WordCamp St. Louis May 18, 2017 Review

WordCampLet’s Get This Party Started

This my fourth consecutive year attending WordCamp St. Louis and the conference continues to keep things fresh. Prior to attending the conference, I subscribed to email updates on stlouis.wordcamp.org. It was nice to get updates and learn about each speaker. Last year I attended WordCamp St. Louis 2016 and it was a 2-day conference with a keynote in the middle of the day. This year we kicked off the day with the keynote and we were off with a bang.

Photo: A Stock A Day

The keynote speaker was Jarrett Gucci who was great and I am not just saying that because he is from my home town of Buffalo, NY. Jarrett’s keynote was called WordPress, not just software but LIFEWARE and he called it that because he never planned on having a career in WordPress it found him. He had a lot of interesting charts like this.

After the keynote there was a 30-minute break which was nice to grab coffee and a snack and catch up with folks in the community. During the break I visited a vendor called BoldGrid who really impressed me especially after installing their software.

After break it was off to Implementation Strategy for the HTTPS Movement by Julia Eudy. This was all about SSL certs and how it can impact your SEO. Great stuff.

For the next session  had us all chanting…

On the way back from lunch I spotted the WordPress mascot Wapuu for the first time at a WordCamp STL. One lucky person got to take him home courtesy of IQ Computing.

After Making Plugin Development Easy I stayed on the plugin tract and attended Building a Developer Friendly WordPress Plugin by Mike Hale who had the honor of the best meme I witnessed this day.

My last session was called How to Battle Google Page Speed Insights and Win from Jason Yingling and I am really glad I stuck around to check out his presentation. In less than 30 minute he was able to get a website that had a poor page load times (60/100) on PageSpeed Insights up to a 97/100.  Whoo-hoo! Jason did this using a combination of plugins and coding. I think he blew a lot of minds including mine.

Hats off to all of the local and national WordPress folks that made WordCamp 2017 a great success. I think one of the reasons this conference is so special is that everyone is from different backgrounds.

Related content: Read my other WordCamp Reviews from prior years.


Author: njenney

I am currently a Senior Quality Assurance Specialist for an awesome digital marketing agency called Ansira. On a daily basis I work on a custom built state of the art marketing automation, ad builder and asset management called Distributor. I strive to be a helpful technologist and second tier support for the Digital Marketing Resources group. I created the position of Google Analytics administrator for over 100 custom B2B websites. Use HTML, CSS and JavaScript to perform Content Management on dozens of websites built for the automotive, retail, insurance and global consumer products industries. Try to utilize Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio daily to write queries and monitor our systems. Enjoy helping people in general. Connect with me on LinkedIn. Specialties: I am particularly interested in web-based software development, support and quality. I have an affinity for open source software and try to be actively involved in communities including but not limited to WordPress and ResourceSpace. For the last couple of years I have been attending WordCamp St. Louis which I really enjoy. In my free time I like to hang out with my family and friends and get out to a concert when I can to listen to some good music. If you are wanting to get turned on to some new music you should check out the Internet Archive or  Speakers in Code. The little time I have left over I try to keep active on social media (hint: click links below) and be involved with some sort of community whether physical or virtual. In May of 2016 I launched an Android app, website and newsletter called A Stock A Day - Not Your Father's Stock Photography. Once in a while I like to have an occasional beer. Feel free to friend me on Untappd - Drink Socially. "You Had Me At Hello" is the tagline from this site and a reminder to myself to talk to everyone which is advice my father gave me. The line was lifted from the movie Jerry Maguire which is one of my favorite movies from director Cameron Crowe. Recently I open-sourced some photos from a trip I took last year to  Saugatuck, Michigan. Check them out on Flickr and  Unsplash. Thanks for looking. njenney Related: Contact Me