Joining the WordPress community

Joining the WordPress community

Beatthewhites (aka BTW) recently participated in the annual WordCamp Europe conference that took place at the Megaron Conference Centre in the centre of Athens from June 8-10, 2023. The event brought together WordPress enthusiasts from around the world to discuss the latest trends and developments in the WordPress community.

WordPress is a free content management system that allows users to create and manage any type of website, whether for news, e-commerce, personal blogging or as a showcase for their business in the digital space. It is open-source, which means that all users have access to a vast library of customisable themes and plugins. Its open-source nature also allows developers, designers, and users to work together to create a platform that is constantly evolving and improving. This collaborative approach has helped to make WordPress one of the most popular and widely used content management systems in the world. At BTW, we have used our expertise in responsive WordPress web design and development to implement diverse and successful solutions for brands such as Fortunegreece, Helleniq Energy and Ioanna Liberta.

The conference was an exciting opportunity for Beatthewhites to connect with other WordPress users and developers, and to learn about the latest tools and techniques for high-quality WordPress websites. Our team attended a variety of talks and workshops, on topics as diverse as digital sustainability, how to make digital fonts readable, best practices in code review and the evolving impact of AI on the WordPress platform and its users.

A highlight of the WordCamp conference were the great opportunities for us at Beatthewhites to give back to the WordPress community. One of our team was a member of the organising committee, responsible for ensuring that all attendees could enjoy the best possible experience, while still staying within budget (no easy task for a conference with more than 2,000 participants and 70+ speakers in three different tracks spread over three days).

It was a fascinating and informative opportunity to gain a behind-the-scenes perspective into organising such a large event. We also participated in the ‘Contributor Day’ on the first day of the conference, when attendees work together on improving the WordPress platform through code contributions, bug fixes, documentation, and more. It was inspiring to see the level of collaboration and cooperation in the community, and to witness first-hand the impact that our contributions can have on the WordPress ecosystem. The food, venue and hospitality over all three days of the conference were great too!

Overall, WordCamp Europe was an incredibly valuable experience for Beatthewhites. We all came away from the conference buzzing with new ideas and insights that will help us to continue to design and develop WordPress content management solutions that are fully fit to meet the needs of our Clients as we move into the middle of the 21st century. Personally, I am looking forward to next year’s event – in Torino, Italy, 13-15 June 2024 – and cannot wait to see what the future holds for the WordPress community.

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