Beginners Workshop

This is essentially an all-day session. You are free to bounce in and out as needed, but there is a certain order in which topics will be presented throughout the day.

Genius Bar

The Genius Bar is an area where you can go to get expert help with any WordPress issue you may have. It will be staffed throughout the day, so feel free to pop over and get your questions answered. It will be held in an open area on the 2nd floor, at the top of the steps.

Camp Pitch

Have an idea for something you want to build with WordPress? Then show up with your idea in the Senate Chamber and state your case. This will be an open floor, and anyone is welcome. After the pitches, feel free to get together and build something great.

Track Locations

Beginners Workshop Great Hall Meeting Room (1st floor)
Marketing Student Alumni Council Room (2nd floor)
Power Users Traditions Room (2nd floor)
Developers Senate Chamber (2nd floor)

Beginners WorkShop


Power Users



9:00AM-9:30AM Registration
9:30AM-10AM Welcome
10:00AM-10:45AM Intro to WordPress, Pt. 1
Angie Meeker, Bill Rice, Andreas Johansson
Developing Digital Marketing with WordPress
Austin Gunter
From PSD to WordPress
Nile Flores
Hooked On WordPress Actions and Filters
John Dillick
11:00AM-11:45AM Intro to WordPress, Pt. 2
Angie Meeker, Bill Rice, Andreas Johansson
SEO Strategy: Beyond the Basics with WordPress
John Sammon
From PSD to WordPress
Nile Flores
Using Git for Version Control
Brian Layman
12:00-1:30PM Lunch
1:30PM-2:00PM Keynote
John James Jacoby, Lead Developer of Buddypress and BBPress
2:00PM-2:45PM Content Strategy
Angie Meeker
 WordPress Themes Suck, and Nobody Cares
Ryan Imel
Intro to the WordPress Template Hierarchy
Al Davis
Creating a Plugin Workshop
Nowell VanHoesen
3:00PM-3:45PM Traffic Building and Security
Syed Bahlki
Plugin Picks
Ryan Imel
Theme Development Essentials
Joe Querin
Creating a Plugin Workshop
Nowell VanHoesen
4:00PM-5:00PM Integrating Social Media
Michelle Hummel
From Zero to 5 Million Page Views in 3 Months
Syed Bahlki
Google Says You Shouldn’t Visit My Church: WordPress Security
Justin Jones
Responsible Responsiveness
John Hartley
5:00PM-8:00PM After Party
Woody’s Tavern on 1st floor. Drinks/dinner at your expense, good times on us!


10:00AM-10:45AM Genius Bar Content Marketing in Education: A Case Study
Shane Haggerty
Custom Post Types
John James Jacoby
Camp Pitch
11:00AM-11:45AM Genius Bar Stand Out On the Web: Essentials for a Great Site
Dustin Hartzler
WordPress Multisite
Angie Meeker
Camp Pitch
12:00PM End

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