WordCamp Austin 2013 Broke Attendance Records and Attracts Celebrities

Speaker Taylor Christensen discusses using Google Webmaster Tools to increase traffic to your website. Photo Credit: Harrison Funk, harrisonfunk.com

Keynote speaker Cory Miller set the tone for the WordPress seminars at the 2013 WordCamp. Photo Credit: Harrison Funk, harrisonfunk.com

AUSTIN, Texas –  WordCamp Austin 2013a prestigious conference that covers the latest developments in the open source software, WordPress, broke conference attendance records and attracting over 430 users, bloggers, and developers, this weekend.  This year’s conference topics were geared to all levels of WordPress users, from beginners experienced designers and developers.  WordPress now powers one in seven web sites, and 58% of all content management systems.

Thanks to the Four Points Chamber of Commerce, this year’s ticket-only event was  held at the magnificent Austin Baptist Church Campus, on Saturday May 18, 2013.  The developers-only conference was held the following day, Sunday, May 19th at CapitalFactory, in downtown Austin.

The 2013 keynote speaker is Cory Miller of iThemes and co-author of WordPress All-in-One for Dummies.  Featured speakers are Chris LemaChris Schmitt and Cody Landefeld.  Returning speakers are Jared AtchisonNick BatikChris Wiegman,Brandon KraftCorrin FosterIlene HaddadAmanda QuraishiEric WeissCrystal R. R. EdwardsBill EricksonChris Olbekson and Stephanie Leary.  New speakers for 2013 are Jesse PetersonPat Ramsey, Hannah Hill, Robert NeuDorian SpeedCarrie DilsAnsa CopelandJoel GoodmanTaylor ChristensenAustin Gunter, and David Vogelpohl.  Developer-day speakers are Paul Ruescher, Eddie Machado, Jason WeaverMark Kelnar and Chris Olbekson.

Sponsors include WP Engine, an Austin company visited by President Obama this week, BlueHostRackspaceDreamhost, FatMedia, Code PoetA Small Orange,CyberChimpsSpringBoxMaintainn.comFoo Plugins, Backup Buddy, Cloudioweb,ooshirtsDealTaker.comJared AtchisonStephanie LearyMark CoppockChris WiegmanDaniel Espinoza, and Sticker Giant.

Celebrity photographer Harrison Funk, who recently moved to Austin, will be the official photographer for the event. Funk was the late Michael Jackson’s personal photographer and has photographed top celebrities and leaders like President Obama and Nelson Mandela. “I am a recent convert to the WordPress and I’m pleased to contribute to the dynamic Austin WordPress community,” said Funk. “Events like these are valuable educational resources to businesses owners wanting to understand how to use WordPress to help grow their businesses,” Funk added.

WordCamp is organized by the all-volunteer Austin WordPress MeetUp group, the seventh largest WordPress MeetUp group in the world, with over 1500 members, including designers, developers and businesses.

“We often have to turn away people from our monthly meet-ups,” said Nick Batik, one of WordCamp Austin 2013’s co-organizers and a founder of the Austin WordPress MeetUp group. “The fact that WordCamp Austin 2013 will be sold out long before Saturday shows the popularity of WordPress.” added Batik.

Read about WordCamp Austin 2013 at http://2013.austin.wordcamp.org/ and follow us on Twitter at #wcatx