Attending WordPress events is a huge part of joining the community. It allows you to meet the folks you interact with online in face-to-face setting and you always learn a lot. That said, due to geography, cost, and other barriers it isn’t always feasible. However, you can still experience the camaraderie and education of a WordPress meetup with online conferences.
Online conferences allow you to join a meetup from the comfort of your home, providing access to the same great speakers and sessions streaming online. Here are our four favorite online conferences coming up in the next few months.
WordPress Translation Day
WordPress is extremely accessible. As long as you have internet access and a computer, you can start your own company. This open environment is one that WordPress perfectly fosters but there is always more work to be done. Though the platform supports many languages, it has not conquered all of them. WordPress Translation Day is working to reach every corner of the globe one language at a time.
The event starts on November 12 at 0:00 UTC. Follow this link to see when that is exactly for you. Get ready for 24 hours of live training sessions centered around how to make your site more global. You can watch on Crowdcast and participate in real time.
So far over 1,400 people have signed up, but that number is expected to continue to rise before Saturday.
Want to get more involved? Get together with other WordPress professionals and work to translate your sites together. Pick a language WordPress needs and help add it to the repertoire.
“One of our goal with Global WordPress Translation Day is to increase our contributor base, show people how easy and fun it is to give back to WordPress in this way,” organizer Petya Raykovska said. “We also strive to bridge the gap between translators and developers – educating developers on how to build their localization strategies, how to work with the team for best results.”
The conference is free but you’ll still have to reserve your spot.
Out Of Office Conference
One of the greatest things about WordPress is that it allows you to work anywhere in the world. You have the freedom to work wherever you want wherever you want. However, entirely distributed companies are a relatively new phenomenon and can be a tricky thing to manage.
That’s why Human Made created the Out of Office Conference starting November 29 at 4 p.m. GMT. Hear from five industry professionals about how to grow and manage a remote company.
“The event has grown out of a need to look more deeply into the issues affecting remote workers and companies,” said Siobhan McKeown, Events Director at HumanMade, organizer of the event. “There are many general articles and presentations about remote work, but Out of Office will look at the details of remote work, giving more depth to the conversation.”
Like the above event, Out of Office is free but you will have to reserve your spot to join.
The second WordCamp US is shaping up to be one of the biggest WordCamps, slated to bring in whopping 3,000 attendees. That said, finding your way to Philly in less than a month may not be feasible. Because of this, the entire conference will be streamed for free.
According to the announcement, streaming tickets in the past had to be purchased on its own or alongside a commemorative shirt. The stream will begin at 9 a.m. on Friday, December 2 and can be viewed from the WordCamp US site.
You do have to reserve a streaming ticket, but they will be available up until the last day of the conference, so there isn’t any rush. Make sure you test your computer before the sessions begin so you’ll be set for the first session.
If you can’t watch the live stream, every talk will be recorded and released after the event.
WordPress is an excellent option for schools and universities. It’s easy to use, cheap, and extremely customizable. WPCampus was created to bring the CMS to academic institutions everywhere. The conference, which was a great success last year, will be back for 2017. However, if you can’t physically attend, you can still take part in the conference with WPCampus Online.
The conference starts on January 23 and will feature multiple tracks focused all around education and WordPress. Attendees will be able to stream the talks and interact directly with the speakers.
Organizers are still looking for speakers so if you’re interested sign up on the website by November 18.
What is your favorite online conference? Answer in the comments below.