Join WordPress developers for a virtual conference that will be out of this world on September 25th, 2019.

You just missed it! This event was designed especially for attendees across Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) and ran from at 07:00-19:00 UTC.

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What's WordSesh?

WordSesh is a live, virtual conference that is highly curated to provide you with the absolute best possible experience. Every presenter is been hand-picked and each topic is selected to complement or build on the others.

Can't make it on September 25th? Not a problem! Every presentation will be recorded and available to WPSessions Members for viewing at your convenience shortly after the live event ends.

Meet the Speakers

Maedah Batool, @MaedahBatool
Jon Bossenger, @Jon_Bossenger
Francesca Marano, @FrancescaMarano
Muhammad Muhsin, @muhsinlk
Ahmad Bilal, @AhmadBilalDev
Keith Devon, @keithdevon
Karim Marucchi, @KarimMarucchi
Judith Schröer, @JudiCGN
Jesse Friedman, @professor
Steve Persch, @stevector
Adam Warner, @wpmodder
Event host: Brian Richards, @rzen

Event Schedule

06:30 UTC

Meet & Greet

Join early and say hello!

07:00 UTC

Opening Remarks

Brian Richards

Take 15 minutes to learn about everything that is going on today and get to know your host.

07:30 UTC

High-Performance Images in WordPress

Keith Devon

The web is full of big beautiful images these days. They look great but they can come at a HUGE cost for performance. If your images aren’t optimised properly your websites speed will suffer, and that means higher bounce rates, lower conversion rates, poor engagement, and worse.

In this talk, we’ll explore all of the techniques at our disposal for optimising images to make your site way faster. We'll cover image formats and sizes, optimization tools, responsive images, and exciting new opportunities.

08:30 UTC

Build Your Blazing Fast Site With Gatsby and WordPress

Muhammad Muhsin

Gatsby is all the rage now - it is a blazing-fast React-based static site generator which has won the hearts of many. And for good reason!

After Gatsby introduced themes, I began converting WordPress themes to Gatsby themes and experimenting with WPGraphQL for providing content. Now I want to help you take advantage of using WordPress as a headless CMS with Gatsby.

09:30 UTC

Jetpack, the Hidden Link Between Agencies & Their Clients

Jesse Friedman

Jetpack is primed and ready to be used by agencies. Jetpack will make your agency the hero and your customers loyal fans.

Jetpack is primed and ready to be used by agencies. Jetpack will make your agency the hero and your customers loyal fans.

Our world-class security, and performance features are managed by you, while showing your customers everything is safe and secure.

Our stats showcase the right amount of data to showoff your marketing progress without having to teach clients how to read complex reports.

Our integrations into the WordPress apps give your customers the ability to stay connected to the sites you've built for them, in the palm of their hands.

And, finally, our all new activity log gives you the control and insight you've been craving on everyone of your sites.

09:45 UTC

15-minute Break

Stretch your legs!

10:00 UTC

Optimizing Your Gatsby Site For Production

Maedah Batool

Let's talk about the important pre-requisites you need in order to convert your entire production site to Gatsby.js.

There are a lot of things WordPress provides for free. In this talk we'll look at how to add sitemaps, embed videos, include RSS feeds, and more.

11:00 UTC

Building a SaaS App with WordPress and Laravel

Jon Bossenger

Over the last 3 years the team at Castos took an already popular free WordPress plugin, Seriously Simple Podcasting, and built a successful SaaS app around it using Laravel. This workshop will dive into some of the reasons why SaaS is a great option for earning income in the WordPress space, and dig into the technical aspects building your first SaaS for a WordPress product.

During this workshop we will build a simple SaaS app for an existing WordPress plugin. We’ll start by building the Laravel app from scratch, including a simple API for third party access. We will then move onto using the WordPress HTTP API to connect our plugin to our Laravel app, in order to provide the premium service for plugin users. By the end of the workshop you should have a basic understanding of building a Laravel SaaS app and connecting your WordPress plugin or theme to it.

12:00 UTC

WebOps Wins!

Steve Persch

WebOps brings together developers, designers, marketers, content editors, and more. Everyone whose job it is to change the website in significant ways needs to think of themselves on the same team and working towards the same goals. This presentation will highlight how Pantheon enables collaboration to drive website success.

12:15 UTC

Mid-Day Break (75min)

Grab a bite to eat, take a nap, catch up on email, or just relax.

13:30 UTC

How to use GitHub Actions for WordPress Plugin Development

Ahmad Bilal

GitHub Actions are the newest solution for continuous integration and continuous deployment (CI/CD). They offer a streamlined path to trigger automations with each alteration to a GitHub repo.

This talk will introduce and walkthrough a few of the available features in order to demonstrate how to automatically deploy a plugin to every time a new version is tagged.

14:30 UTC

Blogging for Business in 2019

Francesca Merano

Despite the constant stream of “Is blogging dead?” articles, having a blog is a great way to showcase your knowledge and expertise in a given field and serves as a solid base to build your reputation through content strategy.

There are indeed more blogs competing for people’s attention today than there were ten years ago, which means it’s even more important to write quality content to differentiate yourself from competition and rank on search engines.

In this talk, I will go over why you should start a blog in 2019 if you haven’t already. You will learn about the power of blogging, the shelf-life of a good blog post, and what you should blog about depending on the goal you set for yourself.

15:30 UTC

Makers of the Web, Meet Your Toolbox

Adam Warner

Adam shares his journey across the web, from a time before WordPress, through WordPress multisite, into plugin development, and beyond. He has a unique take and perspective on working with GoDaddy Pro that is worth 15 minutes of your time.

15:45 UTC

15-minute Break

Stretch your legs!

16:00 UTC

What's All The Fuss About DXPs, and Why Should I Care?

Karim Marucchi

There are a lot of people throwing around a lot of marketing words about "digital experience platforms" (DXP). What's the bottom line? What does all the marketing fluff have to do with WordPress and how we think about building and delivering WordPress services and products?

Today, SMB Clients are not asking for DXPs, yet increasing numbers want to integrate their online marketing tools. How does the Enterprise trend of moving away form Content Management, and towards Digital Experience, help you with SMB clients today? Let's get together and walk through it.

17:00 UTC

8 Lessons Learnt Through my Mental Illness

Judith Schröer

On 28 April 2012 my life changed forever. I lost my companion, was forced to turn my 14 year old daughter over to a children's home, and lost my job. I spent 16 weeks in rehab in a trauma clinic where doctors told me that I am mentally ill (depression, borderline PTSD, etc.) and disabled for work.

This talk is about the lessons I have learnt to change my way from “I am mentally ill, cannot work any more, and have no options” to “I am mentally ill; despite this I shape my life and run a business.”

18:00 UTC

Closing Remarks

Brian Richards

Stick around for some exciting announcements!

Viewing Parties

Join some friends and watch WordSesh together!

Want to host a viewing party? Send an email and include your location, meetup name, and link to where attendees can RSVP.

Hallway Track

No good conference is complete without the opportunity to chat and network with your peers. This year, WordSesh has multiple built-in opportunities for you to connect with other attendees, talk shop, swap notes, and make new friends from around the globe.


Event Swag

No, we won't have any stickers, pins, or t-shirts, but we will have plenty of useful gifts for every WordSesh attendee! We've made special arrangements with many awesome companies in the WordPress space to provide exclusive digital swag.

Thanks to our sponsors

WordSesh is possible thanks to these incredible partners.
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WordSesh, a WPSessions Event

For the past six years, WPSessions has been recruiting remarkable presenters to teach what they know.

WPSessions is home to more than 140 hours of exclusive content to help you write better code, find better clients, and deliver better projects.

If you're hungry for WordPress training, and one full day of WordSesh just isn't enough for you, WPSessions is ready feed that desire year-round.