I attended the WordCampMSP that was held at Best Buy headquarters November 13, 2010.


It was a very well run conference. Every session I attended seemed to be presented by very passionate people. I think that is what made it such a great conference. Everyone involved truly thought Wordpress was a great platform and were excited to share this with others!

Sessions I attended:

Customizing WordPress From The Inside Out

Speaker: Josh Byers Track: WP401


Find out how WordPress can fit your client like a glove! Josh will be covering topics such as custom post types, custom taxonomies, and custom meta boxes.

Advanced SEO

Speaker: Mert Sahinoglu Track: WP401


Mert will go over SEO Design tips and blog link building strategies. Topics of this session will include Long Tail Key Words and Universal Search SEO for Blogs and help your site jump to the front of the line!

Extending Functionality Through Custom Fields

Speaker: Tim Shoffelman Track: WP401


This session will be covering the definition of custom fields, explaining the difference between custom fields & custom post types, as well as the general uses of custom fields. I’ll also show an example of how to create a randomized category widget that uses custom fields to display the authors twitter handle with latest two tweets and setting up custom fields as an embedded form on the standard post or page type.

Rapid Theme Development Using A Theme Framework

Speaker: Ptah Dunbar Track: WP401


WordPress is constantly evolving, adding new features and functionality as well as deprecating old and out-dated practices. The question is, can your theme keep up? In this session, Ptah is going to fill you in on the secrets on how to use a theme framework to rapidly development websites and keep them future-proof. We’re going to cover features like li8n-support, template hierarchy, functionality abstraction, theme options, and so much more.

Building your First Plugin

Speaker: John Hawkins Track: WP301


Building a plugin for WordPress is easier than you think. In this session we’ll cover 4 main areas; Tools, Hooks, Code and Resources.

WP for Small Business, Non-Profits and Startups

Speaker: Steve Borsch Tim Elliot Room: Calhoun Track: WP301


Just having a website is no longer good enough for a business. You need to be able to sell physical and digital goods; handle membership or subscriptions if you want to deliver your value in that way; ensure your website is also easily accessible from a smartphone or iPad; and make certain you deliver your video, audio, screencasts and other media in a way that’s viewable across all of these different device types. Daunting? Nah….not with Wordpress. Come to this session to see how you can take your vision for your organization and deliver it in a Wordpress-driven site right now.