The weekend of May 10th & 11th we attended the 5th anniversary of WordCamp Miami of which ServerGrove was one of the sponsors and I had the honor of speaking at.

WordCamp Miami T-Shirt Art

One of the framed t-shirts of previous WordCamp Miami

The conference started early for those who arrived on Thursday and attended the networking party offered by LiveNinja at their shiny new office in WynWood. It was a great time to catch up with local developers and designers as well those that came from as far as L.A. and the U.K. It was also great meeting some of the organizers of WordCamp NYC and WordCamp Orlando.

For its 5th anniversary, WordCamp Miami had a new venue. The Student Center Complex at the University of Miami was a great venue for the 700+ attendees, speakers, sponsors, and volunteers. The UM campus is beautiful and the Student Center had great meeting and social spaces.

There were also great talks, including one on WordPress Security by Dre Armeda. He went over some great security tips for WordPress including a .htaccess directive to be placed in the uploads directory to prevent PHP scripts from running there.

We offer a similar tip done in a different way.

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Diane Kinney also had a great talk for people looking to hire developers on how to manage themselves, the project, and the developers. It’s not an easy thing to hire and trust someone else to build one of the most important tools your business has. Diane’s talk was honest about the expectations to have when hiring a development company and how to properly manage yourself and the project.

My talk on Linux command line basics was the first talk on the Developers track. I covered some basic commands like find and grep as well as how permissions worked. I was glad to see a few people ask questions during the talk or come up after and discuss ways of how to use command line tools to manage their sites.

One thing that was a new experience for me was the WordCamp Happiness Bar, a meeting space where attendees could meet with developers and designers to ask questions about how to solve specific issues with their sites. I spent a couple of hours helping with the Happiness Bar on Sunday and it was great to see the different level of questions that attendees had.

Overall it was a great conference professionally organized by the WordCamp Miami team and it’s no surprise that it’s still going strong after 5 years.