As we navigate the digital landscape of 2023, one event stands out – the 20th anniversary of WordPress. Since its official launch on May 27, 2003, WordPress has evolved from a simple blogging platform into the world’s most popular content management system.
Celebrations are in full swing, with WordCamp Lisbon 2023 being a key highlight. The event was particularly significant as it coincided with this landmark anniversary, offering a grand celebration of the platform that’s revolutionized website creation and management.
WordCamp Lisbon 2023
WordCamps are highly anticipated events in the WordPress community, and this year’s Lisbon edition was no exception. WordCamp Lisbon 2023 catered to a wide range of interests and skill levels, reflecting the diversity and inclusivity of the WordPress community and its many technological and UX enhancements. Several notable workshops and panels were held, including:
Empowering Women and Minorities in Public Speaking
This standout session, held in celebration of European Diversity Month, aimed to inspire and empower women and minorities in the realm of public speaking. The panel was moderated by Raffaella Isidori and featured accomplished professionals Carole Olinger and Jhamile Abuabara.
They shared their personal experiences, valuable insights, and best practices to promote diversity in public speaking. The session provided actionable strategies for encouraging women and minorities to actively participate in conferences and other professional speaking engagements, fostering a dynamic and inclusive conversation.
How to Work in Tech Without Programming (Mariana Gonçalves Trigo)
In this workshop, Mariana Gonçalves Trigo from Tekya, discussed how to work in the tech industry without programming. She explored various tech roles that don’t require coding skills, providing a fresh perspective on the tech industry and opening new possibilities for those interested in tech and remote work but not in programming.
Test Instead of Guessing (Viola Gruner)
Viola Gruner, from the Inpsyde Team, did a masterclass on the importance of testing in web development. She emphasized the need to move away from guesswork and towards data-driven decision-making. The session covered various testing methods, from A/B testing to user testing, and how these can be applied to improve WordPress websites.
Using Social Media for Website SEO (Michelle Burnett)
Michelle Burnett‘s workshop was a deep dive into the world of SEO and social media. She discussed how social media like TikTok and Instagram can be leveraged to improve a website’s SEO, covering topics such as social signals, backlinks, and content sharing. The session was an important one for anyone looking to boost their website’s visibility on search engines.
GenerativeAI & WordPress (Dave Lockie)
In this workshop, Dave Lockie delved into the fascinating world of GenerativeAI and its integration with WordPress. The session was a thrilling exploration of how AI can be used to generate content, design elements, and even code, revolutionizing the way we approach WordPress development. Dave’s insights into the potential of AI in WordPress were truly eye-opening.
Closing Ceremony and Afterparty
WordCamp Lisbon 2023 concluded with a poignant closing ceremony and a vibrant afterparty. Bob Dunn, a respected figure in the WordPress community, delivered a moving speech reflecting on WordPress’s journey over the past two decades. The afterparty offered relaxation, networking, and celebration, with the highlight of a delicious WordPress birthday cake.
clovio and WordPress
WordCamp Lisbon 2023 and the 20th anniversary of WordPress are not just celebrations of a platform, but of a community that has grown and evolved over time. At clovio, we’re proud to be part of this community.
Our experience with WordPress has been marked by its versatility and user-friendliness, enabling us to create dynamic and accessible websites that serve our partnerships and users effectively. We eagerly anticipate more exciting developments. Here’s to another 20 years of WordPress!