Mental health awareness initiatives have increased in the WordPress community, and in the tech community as a whole, in recent years. This has been welcomed by many, especially since 2007 when the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) surveyed adults in 37 States about their attitudes toward mental illness and found that:
We are excited to announce that SiteLock is a WordCamp Global Community Sponsor this year! After sponsoring 17 WordCamps and attending 40 in 2016, becoming a 2017 global sponsor was an obvious next step for us, and we look forward to expanding our support within the community this year!
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.
I met up with fellow speaker Christie Chirinos at the inaugural WordCamp Pittsburgh a few camps ago and sat down to learn a little bit about what she does for Caldera Labs as both a Partner and the Business Manager for the team.
While attending WordCamp San Antonio 2016, I overheard someone talking passionately about how they discovered WordPress and were so happy they got involved with writing code. That someone was Deepti Boddapati.
I introduced myself immediately and asked her to tell us about her experience. It’s an engaging discussion and one that I think you’ll enjoy.
In today’s episode of the community interview series, I spoke with Steve Bennett of Real Big Marketing. I first met Steve at WordCamp Northeast Ohio and then again this past weekend at WordCamp Ann Arbor. He’s a regular WordCamper and all-around nice guy.
Steve has been involved in client work for years and comes from a traditional print background. Watch while he describes how he found WordPress and why he utilizes it for marketing automation processes for clients.
I met Brandee Segraves at WordCamp Fayetteville the day she gave her talk, “Keeping Content Marketing Authentic.” Brandee, a local to Fayetteville, Arkansas, shared with me that this was her first time speaking at a WordCamp. Brandee is the CEO at Engaging Brand Solutions, a local agency that goes beyond what you’d normally expect from an agency, as we hear in the footage. As a WordPress user, an agency owner, and a first-time speaker, I could not resist the opportunity to interview her.
Finally getting to meet Samuel Wood, or “Otto” as he’s more commonly known, was a long time coming as I wrote about in my WordCamp Nashville recap. Otto is a WordPress core contributor, a staple on the .org plugin review team, and an all around nice guy.
In this episode of our WordPress Community Interview series, Otto explains how he started with WordPress, his role in creating tools for a better WordPress.org experience, and what he sees for WordPress in the future.
I sat down with Aaron Campbell from iThemes at WordCamp Fayetteville to talk about his WordPress experiences and what brought him to the Arkansas WordCamp. I actually met Aaron for the first time in Vienna, Austria during WordCamp Europe 2016, and had the pleasure of talking shop with him about security. Coincidentally, Aaron announced this past Friday that he has left iThemes and as of today, joined our partner GoDaddy to be a full-time WordPress core contributor. Congrats, Aaron!
We sat down with Bluehost’s Lead WordPress Developer Mike Hansen at WordCamp Orange County to talk about what it means to be a core contributor and his role at Bluehost. Mike shares some tips on how those interested in becoming WordPress contributors can get started and a little about his experience contributing.
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