During the past weekend, myself and the rest of the team attended WordCamp Europe in Vienna. This was the biggest WordCamp ever with more than 2,000 people descending on the MuseumsQuartier area in central Vienna. Another 1,000+ attended via live stream.
Vienna is a lovely city and we were blessed with sunny weather throughout the event (although with the downside of it being a bit too hot and stuffy within the event halls). As usual, it was great to meet people from all over the world and the positive community spirit was prevalent throughout.
In contrast with previous years, almost all our team was present and this was an awesome opportunity for getting to know each other better and bond over some Austrian beer and schnitzels and intense discussions.
We also took the chance to promote our current products:
Mastermind.fm – A podcast I host together with James Laws from Ninja Forms. We talk about starting and growing a WordPress product business. It was very cool to meet several show listeners and get feedback from them.
WP Mayor – Our first venture into the WordPress community and nowadays one of the biggest WordPress-specific blogs on the planet. We’re in our 6th year of consistent publishing and these events always give us the chance to connect with our audience and sponsors.
WP RSS Aggregator – A freemium plugin business which helps users import RSS feeds from other websites into their WordPress blog. This was our first foray into plugins and we’ve done very well so far. We met people who were interested in using the product for their own sites and also realized that we need to do a better job at describing what each of the premium add-ons does.
EDD Bookings – One of our newest plugins. It’s a bookings add-on for the popular Easy Digital Downloads e-commerce plugin for WordPress. We’ve had a good response so far and we’re working hard on developing this plugin further and incorporating the many feature requests that have been submitted.
After this excellent experience, I would recommend WordPress small businesses to have all their team present at least once a year at a big WordCamp such as this one or even WordCamp US. A good idea is to arrive a few days before the event and use that time to explore the city while working together and meeting other attendees. There’s always something happening during the two or three-day run-up to the main event. It’s best to leave directly after Contributor Day as the team will at that point be fully motivated and charged by the whole experience. That’s the perfect time to document all the lessons learnt and start working in earnest.
Organising this event was no small feat and so big thanks are due to the organisers who did their best to make sure that nobody was left out. Amongst other things, this event will be remembered for being accessible and for its live stream that enabled people all around the world to tune-in to the interesting talks going on across three tracks spanning two days.
Next year WordCamp Europe will take place in Paris, France. It will be held at Les Docks de Paris, one of the best venues in the French capital, offering large spaces and great flexibility. Tickets are already available at 40 Euro each, so go grab one now.
See you all in Paris!