02 September 2020
Join WordPress developers from around the world for this must-attend virtual conference on 2nd Sept 2020!
WordSesh is a live, virtual conference for WordPress professionals. Each event is highly curated to provide you with the absolute best possible experience.
Every presenter has been hand-picked and each topic is selected to complement or build on the others.
Best yet, every presentation is recorded and published to WPSessions after the live event has ended. This means you can watch everything no matter when you're available.
You just missed WordSesh EMEA on September 2nd, 2020!
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Meet the Speakers
Say hello to each of the incredible hand-picked speakers for WordSesh EMEA 2020!
You should follow each of them on Twitter, and follow @WordSesh too while you're at it.
This year we have 13 sessions that touch on topics like plugin development, static WordPress, business development, and leveraging WordPress for growth.
Every session brings a valuable lesson and perspective to the table, so you should make time to watch them all. Please note that the schedule arrangement may change in the weeks leading up to the event.
Use the selector above the session list to adjust the timezone of the schedule.
02 September 2020
Meet & GreetAll Attendees
Opening RemarksBrian Richards Event Host
Building & Sustaining a Business on Free SoftwareMarieke van de Rakt Phd & Joost de Valk CEO & CPO, Yoast
Growing a profitable business in the WordPress ecosystem can be hard. How do you combine real passion for open source with growing a successful business. IN this talk, we’ll share a view from the Yoast-rollercoaster: What were the highs and lows, how did we grow our audience and why is WordPress so immensely important?
Blockworld: Survival Guide for a PHP DeveloperArūnas Liuiza Engineering Team Lead, Kayak
The good people who learnt JS deeply before us have created some nice tools that we can use from the comfort of our PHP, without venturing (much) into the realm of package managers, build processes, compilers, frontend frameworks and other newfangled creatures. And still create beautiful and functional things.
CRM - the True Essential Tool for the Modern BusinessWoody Hayday & Mike Stott Co-founders of Jetpack CRM
Join Woody Hayday and Michael Stott as they explore one of the most core business tools available today.
Successful developer-entrepreneurs, Woody and Mike built Jetpack CRM to bring customer relationship management tools to WordPress. Initially designed to help local service companies and eCommerce sellers, Jetpack CRM now helps thousands of businesses improve customer communications, build enduring relationships, and increase profits. Learn more about CRM and see how Jetpack CRM works.
15-minute BreakStretch your legs!
A Static-first Approach to WordPressMiriam Schwab CEO, Strattic
Let's talk about how you can build a static-ready WordPress site without much additional effort on your part.
This approach will open up more options and opportunities to you, your business, and your clients.
Understanding Web VitalsAdam Silverstein Developer Programs Engineer, Google
Web Vitals is an initiative by Google to help site owners improve user experiences. Moreover, it's an effort to simplify the metrics landscape. By measuring the right things it becomes much easier for you and other site owners to make meaningful change to improve the performance of a site and, therefore, the experience of everyone who uses that site.
Web Stories: Publishing Stories on the Open WebPascal Birchler Developer Programs Engineer, Google
Stories have quickly become the most popular feature across several social platforms. As an interactive medium, Stories offer viewers a unique and more engaging experience. There's just one problem: they aren't portable.
Let's take a look at how we might fix this portability issue while further improving on both the experience of producing and consuming stories.
Mid-Day Break (75min)Take some time to rest and relax.
Easier Plugin Development Using BoilerplatesAdejoke Haastrup Software Developer, Sendbox Technologies
WordPress Plugins are a vital part of WordPress that help to radically transform any site. This means developing your own custom plugins a powerful skill to learn.
With so many ways to build a plugin it can be hard to know where to begin. In this session we will focus on creating and using boilerplates to improve your development experience.
A boilerplate will help you easily understand plugin folder structuring, where to include your functions, and what to do next. It is, without a doubt, one of the easiest ways to begin your journey developing plugins for WordPress.
Fixing Fraud and Improving SEO with BlockchainSebastiaan van der Lans Founder & CEO, WordProof.io
The internet has a deep-rooted trust issue. How do consumers know whether the information presented by websites can be trusted? How can website owners claim ownership over their content?
In 1991, blockchain was invented for timestamping documents. With a timestamp, you can prove that you didn’t tamper with your content. With timestamps, your readers, buyers, and search engines can prove your integrity. How are WordPress and blockchain timestamps building blocks for a better internet today? Is it too late to fix the broken web?
With his enthusiasm, Sebastiaan takes you on a 20-minute journey showing how we can truly fix the broken web with open-source code and community, together ❤️
How to Manage your Clients and Their Websites in Less TimeSandy Edwards US Field Marketing Manager, GoDaddy Pro
Managing WordPress updates for multiple sites doesn’t need to be a daunting task. In this session we’ll cover the many ways you can use GoDaddy Pro to make light work of website management.
15-minute BreakStretch your legs!
Waiting for the Host: Event Planning and the Pandemic PivotShane Pearlman Partner and CEO, Modern Tribe, Inc.
Faced with little time to change course, event planners from all industries and communities have done their best to navigate the quick transition to virtual events.
Live streaming, user generated content, interactive experiences—we’ve curated a series of success stories, best practices, and recommended tools to help planners aim even higher for the next wave of virtual events, all using WordPress as a hub.
From online classes to the annual conference rush, the autumn events season is just getting started. If you’re looking for inspiration or new resources, join Shane Pearlman of Modern Tribe for a brief roundup presentation and open Q&A.
What Community Events Taught Me About BusinessPatricia Brun Torre Owner, Virtuaza
After several years organising WordPress meetups and WordCamps, as well as participating as a speaker, volunteer or sponsor, I learned about the human values of acceptance and inclusion in the WordPress community.
I learned to work with people very different than me. I learned new ways to work in a team and important take-aways for inclusion in everyday life as well.
I want to share my own experiences and how they helped improve my business and personal life, both inside and outside the WordPress ecosystem. If you are in a WordPress-related business – whether that's in agency, plugin development, hosting, you name it – this will be beneficial to you.
This will help you build trust and rapport, meet future clients and business partners, and see how your peers do work and share ideas. Best of all, all of this occurs in a non-competitive and very friendly environment. By the time we're finished, I want to inspire you to join the nearby WordPress meetup group (or create one if it doesn't exist) and enjoy the inspiring interactions.
5-minute BreakStretch your legs!
How I Built "How Do You Tech"Mary Job Support Engineer, Paid Memberships Pro
I registered HowDoYou.Tech when I decided to port from being a Freelancer running a WordPress Website Agency business to a professional. So I got the business names registered, and only one thing was at the back of my mind while I did all these, and it was to keep doing WordPress. So in this talk, I will share how I got to achieve my company goals using WordPress, the tools (plugins & themes) we use, the solutions we came up with, how we kept iterating and are still doing so, the challenges we faced, and important points to note I believe would be useful for any other person out there about to launch their website design agency business with WordPress.
How To Use WordPress Multisite to Scale Your BusinessSodiq Akinjobi Project Manager, Peths Digital
In this session you will learn what WordPress multisite is and how to get started using it. You will also learn how Sodiq reduced the operational cost of a network marketing business by more than 1000% by using a multisite installation.
Closing RemarksBrian Richards Event Host
Win a Lifetime Membership on WPSessions!
WPSessions.com is home to more than 180 hours of exclusive presentations and courses, featuring many of the foremost WordPress experts from around the world. These are talks you won't find anywhere else!
In fact, every past WordSesh presentation is proudly featured in the WPSessions library (and only in the WPSessions library).
We have TWO quick and easy contests that you can enter to win that WPSessions membership:
1. Invite Your Friends!
After you register you will get your own special invitation link. Share this link with your friends and colleagues on your favorite social networks – or, better yet: reach out and invite them individually (everyone loves a personal invitation)!
The person who invites the most attendees will win a lifetime membership.
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All you need to do for this one is attend the live event and click the "enter contest" button. One lucky winner will be selected at random.
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The drawing for this one will take place and the winner will be announced during the closing remarks at the end of the event.
Kind Words about WordSesh
If you aren't watching #WordSesh live, you just missed out on an amazing presentation by @ksylor. She walked through how the browser works and bundled #webperf tips. Excellent talk!
— Tonya Mork 👋 (@hellofromTonya) May 22, 2019
Loads and loads of thanks to @GoDaddy @automattic @getpantheon for sponsoring and supporting such a wonderful event like @wordsesh. This event was such an insightful and full of learnings.#wpsessions #WordSesh #WordPress
— Sumant Luhar (@LoharSumant) September 25, 2019
Gearing up for the new @WordSesh 🙌 Our whole team gets very excited for this. Brian Richards is the master at kicking off the best virtual conference this side of #WordPress 👉 https://t.co/Rtqtx8tNG2 @rzen
Who else will pop in chat and say hello to us?
— WP Buffs (@thewpbuffs) September 23, 2019
So awesome to see @CastosHQ very own @jon_bossenger headlining at @wordsesh today. Great work talking about WordPress + SaaS! https://t.co/y04QSJiKB0
— Craig Hewitt (@TheCraigHewitt) September 25, 2019
I’m going to live and breathe #WordSesh for all 12 hours 🙂 https://t.co/c7MIjL6FVb
— Katie Richards (@KJRichards) September 11, 2019
Why WordSesh 2019 Is Worth Your Time https://t.co/20lqcXpsZy pic.twitter.com/ybvBAJfaae
— Tom McFarlin (@tommcfarlin) May 16, 2019
I think a special shout out needs to go out to @rzen sponsors @automattic @godaddypro @getpantheon for marking today’s @WordSesh possible. #WordSesh is always a great virtual #WordPress conference. 👍🏻
— David Bisset (@dimensionmedia) September 25, 2019
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.
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.
A WordSesh for You
No matter where you live, there is a WordSesh to suit your timezone. Mark your calendar and join the fun!
March 24 & 25, 2020
May 27, 2020
September 2, 2020
Watch Past Events
There have been so many great presentations on WordSesh that it would be criminal to make a list of favorites. Instead, here is just one recent session.
You can watch the recordings from all past WordSesh events right now on WPSessions.
WordSesh, a WPSessions Event
For the past seven years, WPSessions has been recruiting remarkable presenters to teach what they know.
WPSessions is home to more than 180 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.