Thank You For Making WordCamp Cincinnati 2016 A Success!


WordCamp Cincinnati 2016 would like to thank our sponsors, speakers, attendees and volunteers for an amazingly successful inaugural WordCamp.

Filled to near capacity, WordCamp participants enjoyed a friendly atmosphere where socializing and networking were actively encouraged. Speakers provided engaging and informative content. Sponsors provided both business expertise and financial support. Volunteers received the gratification of building a WordCamp community from an abstract concept into a vibrant reality.

If at any point you felt conflicted regarding which session to attend (because there were so many timely topics presented concurrently), fear not. Session recordings and presentations will be posted soon for review.

Did WordCamp whet your appetite for all things WordPress? Feed that hunger by joining our monthly WordPress Cincinnati Meetups.

We plan to make WordCamp Cincinnati an annual event. Please consider how you might wish to participate next year. Please share your experiences with your network – now, and in the future, as we begin to provide information regarding WordCamp Cincinnati 2017.

WordCamp Cincinnati – A No Politics Zone


Swing state. Red state. Blue state. Donald. Hillary. She said. He said. Give us a break. Take a break.

Retreat into code nirvana at WordCamp 2016.  A well-functioning, agile website is a thing to behold. A thing of grace. Learn how to build something new. With facts. With skill. With enthusiasm. Leave your politics at the door. Register now. Debate? Sure, we’ll debate which plugins are best or which themes are our favorites. The rest? That can wait ‘til WordCamp Cincy concludes.

What You Need to Know For WordCamp This Weekend

It’s finally here! Cincinnati’s very first WordCamp will take place this weekend, October 15th and 16th, at the Tangeman University Center on the campus of the University of Cincinnati. We want to make sure you have all of the information necessary to make it the most enjoyable experience possible. With that in mind, this blog post will serve as an exhaustive resource to all of the details of this weekend’s event.

Directions to Campus

WordCamp Cincinnati will take place at the Tangeman University Center on the campus of the University of Cincinnati. It is a large campus, so we have compiled a series of detailed driving directions you can follow to help you navigate to CCM Garage, our recommended parking location:

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If you are driving, we recommend that you park in CCM Garage,  an underground garage located next to the Tangeman University Center. To access the garage from Jefferson Avenue, turn onto Corry Blvd. At the end of Corry Blvd. you will pass halfway through a roundabout to enter the underground garage. Parking on the sides of the garage marked “Electronic Media” on any floor will put you closest to the venue. Once parked, take the elevator to the fourth floor exit of the garage. The weekend rate for parking in CCM Garage is $5 for an entire day. There is a pay machine on the ground floor of the parking garage, or the automated exit gates accept credit card.

Venue / Registration

Tangeman University Center

Registration begins at 8:00AM on Saturday. Once you’ve parked and have exited the parking garage on the ground level, you should see signs pointing toward the Tangeman University Center entrance. It is a very large slate-grey building with four floors. Registration can be found on the main floor of the building (this is actually the second floor of the building). Upon entering the main doors of the building, you should see the registration and information area directly in front of you. Registration is simple – simply tell our volunteers your name. They’ll locate your name badge, t-shirt, and a printed schedule, then point you in the right direction.


All of the sessions will be located in one of two areas. The cinema is located immediately next to the registration and information area. This is where the Marketing track is located, and also where opening remarks and keynote sessions will take place. All other tracks are located on the fourth floor of the building in rooms 400A, 400B, and 400C. You can either take the stairs in the atrium of the building, or find an elevator in the corner opposite the food court restaurants and main entrance.

Coffee and refreshment stations will be available in both of these areas: outside the cinema and at the end of the hallway where the fourth floor rooms are located.

Click to View the Building Map (noting that you will arrive on Level 2 from the main entrance)

Happiness Bar

Happiness Bar

We will have our very own “Happiness Bar”, a common staple of WordCamps. Bring any and all questions you have related to managing your website and our dedicated experts will be happy to offer their advice. You can find the Happiness Bar at the end of the hallway on the fourth floor, near the coffee and refreshments station.


At the end of a long day of learning, why not wind down by enjoying drinks and chatting with other passionate members of our local WordPress community? Best of all, you don’t even have to leave the building! Our after-party will take place immediately after the last session on Saturday, at the Catskeller pub on the ground floor of the building.


Don’t forget, we have two jam-packed days of sessions! All of the information above applies for both days, except that you will not need to re-register on Sunday (unless you are not able to attend Saturday). Simply bring your name badge you received on Saturday for entry. Because of this, opening remarks will begin at 9:00AM instead of 8:45AM on Sunday.

Register to Attend

It’s not too late to register! There are still have a handful of tickets available, so head on over to our Tickets page to get yours. We look forward to seeing you there.

Last but Certainly Not Least, Our Final Speaker and Sponsor Introductions

With Cincinnati’s inaugural WordCamp only two weeks away and our full schedule now available, we hope that you’re as excited as we are to learn and connect with other passionate members of the local WordPress community in the very near future. Over the past several weeks, we’ve introduced you to the speakers and sponsors you can expect to hear, share, and benefit from during the two-day event. Today we’re happy to introduce the last of the speakers and sponsors that you can expect to meet at WordCamp.

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From Local WordCamps to WordCamp USA

Janette O'Shaughnessy

Janette M. O’Shaughnessy wears many hats. She is the Marketing Communications Manager at BiOWiSH Technologies, an upcoming biotechnology company headquartered in Cincinnati. She is also the founder of Murder Ink Agency which is a digital agency that works with select clients to build effective WordPress websites. Janette is also an avid WordCamp advocate, a cofounder of the Cincinnati WordPress Meetup and one of the founding organizers of WordCamp Cincinnati 2016.

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Command Line Interfaces for WordPress (WP CLI) and Learning Standards Around Accessibility


Despite nearly 30 years of corporate experience in progressively more responsible IT roles, Patte Shetler found a great deal of value in attending WordCamps. She has attended about half a dozen WordCamps since September 2015.

Patte attended her first WordCamp while she was working full-time as a project manager for Dick’s Sporting Goods. Although the corporation had enterprise wide intranet, Patte was looking for a Content Management System (CMS) to use internally for her team. She knew that a WordPress website would be easy to deploy in conjunction with the corporation’s enterprise-level systems. She also understood that a WordPress website could be quickly available for her team’s immediate needs.

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Happiness Bar – No ID Required


Instead of bartenders pouring spirits, at WordCamp Cincinnati 2016 we will have dedicated experts dispensing problem-solving advice. “Happiness Bars,” a feature at most WordCamps, provide a format for Camp attendees to get one-on-one advice for troubleshooting website issues. WordPress power users, with deep and broad WordPress expertise, voluntarily offer assistance to help solve particular WordPress issues.

Come to the Happiness Bar at WordCamp Cincinnati 2016 – you will find the knowledge gained is positively intoxicating.

Our Full Session Schedule is Now Available

As we continue to introduce you to our speakers, we’re happy to announce that the full schedule is now available on our website. If you’re currently on the fence about whether to attend, we’re certain that in reviewing the schedule that you’ll find a number of topics that will appeal to you. Tickets remain available and we encourage you to register to attend Cincinnati’s inaugural WordCamp this October!

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Want to Create Your Own Website?

Angie Meeker

WordCamp Cincinnati offering WordPress 101

Do you need a website? Perhaps you have opened a business and realize you need a website. Or maybe you want to start your own blog and don’t know how to get started. WordCamp Cincinnati 2016 can help you obtain the skills necessary to build a website. WordPress 101, an introductory course on using WordPress to build websites, will be taught on Saturday, Oct. 15 at the University of Cincinnati during WordCamp Cincinnati 2016.

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Ubiquitous WordPress


WordPress is ubiquitous. It powers blogs, B2C businesses, and B2B businesses. As WordPress is flexible and scalable, it has broad-based appeal for businesses small to large. The WordPress community ethos reflects the open source code mentality — knowledge is to be shared for the mutual goal of improving website experiences. These are some of the ideals expressed during today’s panel discussion on WVXU’s Cincinnati Edition radio show which highlighted the benefits of WordPress and WordCamp.

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