On Saturday, October 18th, 3 members of the LaunchDM development team attended the 2014 WordCamp in Baltimore. The event was held at the University of Baltimore in the William H. Thumel Sr. Business Center. The WordCamp Baltimore conference focuses on everything WordPress.
The WordCamp events are informal, community-organized events that are organized by WordPress users. Everyone from casual users to core developers participate, share ideas and get to know each other through the connection of WordPress websites. Since the WordPress content management system (CMS) makes up 50% of all websites that use a CMS and 22% of total Internet websites, the continued knowledge growth around everything WordPress with LaunchDM developers benefits LaunchDM’s clients.
LaunchDM developers Dustyn Doyle, Tim Corr, and Tim “Eli” Dalbey also attended the WordCamp in Philly this past June. Attending events like WordCamp provides an environment for LaunchDM developers to further their knowledge of WordPress, meet and share ideas with fellow “WordPressians“ and gives them the opportunity to contribute to the WordPress community.
The WordCamp Baltimore event provided the platform for the LaunchDM developers to receive a lesson in WordPress security from Joseph Herbrandson, who works at Sucuri Security. Sucuri happens to be partners with WPEngine, which is LaunchDM’s hosting provider. In addition, the developers learned about “Lean UX” from Anthony D. Paul who presents potential clients with a “menu” of websites with different ingredients instead of building a custom entree.
The key feature that stuck with the LaunchDM developers was the keynote speech by Chris Lema. The speech revolved around thinking outside of the box and explored the benefits of sharing these ideas with fellow developers to help continue the growth of the industry.
In all, the developers benefited by attending the WordCamp Baltimore by expanding their knowledge on WordPress security and Lean UX. With the increase of knowledge learned at these type of events even will, in the end help the overall growth of knowledge within the walls of LaunchDM which will only benefit our clients at the end of the day.
To learn more about the presentations, check out the slides from all the speakers at WordCamp Baltimore here.