A Bevy of WordCamp Topics and Ideas

WordCamp Topics and Ideas

We’ve been brainstorming away and asking for input about what you’d like to see at this year’s WordCamp, and we’ve got a monster list to get your juices flowing.

Take a good read-through of some of the things you might get to learn (or if you’re brave, some of the things you might want to speak) about:

Intro to WordPress

  • How to Pick a Theme
  • How to Pick a Plugin
  • Blogging Best Practices
  • WordPress.com vs. Self-hosted
  • Security / Hacking Prevention
  • Plugin Safety and Security
  • Writing for the Web
  • Beginner Q&A

“General” Topics

  • Content Strategy / Content Marketing
  • “How I built X”
  • The Future of WordPress
  • Social Media Integration
  • Accessibility & {Themes / Plugins / Design / Content}
  • Presentations on Drupal, Joomla!, SquareSpace, etc.
  • Page Builders (pros & cons)
  • Intro to Multisite
  • Custom Post Types
  • Planning a Successful Website Project
  • Building Sites That Last
  • Something to do with Video
  • Social and Email Marketing
  • WooCommerce
  • BuddyPress
  • Fixing Bad WordPress Decisions

For Business Owners

  • SEO
  • Latest Organic SEO Trends
  • Working with Clients
  • Pricing / Project Structure
  • Networking
  • How to Hire Your First Employee / Contractor
  • Building Sites That Last
  • Maintenance Plans / Recurring Revenue
  • [Non-Sleazy] Affiliate Marketing / Income
  • WordPress for Nonprofits
  • WordPress for Government
  • WordPress for the Enterprise
  • WordPress for…
  • Managing Lots of Sites
  • Google Analytics (Interpretation of…, Taking Action with…)
  • SSL certificates (What, Why, How)
  • Case Studies for Bigger Projects – How Different Agencies Tackle Challenges, Migration, etc. with WordPress
  • Business Side of Running a Freelance Web Design Dev Business
  • Business Tools for Freelancers
  • Running A WordPress-Focused Business
  • Social Media Best Practices
  • Best Plugins for Page Speed
  • Supporting Clients after a Site Launch
  • Content Delivery Networks
  • Membership Sites (When to use one and how to build one)

Theming

  • Getting Started with Theming / Anatomy of a WordPress Theme
  • Managing Local Development
  • Current Theme Trends (Elements of Modern Design Looks)
  • Anatomy of Underscores
  • SVG
  • SASS
  • Grunt / Gulp / Webpack / etc.
  • Anatomy of Twenty Seventeen
  • Speed / Performance
  • Creating Your First Premium / Commercial Theme
  • Using CSS Animations
  • Flexbox Primer
  • CSS Grid
  • Basic developer troubleshooting (Dev Tools 101, etc.)

For Designers

  • How Designers Can Contribute to WordPress
  • 2017 Design Trends
  • Design Workflow
  • Design Topics for Developer Audiences (Typography, Color Theory)
  • User Experience
  • Getting Client Feedback on Designs
  • Understanding Theming for Designers
  • Wireframing vs. Prototyping vs. Mockups
  • The Best Way to Optimize Images So Google Page Speed Stops Complaining About It

For Developers

  • REST API
  • How to Contribute Code to Core
  • JavaScript in WordPress
  • How to Build a Plugin
  • Coding Securely
  • Intro to the Customizer
  • Content Migrations
  • WP-CLI
  • Speed / Performance
  • GIT – how and why to use it
  • Deployment Tools (Capistrano, Deployer, etc.)
  • Infrastructure Automation / Provisioning (Ansible, Trellis, Chef, Puppet, etc.)
  • Configuration Management
  • Dependency Management (Composer)
  • Laravel Valet
  • Agile Development / Project Management
  • Data-Driven / Data-Informed Product Design / Development
  • Database Management – InnoDB vs. MyISAM (What Collation to use? What should the defaults be for WordPress DB’s be?)

Are you excited for November yet?

Feel free to leave ideas about other topics you’d like to see in the comments below. Or better yet…

APPLY TO BE A WORDCAMP SEATTLE 2017 SPEAKER TODAY

Note: You are by no means limited to this list of ideas for your WordCamp pitch. Be creative and think outside the box. Don’t forget to check out our tips for submitting a solid application.

Application deadline is August 5.

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