Session Videos Are Live

Did you miss a WordCamp session because there were too many great options at the same time? We understand — you had to make a decision. You had to choose one over another. So, you went to one, but really ALSO wanted to see another presentation that was happening at the same time. Well, now you can watch that session you missed! We’re excited to announce the session videos are live on!

Now you can relive a session you really enjoyed and see if you gain something new — chances are you will! Or, watch one you missed the first time. And, if you couldn’t make it to WordCamp Asheville, be sure to check out the sessions. It’ll give you a taste of what you missed, and what you can expect from WordCamp 2015!

Thanks to the efforts of our videographers at Digital Fridge and organizer Julien Melissas, the sessions were recorded and are being uploaded to Please note that at the time of this post, not all the presentations have been uploaded, so please check back over the coming weeks for more.

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Many thanks to one of our speakers, Andrew Kinnear, for providing us the snazzy intro animation and music used in each video!

Speaker’s Presentation Links

Here’s a list of all the speaker’s presentations. Some are still coming in and we’ll add to the list as we get them.

Speakers: if you haven’t already, email and we’ll update this page with the link.


Judi Knight — Keynote: How Did We Get Here?


Evan Zimmerman — Blasting off with Jetpack
John Dorner — PHP: The Basics
John Saddington
Jonathan Daggerhart — Introduction to using WordPress
Jonathan Ross
Josh Levinson — WordPress e-commerce… eCommerce… Ecommerce?
Lydia Roberts — Customize your website with CSS for Beginners
Marc Beneteau
Rich Owings — Getting Found on Google
Russell Fair — Getting Help with WordPress — a Beginner’s Guide to Getting Unstuck
Sommer Collier — Blog Monetization: How to turn your Passion into an Online Business
Tony Zeoli — How to Hire a WordPress Designer & Developer


Andrew Kinnear — Create Effective Videos for the Web!
Dan Jaworsky — Responsive Design (kind of) Demystified
David Hickox — Designing for Content
Erick Arbe — WordPress Navigation in Responsive Design
Jess Jacob — Child Themes 101
Julien Melissas — Building Better Websites through Collaboration, Communication, and Consistency
Nancy Thanki — Photos & Colors & Layouts! Oh My!
Sarah Benoit — Designing for Sales and Conversions
Scott Fisk
Steffi Rausch — Theme Selection for Clients


Alisa Herr — “Caching in” with the Transients API
Daryl Learn-Houston — Anatomy of a Code Review
Doug Cone
Evan Volgas — WordPress and Git
Julien Melissas — Building Better Websites through Collaboration, Communication, and Consistency
Kyle Kirkpatrick — CMS Migration to WordPress
Micah Wood — Getting started with Vagrant
Peter Baylies — Debugging and Profiling in WordPress: What is My Site Doing?
Steven Slack — Information Architecture has Everything to do with your Custom Theme
Will Haley — Angling Angular in WordPress
Jonathan Daggerhart — Introduction to WordPress Plugin Development


Adam Sewell — WordPress Business: The Basics
Alicia Murray — Work, Life, Blog Balance
Chip Oglesby — Using Google Analytics with WordPress
Cindy Reed — What’s Your Story? Engaging Your Readers with the Power of Personal Narrative
Diana Brewster — Moving Your WordPress Site
Josh Mallard — WordPress User Experience
Michael G. Calvert — 5 Steps for Building a More Active Online Community
Nick Romanos and Laurel Scherer — Mind Your Media – Effective Image Management
Ray Mitchell — Power Up Your Non-Profit Website
Sarah Benoit and Jennifer Saylor — Social Media Do’s and Dont’s
Sarah Giavedoni and Jim MacKenzie — Your 10th Post: How to Keep Going After the Initial Euphoria Dies Down

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Asheville PreCamp Resources

A Big THANK YOU! to everyone that came out and participated in the first annual Asheville PreCamp event. As promised, below is a link to the slideshow that was used for the presentation. We successfully built 50 WordPress websites in unison. A special thanks to SiteGround for the year of free hosting for all of the participants.

PreCamp Presentation Notes

If anyone has follow up questions about the process or notes in the slideshow, you can reach Boomer Sassmann (Big Boom Design Inc) via email at

WordCamp is almost here!

We’re so excited about our first year and hope you’re eager to learn. Here are some logistics & details about your arrival:


Not sure where to go on Saturday? The BASE (A-B Tech Enka) is located at 1459 Sandhill Road, Candler, NC, about 15 minutes west of downtown Asheville. After parking, please enter the main entrance of the Haynes Building (look for the big WordCamp banner!). Location Details »

Registration – 8am Saturday

Proceed upstairs to the second floor of the Haynes building and hang a left. Ahead of you in the Small Conference Room is registration where you’ll pick up your Name Badge, T-Shirt, and other goodies!

Keynote – 9am Saturday

Our keynote talk by Judi Knight will begin at 9am. Make sure you leave enough time to get registered so you’re able to hear her inspiring journey with WordPress. Following the Keynote are announcements, and then sessions will begin!
Check out the schedule »

binocsAny Track, Any Session

You are able to attend any session in any track, but be aware space is tight in some rooms and you should still arrive promptly before each session to ensure a spot. Because of space limitations, please travel light. You may not have a table/surface to place your laptop on.

After Party!

Following each day’s sessions will be a casual gathering at The Wedge in the River Arts District. Bring your Name Badge to get your first beer free! The Wedge is frequented by food trucks so you may be able to get a snack or dinner here as well.
Get Directions to the Wedge »

logo-orangeGet the App

Get notified immediately of any changes to the schedule or reminders about activities by getting the free EventJoy app. Download EventJoy for iPhone or Android, search for WordCamp Asheville 2014, and join the event. You can see the schedule, speakers, and get the notifications, so it’s a bit more robust than using the website.

pack     Don’t Forget…

  • Wear your name badge at all times.
  • If you bring a laptop, charge it before you arrive. Don’t count on an outlet or power strip to always be available, and you may not always have a table to set it on.
  • Bring your business cards.
  • Bring a sweater in case the air conditioning goes into overdrive!

Volunteers make WordCamp happen!

Spring is in full swing, and the WordCamp clock is ticking away! We’ve assembled a crack team of volunteers, and we’re ready to take this show on the road. Volunteers enjoy half-price registration for their hard work as well as the pleasure of being a part of the well-oiled machine that is us organizers getting our organization on.

WordCamp is a not-for-profit event, planned and coordinated entirely by volunteers with the support of the WordPress Foundation. We couldn’t do this without the help of our volunteers, so thank you for you commitment!

Thank You To All Our Sponsors

WordCamp Asheville is shaping up to be a fantastic weekend. Planning is well under way and all the pieces are starting to fall into place.

That being said, we sincerely couldn’t do this without the help of our gracious sponsors. We would like to extend a big ol’ thank you to these kind folks. You’re the best!

Venue Sponsor

AB Tech BASE Campus

WordCamp Pillars




WordCamp Champions



WordCamp Accomplices



Gold Sponsors

DesignLoud Web Graphic Design Studio

All in One SEO Pack

Bronze Sponsors


InMotion Hosting

Oxford Biochronmetrics

Small Business Sponsors

Big Boom Design




JB Media Group

Particles Collide

Status Forward

Widget Wrangler


Simple Desk

In-Kind Sponsors






Classic Event Rental


Coffee Cabana

Do you need a hotel?

Hello Campers! We’ve put together some hotel information and reservations designed to  help those coming to WordCamp from out of town. The hotels were selected based on their close proximity to our venue – the BASE at Enka, about 9 miles west of downtown Asheville. However, there are a plethora of hotels more centrally located if you’re looking to get more of the Asheville experience out of your visit. Reserve your room today!

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