WordSesh: A Virtual Alternative to WordCamps

Posted on June 12, 2018 by in Tips & Tricks | 13 comments

WordSesh: A Virtual Alternative to WordCamps

These days, pretty much every field you can imagine has a dedicated conference. There are events for oriental carpets, paper companies, and more. It should come as no surprise WordPress has its own events, the most famous being WordCamp. However, unless you have good access to the country or area it’s in, it can be hard to attend.

Fortunately, we’re in an age of technological marvels. As such, there’s a virtual alternative to WordCamps – WordSesh – that’s quickly gaining traction. In this article, we’ll talk a bit about WordCamps and introduce you to WordSesh, a virtual alternative.

Let’s get started!

What WordCamps Are (And Why You Should Pay Attention to Them)

The WordCamp home page.

WordCamps are some of the most recognizable WordPress events around the globe. They’re community-organized conferences where you get to hear people talk about WordPress’ development and design, and businesses built around the platform. While WordPress speakers can be found at other tech conferences, WordCamp is completely focused on (and dedicated to) WordPress-centric topics.

Despite sharing the same label, the central WordCamp organization is mostly uninvolved with local events. It’s up to volunteers to organize them, coordinate attendance, find speakers, and undertake all of the work running a conference involves. In return, events receive an official label, and display on the organization’s general schedule (all for free!).

WordCamps are very popular. There are currently upcoming events planned for Peru, Kenya, Pakistan, Japan, Serbia, and more. There’s always going to be an event regardless of the location. If you live in the US, you can probably find an upcoming conference near your location (or within easy traveling distance). If you’ve never attended a WordPress conference, here are a few reasons why you should consider it:

  • For networking purposes. WordPress events are one of the best places to look for work opportunities or find other people to collaborate with.
  • To learn more about the platform. Usually, the speakers at WordCamps have plenty of experience in their individual industries and it’s a privilege to get to hear from them.
  • To keep up with the latest WordPress developments. There are always changes within the WordPress space, and WordCamps are a great way to keep up with the latest (and most important) developments in the platform.
  • You can meet other WordPress enthusiasts. If you’re a WordPress enthusiast, attending a WordCamp can be a bit like summer camp all full of likeminded peers.

Of course, all of these benefits aren’t just exclusive to WordCamps, but it does show how vital the events are to the WordPress community. If you don’t have any upcoming WordCamps near where you live, arranging to attend one can be expensive. However, there are always other local WordPress events if you look out for them – as well as a virtual alternative to WordCamps.

An Introduction to WordSesh (A Virtual Alternative to WordCamps)

The WordSesh home page.

WordSesh is a virtual WordPress conference that’s been around since 2013. There were two events that year, in April and December, both of which you can watch in their entirety on WordSesh’s YouTube Channel.

The idea of a virtual conference might not sound convincing to a lot of people. However, WordSesh has attracted a lot of talent to its roster of speakers over the years. For example, Matt Mullenweg (the founder and CEO of Automattic), held a talk during December 2013’s WordSesh. In 2014, the event featured Magnus Jepson (WooTheme’s co-founder), along with over a dozen other speakers prominently working within WordPress.

This year will mark the fifth WordSesh since the conference’s inauguration in 2013, and there are plenty of sponsors on board, including Ninja Forms, Local by Flywheel, WooCommerce, LearnDash, Wordfence, and even Yoast. There are already over twelve hours of talks scheduled for the conference, so let’s talk about how you can attend it.

How to Attend WordSesh 2018

Attending WordSesh 2018 is fairly straightforward. The event is scheduled for July 25th and you can register to buy a virtual ticket from WordSesh’s home page. A plain ticket will cost you $25. However, there are discounts of up to $5 if you buy more than one ticket.

Your ticket will grant you access to WordSesh’s live broadcast and event recordings. Even if you miss the conference, event recordings are usually shared publicly after a while, so you can always check out the events you missed, as well as all previous WordSesh events.

Aside from access to the broadcast, you’ll also get the chance to interact with other attendants using live chatrooms. This year, some of the standout talks include discussions on how to succeed with WordPress freelancing, improving your development workflow, and boosting your WooCommerce conversions. Overall, it’s going to be a pretty decent lineup, which you can check out in its entirety on the WordSesh home page.

Finally, you’d do well to keep an eye out for discounts on WordPress services during the conference. Since you’ll be thousands of miles away, you won’t get a t-shirt for attending. However, the organizers have mentioned they’ve made arrangements with several WordPress companies to provide discounts for attendees. So far, there are few details about what these might be. However, you’ll probably be able to make back the price of your ticket easily in between discounts.

Conclusion

Conferences are an excellent way to keep up with the latest developments in your field. They’re also great ways to network with like-minded people. When it comes to WordPress, there’s plenty of news to keep up with (such as Gutenberg) so this type of event is excellent to help you catch up with them.

If you’re near a WordCamp, you should definitely consider attending. However, for the rest of us living around the globe, WordSesh provides an excellent alternative to WordCamps. Plus, you can check it out without leaving the comfort of your living room!

Have you ever attended a WordPress conference? If so, tell us what your experience was like in the comments section below!

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13 Comments

  1. From the moment I met Matt Mullenweg at a 3 day Wordcamp in Frisco, Texas, I knew this guy had a lot on the ball. But what really amazed me was that despite his wealth, intelligence and level of success, he appeared as down-to-earth as he could be. I felt from the moment we met at ease. We spent at least 30 minutes in an informal discussion with a handful of others as well as a few minutes of alone time. I continue to be impressed, both with wordpress as a platform, Matt as a man and Wordcamp as a wonderful way to see and meet people up close and personal.

  2. Good info that I didn’t know. Most (maybe all) of the presentations from WordCamps around the world are eventually available on WordPress.tv for free (click the WordCamp link at the top), and you can watch one per day on your own schedule instead of setting aside a block of time to attend a virtual one. The downside to WordPress.tv is that it takes them a long time to post the videos after a WordCamp is over.

    • You can do the same with WordSesh, in fact. The whole event is being recorded and the recordings will be available immediately following each live presentation. The only thing you’ll miss if you cannot attend live is participating with the other attendees and asking questions directly to the presenters.

  3. Thanks for the info, I’d not heard of this virtual conference. I really enjoyed the recent WordCamp held in Albuquerque, NM and encourage all to check these out when you can.

    • John Hughes

      You’re welcome, TJ. 🙂

  4. Being a caregiver to my special needs son, I can’t always travel.
    So Wordsesh could be something that would work for my situation.

    • John Hughes

      That sounds ideal for your situation. I hope you find the event interesting, Gerald. 🙂

  5. I’ve been to 3 WordCamps, San Francisco. Will attend the on in Sacramento this year. Looking forward to spending some time with WordSesh. Should be interesting and a good use of time. Thanks for the info.

    • John Hughes

      You’re quite welcome, Charles. I hope you enjoy it. 🙂

  6. Thanks for the info on Wordsesh.

    You mentioned that the plain tickets are $12, and when I went to buy one they’re actually $25. Surprised, but bought it anyway…

    • John Hughes

      Thank you for spotting that, Donal. I believe they may actually have put their prices up fairly recently, but we’ll get this changed. I hope you enjoy the conference!

  7. Hey John,

    In April, I attended WordCamp Buea 2018 where I spoke on SEO for WordPress. It was such an exciting event that brought over 200 WP enthusiasts from Cameroon, Nigeria and Ghana.

    I didn’t know about WordSesh. Just learning about it here and now. I will take a closer look

    • John Hughes

      Hi Enstine, I hope you enjoy WordSesh! 🙂

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