Whether you’re looking to expand your WordPress empire or just meet and collaborate with like-minded people while listening to experts share their knowledge, there are plenty of WordPress conferences and events on in 2015. These cater to a range of needs and can be found all over the world. Here are a few of the top WordPress events coming up next year.
If you know of any others that are going to be exceptional please write them in the comments section below.
January 22-24, 2015, Phoenix AZ USA
PressNomics is a major three day event for entrepreneurs who drive the WordPress economy. Speakers from the WordPress and business community include CEOs Bob La Loggia (Appointment-Plus) and Karim Marucchi (Crowd Favourite and VeloMedia), Founders Dre Armeda (Sucuri) and Syed Balkhi (WPBeginner) plus other industry insiders such as search engine expert Danny Sullivan, multimedia journalist Selena Larson, and many more.
The schedule is jam-packed with topics relevant to WordPress business owners including growth hacking, community considerations and customer relationship management.
There is a social schedule as well, including a dinner and a choice of golf tournament or exploring the cultural scene in Tempe.
Tickets are US $350 and are currently sold out, but you can add your name to the waitlist.
February 27-28, 2015, Las Vegas NV USA. Live streaming also available.
Prestige Conference is billed as ‘a premium business and career development conference’ and aims to help WordPress community members manage their businesses and careers.
At Prestige Conference attendees can hear from the likes of Brad Williams, co-founder and CEO of WebDevStudios and co-author of Professional WordPress (1E & 2E), John Eckman, content management specialist and CEO of 10up, Brianna Norcross, ‘Chief Everything’ for Balance Virtual which specialises in accounting for entrepreneurs, Carl Hancock, co-founder of Rocketgenius, Inc. and many more.
Semi-early bird tickets are on sale now at $149.00 and are available until January 23. For those unable to attend the conference in person, streaming is available for $49.00. These options are available to purchase from the Prestige Conference website.
May 6-8, 2015, Las Vegas NV USA
Over two days LoopConf aims to provide a wealth of information for engineers and developers in the WordPress space.
Speakers include WordPress Lead Developer Andrew Nacin as well as business Founders such as John O’Nolan of Ghost, Andrew Norcross of Reaktiv Studios and Scott Bolinger of AppPresser. Also Kat Hagan, Nikolay Bachiyski and Jack Lenox from Automattic plus a multitude of engineers and developers from smaller start ups through to larger scale businesses such as the New York Times.
Social events include a party and a game night where attendees can socialise and network.
Tickets can be purchased from the LoopConf website for $825, with group discounts available. There is also a pre-conference workshop which is a separate cost from the event itself.
In 2015 WordCamp San Francisco, held in October this year, will be replaced by WordCamp US. The name and details of the event have yet to be finalised.
As the original location for the very first WordCamp in 2006, the San Francisco event is the biggest WordCamp globally. A major drawcard for this event is Matt Mullenweg, co-founder of WordPress, giving his annual State of the Word presentation. In 2014 the WordCamp schedule was filled with speakers talking about a range of topics including branding, blogging, user experience, design and more.
Tickets won’t be available until the event is organised, so keep an eye on Twitter for updates.
A group of international WordPress users collaborated to organise the second annual WordCamp Europe in Bulgaria in September 2014 and plan to organise it again next year.
According to the Twitter account the plans are in motion but limited information is available at this time. If it is anything like this year’s event, attendees can expect a full two days of talks in categories such as design, business, humanities as well as talks for both intermediate and advanced developers.
Like the attendees, speakers came from around the world with a range of difference specialties including engineering, design, user experience and more. Videos from WordCamp Europe 2014 can be found on its website.
For event and ticket information keep an eye on Twitter and europe.wordcamp.org for updates.
Your local WordCamp
At a location near you
If the larger international WordCamps are out of reach in 2015, the best thing to do is to attend a local WordCamp in your area.
Since the first WordCamp took place in San Francisco in 2006, over three hundred WordCamps have taken place around the world. You can see the schedule of planned events for 2015 on the WordCamp website.
If you would like to build on your WordPress skills, there are several courses on the Tuts+ network including basics for beginners as well as more specific assistance with themes, plugins and APIs.
You can also find information on selling WordPress themes online if you would like to join the Envato author community on ThemeForest and CodeCanyon. There is even a handy Tuts+ course to help you prepare your theme for submission to ThemeForest.
With over 3,000 WordPress items on CodeCanyon and almost 5,000 items on ThemeForest, and a community base of over 4.5 million, Envato Market is a great place for all things WordPress.
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