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WordCamp Phoenix 2014

Updated on March 5, 2014

WordCamp Phoenix 2014

WordCamp is, indubitably focused on everything WordPress but there are so many little nuggets offered that even if you don't have a WordPress site, you will definitely be able to get something out of it.

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Stickers and buttons aboundthroughout the conference.!
Stickers and buttons aboundthroughout the conference.! | Source

What is WordPress?

It is a little bit hard to conceive of, but there are still many people who, not only don't use Wordpress, but they don't even know what it is. WordPress is a free web hosting service. It is the most popular blogging system with over 60 million sites on the web. You can start a site on either WordPress.com or WordPress.org. The former allows you to set up a blog as part of the wordPress community. They do all the legwork and you can just create. WordPress.org is a little different. You can download the (free) software but you are doing your own hosting. You would need to ourchase a domain (address) to park your WordPress site. A ".org" site allows you more autonomy but is also more work. Also, If you are interested in monetizing your site, you must have a ".org" vs. a ".com"

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WordPress Support

The WordPress developers designed it to house multiple plugins offering users and developers many opportunities. Because WordPress is a free and open source, it relies on peer support. In 2006, WordCamp was created as a way to share all the amazing programs to use on your WordPress site. I have had the opportunity to attend two WordCamp conferences. I have come back richer in knowledge and more motivated in spirit both times that I attended. You can read about my experience WordCamp Phoenix 2013 here.

Networking is Paramount

At seminars like this, networking is a given. There are many people who attend strictly for that reason. Since you are meeting so many people,it is a good idea to organize and jot down notes on each business card or brochure you take. I also recommend that you go over them at the end of the conference. With the amount of information at this conference, you will likely get confused if you don't. Make sure that you have plenty of business cards with you!

WordCamp Phoenix 2014

Imagine, if you will, a room filled with more than 750 individuals, including webdesigners, coders, bloggers, business bloggers and hosts. These are the people who make a typical WordCamp.They all get together several times a year, in several different cities and countries to educate the masses (or those who want to learn!) everything WordPress. It is an exchange of ideas and information for anyone from the extreme beginner to the experienced professional. It is a fun filled, invigorating, yet relaxed atmosphere. You can come and go as you please. There are multiple charging stations in the lobbies and lecture halls. This is one place where texting and tweeting are welcomed, in fact, encouraged. There is a "Rockstar Bar" in the lobby throughout the conference, as well as vendors. The Rockstars consist of experienced WordPress users or developers, who are there to help you with any problems or questions about your site.

WordCamp Sponsors

Like most programs, WordCamp relies on sponsors to help make it the success it is! They are also participants of the conference both as attendees, vendors, speakers and support.
Like most programs, WordCamp relies on sponsors to help make it the success it is! They are also participants of the conference both as attendees, vendors, speakers and support. | Source

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What does WordCamp include?

This year's $50 ticket bought admission to all 3 days of WordCamp and included a t-shirt, a messenger bag, 3 meals, 2 after parties and more than 30 sessions to choose from, ranging from beginners to advanced. You could attend a class on monetizing your blog, web design or learn from experts, like Elisa Camahort, Co-Founder of Blogher on how to make your site known!

You could rub elbows with and attend seminars taught by experts in the field like Elisa Camahort, Co-Founder of Blogher.

This years WordCamp ticket bought all of the above, an enormous amount of education, resources, a whole lot of swag and invaluable networking!

WordCamp Swag

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Everyone gets a bag, filled with swag and....... a t-shirt!The t-shirt offered space for some self-expression, free advertising or both!
Everyone gets a bag, filled with swag and....
Everyone gets a bag, filled with swag and.... | Source
... a t-shirt!
... a t-shirt! | Source
The t-shirt offered space for some self-expression, free advertising or both!
The t-shirt offered space for some self-expression, free advertising or both! | Source

WordCamp Phoenix 2014 WPwatercooler

It takes a lot of planning and organizing to host a WordCamp event. They begin a year in advance and involve many different talented people to insure a successful experience for everyone. In the video below, many of the speakers and organizers are part of the WPwatercooler, which is a 30 minute WordPress talk show, where they discuss anything WordPress.

This was my second WordCamp. Many of the same organizers were there, as well as new faces and new companies. I found it fun and interesting to be able to wander as I chose, speak to people for ideas and trouble shoot. In fact, my site "crashed" while I was there and I while I was able to utilize the skills of the Rock Stars to help me get it up and running, I also had the option to go to host site, GoDaddy, where they had me up and running in no time! The truth of the matter, is that I purposely tested the plugin while I was there because I knew that I had all the resources there to help me. IIf you would like to learn more about websites, blogging, designing, etc or just need a boost of energy, highly recommend you attend a WordCamp. You don't have to have a WordPress hosted site to attend but it may convert you!

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      Randi Benlulu 23 months ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you for stopping by, sujaya!

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      sujaya venkatesh 23 months ago

      a real research hub

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you very much, Iris for visiting my hub. Much appreciated! You should definitely look into attending Wordcamp. It is a great experience!

      Thank you also for the follow. I look forward to checking out your hubs!

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      Cristen Iris 3 years ago from Boise, Idaho

      Randi, I come to you via Bill Holland's blog. I am so grateful to you for writing about this. I had no idea they had these conferences. There's a WordCamp in San Francisco on Oct. 25-26. They have a $10 option that allows live streaming of the talks. This was very useful! Many thanks.

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      You are welcome, Rebecca! I hope you enjoy it!

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Liz, you should definitely look into it in your area. It was great!

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      Rebecca Mealey 3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Never heard of it. I'd love to go! Thanks for the information!

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      Liz Davis 3 years ago from Hudson, FL

      I didn't even know these conferences existed! I would LOVE to go to one. Thanks for sharing!

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      It really is! I have only been to the 2 of them but there are people who travel all over to attend!

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      poetryman6969 3 years ago

      Sounds like a very cool think to have participated in.

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Eddy! :-)

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      Very interesting and thanks for sharing Randi.

      Eddy.

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      It really was cool, Audrey! I don't have a lot of experience with Blogger though I do have an account. It is more like WordPress.com. If you want more autonomy and choices, I recommend WordPress.org. You have so many options with that.

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      You dont need a WordPress site to alleviate the conference. Anyone with any website can relate and benefit. Who knows, you may even leave there with a new WordPress site!

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Well this is cool! So any thoughts on Blogger vs Word Press? I have a poetry blog on Blogger, but a lot of my friends use Word Press

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      I don't have a Wordpress site, but this seems like a lot of fun, as well as educational.

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      The admission is truly a bargain for the amount of information and resources, not to mention I left there with all kinds of goodies, too! Thanks for stopping by, Frank!

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      Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton

      wordcamp .. I guess is helpful I never heard of it so I really can't share my experiences.. but it does seem useful and for me educational.. it's so worth the 50 admission..

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      You are so right, Maria! And if you volunteer, you have the opportunity to have the conferenced comped. I volunteer bvut I pay because I know this is how they raise money but I found out, after the fact, that I could have taken my "comped" ticket and donated my purchased one to enable someone who couldn't otherwise attend. I will try to remember that for next year! Thank you so much for the votes!

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you so much, Faith! It was great. You should definitely look for it in your area. Thank you for the votes and share!

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Joelle! Yes, I am fortunate. It is about half an hour from my house. They do encourage bringing your website issues, so I decided to bring them a frustrating one!

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Jackie! I am sure if you check online, you can probably find a WordPress meet-up to attend. Or you can just look for WordCamp!

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Dr. Bill Tollefson! Much appreciated.

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Hi Carol! Glad you saw it. When I saw your comment, reminded me of how long it has been since I have seen you! I remember telling you about it LAST year. I am so sorry I didn't this year. Let's make a date to go together next year! But hopefully we'll get together sooner than that!

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      Maria Jordan 3 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Cool, Randi and the cost of this Wordcamp was most reasonable.

      You got alot for your money and your energy / excitement and information shared is wonderful and greatly appreciated.

      Voted UP and UABI. Love, Maria

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      What a great event and thank you for sharing what you learned here, Randi. I will keep this in mind if for the future indeed!

      Up and more and sharing

      Blessings,

      Faith Reaper

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      kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      It's great that you had the opportunity to attend such an event at your doorstep! No need to travel! Good for you for testing your site while surrounded by experts :-)

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Thanks for sharing Randi, I love to get as much information like this as possible and this really sounds interesting. ^+

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      Bill Tollefson 3 years ago from Southwest Florida

      Thanks for this useful HUB article. It told me a lot. I rated you as useful and interesting.

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      carol stanley 3 years ago from Arizona

      I wss just passing through and saw you had written a hub.. I wish I had known about this--how valuable. I am sure you got a lot out of it.

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Bill! I know what you mean. You should look it up in your area. It is fun and you meet so many people!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      What a great event that would be to attend. One thing I miss about teaching is going to the seminars and workshops. I really need to get out more. :) thanks for the recommendation, Randi!