WordCamp Louisville 2011 date announced, speakers and sponsors needed


WordCamp Louisville has announced the date for its second annual event. This year the big day will be October 1st, and it will be held at the same location that last year was, on the University of Louisville’s Shelby Campus. The organizers explained that the earlier date this year (last year’s event took place on December 1st) is intended avoid the colder weather of winter in Louisville.

The event this year is currently in need of sponsors and speaker applications. If you’re interested in stepping up the plate (so to speak) at this year’s Louisville WordCamp, get in touch with them via their blog or on Twitter.

Last year’s was one of the first WordCamps that WPCandy really covered, which is pretty meaningful to me. Who else was there last year? Who plans on attending this year?

WordCamp Louisville 2011 planned for October 15th


Eric Blackwell, organizer of this year’s inaugural WordCamp Louisville, made an announcement at the end of the event on Saturday. He said next year’s event is planned for October 15th, 2011.

WordCamp Louisville 2011 is also planned to be hosted at the same venue–the University of Louisville Shelby Campus at the Delphi Center (Inside the Founder’s Union Building.)

You can follow Eric Blackwell on Twitter at @ericblackwell for future updates.

WooThemes offering discount to WordCamp Louisville attendees


One of the best parts of any event is swag. Swag, of course, stands for “stuff we all get.” That’s always confused me, seeing as how it’s something only people at the event get. If I’m not there, I don’t get anything.

In any case, only those attending WordCamp Louisville will have access to this new deal from WooThemes, purveyor of fine theme products.

According to the WordCamp Louisville blog WooThemes has provided a number of discounts to WordPress Louisville attendees, presumably to be delivered via email on or before the event on December 4th. The discounts aren’t publicly available, as that would then truly become something we all get, thus defeating the purpose.

Eric Blackwell, one of the Louisville organizers, makes a bold move to call out additional WordPress businesses to pitch in as well:

We are asking that the vendors such as WooThemes, and hopefully others such as StudioPress and Mail Chimp and all of the rest (yeah…I am asking for your guys’ help by name ;-) ) do the following:

a) Dig deep and give our attendees SOLID discounts that will truly help them expand the WP user base. This ain’t namby pambyville…grin…We want attendees to pay $20 and get TONS of value for what they have paid.

b) Promote our efforts on your sites, forums and etc. Badge up. Mention Up. And help us promote the community. The long term winners are all of us. ;-)

Only time will tell whether this technique will generate additional deals for WordCamp Louisville attendees. In the meantime, tickets are available for purchase right now.

Syed Balkhi of WPBeginner will speak at WordCamp Louisville


Syed Balkhi, the founder of popular WordPress community site WPBeginner, has been announced as one of the speakers at the upcoming WordCamp Louisville. He will be presenting on how to keep your WordPress site loading quickly and efficiently, with an emphasis on the effects on SEO.

According to Eric Blackwell, one of Louisville’s organizers, Balkhi’s presentation “highlights tips and tricks to reduce the use of server resources, improve site performance, decrease site load time, and improve SEO.”

WordCamp Louisville is a one day WordCamp event taking place on December 4, 2010. Registrations are currently open.

You can follow Balkhi on Twitter at @syedbalkhi, and follow WordCamp Louisville updates on their blog.

WordCamp Louisville speaking roster filling out


Eric Blackwell has posted the speaker roster for WordCamp Louisville on the event’s official site.

WordCamp Louisville, which will take place on December 4th at the University of Louisville Shelby Campus, will include presentations on:

  • Custom Post Types and Taxonomies and Designing for WordPress (Tammy Hart)
  • Search Engine Friendly Blogging 101 (Eric Blackwell)
  • Inbound Marketing with WordPress (Anne Sallee Miles)
  • How to Make Your WP Blog Do Damn Near Anything (Mitch Canter)

This is just a taste of the roster. There are several other subjects, panels and speakers scheduled for WordCamp Louisville. Head over to WordCampLouisville.org to see the full lineup.

Tickets for the event are on sale now for $20. Proceeds from the event will benefit the University of Louisville’s Kentucky Autism Training Center and the WordPress Foundation.

WPCandy’s Ryan Imel to “headline” speakers at WordCamp Louisville


Eric Blackwell announced this week that Ryan Imel will be covering two topics at WordCamp Louisville. He will be speaking about using WordPress as a content management system and understanding WordPress Multisite.

Eric wrote this about Ryan and WordPress Louisville:

We really do not have “headline” speakers at WordCamp Louisville…but if we did, this would be the guy. Well one of ‘em…we have more on the way! Ryan is starting (errr…continuing to) get noticed in the WordCamp community for his work with WPCandy. Check out this latest post about him and you will see that we are bringing TOP NOTCH WP talent to the game here. Aside from being a great WP afficianado and developer, he is also a great guy.

WordPress Louisville will be held on December 4th, 2010. Grab your tickets before its too late!