On the 1st and 2nd of september, I attended the very first WordCamp in the lovely city of Nijmegen. While this conference was the first edition, it was entirely sold out. No wonder though, since Nijmegen has a thriving WordPress meetup and community.

A small impression of my two days of WordCamping in Nijmegen:

Day 1 – Contributor Day

The first day was the traditional contributor day. For those of you who haven’t attended a WordCamp yet, this basically is a day where all attendees unite and work on WordPress. In Nijmegen, there were about 70 people to contribute on WordPress. Impressively, a very big “support”-team manifested itself (usually, this is one of the smaller teams on a contributor day). Led by Remkus De Vries, we cleaned out the dutch WordPress forums by cleaning up spam posts and replying to open questions.

After a very tasty lunch in “De Refter” (where I had a lovely “Lekkerbek”), we continued our contributions to WordPress.

Day 2 – Conference Day

The second day was, of course, the day I was looking forward to the most, since I was selected as a speaker and I just LOVE speaking at Dutch WordPress events.

The conference kicked off with an inspirational keynote by Joost De Valk (Yoast), who talked about “5% for the future”. After the break, I went to see a very informative talk by Alain Schlesser on the basics of OOP for plugin development. After that, I went to a hallway track session.

After a delicious lunch, I went to see a talk by Hristo Pandjarov on using WordPress for really big projects, which was (in my opinion) one of the most interesting talks of the day. The next talk in track 2 was my own presentation on Speeding Up WordPress, which was very complementary to Hristo’s talk.

Up next was the afternoon break, followed by more talks I attended in track 2. The standout ones for me were “Pagebuilder Galore” by Wendie Huis in ‘t Veld (websiteclub.nl) and “How to avoid common SEO mistakes” by Michelle Foolen from Yoast.

After the last session, we gathered in track 1 for the closing of the conference, followed by a couple of drinks.

To the organizing team:
Thank you for an awesome conference. Hopefully we’ll see a second edition in 2018. If so, count me in!