WordCamp Orlando 2014 Recap

Orlando has been proudly hosting WordCamp since 2009. Since we’re a distributed team, WP Valet really enjoys WordCamp. This year, WordCamp Orlando 2014 was a terrific opportunity to spend time together as a team and catch up with friends in the community. Below are some of our favorite tweets from the 2-day weekend.

Nice seeing most of our team in person!

VIP Party

Cool Swag

Big Thanks to WordCamp Orlando

We would like to say a special thanks to Mr. David Laietta for being a great front man/leader for the event.

Some Great Speakers (and Not WP Valet Employees)

Karim Marucchi – GETTING PAST EMPLOYEE #1

Getting past yourself—from hiring a second employee, to asking for help, and solidifying your vision. This is all part of the challenge of growing a company. Karim’s talk was great. He told his story and offered tips for those looking to grow their business past themselves.

Ivan Lopez – WORDPRESS JSON REST API

The WordPress REST API is coming in WordPress 4.1. We learned about what the REST API is, how to use it, and how it can give us a new perspective for WordPress as an application platform. We walked through examples on making HTTP requests to the API. We also went through authenticating to perform more sensitive actions—such as creating, editing, and deleting resources. This talk was also great for getting us thinking about how we can use the REST API in component or projects that we’re working on.

Andrew Norcross, Mark Jaquith – PANEL – THE BUSINESS OF PLUGINS

We enjoyed this panel and the open discussions with the audience it started.

Hristo Pandjarov – WORDPRESS MIGRATION 101

In this talk, Hristo went through the process of migrating a WordPress website to a new server. He listed the issues that users will probably face and how to overcome them. He showed easy to follow tips and tricks that make moving WordPress possible even for beginners.

David Rogers – ROOTS STARTER THEME

WordPress theme development has traditionally been a messy business: template files everywhere, the infinitely scrolling `functions.php` file, theme meta defined in the CSS file.  A new kid on the block is setting the standards, though: meet Roots (http://roots.io), a starter theme (not a theme framework!) that is Bootstrap-built responsive, cleanly organized to make WordPress themes clean, mean, and super awesome.

WP Valet Speaker Roll Call

Funny thing happened at WordCamp Orlando. About a 3rd of the WP Valet was accepted to speak at the event—5 of us total! We’ve been involved with the WordPress community for many years. If you’d gone to previous WordCamp events, you’d have seen our team members there, speaking about what we love. Some of our team members were formerly freelancers in the community, and have since joined WP Valet. It’s great to see our team grow and have so many of us active in the community – GO TEAM!

Mason James – DATA-DRIVEN DEVELOPMENT

Gave a talk on using real metrics to create value-based pricing for your customers’ success.

Kimberly Lipari – BE A USER THE PRO’S LOVE!

As WordPress grows, so does the sphere of people using Professional Paid WordPress sources. This talked covered a few initial pointers about what you should expect when jumping into the WordPress ocean of resources.

Jesse Petersen – BEING MORE PROFITABLE IN WP BUSINESS

When you started your WordPress business, you either wanted to earn extra money or you wanted to improve your lifestyle. Jesse accidentally stepped into the market, was thrust into business, and decided to change his family tree using WordPress.

Josh Shashaty – WORKING IN A DISTRIBUTED TEAM

Working in a distributed team environment has it’s challenges. How do you not run into each have other? What kind of work flow do you use? Josh talked about what works best given a WordPress environment.

James Tryon – PANEL – RUNNING AN AGENCY

James talked with four agency owners in a moderated panel, and discussed about what makes them tick.

Happiness Bar

Meet Some Cool New People

Reconnect with Old Friends

Closing Remarks

After Party


GoDaddy winning people over one table at a time.

Morning Social

Great Causes

Sponsors

Check out the full list of all the sponsors.

Site Ground

WP Beginner

WP Engine

HighForge

Tearstone Graohics

Newsletter Signup

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