WordCamp Fayetteville returns in 2011

Tickets are now on sale for WordCamp Fayetteville 2011.

The second annual tech conference is scheduled for July 30 at the Donald W. Reynolds Center for Enterprise Development on the University of Arkansas campus.

Up to 300 people are expected to spend the day learning about the free, open-source software called WordPress.

“Nonprofits, educators, small businesses, online news sites … all of them are using WordPress because of its accessibility and free price tag,” said organizer Christopher Spencer.

“We had 100 people last year from five states. There’s really a demand for skills among those who want to communicate better online. ‘Blog Brighter’ – that’s WordCamp Fayetteville’s mission.”

Three content tracks are available for attendees to choose from or move between this year. They include: the Blogger track with its emphasis on writing, the Developer tack for those designing for WordPress and the Business track which focuses on making money with the software.

“Many people last year also wanted basic web literacy skills, so we are pointing out when a session focuses on entry-level familiarity with web languages like HTML, CSS, PHP and MySQL,” Spencer said.

WordCamps are held throughout the world and are organized on the local level by enthusiasts of WordPress.

A $30 ticket to WordCamp Fayetteville includes a day’s worth of programming, a t-shirt, a “swag bag,” lunch on Saturday, an after party and an informal meet Sunday with presenters.

“You also meet some amazing folks doing awesome things,” Spencer said.

Ticketss will rise in price to $40 in June and $50 in July.

WordCamp Fayetteville 2011 is supported in part by a $1000 award from the Fayetteville Advertising and Promotion Commission.

For more information, contact Christopher Spencer at 479-530-4943 or [email protected].

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