The first in-person WordCamp in the US since the pandemic was held this past weekend at Montclair State University in Montclair, New Jersey. What is a “WordCamp” you ask? It’s a conference that focuses on WordPress, the Content Management System that we use exclusively here at Positive Medium. Everyone from casual users to developers participate, share ideas, and get to know each other. WordCamp is a great place for our team to learn about the latest features of the platform. Events are help several times per year at different cities around the world. Montclair is only a three hour drive from our Williamsport office.
One of our favorite panels was on the Google Analytics 4 upgrade deadline. It provided a lot of helpful tips on preparing our client accounts for this inevitable transition. The Getting Away from Google panel covered alternatives to Google Analytics. The All Women and Non-Binary Release Squad discussed the challenges that women and non-binary people face in the tech space. There was even a panel on increasing productivity and avoiding burnout which was very applicable to our team.
We were able to connect with several fellow developers and project managers in our area. We provided some advice to a husband and wife web design team who had just started their business–their journey brought us back to our struggles over a decade ago. Overall it was a very rewarding experience. Our last WordCamp was 2019 in Lehigh Valley, so it was good to get back out there and meet some new people.
If you’d like to learn more about managing your own WordPress website, we highly recommend attending a WordCamp. You can find upcoming events on the WordCamp Central website.