Attending a WordCamp: What can you achieve?

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What exactly is a WordCamp?

It’s an event for anyone interested in learning more about WordPress usually from a technical point of view and they happen all around the world.

During the event, which lasts a few days, you have the opportunity to attend various talks and workshops from WordPress experts. 

It’s the best way to introduce yourself into the WordPress community - they’re a really friendly bunch. I recently attended WordCamp Chiclana 2020 and wanted to tell you about my experience and what you can achieve at this type of event.
 

WordCamp Chiclana 2020

Chiclana de la Frontera is a small village located next to the coast in Cadiz (South Spain). Even if you’re not interested in WordPress, visiting Chiclana is a wonderful experience simply for its weather and food but let’s focus on the event.

WordPress doesn’t have an official certification like Drupal so to ensure you’re following best practices you need to rely on your experiences and learn from the right sources.

It’s the community who push you to follow best practice when developing because they truly care that the CMS is used to its full potential, safely for all.

This is what a WordCamp is all about, people sharing their knowledge in specialist areas such as; securing your site, creating plugins, designing and SEO.
 

WordPress Chiclana 2020 Group Photo

Topical Talks

It doesn’t matter what industry you work in or if you even work with WordPress for your day job at all, during this type of event you will learn a lot.

This will help transform you into a ‘T-shaped’ person that Dan spoke of on his Linkedin profile.

Here’s a snapshot of some of the talks that I attended and what I learnt.

Nando Pappalardo at WordCamp Chiclana 2020

I had the opportunity to listen to Nando Pappalardo, Founder of Yith who spoke around why we try to fill our technical knowledge gaps but often ignore the most important thing: our attitude, the way we stand and how we face challenges.

Rocio Valdivia at WordCamp Chiclana

I was lucky enough to get a deeper look into WordPress and Automattic thanks to Rocio Valdivia, Community Wrangler at Automattic. She spoke about her experiences working remotely within a team spread across the world and what tools they couldn’t live without including Slack, Trello and Zoom.
 

Carlos Rodriguez at WordCamp Chiclana 2020

Carlos Rodriguez gave a talk on the best practices to extend WordPress projects. He spoke on correctly extending WordPress functionalities without causing many problems and incompatabilties.

Those are just three amazing talks out of 10 and that’s without counting the workshops!

The security workshop from Santiago Becerra was one of my favourites, where we learnt where the main security holes of WordPress users are and how to solve them by applying some key actions. I'm hoping to write a blog to explain these in more detail soon!
 

Networking, what a wonderful thing to do

This is probably one of the most attractive things at this type of event, having the opportunity to speak to different WordPress experts that you would never have a chance to meet in person any other way.

Coffee break, pastry and real talk about WordPress projects, what else could you ask for?
 
If you’re already an experienced expert, this will be one of the best parts of the event, no doubt. You can create long term relationships with other companies and developers where you may help one another in the future. 

Here is an interesting fact from one of the speakers, he measured a 20% increase in company sales coming directly from this type of event!

Expand your horizons

Regardless of what level you’re at, attending an event like this will improve your skills and is a great way to motivate yourself to become better by learning from the best.

Don't become one of those people who can't see the wood for the trees.

We live in a connected world constantly changing, the only way to keep up to date is sharing experiences, you will learn a lot not just from experts but from everyone you meet at these events.

If you are new to WordPress or an experienced developer don’t miss a WordCamp near you, you won’t regret the experience, no matter which camp you attend, it will be full of nice people willing to share their knowledge with you and looking forward to learning new things just like you.

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