The 8th annual WordCamp Fayetteville, a workshop featuring WordPress and centered on web design and development, is scheduled for July 22 at the Donald W. Reynolds Center for Enterprise Development in the Sam M. Walton College of Business at University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.
Attendees of all learning stages will have the opportunity for training in website building, according to a press release from local event coordinators, led by longtime area web designer Monica Foster, virtual strategist, WordPress web designer and project manager of Virtual Mojo.
This year’s WordCamp Fayetteville workshop includes four tracks with sessions that focus on putting together web pages, small business needs, digital design and code developing, all using the open-source content management system, WordPress.
Session topics include “Promote and Grow with Social Media,” “Graphic Design Tips and Tricks,” “Strong Imagery,” and “How to Generate New Blog Ideas and Keep Track of Them.” Other programs offer advice, including “Stop Wasting Time, Stop Blogging.”
The keynote speaker for WordCamp Fayetteville will be Shane Purnell, founder of Platform Giant in Kansas City.
Presenters from throughout Northwest Arkansas include Haley Allgood, executive director of Community Venture Foundation; David Bernstein, chair of SCORE Northwest Arkansas; Rebecca Haden, owner at Haden Interactive; Ben Pollock, digital media specialist in the College of Education & Health Professions at the UA; Eric Huber, founder and chief creative officer of Blue Zoo Creative; Rachel Korpella owner of Korpella Design; Brandee Segraves, director of social engagement at Significance NWA; Sky Shabatura, co-owner and front-end architect of Taproot Studios; Micah Sparrow, blogger and teacher in the Rogers School District; Jamie Smith, owner and writer at Jamie’s Notebook; and Katharine Trauger, blogger.
Other presenters include Aaron D. Campbell, WordPress core security team lead in Wewoka, Okla.; Josepha Haden-Chomphosy of WordPress parent company Automattic; Alisha McFarland, WordPress web designer of Springfield, Mo.; web developer Dave Navarro Jr. of Topeka, Kan.; Konstantin Obenland of Automattic; WordPress search engine strategist Travis Pflanz of Kansas City; Danny Santoro with WooCommerce in Cincinnati; and developer George Spake of Tennessee.
An informal kick-off event is planned for Friday evening, details to be announced, as well as an “after-party” at the Chancellor Hotel on Saturday evening. A tutoring and work session is planned for Sunday morning at the offices of Community Venture Foundation and Startup Junkie Consulting, according to the press release.
Tickets are $20 before July 1 and $25 after that, and organizers recommend registering early at 2017.fayetteville.wordcamp.org, as the event “fills quickly” according to the release.
Though it’s a locally organized event, WordCamps are put on nationwide. WordCamp Fayetteville is the only one of its kind in Arkansas, according to the WordCamp Fayetteville website.