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Now, take a moment and cast your mind back to the days of Summer 2012. It was a hot July and you were at WordCamp Fayetteville. Remember the taste of BBQ (or Jimmy John’s veggie sandwichs, depending) and the crammed feeling you had of WordPress information.

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Folks getting ‘bloggy’ about WordCamp Fayetteville 2012

WordCamp Fayetteville 2012 was a fantastic weekend of learning and networking for more than 200 people! We love it that so many people had a great time and hope everyone helps spread the word about the WordCamp Fayetteville 2013 as plans develop.

Several participants wrote on their blogs about their experience and we wanted to highlight their work here. Some were submitted to our wall, some were on Twitter, others we found on Google. If we missed yours, please let us know!



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Getting ready for WordCamp Fayetteville

WordCamp Fayetteville is just a couple of days away—are you excited yet? We sure are! There are more than 30 sessions available to campers this year that are chock full of great information that will help you blog brighter, grow your business and write better code.

Getting ready for WordCamp is pretty simple. Here are a few suggestions that will create a better experience for you.

What to do a couple of days in advance (that means kinda now) 

  • Check the schedule so you know when you need to be somewhere. Stuff starts Friday night and goes through Sunday and we don’t want you to miss something!
  • Purchase your URL. Most already have this, but if you don’t have your website address purchased already, it could make life simpler if you do that ahead of time. That way the site can be running and people can help you with specific WordPress-related issues on the site. It can take a couple of days for a URL purchase to go live so the sooner this is purchased, the better.
  • Get a Twitter account and start using it. If you don’t have one already, sign up for Twitter. It makes sharing about the conference more fun and you can learn from each other. People with Twitter accounts will have the option to share their handle on their nametags. By the way, the hashtag for this event is #wcfay. Join the conversation!
  • Get a badge! These badges are for your website or blog and can share with friends and followers that you’re speaking, attending or sponsoring the event. They are fun, but they also show that you’re a part of a great event.


The night before the conference starts (or sooner if you’re that stoked)


  • Pack a small bag with the essentials. A detailed “what to bring list” is on the website’s FAQ page. Just a few things that it includes:
  1. A laptop and charging equipment if you have it (there is free WiFi for email and basic browsing at the conference venue but you will need an email address),
  2. Note-taking implements (electronic, pens/paper, whatever),
  3. A sweater or light layered clothing (yes, we’re serious. It’s supposed to be oppressively hot outside but conference venues are notoriously cold),
  4. A water bottle and a few small snacks to sustain you throughout the day,
  5. Money for parking in downtown (parking in the parking garage is Harmon parking garage is free, other places in downtown are not) or for vending machines, and
  6. Business cards if you have them.
  • Bookmark the mobile website on your smartphone. The address is
  • Review the schedule and sessions so you know where you want to be and when. The schedule is on the mobile site and we’ll have a few printed copies available for non-mobile users but having an idea of which sessions you prefer to attend will help the day go smoother. All the sessions are expected to be videotaped so if you don’t get to attend one live, it will be available on WordPress TV.
  • Review and possibly print off the directions/line maps for every location. With some recent street name changes, the directions from Google Maps and some GPS programs are a little off and can be hard to follow. The line maps will give a good picture of where to go for each event throughout the weekend. Those maps can be found on Facebook or here:
  • Get a good night’s rest. Not to sound like you’re about to take standardized tests or something, but WordCamp is filled with great information. The better rested you are, the more you will gain. And snoring during the sessions just makes it hard for others to hear.

Most importantly, arrive at each venue safe and ready to have your socks knocked off!

Have questions? Contact us on the website, on Facebook or using the #WCFay hashtag on Twitter.

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WordCamp Fayetteville sessions set, registration deadline nearing (Press release)

This press release (with contact information removed) was sent to all NWA media:

For Immediate Release

July 13, 2012

WordCamp Fayetteville sessions set, registration deadline nearing

Fayetteville—Time is quickly running out to register for WordCamp Fayetteville, Arkansas’ only conference dedicated to WordPress and web fluency. The deadline to register and be able to receive a t-shirt is Sunday, July 15. Registrations will continue to be available after that date but t-shirts will not be guaranteed.

WordCamp Fayetteville has events July 27-29 with July 28 being the primary conference day at the Donald W. Reynolds Center for Enterprise Development on the University of Arkansas campus in Fayetteville. July 27 is a beginner’s introduction session and registration is already closed for that event. July 29 is the Guru Gallery, which is an “unconference” session for one-one-one help and discussion about specific questions or issues pertaining to WordPress sites. The Guru Gallery will be at The Belford Group in Fayetteville.

Founded in 2010, WordCamp Fayetteville joins similar conferences held all over the world each year that provide valuable resources and information about utilizing WordPress, which is open source web software that allows users of all skill levels to create blogs or fully developed websites.

WordCamp Fayetteville 2012 features more than 20 sessions how managing WordPress sites for various functions including blogs and websites. More than 200 people from all over the United States are expected for the event.

This year’s conference will feature four tracks:

  • WordPress 101: for those who are completely new to WordPress and want to learn about how it works.
  • Content Creators: for those whose product is their content, such as those who use WordPress for a blog. (This was formerly known as the blogger track).
  • Entrepreneur: for those who use WordPress as a utility or content management system for selling and promoting goods or services.
  • Developer: for people who create themes, write code or are interested in other “behind the scenes” aspects of developing WordPress.

Tickets are on sale now for $30 and can be purchased online at

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Book Review: Digging Into WordPress

Digging Into WordPressThis year, the guys over at Digging Into WordPress agreed to donate a copy of their book to this year’s WordCamp Fayetteville as a giveaway. One lucky winner will receive a copy of this book along with a free copy of the PDF version, exclusive themes, lifetime updates and additional materials.

In exchange for this in-kind donation, I offered to review said title and give them a little PR for supporting our Camp.  Here’s what I thought about it.

Written in 2012 by Chris Coyier and Jeff Starr, Digging Into WordPress is an intermediate to advanced level book on customizing a WordPress site by literally digging into the files’ code. The content of the chapters is written in a lively voice; includes graphics throughout the book; and includes tiny, helpful hints, tips and suggestions in the margin of the pages. It is full of fun and immediately applicable advice, but it is advice for developers with a moderate to advanced level of experience, not for beginners.

Substantial attention is given to tweaking .php files and customizing the display and function of certain elements.  Topics include using Query; META elements; custom <title> elements; custom jQuery scripts; creating jQuery plugins; customizing The Loop with Query; calling functions; and error-logging techniques.

Although the book mentions some of the basic topics common to nearly all WordPress themes (videos and images; categories and tags; user accounts; comments; menus; SEO; security; and headers and footers), Digging Into WordPress focuses more on customization than on use of the Admin Menus in the Dashboard.

This is one area where this book will fall short for the less experienced WordPress user. Jeff and Chrisoffer valuable resources like a list of recommend plugins, a list of sites for downloading themes, criteria for selecting themes, and discussion on using feed readers. The book, however, pre-assumes knowledge in some areas. Even though there is a list of FTP resources available in the book, there isn’t any discussion about how to use an FTP program or direction to a resource where one can learn how to use a program.  Throughout the book, the authors use short URLs for ease of access to information online for the user and ease of updating for the authors.  Pretty clever. This would be a good place to insert some links to resources on using FTP with WordPress. A discussion of custom taxonomies can be exciting if you are comfortable adding code to your .php files; but it’s intimidating if you don’t know where .php files live or how to access them.

Also, there isn’t any discussion about the media library, how to use links, or how to use some of the features of the image editor. The anatomy of the Dashboard is skipped over entirely.  The book jumps right from installation to clicking around the Dashboard (without any guidance) to publishing your first post and then immediately to a discussion of permalinks.  Where is the instruction on configuring your settings and Akismet? Where is the…wait for it….index?  There isn’t one.

On the one hand, this is actually an advantage. Digging Into WordPress compensates for the absence of an index by offering a companion PDF version that comes with the purchase of the print book. Readers can go ahead and just use Adobe’s search function to find what they need.  The PDF version also gets updated on a regular basis keeping the content fresh and current.

On the other hand, having to search through an additional resource to find the location of content, or whether content is even included in the book, creates extra clicks increasing the amount of time it takes to perform access information and decreasing the usability of the resource. Imagine if you had a playlist of songs that you could browse by title, but the name of the artist was in a Word doc. Exactly.

Overall, I like the concept and the attention given to specific characteristics of the book. The binding is particularly wise. It’s spiral bound which allows the book to lay flat while you work. No more trying to weight it down with another book or late-night sandwich plate. Plus, Digging Into WordPress isn’t just one copy of one book. It’s an entire bundle. I like that. Even though the material is a bit over my head right now, I anticipate it will be very useful indeed as I add more and more skills to my repertoire.  Thank you, Chris and Jeff.  It’s a thoughtful and creative presentation of information and we’re all honored to have you as a supporter of our Camp.

Now if only I could get that darn FireFTP thing figured out.

Chris Coyier is a real-world web designer who has been reaching for WordPress to power client sites for many years. He subscribes to the theory that not only is WordPress capable of powering any website it is almost always the right choice.

Jeff Starr has been designing & developing WordPress-powered sites since 2005. He develops WordPress plugins, creates WordPress themes, and writes lots of articles about WordPress, web security, and designing with Web Standards.

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