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WordCamp Fayetteville returns July 30

By: 10 July 2011 9 Comments

Did you know that when you read news from First Arkansas News, you’re reading a site that uses WordPress?

WordPress is an “open source blog tool and publishing platform powered by PHP and MySQL. It’s often customized into a Content Management System (CMS).” That’s computer geek speak for it’s a program that makes blogging and creating websites like this a whole lot easier. It’s user friendly for a whole lot of purposes, which is why it’s become so popular.

A two-day conference in Fayetteville coming later this month is designed for people who use WordPress-or who want to use it. WordCamp Fayetteville is July 30-31. Several staff members from First Arkansas News will be there to learn. The first day of the event will feature breakout sessions, a keynote session and a forum. Participants will be able to chill out together during Saturday night’s After Party. A casual Guru Gallery will close out the two-day event on Sunday.

“This is our second year for WordCamp Fayetteville and we think it’s putting Northwest Arkansas on the map among web developers,” said event founder Christopher Spencer, publisher of Ozarks Unbound.

The event has three tracks: blogger, business, and web development. The cost is $30 until July 10 when it goes up just a smidge to $35.

There will be a large number of returning participants, including Jennifer Ramsey, who travels to NWA from Texas because of the quality and price she found at last year’s WordCamp Fayetteville. Ramsey attended last year’s event expecting to learn a little bit about blogging and came away with a whole other side to her consulting business.

“I went to Word Camp expecting some training on how to use WordPress and perhaps a little bit of idea formation on how to make a blog work well. My husband had been telling me he felt the key to my future career wise was in blogging but I knew almost nothing,” she said. “While I was there I knew I was getting a little bit out of it but what I did not know was how that would grow over time. I now know about monetization models, how to use Twitter, how to integrate other forms of social media into my blogs and most importantly I have learned how to use blogs as simple websites.

“This has totally changed my business and led me to other clients who wanted simple CSS systems they could log into without having to have a coder involved,” Ramsey continued. “That in turn has led to a profitable business model for me.”

For more information about WordCamp Fayetteville, visit You can also follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

About: Jamie Smith:
Experienced reporter who is now an entrepreneur. Jamie's Notebook offers writing services including press releases, corporate blogging and feature writing.


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