WordCamp Boston 2016

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WordCamp Boston 2016 – Where Everybody Knows Your Name

By Adam Warner

This past weekend we sponsored and attended WordCamp Boston 2016. It was an excellent event with almost 500 in attendance.

Traveling from the airport to the hotel afforded some excellent sightseeing opportunities. There were so many beautifully constructed buildings. If you haven’t visited Boston, it’s highly recommended.

A nice drive through Boston

A nice drive through Boston

Visiting Friends from the 1980s

Depending on your age, you might not be familiar with the Cheers television sitcom, but it was part of my teen years and I was on a mission to visit and (at least) get a photo of this iconic bar.

It came complete with life-size cardboard cutouts of Sam, Diane, Norm, Cliff, Coach, Woody and other characters. And for a tourist destination, the food was great too!

Cheers Bar Boston

Norm!

Event Location and Sponsor Experience

George Sherman Union at Boston University

WordCamp Boston Location – George Sherman Union at Boston University

Attendees were very engaged with all of the sponsors and our table was no exception. We answered a lot of questions both days and had many people come back with follow-up conversations about how best to keep themselves and their clients protected.

Aaron Harvey and Adam Warner

Aaron Harvey and Adam Warner answering website security and SiteLock partnership questions.

Happiness Bar

Most WordCamps offer a breakout room where every level of WordPress user can drop in and ask questions to those people who are more experienced with the software.

The best thing about a happiness bar is seeing people walk away with a smile after solving some problem they’ve been having with the help from someone else in the community.

WordCamp Happiness Bar

The #WCBOS Happiness Bar was a happening place.

Trends in Communication and Design

a deep dive into what makes a powerful brand in 2016 as well as related trends in communications and design that are changing, and will change, the way people perceive and engage with online content.

Diane showing us what works for brands in 2016.

Diane Danielson was the keynote speaker and her session was well attended. She did a deep dive into what makes a powerful brand in 2016 as well as related trends in communications and design that are changing, and will change, the way people perceive and engage with online content.

It was an eye opener.

How to Organize Your First Website Usability Test

Organizing Your First Website Usability Test

Get your designs tested by real people is rule #1.

I’ve seen Anthony D. Paul speak several times and each talk is both unique and informative.

In this session, he talked about User Experience (UX) and how designers should keep this in mind before moving to the development stage.

He showed us a screen recording someone looking at a website for the first time and trying to accomplish a simple task of finding a specific web page link within a fancy looking menu. You could see and hear this person’s confusion as they stumbled through the task given.

It was a great example of why making assumptions on how website visitors will interact with your content is one of the worst mistakes you can make.

Ready! Filter! Action!

Ready! Filter! Action!

Amanda makes a great comparison to help us understand what an Action Hook is and does.

In her session, Amanda Giles walked us through the use of action and filter hooks. We learned what these hooks are, how to find them, and how to use them effectively to alter the default behavior of WordPress core, themes, and plugins.

Stenographers WordCamp Boston

Transcription of Sessions at WordCamps

Session transcriptions were a nice addition.

Transcription of Sessions at WordCamps

One aspect of WordCamp Boston that stood out was the fact that every single session was transcribed live by a team of stenographers. It was an obvious benefit for accessibility reasons.

Summary of WordCamp Boston 2016

The organizing team, volunteers, sponsors and attendees all did a wonderful job making sure @WordCampBoston ran smoothly. It was well-organized and very informative with unique sessions I hadn’t seen presented before.

As soon as WordCamp Boston 2017 is announced, we’ll be one of the first to get our tickets so we can continue spreading the good word about our 360-degree security solutions and help more WordPress websites stay secure.

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