Last weekend, we (Canadian Cloud Hosting - www.cacloud.com) had the honour and pleasure of sponsoring WordCamp Vancouver 2012 at the platinum level and we really enjoyed supporting such a great group of local WordPress enthusiasts including developers, bloggers, college professors and connecting with everyone who stopped by our table or engaged with us on Twitter.
If you stopped by to drop off a business card for our free raffle to win free hosting for a year but didn't hear from us, you can still benefit from being a participant. You can visit our site at www.cacloud.com and use our promotional code CACLOUDWP30 to receive an exclusive 30% off. But, you must act quickly before the code expires on October 31st, 2012.
Finally, we curated most of WordCamp Vancouver 2012 and whether you were on site or not, you can share this summary with your friends and tweet us at @cawebhosting if you'd like us to add any relevant online content like your own recaps. We had a lot of fun being a part of this event and up next, we have BuddyCamp notes to share with you, so in the meantime, you can peruse our own event photos through one of our Pinterest boards and/or our Facebook album. While you're there, feel free to "like" our page, you never know what awesome discounts we'll hand out in the future, so don't miss out!Kevin Liang
CTO / SEO Guru
WordPress is a free and open source blogging platform used by millions of users across the globe and many organizations use it as their content management system (CMS) based on PHP and MySQL. The WordPress community is such a dynamic crowd and we’re excited to announce that this upcoming weekend through early next week, Canadian Cloud Hosting is sponsoring WordCamp Vancouver and BuddyCamp Vancouver. Bloggers of all levels and developers should consider attending these events. Both events are welcoming and even designers or other enthusiasts can participate if you want to learn more about WordPress, you'll be welcomed to join us since the format caters to different levels of expertise, so don't feel intimidated.
WordCamp is all day conference mainly focused on WordPress, split in two tracks: 1) users and 2) developers. Unlike other conferences, this event is affordable to all and you'll be able to meet, share, and most importantly, learn from a knowledgeable line up of speakers and connect with them and other attendees. The event will be on Saturday, October 13, 2012 from 8 am to 5 pm at the BCIT Burnaby Campus. Tickets are only $25 and part of the line up for users include Tips to Grow Your Professional WordPress Business, Demystifying SEO, How to Make your WordPress Site Mobile Friendly, and for developers, they include Calm and Simple Code With Purpose, Mistakes I Made using jQuery, and How to Avoid them, and Interacting with External APIs. The full schedule will provide you with all the details, so that you can plan out your day ahead of time.
For those of you who are more familiar with WordPress, you most likely have heard of BuddyPress, an open source social networking software package (owned by Automattic since 2008), a plugin that can be installed on WordPress to transform it into a social network platform. It is designed to allow schools, companies, sports teams, or any other niche community to start their own social network or communication tool. These two-days are geared towards a more advanced audience, split in two tracks as well: 1) education and 2) developers. BuddyCamp will bring all of the community benefits as WordCamp and a chance for even more collaboration on their hack day, on the second day. The event will be on Sunday, October 14, 2012 from 8 am to 5 pm and Monday, October 15, 2012, from 8 am to 2:30 pm (hack day) at the BCIT Burnaby Campus. Tickets vary from $10 to $35, including a live stream option and part of the line up include The Future of BuddyPress, Community Building Tactics for BuddyPress Sites and UBC Blogs and the BuddyPress Experiment. The full schedule will provide you with all the details.
Our Ongoing Community Involvement
This weekend will be a fun filled packed event of connecting, learning, and collaborating and we're proud and honoured to be a platinum sponsor for both WordCamp Vancouver and BuddyCamp Vancouver to support the WordPress Foundation and to show our ongoing commitment to give back to this thriving online, global community. Also, don't miss out on your chance to hear Matt Mullenweg, founding developer of WordPress on Sunday, October 14, when he speaks at the first ever BuddyCamp Vancouver and we'll even be raffling off some great prizes too at both events. See you there!Kevin Liang
CTO / SEO Guru
About a year ago, our team enjoyed having the opportunity to attend HostingCon in San Diego, California. In less than a week, this year's conference is going to be held on July 16 – 18, 2012 at the John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Centre. This is always an exciting and very anticipated conference as it is the premier conference and trade show for the hosted services industry in North America. Per their site, "the conference features 52 educational sessions across 3 full days presented by more than 100 speakers and panelists, including numerous industry thought leaders and trend setters. More than 1,800 people from all areas and niches of the hosted services industry are expected to attend the conference." This is always a jam packed conference!
Allow us to do some of the homework for you and highlight three of the many speakers including some interesting tidbits related to them for your knowledge:
1. Noam Wasserman: Professor, Harvard Business School
Wasserman is a professor at Harvard Business School where he teaches an MBA elective, Founders’ Dilemmas, for which he was awarded the HBS Faculty Teaching Award and the Academy of Management’s 2010 Innovation in Pedagogy Award. In 2011, the course was also named one of the top entrepreneurship courses in the country by Inc. magazine. In March, he published the book The Founder’s Dilemmas: Avoiding the Pitfalls that can Sink a Startup. A recent Forbes article reviewed that "Wasserman’s book brings analytical rigor to the crucial “people choices” that company founders make, showing that many common choices are the riskiest. Much as systematic Moneyball data analysis uncovered the inadequacy of scouting methods alone, Wasserman’s data provide fresh insight into founders and start-ups." You can follow him on Twitter at @noamwass.
2. Liam Eagle: Editor-in-Chief, Web Host Industry Review
Eagle has worked as a contributor to the Web Host Industry Review since its inception in 2000, and as editor since 2003. Through the WHIR, Liam spots Web hosting trends and offers opinions on the industry-wide impacts of major developments and the motivation behind big announcements. He recently interviewed Philbert Shih from Structure Research and one of his compelling questions was how international markets were affecting the hosting business. Shih's answer, aligned with a recent survey from the Uptime Institute, stating that, "International markets are the next frontier of opportunity. It is about addressable market and opportunity. International markets are also crucial because the business has gone global. Organizations have global audiences and the infrastructure has to keep up." You can follow him on Twitter at @liameagle.
3. Ditlev Bredahl: CEO, OnApp
Bredahl is an Internet and hosting industry veteran, with more than 15 years’ experience leading hosting and technology companies. Ditlev has an MBA in International Business from the European Institute for Public Affairs and Lobbying in Brussels, and a degree in Economics from AAU, Denmark. You can follow him on Twitter at @ditlev. From his feed, you'll notice that he's approachable and he even shares random pictures nearby his current home in the UK as shown below. How about that for an ice breaker, eh? You can thank us later.
The comprehensive list of speakers provides all of the biographies on each of them. Finally, if you're new to this conference, or would like a reminder on how to make the most out of HostingCon, you can read five tips on their official blog. Whether you are on site in Boston or not, anyone can follow the event live online on Twitter by searching the official hashtag #hostingcon, connect with their official handle @hostingcon and when you do, we invite you to tag us @cawebhosting. If you're an avid Facebook user, you can check out our photo album from HostingCon 2011 on our Canadian Web Hosting Facebook page and don't forget to like us. We love all of our social fans!Kevin Liang
CTO / SEO Guru