WordPress Boot Camp in Langley City

It was very enjoyable and I did learn a lot from the guest Speaker’s, including Raul, about workdpress. It was worth the time, and I did a lot of networking too–as all good bloggers do. There was a good turnout from what I could see, maybe about 80 to 100 people, and how could you tell there was a room full of geeks? The amount of lap-tops. Every lap-top at one time or another was showing the WrodPress log in page. Now that’s a room full of geeks.

Raul Pacheco was the first presenter. He talked about WrodPress from a newbie’s perspective. I have to say, he is a master in social networking.

Kulpreet Singh at http://kulpreetsingh.com/ talked on security with WordPress, and it was really good. I actually got so much information from his talk that while he was presenting from his PowerPoint presentation, I was busy implementing some of his recommendations on my blog here. He really had some food for thought for keeping hackers out of your blog.

Rebecca Bollwitt, who wowed us with her MAC…., was talking about customizing your WordPress theme and adding pages. She was geared towards the intermediate WrodPress user. She made me remember back in the day when I was searching for my “favourite” theme and I kept changing it every five minutes. I guess I’m getting older now because I change maybe once a year now? She even has a Flash Video of Raul speaking during his presentation.

John Chow–Now this guy is something. Just in spam alone he had over 700,000 comment-spam that his filter caught! His talk was on how to get traffic to your blog, and make some money too. His methods are quite interesting. Some of his tips are common sense, but his “evil” methods are way beyond where I would want to go with my blog. Stuff like RSS feeds and linking, I will start doing, but forking out money for get people to link to my site is not the direction I want to go. But I like the “evil” methods anyway…. It is nice to see someone who tests the limits of Internet like he does.

Seeing other LINUX users there was an unexpected sight. I think maybe there should be a LINUX or Ubuntu bootcamp so that open source users can get together and see how the rest of the community works. After all, there are many similarities between WordPress and LINUX.

It was a lot of fun and a great experience. I will definitely go to another one!

[ADDED July 19, 2008] For the life of me I could not remeber the guy who spoke about the busines end of blogging, in other words, why should businesses have blogs?  The guy works for, or owns BLue Fur, which has both a website and blog. Blue Fur is an Internet server company that is operated within Canada. Here is the link for their Blog, which he also used as part of his presentation: The Blue Fur Blog.

9 Thoughts on “WordPress Boot Camp in Langley City

  1. Hi Tom,

    Thanks for the kind words! Glad you liked the presentation and sorry we didn’t meet in person. Maybe next time.

    If you have any questions about the presentation feel free to contact me.

    -k.s.

  2. Thanks so much for the kind words and it was great to meet you!

  3. Kulpreet, we did get to meet, only for a hand-shake though. You have some good words of advice. Thanks again.

    Raul, thanks for the invite to the WrorPress Boot camp. It was worth the trip, although it only took 10 minutes to commute back home. :mrgreen:

    My only question at this time is, are you guys going to be presenting another WordPress Boot Camp. I have several other people who might be interested in attending?

  4. Oh!! Okay yes we did meet.

    Yes I am working on organizing a longer multi-session event. I will talk to the past organizers and speakers, and get their input. I’d like there to be an event where different audiences can each get their full share of tools and information in sessions for their knowledge level. For example, a session for newbies, a session for bloggers, and a session for developers.

  5. Hi Tom,
    You’ve captured well what most of us were feeling last night. It was a superb event. I really enjoyed meeting you and, since by chance I sat beside you, of being introduced to all the magic of LINUX and Ubuntu. It’s certainly something I’ll be considering for my next computer purchase. Thanks for the recommendation.

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  7. Quote Kulpreet: “Yes I am working on organizing a longer multi-session event. I will talk to the past organizers and speakers, and get their input. I’d like there to be an event where different audiences can each get their full share of tools and information in sessions for their knowledge level. For example, a session for newbies, a session for bloggers, and a session for developers.”

    I was just saying this to my wife when I got back from WordCamp Fraser Valley last night! If you or Kulpreet need any help let me know!

  8. Kulpreet, that could be a good idea. I think for bloggers, some may think they know everything, but like myself, even the basic stuff I learned from. One would need to try out the idea of having two or three different levels of workshops for the public to attend? I think people would more incline to sit through everything anyway? But that would be cool to have another one, especially one based on developers.

    Barry, thank you so much for replying. It was a pleasure to meet you too. Yes, I would very much like to converse you further on moving to the “open source” side of the force. It could be a huge step, but as the LINUX world grows exponentially, so does its usability for people starting out. Please do keep in touch. Oh, and I got my Twitter working. Talk about micro-blogging….

    Hey John. Good to meet you. Yes, that could be something for the near future. I guess we all need to keep our ears to the ground and stay tuned. I’m sure Kulpreet would be delighted to hear that. Events like these are a lot fun to work at or just watch. I used to do a lot organizing for trades-fares for businesses and other public events, you really get to meet people from every walk of life.

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