We finally experienced our first WordCamp in Miami, FL!

emagine’s founder’s, Brett Cohen and Bill Gadless, along side Technical Director, Christian Nolen, headed south on the weekend of May 29th-31st to join the WordPress community and talk about all things, well… WordPress. As our very first WordCamp conference, we felt both excited and nervous to attend, as we weren’t really sure what to expect. However, the experience, insights and new relationships we left with that weekend were more than we could ever “emagine”.

WordCamp Miami was a great experience. Everyone involved from the organizers, volunteers and participants were true ambassadors for the open source community. The speakers were captivating and eager to continue the discussion long after their talk was over. Being able to provide strong content with a casual vibe is an impressive achievement with 770+ attendees.  – Christian Nolen, Technical Director for emagine 

Over the three-day weekend event, our team had the opportunity to enjoy and participate in some inspiring tracks presented by industry leaders and WordPress users alike.

After breaking the stigma on WordPress, Bill Gadless, sat in on many of the Content & Design tracks, such as:

  • How To Improve Your SEO With WordPress from Sarah Vesselov
  • Content Marketing + WordPress: A Match Made Online from Darcy Sullivan
  • Personal Branding: Stand Our From The Crowd Online from Nancy Richmond
  • Blog Topics: How To Come Up With Articles For Your Blog from Chris Lema

While our “techies”, Brett & Christian, went to oversee the Developers tracks, highlighting these as a few of their favorites:

  • WP-CLI: Save Time by Managing WordPress from the Command Line from Shawn Hooper
  • Modernizing WordPress Search with Elasticsearch from Taylor Lovett
  • Intro to WP API from Justin Sainton
  • Writing WordPress Plugins with Standards from Devin Vinson

Overall, the weekend was a great success and we look forward to participating at many more upcoming WordCamp conferences. If you’re interested in learning more about WordPress for the enterprise, join us at our next Meetup hosted by Bill Gadless, “Moving up the food chain: find, land and execute large website projects”.