BargainFish (AKA – David Wallace, Chief Fish) returns from a well attended and thoroughly informative WordCamp Phoenix held in lovely Chandler, AZ, a quiet bedroom community about 45 minutes South of Phoenix. This was my first WordCamp convention, a 3 day event, from February 24-26, 2012, covering all things WordPress. On Friday, not knowing what to expect, I decided to attend the 201 advanced/beginner track which consisted of discussions on marketing, content and the WordPress Dashboard.
Jason Cosper of WPEngine (click the link for 10% off the Fastest WordPress Hosting) was the highlight of the day. He awoke the slightly bleary eyed, just after lunch crowd, with an invigorating discussion of the WordPress dashboard, plug-ins, caching, and security. Topics that might be considered a tad boring by your average computer user were delivered in an energetic, relatively easy to digest format to the eager ears of the decidedly “techie” crowd. Jason was a rock star with his tips and tricks to make WordPress perform faster and more securely.
Saturday consisted of numerous 1 hour break-out sessions with each hour providing attendees a choice of classes from industry segment, beginner/intermediate topics (Themes, SEO, Plug-ins) or the software/developer track for the true propeller heads.
Two presenters stole the show with their engaging content and energetic delivery. Jay Thompson, PhoenixRealEstateGuy discussed Top 10 WordPress Best Practices for Realtors & RE Websites. During his presentation he answered a pressing question I had without even having to raise my hand. It is OK to write about topics that may not be the core of our “blog”. Henceforth this post that strays a long way from deals and coupons. In fact, his “random musings” are usually the most appreciated. I think it brings out the human factor and identifies us as a real person as opposed to a robot behind a keyboard. BargainFish will operate on this theme from time to time.
Josh Ziering captivated the crowd with his white hat SEO (Search Engine Optimization) tips, many that are too stealth to reveal. There were several sessions that received impressive feedback, so this review only covers a few that I attended. All in all, a great WordCamp, I would love to attend future sessions.
PS – One final act of shameless promotion….a big thank you goes out to my brother Marvin, owner of Sticky Stuff Sales – a leading provider of Epoxy, Carbon Fiber and Fiberglass Resins, for putting up with me for a whole week in Phoenix.