Sponsor Spotlight – GoDaddy Pro

We’re counting down to our second WordCamp Pittsburgh, and are so excited! WordCamp Pittsburgh wouldn’t be possible without the generous support of our Sponsors.

Today, we’d like to introduce you to one of our Monongahela River Sponsors, GoDaddy Pro. GoDaddy Pro is also a WordCamp Global Sponsor, so their sponsorship helps WordCamps around the world.

GoDaddy’s mission is to radically shift the global economy toward small businesses by empowering people to easily start, confidently grow and successfully run their own ventures. With more than 12 million customers worldwide and 57 million domain names under management, GoDaddy gives small business owners the tools to name their idea, build a beautiful online presence, attract customers and manage their business.

Website: www.godaddy.com/pro
Twitter: @GoDaddyPro

Sponsor Spotlight – Bluehost

We’re counting down to our second WordCamp Pittsburgh, and are so excited! WordCamp Pittsburgh wouldn’t be possible without the generous support of our Sponsors.

Today, we’d like to introduce you to one of our Ohio River Sponsors, Bluehost. Bluehost is also a WordCamp Global Sponsor, so their sponsorship helps WordCamps around the world.

Bluehost has been a WordPress partner since 2005 and powers over 1 million WordPress sites worldwide. Their objective is to help customers, whether novice or pro, create a thriving online presence at an affordable price. With a team of in-house tech experts available 24/7, Bluehost dedicates time and resources to providing the best support and services in the industry. Join millions of other site owners and see what Bluehost can do for you and your online presence.

Website: www.bluehost.com/
Twitter: @Bluehost
Facebook: Bluehost

Sponsor Spotlight – Pair Networks

The countdown is getting closer to the second WordCamp Pittsburgh, and are so excited! WordCamp Pittsburgh wouldn’t be possible without the generous support of our Sponsors.

Today, we’d like to introduce you to one of our Ohio River Sponsors, Pair Networks. We love our local sponsors who help make WordCamp Pittsburgh happen.

pair Networks

Founded in 1996, pair Networks has been independent — and always under the same owner — for twenty years. We offer VPS and WordPress-optimized hosting for the modern web hosting customer, as well as proven standbys like shared hosting and dedicated servers. Our reputation for reliability, flexibility, and honesty reflects our two decades of commitment to consumer-friendly business practices, never-outsourced support, and high-end hardware. Our new WordPress-optimized hosting packages are the product of years of building and tuning high-performance servers, a tradition of listening to our customers’ needs, and our experience hosting WordPress sites since the launch of the WordPress platform.

Website: https://www.pair.com/
Twitter: @pairnetworks
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pairnetworks
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/pairnetworks/
Blog: https://blog.pair.com/

Meet the Speakers Part 2

TIFFANY KUCHTA

Tiffany is the co-founder and lead developer at Quandarymat. She does some work in each part of the stack, but doesn’t like the term full stack developer, preferring just “developer” instead. (Ask her why; she loves talking about this.) She has been building web things since 1999 and WordPress since 2.0.1. Tiffany is passionate about erasing the gap between design and development, inclusion in tech, solving problems with code, building things out of other things, empathy always, and sassy t-shirts usually.

Tiffany will be presenting a talk on Using Varnish Cache with WordPress.

KIMBERLY NORRIS

Kimberly is the Website Developer at Carnegie Museum of Natural History where she crafts online experiences to meet the needs of a diverse audience. Her primary focuses over the last year have been website accessibility and user experience. She also teaches WordPress development to small business owners across the Pittsburgh area. Kimberly is equal parts tech geek and farm girl. She strives to connect people and technology in tangible ways, applying principles from her garden–like sustainability and simplicity–to develop the most fruitful online experience.

Kimberly will be presenting a talk on Designing for Accessibility and Illiteracy.

ALEXANDER D. RIDDLE

Alex Riddle is obsessed with inbound marketing and entrepreneurship. He taught himself to code when he was just 12 years old, and started building websites for clients before he could drive. At just 18, he founded Monarch Wave Marketing determined to overcome the biggest challenge with marketing today – users don’t like being sold to.

Alex will be presenting a talk on Local SEO: A Breakdown.

KIM WHITE

While the www was just getting popular I learned to build websites to show off my growing family. In 1999 I made it my career and later returned to school to build up my skill set. I love WordPress and started the Lehigh Valley Meetup in 2014. Currently, I serve as a chapter leader for GDI Lehigh Valley.

Kim will be presenting a talk on WordPress Hosting, What you Should Know.

STACY HARRISON

Stacy Harrison is currently a software developer, though formerly worked as an award-winning designer, marketing specialist, and copywriter for women entrepreneurs. This talk pulls from Stacy‘s freelance experience where she learned rapidly and intensely the best, cheap strategies for running a small business on WordPress.

Stacy will be presenting a talk on Don’t Get Hacked! WordPress Security for Beginners.

MELINDA HELT

Melinda Helt is a Happiness Engineer for WooCommerce and has over seven years experience building WordPress sites and training WordPress users. She also helps organize WordPress Meetups and WordCamps in her hometown of Pittsburgh and is a member of the WordPress Community Training Team.

Melinda will be presenting a talk on Getting Started with WordPress.

Meet the Speakers – Part 1

WordCamp Pittsburgh would not be possible without our speakers. We have some great speakers planned for this year and wanted to take some time to introduce you to them.

LEE DROZAK

Lee Drozak, from LeeDrozak Biz, helps small business owners and solo entrepreneurs build more than a website, she designs customer journeys. Her design and development abilities are supplemented by her digital strategy skills to give her clients user-friendly, attractive websites. Lee now focuses mainly on website re-design & development for those who are tired of fitting into everyone else’s mold and want their website to reflect the value only they can offer to their clients. Lee is a sought-after consultant and host of Pittsburgh Biz TV’s technical segment, Finding Your Website Wow. She has a feature in Soar To Success magazine along with several other podcasts and news sources. When not emerged in the world of digital, Lee spends her time in her small Amish town enjoying the quiet lifestyle or traveling around in her RV. She also likes anything outdoors, bacon over a campfire and sharing a glass of wine with friends.

Lee will be presenting on Workflow for your WordPress Project… Planning to Launch

CHRISTOPH TRAPPE

Christoph Trappe (aka The Authentic Storyteller™) is a career storyteller who has worked as a journalist, a nonprofit executive, and a content marketing strategist and consultant. He is a global keynote speaker, frequent blogger, and author. His digital initiatives have been recognized globally. He is currently helping hospitals across the United States share their authentic stories.

Christoph will be presenting on The Ultimate Seven Steps to Get On a Blogging Schedule.

BENJAMIN BRADLEY

You may know my face, but I’m pretty sure you know my voice. I’m Benjamin Bradley, and for the past 20+ years, I have been training and assisting small business owners to take their skills to the next level. Over the years, I have generated thousands of hours of business and technical training materials. I’m currently building a community for freelancers to learn, grow, and develop their WordPress, web design, development, and business skills at WPStudio.com.

Benjamin will be presenting on Wrestling With the Internal Imposter.

NARA KASBERGEN

Nara Kasbergen is a full-stack developer in NPR (National Public Radio)’s Digital Media group, where she’s worked on a variety of projects, most notably the third-party developer platform for NPR One. She recently joined the tech conference speaking circuit because of her interest in Developer Experience (DX), community-building, the intersection of humans and code, and her volunteer work for Open Sourcing Mental Illness, a non-profit organization raising awareness about mental health in the tech industry. Though she has no noticeable accent, she hails from The Netherlands and lived in Munich, Houston, Pittsburgh, Tokyo, and New York City prior to settling down in Washington, DC. In her spare time, she satisfies her foodie habits by trying out all of the best restaurants in the city, collects board games, and watches too much Netflix.

Nara will be presenting on Empathy as a Service: Supporting Mental Health in the Tech Workplace.

LAUREN PITTENGER

I’m a designer/developer working for a small consultancy.

Lauren will be presenting on Systems and Processes for Creatives.

 

 

 

Sponsor Spotlight – Jetpack

We’re counting down to our second WordCamp Pittsburgh, and are so excited! WordCamp Pittsburgh wouldn’t be possible without the generous support of our Sponsors.

Today, we’d like to introduce you to one of our Ohio River Sponsors, Jetpack. Jetpack is also a WordCamp Global Sponsor, so their sponsorship helps WordCamps around the world.

Transform how you work with your WordPress sites and rest easy knowing they’re always firing on all cylinders. Jetpack connects your site to the global services, community, and support provided by WordPress.com so you can focus on the stuff that matters.

Jetpack automatically shields your site from the unwanted attention of spammers, hackers, and malware, while real-time sync and backup mean you don’t have to worry about data loss. Straightforward traffic-building tools help you attract the attention of readers and search engines. Pages and videos are delivered at high speed from a global, ad-free content delivery network.

Jetpack sends new content directly to your subscribers’ inboxes and shows readers related content, helping you increase page views per visitor and boost ad revenue. Whenever you need it, you can rely on priority support from our global team of WordPress experts to ensure a friction-free experience for your visitors — and for you.

Make your site work for you. Get your Jetpack today at Jetpack.com

 

Sponsor Spotlight – WooCommerce

We’re counting down to our second WordCamp Pittsburgh, and are so excited! WordCamp Pittsburgh wouldn’t be possible without the generous support of our Sponsors.

Today, we’d like to introduce you to one of our Ohio River Sponsors, WooCommerce. WooCommerce is also a WordCamp Global Sponsor, so their sponsorship helps WordCamps around the world.

 

WooCommerce - WordCamp Pittsburgh Ohio River Sponsor

 

37% of all online stores are powered by WooCommerce. Built on WordPress, WooCommerce is a fully customizable, open source eCommerce solution.

Whether you’re selling a few handcrafted items to a niche market, taking an existing business online, or going global with an enterprise level eCommerce business – WooCommerce will get you set up and selling fast and scale securely as you grow. Plus your content will be forever yours and customizable down to the finest button color.

Developed and supported by a distributed team, WooCommerce is powered by Automattic, the creators of WordPress.com.

Website: WooCommerce.com
Twitter: @WooCommerce
Facebook: WooCommerce
Instagram: woocommerce

Thank you again, WooCommerce, for sponsoring WordCamp Pittsburgh!

Sponsor Spotlight – BoldGrid

We’re counting down to our second WordCamp Pittsburgh, and are so excited! WordCamp Pittsburgh wouldn’t be possible without the generous support of our Sponsors.

Today, we’d like to introduce you to one of our Ohio River Sponsors, BoldGrid. BoldGrid is also a WordCamp Global Sponsor, so their sponsorship helps WordCamps around the world.

 

 

BoldGrid is a website builder powered by WordPress. It is a free set of WordPress plugins, themes, and other content that allows site creation and management similar to non-WordPress website builders. By placing WordPress more in line with DIY site builder solutions on the market, our mission is not only to make WordPress more accessible and easy for beginners to utilize, but also automate and streamline typical WordPress tasks to provide a fast, creator-friendly platform that even web professionals will appreciate.

Experience WordPress as a website builder, including free pre-built themes, drag and drop editing, integrated image banks, simplified photo editing, built-in staging, automated backups, and so much more.

BoldGrid will have you creating professional looking WordPress sites in minutes!

Website: www.boldgrid.com
Twitter: @BoldGrid
Facebook: BoldGrid

Thank you again, BoldGrid, for sponsoring WordCamp Pittsburgh!

Tickets now available!

Today’s the day – the day tickets go on sale for WordCamp Pittsburgh 2017!

We will have two ticket options this year – the standard Attendee ticket, and a new Freelancer ticket. The Attendee ticket will be $20 and includes access to the full day of sessions, a t-shirt, cool swag, lunch and admission to the after party.

Freelancer tickets will be $100 and include the same benefits as the Attendee ticket, as well as an extra thank-you link on the Sponsor page for helping support your local WordPress community and mentions on social media. The Freelancer ticket is a great way to show your support for the WordPress community but at a lower price-point than a traditional sponsorship.

Speakers  & Sessions have been published, and the schedule will be coming soon.

To get your tickets, just head over to the Tickets page. We can’t wait to see you at WordCamp Pittsburgh!