Sign up for WordCamp Europe 2014 Contributor Day

Hey everyone,

Time to sign up for Contributor day. Due to the high interest in attending the Contributor day, we were able to change the Contributor day venue so we can make room for 200 people (That’s 25% growth in the number from last year).

The Contributor Day is an opportunity for people to get together to contribute to WordPress. It’s for both seasoned contributors and people making their first foray into getting involved.

Here are some of the things you’ll be able to do:

– contribute your first patch to core
– fix bugs
– test
– translate WordPress or WordPress plugins
– write documentation
– help out on the support forums or IRC
– contribute to BuddyPress
– contribute to GlotPress
– get involved with accessibility


Please sign up using this form


The WordCamp Europe 2014 Contributor Day will take place on Monday, 29th September at the SiteGround Offices in Sofia, 10am – 7pm.

Here’s a map to the venue and the Foursquare venue.

If you sign up and then are unable to go, please drop us an email to let us know.

Check out the video from last year’s WordCamp Europe to learn a little more about what happens at Contributor day:

See you soon!

Photo by Florian Ziegler

Welcome SiteGround as a Platinum Sponsor

SITEGROUND logo BlackWe’d like to say a huge “Thank you” to our friends at SiteGround for supporting WordCamp Europe for a second year. We appreciate the help and wouldn’t be able to make it without your continued support.

Make sure you go say “Hello” to the awesome SiteGround people at WordCamp Europe.

SiteGround are providing the venue for our Contributor Day, so for those of you who intend to drop by, you’ll experience their hospitality in person.

SiteGround with over 10 years in the business provides premier managed WordPress hosting! They have servers optimized for ultimate WordPress speed and security, and provide many extras for the WordPress fans – automatic updates for the core WordPress and its plugins, WordPress SuperCacher for speed acceleration, staging tool for the coders and unique WordPress autoinstaller for the starting users – all crafted in-house by the SiteGround team.

They are also involved with the WordPress community speaking, supporting and attending various WordCamps around the world, and by sponsoring WordCamp Europe they want to keep contributing to the amazing WordPress community.

Limited number of #WCEU tickets available

Great news everyone! wceu2014-attendingbadge-1

We managed to secure a new batch of #WCEU tickets and if you’re one of those weird people who still doesn’t have a ticket, now is the time to remedy that:

Head over to and secure your place among the #WCEU crowd.

Probably no need for us to mention that you should do that in the next few hours or you risk being left behind again.

See you in Sofia!


The org team


WCEU 2014 Speaker: Graham Armfield

Hey guys, we’re really glad to welcome Web Accessibility expert Graham Armfield from the UK.

Graham is a Web Accessibility Consultant for his own company Coolfields Consulting. He helps organisations improve the accessibility of their websites, and works with them to embed accessibility into their business processes. He also develops accessible WordPress websites for small to medium sized businesses and charities. He’s an active member of the Make WordPress Accessible team, and has spoken about web accessibility at quite a few WordCamps. He’s also led accessibility groups at WordPress contributor days.

When not making the web a more accessible place you might find him playing his guitar and writing songs. He turned his back on the rock lifestyle a few years ago, but now performs his songs solo at open mic nights near where he lives.

He was born many moons ago in South London, and he hasn’t strayed very far from there since – he now lives in Surrey with his wife and young daughter.

WordCamp Europe is almost here, so stay tuned to the most recent developments from the organising team on TwitterFacebook, and Google +

Welcome to Go Daddy as a WordCamp Europe 2014 Diamond sponsor


We would like welcome Go Daddy to WordCamp Europe 2014 and thank them for supporting the event as a Diamond sponsor. WordCamp Europe wouldn’t be possible without the generous support of our sponsors. Make sure to stop by their table, say “hi”, and thank them for enabling a huge part of the awesomeness.

GoDaddy’s mission is to radically shift the global economy toward small businesses by empowering people to easily start, confidently grow and successfully run their own ventures. With more than 12 million customers worldwide and 57 million domain names under management, GoDaddy gives small business owners the tools to name their idea, build a beautiful online presence, attract customers and manage their business.


WordCamp Europe 2014 is sold out

All the tickets are gone. WordCamp Europe 2014 is sold out.

Well done, guys, you rock!

What is that now? You didn’t manage to get a ticket? Well we knew that would happen, we spent the last few weeks warning you about it on Twitter.

Ok, ok, don’t panic. There might be a chance we can still get you in.

Sign up for our waiting list and we’ll let you know when more tickets are available.




WCEU 2014 Speaker: Hristo Pandjarov

We’re happy to announce our next #WCEU speaker – WordPress enthusiast Hristo Pandjarov.

Hristo’s done it all: supported WordPress clients, built websites, designed WordPress themes, wrote tutorials, dug deeper into SEO and developed his own WordPress SEO plugin. He’s been fortunate to have his passion for all things WordPress and his job overlap at SiteGround, where he develops and implements various in-house performance boost solutions to help make WordPress websites faster and more secure.

Hristo will talk about WordPress optimisation and all the things that can go wrong when trying to improve the performance of your WordPress site. He will cover each of the most popular and widely accepted performance optimisation techniques, how to implement them without breaking your site and how to fix the most common issues with different speed boosters.

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Photo credit: Patrick Andriessen, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Schedule update and a full list of WCEU Speakers

If you missed the news at the end of last week, we already have the schedule for WordCamp Europe 2014 and we’ve updated it with information about every talk. Click on the talk title to learn more about it.

Here’s a full list of all #WCEU 2014 speakers:

Adrian Zumbrunnen

User Experience Designer, Writer, Speaker and Coffee Enthusiast working in the beautiful city of Zurich.

Andrew Nacin

Lead developer of WordPress, squashing bugs, wrangling contributions, and spearheading new development.

Andrey “Rarst” Savchenko

Rarst is a computer techie. Born and living in Kiev, Ukraine. Sometimes WordPress developer professionally.

Daniel Kanchev

Senior Web Apps Engineer and Migrations Specialist at SiteGround.

Dario Jazbec Hrvatin

In-development tester of WordPress plugins. Besides testing the plugins he also runs usability tests.

Davide Casali

Davide is an experience director at Automattic with 11+ years of experience and a hybrid background in design, psychology and technology.

Graham Armfield

A Web Accessibility Consultant for my own company Coolfields Consulting.

Helen Hou-Sandi

Director of Platform Experience at 10up, a WordPress core committer, and the WordPress 4.0 release lead.

Hristo Pandjarov

A WordPress enthusiast who’s done it all: supported WordPress clients, built websites, designed WordPress themes, wrote tutorials, dug deeper into SEO and developed his own WordPress SEO plugin.

Hugo Fernandes

Hugo is a designer that went independent 3 years ago to embrace a new journey in his life. Passionate about interactivity and the human behavior, he tries to touch people with his work and words.

Jen Mylo

Community organizer for the WordPress open source project, focused on contributor outreach, diversity, and growing local communities. Prior to this she spent four years as the UX lead and project manager of the core software team. She is from Portland, OR, USA.

Jenny Beaumont
Designer, project manager and WordPress expert from France.

Joost de Valk

Working with WordPress since 2006, Joost has a 10 year background in online marketing, more specifically SEO, and has always combined his knowledge of the two.

Julio Potier

A freelance consultant and co-founder of WP Media. He’s been working with WordPress every day for the last four years and makes his living using the software.

Karin Christen

Co-founder at required+, a swiss based web company with focus on Interaction Design, Mobile Web and WordPress.

Kimb Jones

Co-founder of UK-based WordPress agency Make Do. In a previous life he worked in the corporate surroundings of the NHS for over 10 years working in both IT and Marketing.

Konstantin Dankov

Front Ender who writes bash scripts to automate deployment. Designer who spends more time in MacVim than a drawing app.

Konstantin Obenland

A WordPress developer and core contributor since WordPress 3.4.

Luca Sartoni

A media professional with more than a decade of technical and marketing background.

Mark Jaquith

Mark Jaquith has been working with and contributing to WordPress since 2004. He is one of the lead developers of the WordPress core.

Matt Mullenweg

Co-founder, WordPress; founder, Automattic

Michael Schroder

Mike Schroder, known as Shredder to most of his colleagues, is a cross-cultural kid, coffee-drinking sailor, and lover of Open Source.

Noel Tock

Noel is a Swiss nomad wandering the globe and one of the owners at Human Made, a VIP partner.

Rocío Valdivia

Rocío is a Spanish Computer Engineer in love with Free Software, technology, travelling and personal challenges. She’s the new member of Mailpoet.

Sara Rosso

Sara is VIP Global Services Manager at Automattic ( & more), and as part of her job with the VIP team, she works at discovering and sharing WordPress success stories with the world.

Simon Wheatley

Simon Wheatley is an enthusiast for open source software in business, not least because he runs an open source software business.

Siobhan McKeown

Siobhan McKeown works at Audrey Capital where she writes about WordPress, deals with documentation, and has nightmares about the Codex. She’s currently working on an open source book about the history of WordPress.
Stefan Kanev

Stefan has been a passionate programmer. In his professional life he has shipped code in PHP, JavaScript, Java, Perl, Python, Ruby and even a little bit of C.

Tom Nowell

Born in the UK, and hailing from Manchester, Tom is a developer at Code For The People, a long-time PHP developer, and an elected moderator at WordPress Stack Exchange.

Tony Perez

Tony is one of the Co-Founder’s and CEO of the globally recognized website security company, Sucuri, Inc.

Yana Petrova

Yana is a marketing person and also an event organiser, foodie and traveler.

And that’s all of them. Just a friendly reminder, there are very few tickets left for the event, so hurry up and grab yours.



WCEU 2014 Speakers: Konstantin Obenland

We’re happy to greet out next speaker – one of the guys behind default themes Twenty Thirteen and Twenty Fourteen, Konstantin Obenland.

Konstantin is a Code Wrangler at Automattic, where he’s working on WordPress Core full-time. He has a long history of contributing to WordPress, starting out with releasing plugins and reviewing themes as part of the WordPress Theme Review Team, before he focused on bundled themes, co-leading the development of Twenty Thirteen and Twenty Fourteen. At Automattic, Konstantin is also a leading contributor to Underscores, a WordPress starter theme that is featured in the WordPress Theme Development Handbook and recommended by the Theme Review Team.

Born and raised in Germany, he moved to the United States two years ago where he now lives in Ventura, a small coastal city in Southern California. There he enjoys the great weather and sandy beaches, tasty Mexican food, diverse craft beer, and the year-around strawberry season.

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