WordCamp DFW

WordCamp DFW will be September 12, at the University of Texas at Arlington campus.


University of Texas at Arlington (UTA)

E. H. Hereford University Center

300 W First St, Arlington,TX 76010



There’s a lot of great things about Texas, but convenient public transit isn’t one of them. Both Lyft and Uber are available or, if you’re flying in, you can easily grab a rental car.


UTA is located within a couple of miles of the famous Dallas Cowboy’s Stadium, the Ballpark in Arlington (home of the Texas Rangers) and Six Flags. That said, there are TONS of hotels around. You can also use airbnb or vrbo, if that’s your thing.

Here’s a handful of hotels within 5 miles of the UTA at a variety of price points. Please note that we have no arrangements with these hotels – we’re just providing these suggestions as a starting point:

  • Americas Best Value Inn – $75.00/night
  • Courtyard Dallas Arlington South – $110.00/night
  • Sheraton Arlington – $169.00/night
  • Courtyard Dallas Arlington/Entertainment District – $179/night
  • Hilton Garden Inn – $194/night
  • Crowne Plaza Suites Arlington Ballpark/Stadium – $220.00/night


For those of you planning travel, WordCamp registration will open at 8am, camp will start at 9 and run through 5:15p. There is also an afterparty from 6-8p for anyone who’d like to attend.




Topic: Designing and Building Flexible WordPress Themes

Tammy Hart has been playing on the web since she was a teenager and quickly fell in love with customizing it. WordPress helped her take that love to a whole new level and she has been whipping it into shape for the last 10 years. Her once free-time hobby quickly grew into the career it is today and she is now a Web Designer and Developer at UpTrending, a full service web agency that specializes in medium to large scale projects.


Topic: Designing Plugins for Release

I began my WordPress journey. I created several home-grown CMS-type systems, and checked out WordPress on a whim. I was immediately impressed and decided to use that on my website. I developed my own theme from scratch within a week of installing WordPress. I started to write more, and realized there were many features I wanted added to WordPress.


Topic: Using the Editor the Proper Way

Seth Alling is a Detroit-based developer turned designer turned developer, who has been working with WordPress since and currently works as the Lead Developer for Ranch House Designs. When he’s not developing (or designing), you can find him running, playing soccer or spending time with his wife and sons.


Topic: Leveling Up With Documentation

Building relationships is key to any successful partnership, be it in business or life in general. At Crowd Favorite, Pat gets to do that every day as Director of Ongoing Client Support, where he leads a team providing development support, consultation, and strategy for enterprise clients. Before Crowd Favorite, Pat has been a development director, an independent WordPress developer, and a freelancer. When he’s not building websites, Pat can be found organizing the Austin WordPress Meetup or helping run the tech networking community, Refresh Austin.


Topic: Be Securious – Hack Your Own Site for Better Security

John is the Website Director for the North Texas Information Security Systems Association (ISSA), owner of Mind Machine Media, and an IT Manager providing leadership in the development of web applications, APIs, and native mobile clients at FedEx. He’s been developing software since the early 80’s and implementing networked and embedded systems since 1987 for Fortune 100 companies in the medical diagnostic, pharmaceutical, and transportations industries.


Topic: Scratching an Itch: Taking the First Step to Becoming a WordPress Contributor

Morgan is currently a Web Engineer with 10up, focusing on creating a great web publishing experience for clients using WordPress. Although he’s been a Core Contributor to the WordPress open source project and a member of the OKC WordPress User Group since, he’s become more active in the past two years after attending his first WordCamp. A proud “computer geek”, Morgan first learned programming in elementary school from source code printed in the back of magazines. He built his first website in 1998, and continued to tinker with computers and Web technology over the next decade.


Topic: The Final 20%

I started building websites back in 1999 and enjoy staying on top of the latest techniques in web design and implementing them into my client’s sites. I spend most of my time building custom themes and plugins, and running a web development shop full time. I also organize the Fort Collins, CO, WordPress meetup and helped organize WordCamp Denver this year.


Topic: The CIA Mindset – Planning Your WordPress Site’s Security (For Business Users)

David, a Web Engineer with 10 Up, is a long time software engineering professional and author, who has been involved in Internet development since 1994. Before focusing on WordPress, David wore many hats. He was the Director of IT and Software Engineering for an international health insurance company where he created and maintained a web based health insurance enrollment system. As Chief of South Eastern Operations for an international IT consulting firm, he had to “MacGyver together” a network out of old parts so that his client could locate missing cargo vessels in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.


Topic: Is My Site Accessible?

Reagan Lynch is the president and founder of Our Little blessings a non-profit serving children with disabilities and special needs, the CEO of Alpha Omega Strategies a managed services provider, an ordained minister, an all around good guy, and a WordPress user who is blind.


Topic: How to Make Multilingual Plugins and Themes

John P Bloch is a Lead Web Engineer at 10up where he spends his time helping clients with large and complex WordPress sites. John started working with WordPress in and hasn’t stopped since. A recent transplant to the DFW area, John spends his time at home in Irving enjoying the BBQ, sunsets, and warm nights of North Texas.


Topic: Harnessing the Power of WordPress: Themes and Plugins for Church Websites

Born a geek, Christopher Harris coded his first website in 1997. In he launched Faith Growth, a Dallas-based consulting company that builds custom Genesis WordPress sites for domestic and international small business and faith-based clients. Christopher particularly enjoys helping churches develop a digital-first mindset, to effectively engage and grow their communities online. Christopher is an active contributor to the local WordPress community.


Topic: Tales from the Command Line

Doug first came across WordPress in during the Great Licensing Wars and has been a dedicated WP user and contributor since version 1.0. He has experience in developing themes and plugins, contributing to the core WordPress software, participating in the greater community and helping WordPress users get the most out of their sites. Doug also co-organizes the monthly Philadelphia WordPress Meetup and the yearly WordCamp Philadelphia and Tech Week Philly events and is very involved in the Philadelphia metro area WordPress community.


Topic: Take Your Blog from Blah to Bold: Create Credibility, Visibility & Profitability

Elayna Fernandez, The Positive MOM, teaches bloggers how to turn their passion into their paycheck through her trademarked 7p Guerrilla Positioning System (GPS) so they can increase Credibility, Visibility and Profitability, and ultimately elevate their Impact, Income, and Influence.


Topic: Be Authentic in your Content in 3 Simple Steps

Elisha is a homeschooled twelve-year-old, and a passionate author, artist, kidpreneur, and speaker. She loves to write, read, spell, draw, paint, and play the piano and guitar. She is proud to be a Certified Guerrilla Marketing Practitioner, trained by Jay Conrad Levinson himself. If Elisha had only 3 words to describe herself they would be creative, generous, and humorous.


Topic: Understanding and?Combating Global Censorship with WordPress

John P. Gamboa is a Enterprise Support Specialist at WP Engine in Austin, Texas. Having lived Singapore, South Korea and China for the better part of four years, John worked as a technical editor, writer, teacher and developer. He was also a founding member and WordPress developer for Shanghai Beer Week, China’s first-ever craft beer week.


Topic: Freelancer Survival School

James Dalman is an U.S. Army Veteran and the founder of Happy Joe, a non-profit organization that specializes in helping military veterans launch successful careers and businesses in the web technology industry. James has been in the branding, design, and web media industry for over twenty years and has done work for HTC, BMW, Michael Hyatt, Nike Golf, Eskimo Joes, NASCAR, and Arnold Palmer.


Topic: Extending the WP REST API

Pete is a senior web developer with nearly 20 years of experience He’s been developing for WordPress the past four years.


Topic: Getting Started on Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

Jon is the sales partner at Osky Blue, an online marketing and software development company based in Frisco Texas. He has 15 years of experience in business growth, sales and development. He has delivered over 400 seminars, classes and training sessions throughout the country on how to do online marketing effectively. He understands the right way to make online marketing efforts profitable.


Topic: Selling A Million Dollars of Product Online: An Introduction to eCommerce

Troy is the marketing partner at Osky Blue, a Frisco based online marketing and software development company. He is an entrepreneur with a passion for small business. He has helped hundreds of small businesses grow and increase profitability. His first venture was an accounting firm that he started right after graduating from college.


Topic: Developing with Jetpack

Kraft, as he’s better known, started building websites in 1996 and hasn’t looked back. Kraft has worked with his own “weblog” since, first in HTML, then Movable Type, then finally to WordPress. Kraft ran a freelance web development business exclusively using WordPress and Genesis. Now, Kraft works at Automattic, the parent company of WordPress.com, focusing on Jetpack.


Topic: Hacking your personal workflow and the art of Inbox Zero

Hey there, I’m Mendel, an intrapreneurial change-maker, developer, speaker, and teacher.

As a GoDaddy Evangelist, I spend most of my time hanging out with developers, designers, entrepreneurs, and creative people all around the world to make sure their opinions and suggestions are heard.


Topic: Your First WordPress Site | There and back again

I am a WordPress developer, a student at UTA, a husband and father. I have been using WordPress since 2.8 (give or take a point release.) I build custom themes and plugins, I have contributed to a couple of WordPress repo plugins and I am working up the courage to contribute to core.

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