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Synopsis of WordCamp OKC 2016

WordCamp OKC #wcokc is in our rearview mirror — let’s take a few minutes for a recap and call to action.

WordCamp OKC 2016

Thank You

We want to thank our sponsors, speakers, volunteers and the organizing team for their efforts to make the WordCamp a reality. We had quite a few people tell us how grateful and happy they were to have a WordCamp in Oklahoma.

There are many interested in WordPress who live outside major cities and coming to a meetup is difficult, but coming to a goodness-packed all-day extravaganza like a WordCamp is very worthwhile to them.

Speaker Slides Available

We have most of the slides available for you to look at or download. Simply go to the Sessions page to check them out.

If you haven’t taken your survey yet, here’s the link to do so. It’s 14 quick questions.

Remember the Bigger Community

Aaron Campbell gave us some homework during his morning session: visit to see all the opportunities to get involved. We’d love for everyone that attended this first-ever WordCamp OKC to check that out and find a way to get plugged in.

OKC WordPress Meetup Group

We’d love you to be a regular part of our monthly WordPress group. Head on over to and sign up. We meet the last Monday of the month and we’ll most likely have homemade cookies!

We usually have two speakers who present on WordPress topics – it can be about the software itself, plugins, blogging tips, SEO, analytics and more. Look at our past meetups to get a feel. Our speakers are regular people and most don’t consider themselves experts; they have a passion for sharing something they’ve learned. Remember, everyone is an expert in something!

We hope to see you at a meetup soon!

BigWing Interactive

Guest Post – BigWing Interactive Loves WordPress

When we at BigWing Interactive found out a WordCamp was coming to OKC, to say we were excited would be an understatement.

As a Digital Marketing Agency that offers WordPress development alongside other marketing services, we wholeheartedly support a major WordPress conference coming to our community.

Our Clients Love WordPress

WordPress is the most popular open source Content Management System for good reason. The learning curve is lower than other CMS’s, the back-end, for the most part, is intuitive and easy to use, and the platform is highly extensible with many free and premium plugins available.

For our clients, it means a quicker development turnaround, which results in high-value end-product at a lower cost.

With the extensibility that WordPress provides, clients can have a fully functional calendar, membership site, or e-commerce store with relatively little effort. What once took months or years to develop from scratch is now a matter of a week or two with the help of the myriad of available WordPress plugins.

How BigWing Gives Back to WordPress

BigWing believes highly in Five for the Future. We benefit greatly from WordPress and believe in giving back to help continue the project.

We’ve sent speakers to WordCamps, sponsored a local WordCamp, and have developed or contributed to several WordPress plugins.

We also encourage our developers to attend weekly WordPress meetings during work hours and contribute to WordPress core.

Looking Forward to the Future

BigWing is excited for the future of WordPress, especially in regards to our clients. We’re always looking for the best tools to make our clients’ lives easier and to help them grow their businesses.

With WordPress, we’re confident in the short and long-term that we can continue to provide value and quality for our clients.

Francis Tuttle Web Development

Guest Post – Francis Tuttle Web Development

This is a guest post from one of our sponsors, Francis Tuttle

Francis Tuttle Technology Center is excited to play a part in OKC hosting its first WordCamp! Why? Because Francis Tuttle trains both high school students and adults in WordPress, and we love what WordPress allows our students to do!

WordPress runs on the same coding languages that we teach our students in our web development career training programs: HTML, CSS, PHP, MySQL, and Javascript/JQuery. What better way to familiarize our students with an open-source CMS (Content Management System) than teaching WordPress? Plus, our students are able to start freelancing while they are learning because WordPress offers opportunities for creating websites at many different levels of coding expertise. As students learn more about coding, they are able to leverage WordPress to a much greater degree, learning to create their own themes and plugins that run on the WordPress engine.

Another amazing benefit of using WordPress is the fantastic community of WordPress users from around the world who spur each other on and assist one another! We encourage our students to attend the local WordPress Users Group Meetups whenever they can, and we can’t wait to see what great relationships and happenings will come about because of this WordCamp. We just know that our students and the local community of web developers who attend will leave feeling energized and inspired!

liquid web hosting

Sponsor Spotlight – Liquid Web

Liquid Web, a managed web hosting company, offers a wide array of hosting solutions, including VPS, cloud, dedicated, and shared hosting plans. WordPress users will find our fully managed hosting solutions, built on powerful and flexible servers, ideal for hosting WordPress sites of all sizes. In addition, all of our fully-managed solutions come backed by our industry-leading, 24/7/365, on-site Heroic Support®. Our Heroic Promise features a comprehensive SLA with 59 second phone and live chat responses, 30 minute helpdesk responses, 30 minute hardware replacement, and 100% power and network uptime guarantees. With wholly-owned, state-of-the-art data centers in Michigan, Arizona, and Amsterdam, we provide true global reach and geographic redundancy. Whether your hosting needs are big or small, managed or unmanaged, shared, VPS, or cloud … Liquid Web is the perfect match.

You can find out more about Liquid Web here.

SSI Technologies

SSI Technologies – In-Kind Sponsor

For over 40 years SSI Technologies has been a leader in the custom plastic card printing market with manufacturing innovation and customer service excellence at its core. SSI continues to raise the bar and set the standard for plastic card, key tag, display, and direct mail products at prices that work for any card application or promotion.

We employ the latest in high speed offset printing, and we are dedicated to exploring and pioneering the latest as well as future card manufacturing technologies. Our plastic card manufacturing capabilities include magnetic stripe encoding, laser-imaged barcodes, variable ink-jet imaging, and card personalization, enabling us to provide a completely customized product.

We thank SSI Technologies for providing the printing of our WordCamp badges!

WordCamp OKC Tickets – Use Twitter & #WCOKC

Do you have a ticket for WordCamp OKC, but now can’t attend? Maybe you’re looking for a ticket OKC WordCamp buffalofor the sold-out event.

If you’re in either of these categories, we recommend that you post on Twitter if you are seeking a ticket or have a ticket you can’t use. Then search the hashtag #WCOKC from time to time.

Whoever gets a ticket from someone else can change the name of the attendee by using the link contained in the confirmation email.


OKC WordCamp Schedule – Working On It!

We’ve had several inquiries about our schedule for our Saturday, July 30th WordCamp. Well, it’s not quite finished yet.

So you’ll know what time to get out of bed that morning, we can give approximate times.

Registration will most likely begin around 8 AM with the first session around 9 AM. We expect to finish up between 4 and 5 PM with the after-party scheduled to begin about an hour after we conclude.

We hope that helps – stay tuned – information will be posted as it is ready.clocks

Places to Stay in OKC

Oklahoma City is the 27th largest city in population, but the  8th largest city in America, by land area at 602 square miles. We share this fun fact to let you know that if you’re flying into Oklahoma City for the WordCamp, you’ll probably want to rent a car. NW OKC is not a walking area and public transport in this area will not serve you very well.

Our WordCamp is at Portland & 150th St. at the Francis Tuttle Bruce Gray Center. Just a mile south of 150th is Memorial Road – a mecca of hotels, restaurants and a major mall in OKC.

We recommend this link to check out hotels along Memorial Road. Most of them will be under 3 miles to the WordCamp. This link is an interactive map from that may also be helpful. If you would like recommendations further away,  use our contact form and we’ll get back with you.

Here’s a map to give you a feel of where the venue is (circled in red), and how far away the hotels are. Memorial Rd. and the John Kilpatrick Turnpike parallel each other.

oklahoma city map of francis tuttle