This past weekend, I had the pleasure of attending WordCamp Raleigh where I represented InMotion Hosting as well as spoke on WordPress optimization. As with all other WordCamps I have attended, there were incredible discussions and memorable relationships made all around.
Being a speaker at WordCamp Raleigh, the first of many interactions with others was the speaker event on Friday. Differing from the several others I have attended, the organizers decided it would be a great idea to have a sit-down, family-style dinner at Jimmy V’s Osteria.
At the dinner, I sat beside Will Haley and Allen Moore in which we had excellent discussions about our upcoming presentations, web hosting, and front end development. Through these conversations, I felt an immediate need to learn a bit more front end development and I was able to provide a better inside look on various aspects of hosting.
After the dinner, we made our way over to The Oxford for a bit more relaxing and mingling before the main event on Saturday. Of course, I always expect at least one person from WebDevStudios when I attend a WordCamp in which I met up with Justin Sternberg and discussed all of the great they’re doing for Microsoft, as well as the newest addition to AppPresser – Reactor.
The Main Event
WordCamp Raleigh took place in the engineering building of NC State University. The venue was perfect for WordCamp presentations due to large lecture rooms.
Justin Sternberg gave an excellent presentation on CMB2 which will allow you to create custom metaboxes and fields with incredible ease. If you use any custom fields on either the front end or back end, it is certainly worth looking into.
First slide from @Jtsternberg #wcraleigh talk on CMB2 pic.twitter.com/OrOH8NU432
— Will Schmierer (@ImBigWill) November 8, 2014
My favorite talk at WordCamp Raleigh was Allen Moore’s talk on work/life balance. In this talk, Allen hit the nail right on the head with the endless struggle between working hard and having a life outside of work. As someone who begins working immediately after rolling out of bed, continues late into the night, and make myself available at all hours, it was great to hear that I’m not the only one that struggles with a lack of social life outside of the WordPress community. I certainly learned that while WordPress and InMotion Hosting have become a very large part of my life, I need to take a step back sometimes and get my face out of my computer, phone, or iPad.
Yep, I have this problem. #wcraleigh @creativeallen pic.twitter.com/JFuYaYOnX8
— Jeff Matson (@TheJeffMatson) November 8, 2014
My presentation at WordCamp Raleigh was titled “Stop Eating Resources and Optimize Your WordPress Site“. Within my presentation, I was able to inform WordPress users on how to better optimize their site to increase server performance and visitor experience. Everyone’s site has the opportunity to become faster than it already is, and I’m glad that I was able to help so many users hit the next level of site performance.
Saving the World: @TheJeffMatson helping us fully optimize #WordPress sites at #WCRaleigh pic.twitter.com/RqrdN8g4o9
— Ray Mitchell (@SixFourWeb) November 8, 2014
While at WordCamp Raleigh, I was also able to have some great conversations about hosting with Steve Mortiboy of SemperFi Web Design. It seemed he was quite pleased with InMotion’s efforts to know what customers want, and catering to their needs in the most effective way possible. It was certainly great to speak with someone who genuinely appreciated all of the efforts that InMotion and I make to provide a consistently pleasurable experience for everyone.
WordCamp Raleigh was an excellent experience. I feel the organizers picked the perfect venue, and speakers were well selected. I had some excellent conversations with highly skilled individuals, as well as some who are just starting out. WordCamps are a great way for users, developers, and designers to all meet on even ground to help each other, and WordCamp Raleigh did exactly that
A big thanks goes out to all of the speakers, volunteers, and especially the organizers who have shed their blood, sweat, and tears to make WordCamp Raleigh an amazing experience.