Heading to WordCamp San Franciscoby
On Thursday we’ll be heading to San Francisco for this year’s WordCamp, which will be combined with a WordPress anniversary party at Automattic headquarters.
I’ve been using WordPress to power my website since 2006 and over the last three years I’ve come to know, code, and develop the platform, using it as a base for my company’s business. John and I co-founded sixty4media in 2008 in order to provide social media consulting services however the main focus of the company is providing custom WordPress websites.
We offer design, theme creation, theme customization (tweaking any of the thousands of themes you can download from the directory), tutorials, and everything in between. We believe so strongly in WordPress that last summer we facilitated WordCamp at BarCamp with Duane and this past January, we organized WordCamp Whistler along with our friends at Brave New Code once again.
Since most of the themes we create are specifically commissioned by our clients, the way that we try to give back to the WordPress community is by promoting the platform, being involved with WordCamps, providing tool tips, and I also offer up free screencast tutorials every now and then to help educate users.
Photo caption plugin demo – May 2008
If you haven’t had the chance to check out WordPress.com (for web-hosting with a strong community portal) or WordPress.org (for self-hosted, custom sites with plugins) I highly recommend looking into this platform for all your website needs (not just blogging).
Toward the end of this week (after I do my Bard on the Beach + dinner contest draw) I’ll be covering our trip to San Francisco and including several posts from the conference which takes place on Saturday, May 30th. So far the Vancouver contingent includes John, Duane, John Biehler, and myself (please let me know if you’re heading down as well).
I’ve been a speaker or organizer at every WordCamp I’ve attended so it will be fun to sit back, relax, and absorb what the great lineup of speakers have to offer.
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WordPress is changing the way the web works and looks – and I agree, it’s for much more than blogs. I manage two non-profit sites through WordPress, and it’s so easy. I purchased a good template, and with my decent knowledge of CSS I’ve been able to use it for both sites, just “skinned” differently (they are related groups so it’s ok!) Keep up the good WordPress evangelism! I may need to contact you and John about a custom job soon, my church out here in Abbotsford wants to launch a site and I’m lobbying for WordPress. And I’m very jealous that you’re going to San Fran – love it there.
I’ll be driving into town from Los Angeles with a couple of buddies of mine…can’t wait!