Networking Event Saturday

Just a quick note to all WordCamp Dayton attendees. As you can tell in the schedule on Saturday there is a networking event at 5pm will be held across the street from WordCamp at the Crowne Plaza.

Those that have never been to the Crowne Plaza lounge will be in for a treat of their spectacular view of the downtown Dayton area.

To get to the lounge you can use the connecting breezeway and the elevator to the top floor (lounge).

In order to attend this event all you need is your WordCamp Dayton badge.

Crowne Plaza Lounge



Speaker Announcement – Panel: Fight Impostor Syndrome

On Saturday we are pleased to have a panel to discuss on how to fight the impostor syndrome:

If you’ve ever felt as if you’re “not good enough” to be part of a team, or you feel your success is owed more to luck than hard work and talent, you’ve likely dealt first-hand with Impostor Syndrome. It’s a common affliction, especially in the world of software, but if left untreated it can interfere with career advancement, wreck your personal life, or lead to total burn-out. This panel is meant to be an open and honest conversation about Impostor Syndrome, how it affects all of us, and what we can do to combat it. Attendees will walk away with a better understanding of Impostor Syndrome and tips that they can use to fight it. Audience participation is encouraged; after all, we’re all in this together.

Speaker Announcement

Andrew Walsh

Building an Email List With Your WordPress Blog for Traffic, Revenue and Influence

When successful bloggers are asked “what’s one thing you’d change if you could go back to the beginning?” the answer is very often “I should’ve built a list sooner!” This presentation will demonstrate why building an email list is one of the most powerful ways to grow your WordPress blog. It will cover the best plugins and services to use; tips on where and how to configure them on your blog; strategies for increasing conversions; and how to use your new list to drive visits, sales and conversations.



Andrew Duthie

WordPress as a Backend

With the release of the WordPress JSON API expected later this year, WordPress is primed to serve as a viable backend for single-page web applications of the future. The presentation will explain the benefits of using WordPress in this context and include a short demonstration to show how WordPress can be integrated in a typical single-page application technology stack. This is an advanced topic targeted at developers familiar with RESTful APIs and JavaScript.



Daniel J. Lewis

How to Podcast with WordPress

Podcasts are rising in popularity and allow you to connect more personally with an audience. You can share your passions, or build your business. Learn the plugins, tools, and techniques you’ll need to launch and host a successful podcast from your own WordPress-powered website.



Ryan Rhoten

Build your Personal Brand with WordPress

It used to be that the only way to meet someone was in-person or over the phone. During that meeting, you typically gave a first and lasting impression. Today however, you are making that same first impression even while you sleep. If you are not actively managing your online profile, then you are leaving the impression you make on others up to Google. I know, because not long ago I did the same thing.

Imagine my surprise when I Googled myself only to discover that I was not the only Ryan Rhoten in the world. Worse, one of the other Ryan’s was on page one four times because he had recently been arrested, again. Today, I “own” nearly every result on the first 3 pages of Google.

Learn how I use my WordPress blog to build my personal brand, Become Visible and push the other Ryan’s further down in the search results.



Riley Paulsen

Premeditated Architectural Bliss – Post Types, Taxonomies, and Advanced Custom Fields

This session will cover how to conceptually plan and architect your site to collect and store data the same way that the big sites do. Rather than giving end-users the keys to the site and wishing them the best with the WYSIWYG, we’ll look at how to set up a WP site to eliminate confusion and ensure consistency through a properly thought-out WP Admin setup using Custom Post Types, Custom Taxonomies, and the Advanced Custom Fields plugin. Minor code examples will be shown to demonstrate how easy it is to take advantage of a properly structured site, but most of the talk will be discussion-based for ease of access. These are features that everyone can take advantage of today regardless of technical proficiency. Familiarity with The Loop may be helpful, but is not required.



Cyrissa Carlson

Small Business Photography

This course will focus on my five key tips and tricks to creating better product photos for social media, marketing, and website use. While we will focus heavily on the photography side of things, there will be social media tidbits thrown in along the way.


Speaker Submission Closed

One word: wow.

We had over 60 submissions this year and some GREAT topics. We have been digging through all the submissions and want to thank each and every one of you that submitted a topic or two.

We will be announcing the final schedule soon. Sign up for updates on the sidebar.

Speaker Announcement

Topher DeRosia

Crowdsourcing A WordPress Project

Lessons learned and technologies used in the HeroPress Kickstarter project.


Twitter: topher1kenobe

Pam Kocke

Making Blogging a Habit

People start new blogs all the time, only to abandon them with just a few entries written. I’ll talk about how to

– give your blog focus
– get started on serial posts
– create an editorial calendar
– where to find inspiration

I want to give bloggers the tools they need so they won’t want to give up after just a few posts.


Twitter: pyjammy


Cameron Barrett

WordPress in Schools

Learn how Newark Public Schools (NJ’s largest school district – 40,000 students; 70 schools) cut their annual web site technology budget in half by migrating to WordPress from a closed-source, proprietary, expensive, vendor-controlled SaaS CMS. Hear stories from the trenches about budget battles, angry/clueless technology vendors, frustrated administrators from one guy with a vision to disrupt the market and bring better web site technology to our public schools.


Twitter: camworld


Kyle Maurer

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Shortcodes (plus some)

Shortcodes are one of the coolest and most powerful features in WordPress. They empower us and enable us to do things far beyond simple word processing within our content.In this session we will: – Cover the many useful applications of shortcodes – Discuss why they are so cool – Walk through creating a basic shortcode – Explore creative ways to make shortcodes more user friendly Will cover the basics as well as some intermediate concepts.


Twitter: MrKyleMaurer


Speaker Announcement

Sherryl Wilson

BBB ~ Beyond Basic Blogging

Okay, so you have a blog set up.. now what?

What are the guidelines for Google?
How to get your readers to sign up.
What are dofollow links?
Ad what? Using Adsense and other sources to monetize your site.

Depending on the audience, either start with the basic set up and plugins needed to run a blog on your site or take things to a higher level with affiliate links, ads and sponsored posts.”
I own Simply Sherryl and The Homeschool Village..both lifestyle blogs with a focus on family. I also write for several travel sites on a monthly basis.

Bobby Bryant

Intro to WordPress Hooks

This talk will be geared towards WordPress users who have taken the dive into customizing WordPress. The goal is to take them from copying and pasting random code snippets in functions.php, and have them better understand the event driven nature of WordPress.

In addition to a basic discussion of actions and filters, this discussion will also include coding examples of hooks in action.

To make this talk more relevant to developers already past the hooks hurdle, I would also end the talk by touching on the concept of adding custom WordPress hooks into your own code.

Stoney deGeyter

Making Your WordPress Search Engine Friendly and Web Marketing Ready

Even directly out of the box WordPress is one of the most search engine friendly CMS’s in existence. However it doesn’t offer everything you need to make your site search engine friendly without doing a bit of customization. This presentation will show the audience how to make their site search engine friendly. We’ll go through various settings and different plugins that are needed to truly prepare a WordPress website for a full-scale web marketing campaign.

Joe Rozsa

Mystery Solved!

In this session, I plan to solve the “pages vs. posts” mystery. Many new users of WordPress get confused by this. What’s the difference. When to I post, when do I add a page. We’ll dawn our best Scoody Doo hats and solve this mystery once and for all.

Welcome to WordCamp Dayton, OH, USA 2015

We’re happy to announce that WordCamp Dayton is officially on the calendar!

WordCamp Dayton will be March 20th and 21st at Dayton Convention Center.

Subscribe using the form in the sidebar to stay up to date on the most recent news. We’ll be keeping you posted on all the details over the coming months, including speaker submissions, ticket sales and more!