You’re Still Here?

It’s been a few months since we updated the site, but we haven’t forgotten about you! We’ve setup or own community site at and have been blogging like crazy over there. Go check it out.

Videos of WordCamp St. Louis 2014 are coming online at Take a look and bookmark that page for future updates.

Don’t forget to join us for one of our monthly meetups. See you soon!

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WordCamp 2014 Videos Coming Soon

We’re working hard to get all the sessions up on and will hopefully have them to you shortly. In the mean time, you can checkout a few photos taken during WordCamp St. Louis on Chris Koerner’s flickr. If any other shutterbugs took photos during the day please send them our way!

We’d also like to remind folks that we have two monthly WordPress Meetups here in St. Louis.

The first meets the third Wednesday of the month at goBrandgo! downtown near Cherokee Street. It’s a general WordPress meeting that covers all topics from getting started, to best practices around workflow, security, best plugins to use, and more.

The second group meets the first Monday of the month at Integrity in the Delmar Loop near the Tivoli Theatre. It’s our developer meetup and is a great place to get your geek on and learn about the inter workings of WordPress.

Check out our group on and join us to lean more and get involved in the local WordPress community!

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WordCamp St Louis 2014 Highlight Video

The talented volunteer Paul Heirendt put together this highlight video for WordCamp St. Louis.
Take a few minutes and relive the historic event!

WordCamp STL 2014 Highlights from Paul Heirendt on Vimeo.

We’d like to note that Paul went above and beyond, like all of our volunteers, and put this together on his own! Thanks Paul! Check out his other videos on Vimeo and say thanks on twitter @pheirendt

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Speaker Slides Are Here!

All of the talks this year were mesmerizing and we truly appreciate all the speakers sharing their knowledge and advice with us this year.

Here are the presentations and the slides from the speakers. (We’re still missing a few. If you haven’t submitted yours, please contact us!)


Spare a Square – Carrie Dils

Developer I

Customizing your WordPress theme with CSS – Michael Arestad

Anatomy of WordPress – Ben Gathard

The WordPress Loop Demystified – Randy Hicks

Options, and Transients, and Theme Mods, Oh My! – Konstantin Obenland

WordPress Database Primer – Eric Juden

WordPress Templates are Broken! (But we can fix them) – Jared Novack

Developer II

WordPress Junk Drawer and how to organize it. – Mike Hansen

Powerful Deployment Techniques – Myke Bates

Speeding up theme development with automation – Joshua Ray

Revising WordPress Revisions – What goes into recreating a major feature in WordPress? – Adam Silverstein

Code with Care: Write Secure Plugins and Themes – Rachel Baker

Making  Your Whole Life Easier With WP-CLI – Doug Stewart

User I

How to get involved in the WordPress community – Chris Koerner

Business Blogging Like a Rock Star – Tom Harness & Leigh M Caldwell

WordPress for Designers – James Hipkin

WordPress SEO: Getting Back to the Basics – Nile Flores

Optimizing content visibility – Teresa Lane

WordPress for Beginners – Christoph Trappe

User II

Three files, unlimited layout options: The designer’s guide to total creative freedom – Mary Baum

Responsive image solutions for WordPress – Joe McGill

WordPress Security – Sam Hotchkiss

WordPress as an Application Framework – Brian Messenlehner

Leveraging WordPress for Your eCommerce Website – Will Hanke


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The WordCamp Fun Continues!

Here at WordCamp St. Louis HQ we’re all recovering from an amazing and fun weekend. The feedback was really positive.

It’s mind-blowing to think about all the different people we got to meet, the diversity in the sessions, and the feeling of being part of a community of good, honest people.

A few folks even wrote about their experience and lots of people had nice things to say on social media.

Here’s a few What people are saying about WordCamp St. Louis 2014

On Twitter:

A great way to reflect back on the whole day is through the WP Armchair site for WordCamp St. Louis that collects all the chatter around the #wcstl tag.

Don’t forget to check the #wcstl tag on the social platform of your choice, view the speaker slides on the Schedule, and in a few weeks all our sessions will be up on!


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Thank You!

The organizers would like to say “thank you” to everyone involved in making this year’s WordCamp such a resounding success!

We’re still working hard to aggregate all of the speaker talks, so look for a post in the next few days with links to all the presentations. Additionally, if you missed any of the talks we hope to have the recordings of all the talks on soon.

See you all next year!

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If your name is below, go to the registration table to claim your prize!

Fran Bailey
Mary Baum
Keith Broadbent
Dennis Caplinger
Kimberly Castleberry
Jonathan Cohen
Katie Crowley
Carrie Dils
Carmanisha Edwards
Ryan Erwin
Tom Harness
Paul Heirendt
Lindsay Hornsby
Aaron Jackson
Rick Jackson
Cuc Le
Sherman Lee
Brian Marston
Brian Messenlehner
Rachel Phelps
Kristofer Raske
Alex Rodriguez
Doug Schaffer
Tim Snyder
Chuck Turco
Daniel Waldschmidt
Martin Yoakum

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Going “green” while (Word)Camping

We all know how vital staying caffeinated is to writing code, blogging, or whatever you do with WordPress is. As we announced a few weeks back, our local coffee connoisseurs Kaldi’s is one of our sponsors and is providing coffee (both fully caffeinated and decaf) for the whole day.

Fun fact:you could walk to the original Kaldi’s location and back during WordCamp lunch if you wanted to.

In keeping with Kaldi’s and Washington University’s commitment to sustainability, we’re encouraging you to bring a re-usable travel mug with you to WordCamp to enjoy the delicious brew.

We will have some disposable cups available, but their so small (only 8oz’s) that you run the risk of missing half of the awesome talks running back to refill them. If don’t want to miss out but you’ve forgotten your mug at home don’t fret, Kayak’s (part of the Kaldi’s family) is only a 10 minute walk from WordCamp and they sell mugs.

Also, if coffee isn’t really your “cup of tea” don’t worry, we’ll have both hot and iced tea as well, but again you’ll be stuck with the tiny cups if you don’t bring your own.

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A Very Social Occasion

WordCamp St. Louis 2014 is tomorrow! It’s exciting to see the diverse group of people coming from near and far. We’re really looking forward to meeting you all in person.

Please join us in sharing the excitement and love with the tag #wcstl on Twitter, Instagram, etc.

As always, you can follow us at @wordcampstl



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A quick note on parking…

Since the polar vortex has decided to make March in St. Louis feel more like January, we’d like to reassure our fellow WordCampers that the parking arrangement should minimize the time between your warm car and a nice hot cup of Kaldi’s coffee. However, there are a few things you should know.

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