There are three separate tracks (Content Creators, Site Creators and Code Creators) planned for the Ottawa WordCamp on April 27th and each track has seven sessions.
We have had several people ask us, online and at the Ottawa WordPress Meetup, to explain how the tracks and sessions are organized at the upcoming Ottawa WordCamp.
Since this is the first WordCamp to take place in Ottawa, we expect that many of the people attending this event will be new to WordCamps and need some tips on how it all works.
Here goes. If there are questions we have missed, please post a comment or post on our Facebook page.
Ottawa WordCamp has three tracks. Please describe them.
The three tracks are:
- Content Creators. This track is targeted at people new to WordPress. You are probably interested in starting a WordPress site and want to find out more about how to get started on WordPress. Or you may already have a site and you want to get more out of your site. This track includes sessions on what to do after you install WordPress, how to select a theme, typography choices, social media marketing with WordPress, making a living with WordPress, getting WordPress to speak different languages, and how to create a blog post.
- Site Creators. You are a more experienced WordPress user and want to look deeper into specific topics. Sessions presented in this track include getting good at WordPress support, installing multisite, and customizing a theme.
- Code Creators. As the label implies, you are probably comfortable with writing code and want to explore the more technical elements of WordPress. If you attend the sessions in this track you will learn how to code a theme from scratch, how to create a multilingual theme, responsive design, custom post types, debugging WordPress, WordPress VIP development and how to contribute to WordPress.
Do I have to sign up for one track?
No. In fact, you do not have to sign up for any tracks at all. You are free to choose the track that suits you and you can move between tracks.
During the registration process we are asking you for your track preference. This is not to commit you to a particular track. We are collecting the information simply to estimate room size requirements for each track. Again, indicating which track you are interested at registration is not a commitment to attend that track.
Am I allowed to attend sessions in different tracks?
Yes. You should look for the topics that interest you the most and attend those sessions. That’s the beauty of a WordCamp.
At times, you might find the presentation contains material that is either too advanced or too basic. Chances are, though, that you will learn something new in each session.
I am really interested in a specific WordPress topic but it is not being covered at WordCamp Ottawa. What can I do?
WordPress is a big area and it is hard to cover everything in one WordCamp. A great resource for you will be WordPress TV where presentations from past WordCamps around the world are posted.