Welcome to WordCamp Boston

We’re happy to announce that WordCamp Boston is officially on the calendar!

WordCamp Boston will be August 23 at the MIT Media Lab, with a contributor day August 24 at Workbar Cambridge.

We’re currently looking for sponsors and volunteers, so if you’re interested in either, check out those pages for more information.

Tickets are on sale now! Click here to get yours today.

Subscribe using the form in the sidebar to stay up to date on the most recent news. We’ll be keeping you posted on all the details, including speaker selection and more!

Welcome GoWP as gold sponsor!

Hi Everyone! We’re excited to be sponsoring WordCamp Boston and look forward to meeting you on Saturday. This will be our first visit to Boston so if you have suggestions for things to do or where to eat, please let us know!

GoWP is a premium WordPress support business that formally launched last month. We offer monthly support plans that include:

  • WordPress Core & Plugin Updates
    Whenever a new release is ready for WordPress core or any of your plugins, we’ll update it for you. You’ll never have to worry about your site being outdated again.
  • Daily Off-Site Backups
    We’ll backup your site daily and keep your files securely stored off-site on Amazon S3. Restore your site to a previous version anytime.
  • Security Monitoring
    Automated security scans powered by Sucuri. Most plans also include server-side scanning and unlimited malware cleanup.
  • Help from WP Experts
    Our experienced team knows WordPress inside and out. We’ve built and supported hundreds of sites, both large and small. Call, email or chat with us to get the help you need.

Based in Atlanta, GoWP is a service of Southpoint Media, a web services firm with more than a decade of experience.

Visit GoWP.com for more information.

We’re officially sponsoring the breakfast starting at 8am (which is ironic since we’re definitely not morning people) but we’ll be there all day so stop by and say hi!

Welcome FirstTracks Marketing as silver sponsor

FirstTracks Marketing  is excited to be sponsoring WordCamp Boston 2014 for the second year. As a design and marketing agency, FirstTracks receives a good deal of its business from building and designing WordPress websites. It’s always exciting sharing our experience with the local WordPress community at this amazing event. Be sure to check out the presentation “Woocommerce in 45 min” that Matt Nelson, FirstTracks’ Interactive Strategy Director, will be giving on Saturday at 5 pm.

Quickly, a few more details about FirstTracks and what we do. FirstTracks has been in business for more than five years and provides a full range of marketing and design services:

• Website Development

• Online Marketing

• Lead Generation Programs

• Hosting & Website Maintenance

• Branding

• Graphic Design

• Print

Our team of experts has been working in the agency business for more than 10 years. Many of our team members have more than 20+ years experience working with businesses of all shapes and sizes. What makes our agency unique is our commitment and dedication to producing tangible, measurable results for your business. We take the time to understand what makes your business tick and what it needs to thrive.

We look forward to meeting as many of you as we can while we are at the show this weekend and celebrating the continued growth and success of the WordPress community!

WordCamp Boston is happening this weekend!

Everyone ready? We’re planning an excellent day of talks, followed by food, drinks, and socializing at Catalyst (more info on this later this week).

WordCamp2013_021Our doors will open at 8am for registration, and we’ll have coffee and snacks set out, sponsored by GoWP.

We’ll have lunch at 12 noon, sponsored by SiteGround. It’s supposed to be a nice day (even a bit cool!) so we encourage taking your lunch boxes outside and enjoying the weather.

If you can’t make it, or can’t get enough WordCamp, you can also follow along on twitter using the #wcbos hashtag.

Finally, we’ll be having a contributor day on Sunday, to take advantage of all the WordPress excitement. This’ll be starting at 11am in WorkBar Cambridge. If you’re interested in coming, please fill out this quick form (not required to attend).

Edit: We’ve just added parking info for Saturday to the Location page.

Welcome SendPress as silver sponsor!

Hello WordCamp Boston 2014, and thanks for letting our SendPress team join the fun in your city this August. As fellow New Englanders (New Hampshire to be exact), we are excited to share our easy WordPress newsletter plugin with you as sponsors for the second year in a row.

SendPress is a powerful, professional, and of course easy-to-use WordPress email newsletter solution with all the functionality you’d expect from a third-party provider without ever having to leave your WordPress site or recreate content. SendPress Pro has some exciting features to share, including the features listed below and more (https://sendpress.com/newsletter-plugin-features/):

  • Sync Subscriber Lists with WordPress Roles (Free)

  • Scheduled Sending (Free)

  • Advanced Reports (opens, clicks, unsubscribes, etc.)

  • Custom SMTP – Including SendGrid, Mandrill, Amazon SES, MailJet & more.

  • Post Notifications

  • Bounce Handling (Mandrill, POP3 & IMAP)

  • Superb Support (if we do say so ourselves)

  • Custom HTML Templates (August 2014)

  • Custom Fields for Subscribers (Winter 2014)

  • AutoResponders (Winter 2015)

Best of all, we always give you unlimited subscribers, even if you decide you are only ready to dip a toe into this awesomeness with our Free Version available from http://sendpress.com.

Welcome WP Engine as gold sponsor!

Hey Boston!

A big hello from everyone at WP Engine. We’re excited to see you all in a few weeks.

WordCamp Boston is going to be a great event, and we’re incredibly excited for the opportunity to join the whole community for a weekend of amazing talks, connections, and great conversations.

If Boston will be your first ever WordCamp, welcome!

If you’re a veteran of the WordPress community, we’re looking forward to connecting again.

Everyone is welcome to come by our booth for some brand new WP Engine swag. We’ll have custom stickers and shirts special for WordCamp Boston.

Who is WP Engine?

WP Engine is one of the most mature premium managed hosting platforms for websites and applications built with WordPress. We power tens of thousands of websites, and deliver the fastest, most reliable, and most secure web experience.

Businesses large and small rely on WP Engine’s platform. Our exceptional customer service team of WordPress Experts specialize in hands-on service that leave our customers with a huge smile every time.

Developers love WP Engine because they know that the people at WP Engine understand the challenges of developing WordPress sites, and have built an entire development toolkit with features like the one-click staging area, push from staging to production with a click, and .git for version control and deployment.

We’d invite you to come see why top WordPress developers, bloggers, and enterprises trust WP Engine for their managed WordPress hosting needs.

Check us out at: www.wpengine.com

See you all in a few weeks!

PS: We want so say a quick thank you to the WordCamp Boston Organizers for all their hard work putting the event together.

WordCamp Boston Turns 5 – Send us your Stories!

WCOS Turns Five This Year

WCOS Turns Five This Year

My how time flies. It seems like it was just yesterday that WordCamp Boston was learning to crawl, then toddle, then walk upright. Now this year our little camp is turning 5!

We’re looking for your stories of WordCamp Boston (2010-2014):

  • Did you come to a camp, learn WordPress, and use it to launch a business?
  • Did you go into a WordPress based business because of the community here?
  • Did something you learned (or someone you met) at WordCamp Boston change the course of your career?
  • Did going to WordCamp Boston have a significant impact on your career or life?

Share your stories with us!

First round of speakers announced

Hi WordCampers!

With tickets already selling fast (122 of you have already bought tickets!), we know you’re excited for WordCamp. We’re working hard to finish up an excellent schedule for this year, and here’s a sneak peek. These are a few of the sessions you’ll be able to see on August 23rd:

  • WooCommerce in 45min, by Matt Nelson
  • Finding the Speed Bumps in Your Code, by Matt Boynes
  • Essential Tools for Building a WordPress Publication, by Jared Novack
  • The New JSON REST API, by Taylor Lovett
  • Creating Your First Widget, by Amanda Giles
  • Building and Managing Large Multisite Networks, by Sam Hotchkiss
  • Make your clients happy with modular themes, by Chris Van Patten
  • WordPress Theme Accessibility, by Jordan Quintal

So, if you haven’t bought your ticket yet, what are you waiting for?

Registration now open!

Registration is now open for WordCamp Boston 2014! Join us August 23rd for a full day of excellent sessions and equally excellent socializing. Then, on August 24th, use your badge to get into the contributor day and spend some time giving back to the WordPress project.

If you’re looking for a place to stay, we recommend the Boston Marriott Cambridge hotel in Kendall Square, walking distance to the venue on Saturday. Book your rooms using this link to use our reservation code.

Register now!

One week left to apply to speak at WordCamp Boston 2014!

There’s just one week left to submit your session proposal to WordCamp Boston! We’re looking for local bloggers, designers, developers, entrepreneurs, and all-around users to talk about their experiences working with WordPress. We want to hear about the interesting things you’re doing with WordPress, and the challenges you’ve overcome. This year, we’d really love to see more stories from local community members.

Some talks from last year include:

If you’re interested in presenting this year, head on over to our speaker application page.

(Of note this year, we’re going to do our first round of speaker selection totally blind. Our speaker committee will not know any identifying information about potential speakers until we move into selecting the final list of speakers. We’re hoping this will help remove any unintentional biases and make our speaker selection more reflective of our community.)