Press release: WordCamp Fayetteville entering its 8th year

We sent this press release to local and state media Thursday afternoon. Please help spread the word! 

For more information:
Monica Foster
Organizer, WordCamp Fayetteville 2017
Ben Pollock
WordCamp Fayetteville Publicity Chair

For Immediate Release
June 29, 2017

WordCamp Fayetteville Set for Late July

Quick Look: WordCamp Fayetteville will be July 22 at the University of Arkansas, with opportunities the Friday before and Sunday after for collaboration and networking. The day-long workshop is designed to help people at all levels of knowledge build low-cost websites for themselves, nonprofits and businesses using the content management system WordPress. Admission is $25 and includes a light breakfast, snacks and box lunch, Saturday evening after-party then informal tutoring Sunday morning. Registering in advance is recommended: Tickets and secure payment are at

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Want to gain skills in website building, whether you’re an absolute beginner or a coding geek seeking the latest? The eighth-annual WordCamp Fayetteville will be July 22, with workshops throughout that Saturday at the Donald W. Reynolds Center for Enterprise Development on the University of Arkansas campus. Friday evening, Saturday evening and Sunday morning will feature networking and tutoring events held elsewhere in Fayetteville.

The key conference day is Saturday, July 22, at the Reynolds Center, in the Sam M. Walton College of Business. Tickets are $25, which is a reduction from previous years. Students can receive a $5 discount on the website and they will be required to show their student ID upon check-in on Saturday. The conference fills quickly most years and T-shirt availability diminishes for those who register last minute so early registration is strongly encouraged at the event website,

The low-cost ticket provides benefits throughout the weekend including:

  • An informal Friday evening gathering, details to be announced
  • A full day of sessions on Saturday
  • Continental breakfast Saturday morning
  • Box lunch Saturday
  • After-party at the Chancellor Hotel on Saturday evening
  • Tutoring and work session Sunday morning at the offices of Community Venture Foundation and Startup Junkie Consulting
  • A T-shirt for early registrants.

This year’s WordCamp Fayetteville includes four tracks with sessions that focus on beginners, small business needs, digital designers and code developers. All sessions focus on using WordPress, the popular free and open-source content management system.

Session topics for this year’s WordCamp Fayetteville include “Promote and Grow with Social Media,” “Graphic Design Tips and Tricks,” “Strong Imagery,” and “How to Generate New Blog Ideas and Keep Track of Them.” Some programs offer unexpected but sensible advice, including “Stop Wasting Time, Stop Blogging.” In “Website as Virtual Assistant,” three WordPress tools help business owners respond to email, schedule meetings and process payments.

The keynote speaker for WordCamp Fayetteville will be Shane Purnell, founder of Platform Giant. He will challenge participants to answer this question, “When I Leave WordCamp 2017, What Did I Learn, Who Did I Meet, How Will I Be Different?”

A number of regular session presenters are regional experts in their given fields. This year’s Arkansas-based experts include Haley Allgood, David Bernstein, Rebecca Haden, Eric Huber, Rachel Korpella, Ben Pollock, Brandee Segraves, Micah Sparrow, Jamie Smith and Katharine Trauger.

Specialists coming in from around the country include developer Wolf Bishop, Aaron D. Campbell of WordPress, Josepha Haden Chomphosy of WordPress parent Automattic, web designer Alisha McFarland, developer Dave Navarro Jr., Konstantin Obenland of Automattic, search engine strategist Travis Pflanz, Danny Santoro with WooCommerce and developer George Spake.

Longtime area web designer Monica Foster is the lead organizer for WordCamp Fayetteville.

About WordCamp

WordCamps are locally run conferences held in many cities across the world year-round to teach and celebrate the WordPress platform and related community. Fayetteville’s is the only one in Arkansas. All are supported by the nonprofit WordPress Foundation as well as by area and national sponsors.

WordCamps are designed for new and experienced users of WordPress, the world’s most popular content management system. Users gather to learn about WordPress, which powers more than 75 million websites. WordCamps are designed for all levels of users from beginners to developers. WordCamp organizers and presenters are volunteers.


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