codex to learn the inner workings of a theme function: we’ve all benefited from community contributions in some way. And that experience is what drives many of us to give back to the community ourselves.
There were so many thoughtful and personal touches that went into this year’s camp, it was obvious the organizers and volunteers have a deep connection and love for the community.