Bring your umbrellas, we’re expecting classy rain

Weather forecasts are not too accurate, but it looks like it’s going to rain Saturday.

The good news: Thomas Jefferson School of Law is one building and, once you’re inside of it, your entire WordCamp experience will be there. It looks like it’s not going to start raining until around noon on Saturday, so you’ll be inside and cozy, listening to amazing speakers. More good news: It might clear up by the time you’re heading to the After Party. Additionally, it will probably be a warm rain.

What can you do? Bring an umbrella if you’re going to venture outside during the conference. It’ll be sunny Friday and Sunday. It’s currently beautiful weather now as we write this on Thursday, so if you’re just now arriving, go to Balboa Park or the beach.

We don’t get rain that much in San Diego, so we’re very thankful for any water.

Get ready, get set, get classy!

Hey classy people, are you ready for #wcsd on Saturday and Sunday? Below is some helpful information to ensure you get the most out of your WordCamp weekend.


Registration begins at 7:45am. Come early for meeting cool people just like you. Opening remarks will start at 8:45am of the corresponding rooms for each track.

Help Bar

Located on the 2nd floor and staffed by volunteers from various backgrounds, the Help Bar will be available on Saturday from 9am – 12:10pm and 2pm – 3pm. Then on Sunday from 12:40pm – 4pm.

Feel free to stop by if you have questions.

Saturday After Party

The After Party will be held from 7-11:30 pm on Saturday at Little Italy’s Loading Dock in Little Italy. You MUST have your WordCamp name badge to attend – no badge, no entry, sorry! Little Italy’s Loading Dock is a 21+ venue, and you should be prepared to show proper ID.

Sunday Networking

Join us for some great networking over coffee and donuts at 11am on Sunday, right before our keynote speaker, Stephen Carnam from SeverPress takes the stand.

Parking + Directions + Logistics + Special Needs

Check out parking and directions here. The Thomas Jefferson School of Law is an ADA compliant university and handicap accessible.

Last of all

Please give a big thank you to our sponsors, speakers, volunteers and organizers for all their efforts in making WordCamp San Diego one classy event.

Thank You WordCamp San Diego 2017 Gold Sponsors

WordCamps wouldn’t be possible without the help from generous sponsors. Without their support we wouldn’t be able to keep the event low cost and accessible to everyone. Thank you!

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Meet the Organizers

This WordCamp San Diego has been peppered with all-star anchormen and anchorwomen. A team of 8 persons who have been working relentlessly for 6 months in the planning of San Diego WordCamp so that bloggers, designers, developers, authors, marketers, non-profits, photographers, consultants, entrepreneurs— the whole kit and caboodle, can expand their knowledge in WordPress and meet others who share their love for WordPress.

If you see us around  WordCamp and want to give us a high-five, we would not object to said high-five. In fact, we would give you ten!

Our organizers’ page says more about us, if you’re interested in who these classy people are.

Start Planning Your Weekend: Track Recap

Can you believe #WCSD is only a couple of weeks away? Baxter can, but he’s always prepared. Here is a recap on what’s happening so you can start to plan your days.


Saturday has three tracks: How-To, Development and Beginner. Also, there is a “Help Desk” where you can get WordPress assistance at any level (beginner user to developer etc.), so tighten your belt and get ready for some fun!

Time Beginner - Floor 2, Room 229 Development - Floor 3, Room 325 How To - Floor 3, Room 323
7:45 amRegistration
8:45 amOpening Remarks
9:00 amCain & Obenland In The Morning! Michael Cain, Konstantin ObenlandContinuous Integration for WordPress Josh CummingsSpare Me From Your Stupid Slideshow! Evan Scheingross
9:50 amImage Mastery within WordPress: Upload, Edit, Display, and Share with Ease Amber HewittScaling WordPress With Load Testing Jason CosperUnderstanding and Supporting Web Accessibility Rachel Carden
10:40 amThe Many Ways to Updating Your WordPress Sites Russell AaronPreflight & QA Demystified Richard ShermanA Holistic Approach to Web Performance Austin Gil
11:30 amA Helping Hand: Where Can I Get Help with WordPress Christopher TuttleReact, Angular and WordPress Derek SpringerFlexbox for WordPress Joseph Abraham
12:10 pmLunch
1:30 pmHow to WordPress – The Big Picture Matt CromwellWP-CLI: Don’t Fear The Command Line Dwayne McDanielUser Experience is More Than Hamburger Menus Chris Ford
2:20 pmSolving Your Own WordPress Problems Lucy BeerWhy Good Developers Don’t Ignore Multisite Maura TealAdventures in Woo. From Novice to Ninja. Peter Malick
3:10 pmGetting Your WordPress Ducks in a Row Christina HillsLearning to Love Cache Again Scott BuscemiBetter, Faster, Stronger – What to Know About CDNs Krystle Herbrandson
4:00 pm7 Keys to an Effective Content Strategy Nathan WellerLearn JS Deeply, but Don’t Forget About PHP Roy Sivan10 Ways to Provide Great Support Stephanie Hellwig


Sunday has three tracks running: How-To,Development and Business. The “Help Desk” will return Sunday as well, get WordPress assistance at any level.

Time Business - Floor 2, Room 229 Development - Floor 3, Room 325 How To - Floor 3, Room 323
11:00 amCoffee + Donuts + Networking
12:00 pmKeynote Stephen Carnam
12:40 pmYou need a co-founder James LawsMaking Time for a Side Hustle Natalie MacLeesDesigning in the Open Mark Uraine
1:30 pmYou need diversity on your team Tracy LevesqueBuilding Intuitive WordPress Admin Experiences David RyanLocal SEO – Creating Website Content That Matters Regionally Jen Miller
2:20 pmYou need community to win Mendel KurlandSize Figure Freelancing Nathan ReimnitzDesigner vs Developer: Creating a Collaborative Workflow Tessa Kriesel
3:10 pmYou need a break to get things done Jennifer BournWebsite Optimization Through Quality Experimentation Drew WildeHow to grow your biz with WordPress & Podcasting Adam Silver
4:00 pmYou need to learn to sell to strangers Steve ZehngutBuilding Custom Visual Composer Elements Burak DoganWooCommerce Store Design Tips to Increase Sales Cody Landefeld

Get pumped for this year’s WordCamp San Diego. It’s going to be a classy time.

Get ready to party at Little Italy’s Loading Dock

Join us on Saturday evening following WordCamp at Little Italy’s Loading Dock, formerly 98 Bottles. Little Italy’s Loading Dock is a 21+ neighborhood bar with an extensive craft beer selection along with great wines, sake and creative Soju cocktails. We’re lucky to have the entire venue for our WordCamp attendees from 7 – 11 PM.

Little Italy’s Loading Dock is located… you got it, in Little Italy. Just north west of downtown. This historical neighborhood has plenty of restaurants. A few of our favorite foodie spots are Filippi’s Pizza Grotto, Bencotto, Monello, Ballast Point, Ironside Fish & Oyster, and Underbelly. We will have some light appetizers at the after party, but we recommend stopping somewhere in beautiful San Diego for something more substantial before the event.

Location and Parking details for Little Italy’s Loading Dock are below. Please be sure to bring your WCSD badge for entry – we will not be able to accommodate any +1’s for this event, so you must have a WCSD weekend badge to attend the after party. We are looking forward to unwinding after a wonderful, exciting WordCamp day with you! See you all there. And as always, stay classy!


Little Italy’s Loading Dock
2400 Kettner Blvd
San Diego, CA 92101


Parking can be a bit tough in this neighborhood on a Saturday night, so you may want to consider using Uber or Lyft.

Below is information from regarding where to park:

Rate: First 2-hours free, then $2.00 a hour thereafter.
7:00am to 4:00pm
Washington Elementary’s Parking Lots:
W. Fir & State Lot
Union & W. Date Lot

Rate: $5.00 per car
Monday to Friday from 5:00pm to 1:00am
Saturday and Sunday All-Day

Valet Parking

Rate: $9.00 a vehicle

5:30pm to 11:30pm
India & W. Ivy (Presented by Ballast Point Tasting Room & Kitchen)
5:30pm to 12:00am
Kettner & W. Ivy (Presented by Herb & Wood)
6:00pm to 11:00pm
India & W. Cedar Streets
India & W. Date Streets
India & W. Fir Streets

County Parking Structure
The County of San Diego has officially opened their parking structure on Kettner Boulevard and W. Cedar Streets to the public all day on the weekends.

WordCamp San Diego Help Bar

WordCamp San Diego 2017 will have a Help Bar (previously called a Happiness Bar) to help answer your WordPress questions.

New to WordPress? The Help Bar can help!

Want to learn how to customize your theme? The Help Bar can help!

Need to find a plugin for your site? The Help Bar can help!

If you’d just like to chat one-on-one with someone about your WordPress site, then guess what? The Help Bar can help!

Some tips to help you get the best out the Help Bar:

  • Bring your laptop
  • Remember your login details 🙂
  • No problem is too small
  • We don’t know everything. If we don’t know the answer, we’ll help you find someone who does

Staffed by volunteers from various backgrounds, the Help Bar will be available on Saturday from 9am – 12:10pm and 2pm – 3pm. Then on Sunday from 12:40pm – 4pm.

Feel free to stop by if you have questions, or if you want to help answer questions too! See you there.

Lunch Is Where It’s At

Let’s not fool around, it’s time to eat!  Most importantly, it’s time to give that old noggin a break. It’s time to meet new people, re-affirm friendships, and discuss why San Diego is the classiest.

Lunch is included with your ticket on Saturday. It will be provided by The Wild Thyme Company and will be a boxed lunch. Lunch will be served on the 2nd floor of Thomas Jefferson School of Law.

Each lunch will include fresh fruit, kettle chips, and dessert. Choices will be:

  • Black Forest Ham Sandwich with Spanish manchego cheese, caramelized onions, arugula, & roasted garlic aioli
  • Lemon-Thyme Chicken Sandwich with organic lettuce, tomatoes, havarti cheese, & sun dried tomato aioli (there will be a Gluten Free version of this too)
  • Roast Turkey Sandwich with applewood-smoked bacon, lettuce, roma tomatoes, & Dijonaisse
  • Thai Chicken Wrap with soy-ginger chicken, carrots, cucumber, jasmine rice, lettuce, & peanut sauce
  • Grilled Vegetable Wrap with seasonal grilled vegetables, arugula, & white bean hummus (This is the Vegan, Vegetarian, Dairy-free and Lactose-free option)

If this doesn’t float your boat, Thomas Jefferson School of Law is within walking distance of the Historic Gaslamp District, with many restaurants to choose from.

If you need to change your lunch dietary requirement preference, please click on the “edit” link in your ticket confirmation email to update that info.

As always, eat classy!

A Big Thanks to the WCSD17 Silver Sponsors

WordCamp wouldn’t be possible without the generous support of our sponsors. We’d like to take a moment and turn the spotlight to our Silver sponsors. Thank you!

WordCamp San Diego 2017 – Silver Sponsors

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Announcing Business Track Speakers

The WordCamp San Diego organizing team is excited to announce our awesome lineup of speakers for this year’s Business track.

James Laws

In any business someone needs to steer the ship. As the co-founder and CEO of the WP Ninjas this is what James does with great joy. Having co-created the increasingly popular Ninja Forms and the first of it’s kind Ninja Demo WordPress plugins, he is always looking for the next innovation or market where the ninjas can have the greatest impact.

With over 16 years of experience in web design and development, internet marketing, business management, and public speaking, James has had his hands in every aspect of running successful and not so successful businesses. He has led everything from churches and
charities to coffee shops and Web Development Shops.

Building a successful business and helping others with their own endeavors isn’t just what James does for work, it’s also his favorite hobby. With the help of the WP Ninjas team, James organizes the Chattanooga Area WordPress Meetup to help build and support the WordPress community in his little corner of the world. You may also find James speaking at WordCamps from time to time and occasionally answering a question or two in the support forums.

Tracy Levesque

Tracy has been designing websites since Mosiac was used to browse the web. She has expertise in front-end design and development. At YIKES you can find her managing projects, running discovery meetings and working on business development with Mia. Tracy still loves to code — day-to-day she works on building WordPress themes and plugins.

Tracy also loves to teach and present on all things WordPress. She has spoken at WordCamps Philly, New York, Montreal, San Francisco and Lancaster. She was also a contributor to multiple versions of WordPress. As a Girl Develop IT instructor, Tracy shares her decade of WordPress experience.

When not behind a computer, Tracy loves to drink coffee, ride her bike, play drums, hang out with her daughter and take pictures of abandoned buildings.

Mendel Kurland

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

I love the outdoors, so you’ll usually find me hittin’ the trails between tech events and code-slinging. I’ve also usually got my nose in a cup of single origin, Chemex-brewed coffee. 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.

Jennifer Bourn

I am founder of Bourn Creative and an award-winning designer who has been in the design, web, and digital strategy trenches since 1997. Today I consult on brand, website, and digital strategy, lead graphic design and web design projects, and specialize in WordPress theme design.

When not obsessing over pixels, margins, and type, I manage the Bourn Creative brand and the creation and iteration of our internal systems and processes. I love speaking and I write for the Bourn Creative blog as well as the WP Elevation, CoSchedule, and GoDaddy Garage blogs.

I also so-organize the Sacramento WordPress Meetup Group.

Steve Zehngut

Steve Zehngut founded Zeek Interactive in 1995. Despite dozens of hey-day dot-com offers to “partner up” for mountains of stock options, he remains the creative and technological force behind the Huntington Beach based company.

With a degree in cinema and a background in graphic design, Steve has been a multimedia producer for over twenty years. Steve is a frequent panelist and speaker at industry trade shows, including SXSW, the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) and various WordCamps.

He has been a Macromedia Advisory Board Member, a member of Producer’s Guild and an Advisory Board member at the Art Institute. In addition, Steve has participated as a mentor in the American Film Institute eTV Workshop.

Steve has also taught interactive development courses at University of California Irvine, University of Southern California, American Film Institute, and California State University Long Beach.