WordPress provides users with free software that they can use to build a simple website in a few minutes. Websites can consist of one blog or they can be complex creations with multiple pages, blogs, videos and links to social media. The underlying WordPress software is written using open source code. This allows developers to write new themes and plugins that hook-in to the existing code to modify the appearance and functionality of the basic unchangeable WordPress template. The developer can then sell these items to other interested users.
Consequently, WordCamp Milwaukee 2014 is suitable for individuals of all ages and interests including teenagers with an entrepreneurial flair, college students developing school networking sites, seasoned professionals managing hundreds of blogs, freelance web designers, individuals promoting their existing business and creative software developers who want to make some money. All of these things are possible with WordPress. In addition, this conference provides WordPress users, developers and designers a chance to network in a congenial environment. Experts are available to answer questions throughout the day at the Happiness Bar.
Specialized hands-on introductory training workshops are being held on the Friday preceding the conference. Each session will focus on one of three topics: general use, theme development or plugin design. We encourage attendees to bring a laptop to the training session. These orientation sessions should prepare the attendees to better understand the more advanced weekend discussions.
Saturday and Sunday sessions cover a variety of topics including general use, new features, security concerns, engaging designs, social media, intermediate and advanced theme development and plugin design (the fundamentals are covered in Friday’s introductory workshops), marketing and business development.
It’s a fun and informative weekend, and we invite everyone to join us at the Saturday night party where you can get to know the fellow members of your WordPress Milwaukee community. Not everyone is a competitor; you might meet a future collaborator or employer. Creative people are an invaluable asset to any enterprise.
Local volunteers support this event. Let the organizers know if you want to participate and make this conference the best one ever!