WordCamp Frankfurt – Recap

Maik Gruppen, September 22, 2016

the summer holidays have finished and the WordCamp season starts. As a warm-up to WordCamp NL we have also been present at WordCamp Frankfurt.

Saturday, September 3rd and Sunday, September 4th it was time for the WordCamp in Frankfurt. Since Savvii is steadily gaining the favour of the German WordPress community, we sponsored this event and were present with 4 colleagues. Not all colleagues speak fluent German, but the organization behind the WordCamp Frankfurt has already counted on this and arranged English lectures.

The day will be opened by Caspar Hübinger’s keynote. Caspar is a developer and part of the support team for the WP Rocket plug-in that we love so much. Caspar talked about gender equality in the German WordPress version. For example, the English word ‘user’ in German becomes a male ‘user’.

Caspar points out problems and is already working on a solution. With the project Stringintelligenz he is working towards gender-neutralizing the German WordPress version. It’s worth the effort – Caspar and his team are helping the approximately 1.2 million active German users of WordPress installations.

We are MySQL – Databases on Live and Test Systems

After a short coffee break the WordCamp Frankfurt started. On Saturday 15 lectures were held in three halls. Christoph Daum, an independent developer, has found a solution for database synchronization that can be used in DTAP developments. After a short introduction, Christoph had a look to see how it works.

Automattic & WordPress explained

After lunch we joined the lecture of Konstantin Obenland. Konstantin was born in Germany, but now lives in California and works at Automattic. He is busy with the core development of WordPress. In his interactive lecture Konstantin explained all questions about Automattic and WordPress and their context clearly. The biggest misunderstanding is that Automattic is the operation behind WordPress. Automattic is only responsible for WordPress(.com), but not for WordPress(.org). Would you like to know more about Automattic? Watch a video of Konstantin’s presentation.

Live Page Reviews
Of course we also met our friends from Yoast in Frankfurt. Michiel Heijmans, a partner of Yoast, has been reviewing live websites from the audience. There were a lot of websites: WooCommerce shops, recipe blogs and hobby sites. Michiel shared his thoughts and some ‘best practices’ with us. The English video can be found here.

The Remote Agency Toolbox

Petya Raykovska is already a well-known name in the WordPress world. She has helped organize the last three WordCamp Europe and is the team leader of the WordPress translation team Polyglots. Petya told us about the tools and the way she works at her employer Human Made. Humen Made is a remote working agency. This means that Petya’s colleagues are spread all over the world and only see each other a few times a year. You can find the presentation as a video here.

Working with an Enterprise Client

Maciej Swoboda is a partner of a Polish office focusing on the development of WordPress plug-ins. Of course, the large Polish companies have noticed this as well. Maciej explained to us which points have to be taken into account when working with large customers. A video of the presentation in English can be found here.

We were very much looking forward to the WordCamp Netherlands, but after the WordCamp Frankfurt we are even more looking forward. Unfortunately the event is already sold out. Do you have a ticket? We look forward seeing you – talk soon on 14 October!

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