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Your 2016 WordCamp Seattle Itinerary

With so many good talks this weekend, it may be hard to pick where to go. You might even think, “Is this WordCamp for me?”

Seattle WordCamp 2016 has something for everyone!

There’s no wrong way to pick which sessions you attend, but we made some “itineraries” for those of you seeking some recommendations. (And if you miss one, they’ll all be on WordPress.tv in the coming months.)

Session Selection Pro-Tips

Before we get to the itineraries, here are general tips for picking speakers:

  • Read the talk descriptions. If you’re not sure what a presentation is about, click its title on the “Schedule” page to read a description.
  • Push yourself. No one wants to sit through a talk and understand none of it, but knowing everything is just as boring. If a topic sounds complicated but interesting, consider taking the risk and seeing what you can learn!
  • Don’t forget the hallway track. There may be one slot where neither talk sounds too interesting. That’s OK! You can always find people networking or getting helped by experts at the Help Desk. WordCamps bring together an amazing community, so take one talk off and meet some people!
  • Listen for recommendations. If you come out of a talk you love and hear everyone in your row is going to the same next talk, follow them!

Itineraries!

Graduating WapuuThe Total Novice  & Site Owner

If you’ve never logged into WordPress, or you can’t remember the last time you did, these sessions will ease you into it. Even if you know your way around the Dashboard a bit, this is your chance to really know WordPress.

Saturday

  1. KEYNOTE: What Got You Here Won’t Get You There
  2. [Double-slot. Don’t Miss!] Get To Know WordPress – A Workshop for Beginners
  3. Custom Post Types for Non-Developers
  4. Usability Schmoozabillity: 5 Tips to Make Your Website Work for Customers
  5. Managing Your Online Reputation
  6. Hack Attack

Sunday

Need a break? Come support the WordPress community in the Contributor Track all day Sunday!

  1. Becoming a Part of the WordPress Community
  2. [Technical, but Don’t Miss!] Anatomy of a WordPress installation
  3. [Don’t Miss!] There Are No Dumb Questions: Beginner Q&A
  4. Tools for Managing Multiple WordPress Sites
  5. On Site SEO in WordPress for Content Marketing
  6. [Don’t Miss!] 10 Blogging Habits that Kill the Competition
  7. Using a CDN to Speed Up Your Website

Hipster Wapuu with coffee cup and satchelThe Consultant & Site Builder

Many people make a living building or working on WordPress websites. Even more business owners use WordPress to power their own sites. This track blends business and WordPress to help you get more clients and improve your own site.

Saturday

  1. KEYNOTE: What Got You Here Won’t Get You There
  2. [Don’t Miss!] Stop Saying No | Learning to Nurture Clients
  3. Common Desk Job Postural Ailments and What You Can Do About It!
  4. [Don’t Miss!] Custom Post Types for Non-Developers
  5. Usability Schmoozabillity: 5 Tips to Make Your Website Work for Customers
  6. Managing Your Online Reputation
  7. Profitable Website Projects – The Oreo Cookie Strategy

Sunday

Need a break? Come support the WordPress community in the Contributor Track all day Sunday!

  1. Becoming a Part of the WordPress Community
  2. Anatomy of a WordPress installation
  3. There Are No Dumb Questions: Beginner Q&A
  4. Tools for Managing Multiple WordPress Sites
  5. [Don’t Miss!] This Is Not What We Asked For: Avoiding, Preparing For, and Handling Difficult Client Moments
  6. What I Learned From Making A WordPress Powered Extranet For My Freelance Biz
  7. [Don’t Miss!] Six Figure Freelancing

Wapuu MinionThe Parent to a Budding Techie

If you’ve got a kiddo between the ages of 8 and 14, Saturday is a great opportunity for Bring Your Kid to Camp Day. Let them experience the world you work in and take them to sessions with you Saturday morning. Then send them to get their own WordPress experience on at the KidsCamp Workshop Saturday afternoon.

Saturday

  1. [Inspiring for all ages] KEYNOTE: What Got You Here Won’t Get You There
  2. [Zumba! They’ll love it!] Common Desk Job Postural Ailments and What You Can Do About It!
  3. KidsCamp Workshop

Pink mohawk WapuuThe Creative & Design Mind

For the creatives and designers, WordPress is one of the most common CMSes for which to design. These topics will teach you some of the tech that implements your designs and show you tools and ideas to inspire your next project.

Saturday

  1. KEYNOTE: What Got You Here Won’t Get You There
  2. [Technical. Don’t Miss!] A Better User Experience With The WordPress Customizer
  3. Common Desk Job Postural Ailments and What You Can Do About It!
  4. Custom Post Types for Non-Developers
  5. [Technical. Don’t Miss!] Drawing with SVG
  6. Managing Your Online Reputation
  7. Hack Attack

Sunday

Need a break? Come support the WordPress community in the Contributor Track all day Sunday!

  1. Becoming a Part of the WordPress Community
  2. [Technical. Don’t Miss!] CSS Sanity with Sass
  3. Helping Non-Profits Change The World With WordPress
  4. The Web We Make
  5. This Is Not What We Asked For: Avoiding, Preparing For, and Handling Difficult Client Moments
  6. 10 Blogging Habits that Kill the Competition
  7. Six Figure Freelancing

Hoodie and laptop WapuuThe Accidental Techie & Aspiring Developer

Ready to nerd out and ease into WordPress development? We’ve got the perfect set of presentations for you.

Saturday

  1. KEYNOTE: What Got You Here Won’t Get You There
  2. [Technical. Don’t Miss!] A Better User Experience With The WordPress Customizer
  3. Getting to Know WordPress Multisite
  4. [Don’t Miss] Custom Post Types for Non-Developers
  5. Usability Schmoozabillity: 5 Tips to Make Your Website Work for Customers
  6. Change Your Defaults, Strengthen Your Security
  7. Profitable Website Projects – The Oreo Cookie Strategy

Sunday

Need a break? Come support the WordPress community in the Contributor Track all day Sunday!

  1. Becoming a Part of the WordPress Community
  2. Anatomy of a WordPress installation
  3. Helping Non-Profits Change The World With WordPress
  4. [Technical. Don’t Miss!] The Web We Make
  5. This Is Not What We Asked For: Avoiding, Preparing For, and Handling Difficult Client Moments
  6. What I Learned From Making A WordPress Powered Extranet For My Freelance Biz
  7. Using a CDN to Speed Up Your Website

Wizard Hat WapuuThe Code Monkey & Tech Wizard

If you’ve contributed to core, build custom themes, or maintain 10 plugins you probably don’t need too much help picking sessions, but maybe we can steer you in an interesting direction or two. Maybe this is a good time to work on some of those soft skills 😉

Saturday

  1. KEYNOTE: What Got You Here Won’t Get You There
  2. A Better User Experience With The WordPress Customizer
  3. Getting to Know WordPress Multisite
  4. Names, Versions, Releases, and SVN
  5. Drawing with SVG
  6. Managing Your Online Reputation
  7. Profitable Website Projects – The Oreo Cookie Strategy

Sunday

  1. Becoming a Part of the WordPress Community
  2. Contributor Track!
  3. Contributor Track!
  4. [Don’t Miss] The Web We Make
  5. Contributor Track!
  6. Contributor Track!
  7. Contributor Track!
Wapuu playing fire-spitting bagpipe on a unicycle

Had to get this one in somehow!

All Day: Help Desk & Networking

Got a specific WordPress question you need help with? There will be a WordPress help desk staffed with experts all day to help you with your questions and website problems! Bring your questions and leave with answers.

There will be great networking and conversation throughout the day, in the halls, between sessions, and over lunch. If you find a topic particularly interesting, keep the conversation going with fellow attendees in between sessions and over lunch.

Looking to connect with other attendees online? Then the #wcsea hashtag is for you! Use it on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram so we can all follow along on your journey through WordCamp Seattle: Beginner Edition.

We can’t wait to see you there! Don’t have your ticket yet? There are still a few left! Buy your ticket now.

What are those things!?

These cute yellow creatures are wapuus! They’re the unofficial mascot of WordPress.