March 24, 2015

15NTC WordPress Day: Event Recap

We did it! The first ever WordPress Day for Nonprofit Professionals was a success. WordPress Day was a full day of content geared toward developers, power users, content managers, community organizers, and IT-decision makers who either currently use, or are considering WordPress. Many thanks to the speakerssponsors, and organizers that made it happen. I would especially like to thank NTEN for giving us the opportunity to make WordPress part of the pre-conference programming at 15NTC.

I would also like to thank the attendees. We had 200 people register, and completely filled the 75-person waiting list. Our attendees ranged from absolute beginners to professional WordPress developers. Your enthusiasm and feedback helped make the event such a success.

The Austin WordPress community also deserves special mention. When I started organizing WordPress Day, I wanted to involve not just the nonprofit technology community, but also the WordPress community at large. The folks from the Austin WordPress Meetup helped make that happen, and we were lucky to have several of them speak at the event.

What Happened?

WordPress Day had a packed schedule, with 20 breakout sessions. There were talks on a wide variety of topics, including 508/Accessibility, Maintenance, Custom Post Types and Taxonomies, Plugin Management, Fundraising, Integrating WordPress with Other Systems, and WordPress Hosting.

We also had several project showcases, to highlight some of the amazing WordPress work that nonprofit technology community members have created. Pongos Interactive and Abila demonstrated how they integrated several systems for the American Geophysical Union. SmartSimian Software showed how easy it was to make custom post types and taxonomies in the WordPress dashboard for the AACC 21st Century Center and several other customers. Cornershop Creative discussed how they vastly improved the look and functionality of Our Bodies Ourselves. Amdee demonstrated Salesforce and WordPress integration with sites such as the Rowell Family Empowerment of Northern California. Blackbaud demonstrated several client sites, including the Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario.

There was also ample time for networking. Lunch included several Birds of a Feather groups. From my own perch up on the stage, I witnessed lively conversation on everything from blogging to system integrations.

What Now?

Whether you made it to WordPress Day or not, we have some great resources for you to extend your WordPress learning:

What’s Next?

Planning is already underway for the next WordPress Day. I hope you can join us! We would love to get input from the community, to help us make the next WordPress Day even better than the first one, so please let me know what we can do to make that happen.

Chrissy Rey
Chrissy Rey has been working with the web since 1995, and is the Founder and President of Pongos Interactive. She spent some time working as a zookeeper and animal technician before she gave up animal wrangling for programming. It's usually less gross.
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