A Huge Thank You to SiteGround!

SiteGround have been a big supporter of WordCamps all over the world, and we’re thrilled that they decided to support WordCamp London as a Park Lane sponsor. Our Park Lane sponsors are a big part of WordCamp London – without them we wouldn’t be able to pull of such a huge event. Make sure to stop by SiteGround’s exhibit to say hi and say thanks!


SiteGround provides managed WordPress hosting that does not miss a thing: unique in-house crafted WordPress speed and security solutions for ultimate performance and protection, 24/7 support that knows WordPress and wide variety of WordPress tools – automatic updates, SuperCacher, CDN, staging. All this combined with the good old features of standard hosting – email service, ftp service, domain registration and the reasonable pricing. For the convenience of their clients from UK, they have a local toll free line, provide a free .co.uk domain names and accept payments in pounds.

Sign up for a WordCamp London Workshop!

As well as our normal WordCamp London presentations, we are excited to be able to offer two free workshops to WordCamp London attendees, both on 23rd November. Both of these are around WordPress themes.  WordPress Theme Fundamentals, run by Michael Kimb Jones, is aimed at beginners to WordPress theming, while the Theme Team from Automattic will be holding a workshop to teach you how to use the theme customizer.

Both workshops require that you bring your own laptop as well as having WordPress installed locally. You can read more about the requirements on each workshop’s individual page.

Note: you will need a ticket for WordCamp London to attend either workshop.

WordPress Theme Fundamentals

09:30 – 12:45

This course is aimed at beginners to WordPress themes.

If you’ve ever built a website with WordPress, you’ve probably wondered if you should build your own theme. But where do you get started? There are so many tutorials out there, so many courses to be taken, themes to be broken. Whether you want to build a theme from scratch or just learn how to better customise them, this workshop will cover all of the fundamentals that you need to find your way in to WordPress Themes.

Learn More | Sign up

The WordPress Theme Customiser

14:00 – 17:30

This course is aimed at advanced themers.

Are you a theme developer that wants to give your users some options, like color schemes or a logo upload? Have you been eyeing the powerful Theme Customizer but don’t know where to start? Are you still creating theme option pages from scratch the old way and don’t know how to transition? Or maybe you’re already using the Customizer, but want to take your options to the next level. If any or all of these apply, then this workshop is for you.

Join a group of wranglers from the Automattic Theme Team in a workshop covering all aspects of the Theme Customizer, from basic implementation to custom controls, sanitization, and transitioning from existing theme option pages. We’ll walk you through examples, building a simple theme with numerous options, and then spend some time answering your questions and giving one-on-one help.

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Sign up for Lightning Talks!

Got something to share? Want to tell people a cool new WordPress trick? Think people can learn from your experiences? At WordCamp London, you’ll have a platform to share them with the world.

On Saturday afternoon we’ll be running 5 minute lightning talks, giving you the opportunity to take to the stage and share with the WordPress community! Some ideas for what you could talk about:

  • Quick “how-tos”
  • Show off your workflow or setup
  • Share a story about your involvement with WordPress
  • Tell us about a cool project you worked on and what you learned
  • WordPress secrets you wish everyone knew about
  • The one thing that changed your WordPress life

Lightning talks are not for product pitches, they’re about sharing something that people can learn from. You can sign up right here (if you’re using slides we’ll need them emailed to us by 18th November). The deadline for signing up is 16th November, but don’t wait until then. We’ll accept the first ten that we think sound cool! As soon as we have ten we’ll announce them on the website.

See you at WordCamp!

We <3 You, Human Made

The folks at Human Made have been extremely supportive of WordCamp London, in terms of helping with organising and in coming on board as a Park Lane sponsor. Our Park Lane sponsors provide a huge amount of the budget for the event and we are so appreciative of their support. Human Made are consistently active in the WordPress community, both in the UK and globally. They are behind products such as Happytables and WPRemote, and build a number of big websites running WordPress. Here’s a bit more about them:


Human Made specialise in high end WordPress developments for large, complex or high-traffic sites. These will typically involve a high degree of custom development such as plug-ins or extending WordPress and dealing with issues such as scalability and security. Each client provides a different challenge. A WordPress.com VIP partner since 2012, we’ve a proven track record in dealing with big clients.

If you see anyone from Human Made, do thank them for helping to make WordCamp London possible.

Tell the world that you’re attending WordCamp London!

Scott, who’s been responsible for all of the beautiful design work around here, has put together a badge so that you can tell everyone you’re attending WordCamp London. Put in in your blog sidebar or website, print it out and stick it on your wall, send it to your friends, get a large-format print and paste it to the side of your house, charter an airplane and emblazon it on the side.


Et voilà: the final round of speakers for WordCamp London.

We’re very excited to be able to publish the second and final group of speakers for the now rapidly approaching WordCamp London.

These folks need no further introduction:

  • Alex Denning: Content marketing for real people
  • Andrew Nacin: The Magic of WordPress
  • David Coveney: Can WordPress save the publishing industry?
  • David Lockie: How to Win at WordPress Freelancing
  • Hristo Pandjarov: Need for Speed: Gear up your WordPress
  • John Blackbourn: Developing for the new Media Manager
  • Lee Willis: Shipping code for fun & profit – 36 things I learned by shipping code
  • Mike Little: 10 Years of WordPress: a Founder’s View
  • Nikolay Bachiyski: Learning How To Learn
  • Rachel McCollin: Responsive theming in 2013

Stay tuned for more information and details about each session.

Sign up for the Contributor Day

The WordCamp London Contributor Day will take place on 24th November at Mozilla Spaces, London, 11am – 6pm. The Contributor Day is an opportunity for people to get together to contribute to WordPress. It’s for both seasoned contributors and people making their first foray into getting involved. Everyone is welcome, but please note that numbers are limited to 70. So please do not register unless you plan to attend and you plan to contribute to WordPress. Here are some of the things you’ll be able to do:

  • Contribute your first patch to core
  • Fix bugs
  • Test
  • Translate WordPress or WordPress plugins
  • Write documentation
  • Help out on the support forums or IRC
  • Contribute to BuddyPress
  • Contribute to GlotPress
  • Get involved with accessibility

Please sign up using this form. If you sign up and then are unable to go, please drop us an email to let us know.