Author Archives: Lauren Pittenger

About Lauren Pittenger

Sultana of Sponsors + Viceroy of Swag. Find me on Twitter @laurenpittenger.

Speaker Interview: Liam Dempsey

In the run up to WordCamp Lancaster, we will be featuring some of our speakers here on the website.


  • Liam Dempsey

    How and when did you get started with WordPress?

    In March 2007, I googled myself and discovered that I was not easily found on the internet. I was on page 3 or something like that. As a designer and online marketing consultant, that was an issue. So, on March 17th – St. Patrick’s Day – I launched a WordPress blog at liamdempsey.com. It was my first WordPress site. Within three weeks, I was the top result for a Google search for my name and I’ve been there ever since.

    If you’ve attended WordCamp Lancaster before, what’s your fondest memory of it? If not, what do you like most about WordCamps?

    It was last year: Charlie Reisinger gave an amazing talk about the wonderful IT practices and activities he and his colleagues are implementing at Penn Manor School District. It was so cool to see the creativity and innovation that was making open source solutions work in their corner of the world.

    What do you hope attendees will take away from your talk?

    The confidence and at least a technique or two to help them be more outgoing, as and when they need or want to be so.

    What are you currently learning?

    I’m always trying to be more efficient, more focused and more strategic. That’s a constant learning process for me.

    In 2016, I’m researching CRM for small service consultancies like LBDesign.

    Lastly, I learn from those around me. I never know what I am going to learn from them, but by paying as close attention as I can, I know I’ll learn much of value.

    Do you know what a stroopie is? No googling.

    Nope.

    What did you do during the blizzard?

    Enjoyed the disconnect. I was lucky to spend lots of down time with my family. Yep, I shoveled a bit too.

    Where can we find you online?

    I’m still working up my Peach profile, so let’s go with Twitter: @liamdempsey


Liam Dempsey‘s session is titled Outgoing on Command. View the full schedule.

WordCamp Lancaster will be held on March 5th with Contributor Day on March 6th. Get your ticket today.

Speaker Interview: Cameron Barrett

In the run up to WordCamp Lancaster, we will be featuring some of our speakers here on the website.


  • Cameron Barrett

    How and when did you get started with WordPress?

    I was an early MovableType user and before that I was hand-rolling HTML archives for my pioneering blog called CamWorld (circa late 1990s). Around 2003-2004 I started working in Drupal and built some fairly large community-driven sites.

    At the Open Source Convention in Portland in July 2004, I met a young Matt Muellenweg, who had just launched WordPress. I didn’t pay much attention to it, but remember how eager, honest and smart he was.

    Several years passed and I noticed that a lot of the blogs I read and follow were moving to WordPress, so I started taking another look and saw how good of a platform it was, not just for blogs but as a robust CMS.

    I stopped doing Drupal development work around 2011 and moved almost all of my professional work, clients and web sites to WordPress and haven’t looked back.

    If you’ve attended WordCamp Lancaster before, what’s your fondest memory of it? If not, what do you like most about WordCamps?

    WordCamps allow me to connect with other WordPress users, developers and business owners. It also gives me a stage to explain how I’m using WordPress to save taxpayer money, which is a very important issue for me.

    What are you currently learning?

    I’m mostly a front-end designer working in HTML, CSS and Photoshop. I’ve learned a little bit of PHP and Javascript over the years but I’m trying to become better at it so I don’t have to rely on PHP rockstars all the time.

    Do you know what a stroopie is? No googling.

    No idea.

    What did you do during the blizzard?

    Shoveled snow and dug out the cars (twice!) and then built a snow fort with my daughter and her cousins.  I hail from Northern Michigan (so am very used to lots of snow), but grew up internationally, and currently live in Northern NJ with my family. I love to go biking, hiking and travel. About 15 years ago I came very close to starting an adventure travel company in Siberia but the funding fell through and the local Russian mafia advised me against it.

    Where can we find you online?

    Twitter: @camworld
    About.Me: http://about.me/cam
    WordPress: https://profiles.wordpress.org/cameronbarrett/
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/camworld
    Medium: https://medium.com/@camworld


Cameron Barrett‘s session is titled WordPress for Non-Profits. View the full schedule.

WordCamp Lancaster will be held on March 5th with Contributor Day on March 6th. Get your ticket today.

Speaker Interview: Anthony D Paul

In the run up to WordCamp Lancaster, we will be featuring some of our speakers here on the website.


  • Anthony D Paul

    How and when did you get started with WordPress?

    Way back in 2004 with Miles Davis. I’d been using phpBB to run a student club and wanted to switch it up with something better for publishing news. WordPress hit the spot and we’ve been sweethearts ever since.

    If you’ve attended WordCamp Lancaster before, what’s your fondest memory of it? If not, what do you like most about WordCamps?

    Shoofly pie tops the charts! Actually though, Lancaster has been my favorite WC just because of its size. It’s easier to meet new people and I enjoy seeing first-time speakers showing off the cool things they’re working on.

    What do you hope attendees will take away from your talk?

    I’m speaking on running usability tests and my life’s mission is to have the world be more accessible and user friendly for everyone, so if you use my talk, we’re one step closer.

    What are you currently learning?

    Javascript! For Matt and myself! I’m head first with React. I used to hack a bit of JS from Dynamic Drive, or modify some jQuery here and there, but I’m trying to wrap my head around something more comprehensive. I’m waiting for Zac Gordon to get that Kickstarter live for his new course. 😉

    Do you know what a stroopie is? No googling.

    “Haaaaang on stroopie, stroopie hang on!”

    What did you do during the blizzard?

    Went on long walks. I was getting the cabin fever and just wanted to be out in the snow, so I was venturing a couple miles down the road to see what businesses remained open.

    Where can we find you online?

    Google “anthonydpaul” to stalk me on any social media network, or find me telling someone who’s wrong on the Internet.


Anthony D Paul‘s session is titled Organizing Your First Website Usability Test. View the full schedule.

WordCamp Lancaster will be held on March 5th with Contributor Day on March 6th. Get your ticket today.

The Day Lancaster Was The US Capital

For a brief moment in time, Lancaster, Pennsylvania held the high honor as the third capital of our young nation. How briefly, exactly? If you want to get technical about it, as I am sure we all do as passionate developers, designers and users of the software WordPress, it was the capital for one single day. But let that not diminish the importance of that day. Let’s travel back in time for a brief history lesson.

A Brief History

In early September of 1777, British forces led by Sir William Howe advanced north from the Chesapeake towards Philadelphia, with the goal of capturing the capital. Meanwhile, General George Washington’s troops moved south of Philadelphia in order to head off the British advancements. On September 11th, 1777, the troops met in what is now known as the Battle of Brandywine. In short, the British won.

The two weeks following the battle saw few encounters between the British and American forces. On September 26, 1777, George Washington and the Continental Congress abandoned Philadelphia and traveled to Lancaster, Pennsylvania, approximately sixty miles west of Philadelphia. The British marched into Philadelphia unopposed.

Lancaster Courthouse

Image of the Lancaster Courthouse. This is the rebuilt courthouse, though, and not the original one in use during the day Lancaster was the capital.

Lancaster’s Big Day

On September 27th, 1777, Lancaster, Pennsylvania became the third capital of the United States. On that day, Lancaster’s county courthouse became the meeting place for the Continental Congress, where Benjamin Franklin became elected as commissioner to negotiate a treaty with France. But it didn’t last long.

But It Didn’t Last Long

The next day, September 30, 1777, they picked up again and moved another twenty miles west to York, Pennsylvania. Situated on the western side of the Susquehanna River, York offered additional protection against the British forces. They stayed in York until June 27, 1778, when they moved back to Philadelphia.


Luckily for those in the Philadelphia area, today Lancaster is accessible via train and only about an hour to an hour and a half away. We hope that you will join us in Lancaster on March 5th. If you haven’t done so yet, purchase a ticket today!

WooCommerce

Sponsor Spotlight: WooCommerce

We would like to thank WooCommerce for being a Queen Street sponsor of WordCamp Lancaster 2016!

WooCommerce is the fastest growing eCommerce software/platform, powering over 30% of all eCommerce stores with over 1 million active installations. It is is built to integrate seamlessly with WordPress, making it the obvious eCommerce choice for existing WordPress users and connects you to the fast-growing WordPress ecosystem which now powers over 25% of all websites on the internet.

With WooCommerce you can start with all the basic tools that any small business would need to start selling online, including product setup, payments, shipping options, and sales reports and as your business grows choose from over 300 premium add-ons available including additional payment processors, shipping methods, inventory systems and marketing tools anyone to sell anything, anywhere from real products and digital downloads to subscriptions, content and even your time.

In July 2015, WooCommerce was acquired by Automattic, the creators of WordPress.com which serves more than 15.8 billion pages a month and also the creators of other popular WordPress services including Akismet, Jetpack, and VaultPress. We look forward to growing WooCommerce to achieve even greater things together with Automattic.

WooCommerce

Be sure to stop by their table at WordCamp Lancaster to learn more about what you can do with their tools.

Join Us for Contributor Day on March 6th

Whether you’ve never contributed to WordPress or you have loads of experience already, we welcome you to join us for WordCamp Lancaster Contributor Day!

What is Contributor Day?

A contributor day is an event which focuses on giving back to the WordPress project. It’s for those with experience contributing as much as it is for those who are entirely new to doing so. There are many ways to contribute including code, accessibility, themes, design, documentation, training, event organizing, and much more.

Date: Sunday, March 6th, 2016

Time: 10 am – 4 pm

Coffee: YES

Snacks: YES

Location: The Candy Factory at 342 N Queen St, Lancaster, PA 17603 (get directions)

Jetpack

Sponsor Spotlight: Jetpack

We would like to thank Jetpack for being a Queen Street sponsor of WordCamp Lancaster 2016!

Jetpack is a free WordPress plugin that simplifies managing your sites. This single plugin enables Photon (a global CDN for images), uptime monitoring, brute force protection, traffic-boosting tools, single sign-on, multiple-site management, and automatic or bulk plugin updates. Additionally, Jetpack includes several features that help you customize the look and feel of your site without installing other tools. More information can be found at jetpack.com.

Jetpack

Be sure to stop by their table at WordCamp Lancaster to learn more about what their plugin can do for your site.

February 5th Call for Speakers Reminder

WordCamp Lancaster is right around the corner, and speaker submissions are closing on Friday, February 5th. We want to invite and encourage young and new speakers as well as those with experience to apply to speak.

Like all WordCamps, WordCamp Lancaster will cover a wide variety of topics. We invite designers, developers, content writers, bloggers, website owners, administrators, and anyone with interest in WordPress to share their knowledge.

A Few Things to Keep in Mind

  • Being a professional speaker is not required
  • It’s okay if you don’t know everything – no one does!
  • Consider how your talk will relate to WordPress
  • Consider the value for the WordCamp Lancaster audience; what do you want attendees to learn?
  • We’re a friendly bunch, and an excellent place to gain confidence and experience
  • Feel free to submit more than one proposal, each as its own form submission

A Few Topic Ideas

  • How you’ve used WordPress to do something unique and innovative
  • A super awesome trick that saved you and/or your clients time and energy
  • Something you’ve just learned about
  • Something you do every day, whether you think everyone already knows it, or not (not everyone does!)

Everyone has a story, and we invite you to share yours with us on March 5th at WordCamp Lancaster. If you have any questions, please contact us — we hope that you will apply.

Want to be involved, but don’t want to speak? Please consider applying to be a volunteer or being a sponsor.

Apply to speak.

Bluehost

Sponsor Spotlight: Bluehost

We would like to thank Bluehost for being a Queen Street sponsor of WordCamp Lancaster 2016!

Bluehost has been a WordPress partner since 2005 and powers over 1 million WordPress sites worldwide. Their objective is to help customers, whether novice or pro, create a thriving online presence at an affordable price. With a team of in-house tech experts available 24/7, Bluehost dedicates time and resources to providing the best support and services in the industry. Join millions of other site owners and see what Bluehost can do for you and your online presence.

Bluehost

Be sure to stop by their table at WordCamp Lancaster to learn more about how they can help with your site.