We are at work on getting our WordCamp Atlanta 2014 site set up and ready to go. In the meantime, here is a description about WordCamps and WordPress Meetups. For more WordPress goodness, check out the posts on this site as well as WordPress TV to see WordCamp presentations from WordCamps all over the world.
According to WordCamp Central,
WordCamp is a conference that focuses on everything WordPress. WordCamps are informal, community-organized events that are put together by WordPress users like you. Everyone from casual users to core developers participate, share ideas, and get to know each other.
WordCamps are not-for-profit events that grow out of the local WordPress communities. In Atlanta, our community is made up of people that are active in our local WordPress Meetup Groups.
We have several WordPress Meetups, held all over the Metro-Atlanta area. These Meetups feature specific topics geared to the various levels ranging from beginners through developers. The Meetups are a good way to learn more about WordPress and how to use it, whatever your level is. If you have some degree of proficiency, WordPress Meetups are a great way to share your WordPress knowledge with others by getting involved and speaking. A good number of our WordCamp speakers are drawn from speakers from our local Meetups.
Sign up at Meetup.org and search for WordPress Atlanta where you can find and join our various local WordPress Meetup Groups. You will then receive e-mails announcing the groups and their monthly topics. You can come to one or all. We have included a list with links to some of them below.
Rather than just waiting for our yearly WordCamp event, we encourage you to check the topics and get to the Meetups if you are interested in getting involved with WordPress and WordCamps. We are a very diverse group in every way and would love to have you get involved.
Local WordPress Meetups:
- ATLANTA – Atlanta WordPress Users Group
This group is the oldest and largest Atlanta WordPress Meetup. It is usually held in the evening, on the 4th Wednesday of each month, in Inman Park near Downtown, Atlanta. We have one or two presentations depending on the degree of complexity of the topic. The presentations are designed for beginners and/or intermediates to learn to build, customize,and maintain WordPress websites. We will also cover plugins as well as how to address business uses such as ecommerce, membership sites and supporting multiple languages. Bring your questions about your WordPress project. We include time for refreshments, networking and trouble shooting.
- ALPHARETTA – Atlanta WordPress, SEO, and Web Design
This groups convenes normally on the Second Tuesday of every month. If you are starting a business or need help promoting an existing business, this is the meetup to be in. By attending our meetup, you will learn the following:
• Create, design and publish a WordPress site
• Plugins, Themes and Widgets
• Website tweaks and best practices
• Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
• Small Business Web Tools
• Google Services, Adwords, Adsense and Google Places
• Online Marketing
- MARIETTA – Atlanta WordPress Hands on Learning Group
We meet monthly to learn from each other, troubleshoot problems and kick around a topic or two. Mark your calendar now for the 2nd Wednesday of each month Learn tools and best-practices for building, customizing, and maintaining self-hosted WordPress-based websites. Discover premium plugins and configurations to address complex business use such as running an online store, managing paid memberships and supporting multiple languages. Bring your questions about your WordPress project. We open the floor for questions, answers and hands-on instruction in the second hour!
- MARIETTA – The Marietta WordPress and Social ‘Shop
A monthly Meetup, typically held on the fourth Wednesday of each month, discussing the intersection of WordPress and social media. We’ll spend 20-30 minutes presenting the latest topic and giving you hands-on ideas to incorporate, and the rest of the time will be spent working with each other on the daily topic or any other WordPress or social media issue that you might have.
- Gwinnett – WordPress Gwinnett
We meet every 3rd Thursday of the month at 7PM.
• plugin development
• professional development workflow
• performance and scaling
• custom CMS solutions
• industry-specific solutions e.g. NPOs
• following and contributing to core
• WordPress business models
• WordPress current events