Say Hello to ServerPress

DesktopServer by ServerPress.com is a great to for any designer or developer to add to their workflow. You can easily setup your blueprint to have your starter theme or plugins installed and activated even already configure your wp-config file. It is the ONLY localhost server that integrates WordPress with Adobe® Dreamweaver®, Panic’s Coda and Diet Coda with WYSIWYG features for theme design and web developer professionals, offers multi-site, import and many more!

It saves you time each time you start a new project without having to mess with databases, local host files or other details. Also, it works on Windows and Macintosh machines.

Learn more about ServerPress.com here.

 

Ticket Updates: Sellout and Waiting Lists

We are nearing a sellout! If you haven’t gotten a ticket yet, or if you want to grab a workshop (or BuddyCamp) ticket on May 29th then read below. We also have information on a May 28th social open to everyone.

May 30-31st (Weekend)

As of now, there less than 30 15 weekend tickets left for WordCamp Miami. These will go quickly and once they are gone we will put up a waiting list. Last year, over 100+ people landing on the waiting list and only a few got tickets. Our advise? Avoid that waiting list and grab the last tickets. Please remember tickets you grab now are not refundable.

Click here to grab one of the last WordCamp Miami tickets.

Front-End Workshop Waiting List

Our front-end / theme workshop for May 31st has been sell out for a while and we have a waiting list now available. Click here to add your name to it.

If you are wanting to go to a workshop on Friday (and aren’t new to WordPress, so the beginner’s workshop wouldn’t be a good choice for you) we suggest attending BuddyCamp where you will be able to learn and network even if you aren’t a developer.

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Thursday Night Social

Regardless if you have a WordCamp ticket or not, you can RSVP to a social on Thursday May 28th at the Miami Ad School. Social starts at 5pm and runs to 8pm. Light food/drinks will be served, and we are planning some talks and entertainment. Think of it as a WordPress meetup on steroids. RSVP here.

 

Winning Flavors For Our Sunday Ice Cream

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We asked you to vote for your favorite (Crowd Favorite?) ice cream flavors for the special Nitrogen flavored ice cream to be delivered Sunday afternoon. Here are the winners:

1. Nutella
2. Chocolate
3. Duice de Leche

Remaining winners in order of popularity:

1. Vanilla*
2. Mint
3. Butter Pecan
4. Cake Batter
5. Strawberry
6. Peanut Butter

* = As a fourth place winner, we will try to get some Vanilla on hand.

Meet WiredTree

WiredTree provides Managed VPS and Managed Dedicated Servers to WordPress users worldwide from our Chicago-based data center and offices. Every WT server is backed by 24×7 telephone support, ticket support with 15 minute average response times, and is fully managed and monitored by WiredTree to maximize uptime and minimize frustration. All servers come ready-to-run with cPanel/WHM and are optimized and security hardened with firewall and anti-spam out of the box. With experience in SSD technology, MariaDB, Memcached, WordPress plugins, server optimization, and LiteSpeed Web server, WiredTree can take your site’s performance to the next level.

Say hello to MainWP

Say hello to the web’s best WordPress management solution.

MainWP brings 360-degrees of control to WordPress management with a simple, streamlined interface that lets users control all their sites in a snap. Now schedule automated backups, monitor up-time, manage content and plugins across multiple sites with push-button ease.

MainWP is self-hosted and free. You can download it directly from WordPress.org and take advantage of a cutting-edge, open-source solution that helps you get more done in less time. You get one central and intuitive Dashboard for 1-click updates, adding and editing posts and pages, and creating backups for all connected sites.

You can also broaden the scope of MainWP and make it your own using purpose-built Extensions designed to expand its capabilities. Choose from a wide selection of add-ons including SEO, marketing, security, maintenance and more, MainWP gives you a powerful line-up of Extensions to choose from.

With MainWP, it’s time to make WordPress management effortlessly efficient.

WordPress Beginner’s 101- May 29th in Miami, FL

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Very happy to announce that SiteGround – one of our Gold Sponsors – is also exclusively sponsoring the WordCamp Miami beginner’s workshop. What this means is that we will be talking more about how you can use hosting companies like SiteGround (and others) in setting up your WordPress site. You can look forward to learning about the exclusive offerings SiteGround and other hosting companies are offering to WordCamp Miami attendees.


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If you are new to WordPress, then you want to make sure you attend our beginner’s workshop. And as our beginner workshops are quite popular, we wanted to share with you some information before they sell out.

Our workshop is happening on May 29th at FIU. Our workshops worked out last year very well and sold out rather quickly. We limit our workshops to about 100 attendees, SO IF YOU HAVE NOT ALREADY DONE SO GRAB A TICKET BEFORE OUR WORKSHOPS SELL OUT.

Registration will start at 8am, and a full day’s schedule is planned (9am to 5pm). Lunch will be provided, so just bring yourself (a laptop or tablet is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, or something to take notes with) and get ready for a full day of getting up to speed with WordPress. After this workshop you’ll be ready for WordCamp Miami weekend (May 30th and May 31st).

Schedule

Here’s what we cover in our beginner workshop (note that this schedule might be adjusted, and if so we’ll alert all ticket holders).

1. Decisions / Education (Selecting a domain, what hosting provider might be the best for you, comparing WordPress.com vs. WordPress.org, etc.)

2. Installation and Setup (Guiding through how to install WordPress and giving a tour of the general WordPress admin)

3. Getting Started with WordPress (Showcasing every day things that you do in WordPress such as creating and editing posts, pages, categories, tags, etc. Also we go into items like comment moderation)

4. WordPress Themes (Discussion about trusted sources of getting WordPress themes, best practices, widgets, menus, header images, background images, and more)

5. Trouble Shooting (Knowledge share on common WordPress problems, troubleshooting, customizing, importing/exporting, and more)

6. Plugins (Best practices for plugins, “must-have” plugins, and how to use WordPress beyond a blogging platform)


Our beginner workshops usually sellout, so if you want to learn more about using WordPress or want to review the basic concepts before the WordCamp Miami weekend, grab a ticket.

Meet our Sponsor SiteGround

SiteGround, with over 10 years in the business, provides managed WordPress hosting that does not miss a thing! Their servers, available in 3 different data centers across the world, are optimized for ultimate WordPress speed and security and they provide many goodies for the WordPress fans – automatic updates for the core WordPress and its plugins, WordPress SuperCacher for ultimate speed acceleration, staging tool for the coders and unique WordPress autoinstaller for the starting users – all crafted in-house by the SiteGround team. And still they do not forget the importance of the good old standard hosting features like the domain name registration, the email service, control panel and the reasonable pricing. They also have a support team that is not only available 24/7 by phone, chat and ticketing, but consists of WordPress enthusiasts who will help you with specific WordPress issues. SiteGround has been actively involved with the community speaking, supporting and attending various WordCamps around the world and by sponsoring WordCamp Miami, they want to further contribute to the amazing WordPress community.

WordCamp For Kids: Tickets Now Available!

Once again, WordCamp Miami is holding a WordPress beginner’s workshop for kids. It will be held 10:00am until 12:30pm on May 31st,2015 (Sunday). As far as location, it will be near the other WordCamp Miami sessions at the same venue. We’ll have signs and volunteers to point you in the right direction.

The class will be led by Nikhil V, Sarrah Vesselov, and Michele Butcher. They will walk kids and their parents through the process of setting up a new WordPress.com account and how to get started blogging and publishing content to the Internet.

This class is geared towards 8-12 year olds, however, any age is welcome to attend (space permitting). Parents must be present for children under 13 and all attendees must bring a laptop or tablet. Children under the age of 18 can attend without charge with a paid adult (parent) ticket.

This is designed to be an interactive class, so participation and questions are welcomed and required. After the workshop, they can stay for lunch, and if they are up for it they are welcomed to go to the other sessions in the afternoon if you are supervising them.

Get Your Tickets:

Free tickets for parents are now available. To prevent some from grabbing Kids Workshop tickets accidentally, tickets on the website are $15. However if you contact us directly we can give you a free discount code (or if you purchase the ticket we can compensate you after the purchase).

 

WordCamp Miami partners with Code Fever and Black Tech Week

blacktechweek-trademarklogoWordCamp Miami is glad to  partner with Code Fever and Black Tech Week as a special community sponsor. They make great strives on sharing and educating the local community on tech innovations. You will find plenty of their members and the people involved with Code Fever and Black Tech Week all weekend at WCMIA.

What is Black Tech Week?

Black Tech Week was established in 2014 by Code Fever to provide more impactful programming around Black History Month. In addition to celebrating innovators of color, the entire week of events aims to change the narrative surrounding our community and replace it with innovation, creativity and technology that stretches the trajectory of our community. Our mission is to celebrate innovators of color and accelerate Miami, Florida USA as the United States gateway to Africa and the diaspora. With the proliferation of social networks, wearable technology, mobile, technology tools and social connections, our generation holds the keys to change the world and it has never been as accessible as it is today. During this exciting week organizations, community partners, startups and tech companies will be hosting events to highlight tech innovation and diversity across the globe. There many people of color doing beyond amazing work here in south Florida and across the globe. Black Tech Week will serve as the platform to acknowledge, celebrate, and support innovative thought provoking conversations & content by people of color. Black Tech Week is about thinking beyond today and tomorrow in order to build a diverse and connected organization for the diaspora.

May 29-31st, 2015