WordCamp Vancouver Recap

WordCamp Vancouver 2015 was another wonderful event thanks to the efforts of many people.

We’d like to start by thanking our generous sponsors whose financial support made this event possible.

Outstanding Sponsors: Bluehost, PlanetHoster, WiredTree, Jetpack.
Superb Sponsors: GoDaddy.
Splendid Sponsors: Dreamhost, WPML.
Venue Sponsor: BCIT.
Pacific Ocean Sponsors: Microsoft, Washington State University, Green Geeks, Odin Hosting.
Georgia Straight Sponsors: Sucuri.
Burrard Inlet Sponsors:  Modern Tribe.
False Creek Sponsors: Ivy Cat, Camp Tech, Sparkjoy Studios, Creative Mornings, Prospress, WP Engine, KIMBO Design, Jukebox Print, Sticker Giant.

We would also like to thank all the marvelous volunteers who gave their time to ensure the day of the event went smoothly.

The speakers this year were all amazing. We want to thank them all for their top notch presentations.

Since WordCamp Vancouver is run as a non-profit event under the WordPress foundation’s umbrella, we’d like to share our final budget numbers with the community. This is just another step by which the WordPress community demonstrates its openness and transparency:


If you missed a talk you really wanted to see, or just wanted to take another look at a code example or another detail, we’re pleased to let you know that all of the talks in the two main tracks were recorded and will be published on WordPress.tv within the next few weeks. We’ll send everyone an email once those videos are available.

If you are looking for the slides from your favourite presentation, we collected most of the slides below:

Understanding & Combating Global Censorship with WordPress
John P. Gamboa

Reimagining Content Creation
Reid Peifer

Designers & Developers: Cats & Dogs Living in Harmony
Kirsten Starcher

Stepping outside the bubble
Kalen Johnson

Content-First Content Management
Mandi Wise

Google Analytics for Objective SEO and Diagnostics
Alycia Mitchell

Who Works on What in WordPress
Drew Jaynes

Behind the curtain of WordPress multisite
Jeremy Felt

Slow sites suck. Make your site hum with HHVM.
Richard Tape

Debugging CSS
Stephanie Hobson

Robot OOP
Andrew Woods

Building theme components with the WP REST API and Angular.js
Nathan Shubert-Harbison

The Future of JavaScript
Rami Sayar

Siege and Beyond: An Intro To Benchmarking and Stress Tests
Michael Schroder

From WordPress.com to Self-hosted
Luiza Libardi

Help Me Help You: The Art and Science of Getting Good WordPress Support
Kathryn Presner

Shortcut to choosing your WordPress Theme
Katya Boudjelloud

Why Security Matters
Ben Martin

WordCamp Vancouver is tomorrow!

It’s finally here: WordCamp Vancouver 2015. Welcome, everyone! Here’s some additional information and reminders to make the most out of your stay with us this weekend.

Code of Conduct

We want everyone who participates in WordCamp Vancouver to have a safe, enjoyable experience. Our Code of Conduct extends to all attendees, speakers, and organizers, so please be sure to give it a read before arriving. Volunteers and organizers will all be wearing purple WordCamp shirts over the weekend in case you have any concerns. Also feel free to email support@wordcamp.org – your feedback is very welcome.

Location and Registration

BCIT and WordCamp registration will be open as of 8am at 555 Seymour Street in downtown Vancouver. From the front door, follow the WordCamp signs up the escalator to the right.

For a helpful map and more details about getting around town and to the venue, see Accommodations and Transportation and our About page.


The schedule is on our website, with opening remarks at 8:50am in the downstairs room and the closing remarks set at 5pm. The after-party will be from 6-9pm (see below). Contributor Day on Sunday will be from 10am-4pm.


There will be coffee and some pastries (including gluten-free muffins) available during registration and we’ll be serving a proper lunch at 12pm.

No catering will be offered during the contributor day on Sunday but there are plenty of nearby cafes and affordable restaurants; a volunteer or organizer would be happy to make suggestions.


The after-party will be upstairs at the Rogue, 601 West Cordova Street (same venue as last year) from 6-9pm. Here is a map from BCIT to the Rogue.

Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, we’ll be serving some appetizers (including some vegan- and gluten-free friendly options) and two drinks on the house.

Please note that while an I.D. is not required to be present at the after party, the restaurant may require 2 pieces of I.D. if you’re going to be drinking alcohol. Drinking age in B.C. is 19.

Thank you!

We, the organizers and volunteers of WordCamp Vancouver, have been looking forward to this weekend for a long time. Thanks and we’ll see you tomorrow!

Thank you to our Georgia Straight sponsor!



Sucuri gives website owners peace of mind with solutions that prevent hackers from abusing websites, and professional response services to those compromised. Sucuri is dedicated to researching the latest and emerging threats affecting websites like yours.

Website security should be attainable for all website owners; we focus on making that a reality. Get back to running awesome WordPress websites. Our services are built around three principles – People. Process. Technology.

Thank you to our Burrard Inlet sponsor!

Thank you so much to all WordCamp Vancouver sponsors. Without their generous help, WordCamp wouldn’t be the same or wouldn’t be at all!

Modern Tribe

Modern Tribe has been making lean, expertly-built WordPress plugins and websites since 2001. With a 100% remotes team works across timezones to build one of the most popular calendar plugins in the world: The Events Calendar.

While not catering to their hundreds of thousands of awesome Events Calendar users, you’ll find them building more customized solutions for the likes of Harvard Law School, eBay, and Microsoft.

More important than these facts and figures is the happiness of their team. The lifestyle we advocate and live gives us the flexibility to achieve that ever-elusive “work-life balance”, and the ability to stay active in – and give back to – the WordPress community. What matters more than the people in your life and the communities you belong to?

Modern Tribe is proud to have spoken at more than 23 WordCamps over the years, and attended even more than that. They’re always a blast – this year at WordCamp Vancouver is sure to be no exception!

Pacific Ocean Sponsorship Spotlight: Microsoft

A warm thank you to our generous donor Microsoft for helping to make this year’s WordCamp Vancouver a reality.



The Vancouver Development Center (VDC) is located in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The centre is home to some of the best and brightest software developers from around the world. Since opening its doors in September 2007, the VDC has quickly become an intricate part of Microsoft’s global strategy for distributed software development. VDC employees play a key role in architecting systems, developing code, and testing software and systems that are developed by Microsoft and released to global markets. Collectively, VDC employees work on more than 50% of all the products and services offered by Microsoft. Working on a multitude of Microsoft products, across all Microsoft business groups, the VDC is already recognized as a premier Microsoft Development Centre with a direct impact on the millions of Microsoft customers worldwide.

Pacific Ocean Sponsor Spotlight: Washington State University

We are so lucky to welcome Washington State University as one of our Pacific Ocean sponsors again this year. Thank you for being such a wonderful supporter of WordCamp Vancouver!


Washington State University

Washington State University was founded as the people’s university in 1890. WSU’s mission is to improve the lives and livelihoods of people around the world with world-class education, research, and community outreach. More than 26,000 students attend WSU at campuses in Pullman, Spokane, the Tri-Cities, and Vancouver, as well as through the Global Campus, a nationally recognized online learning community serving people worldwide.

Based on its philosophy of serving the public good, WSU is committed to an active partnership with the WordPress and open-source communities to help make the web a better resource for all.

Pacific Ocean Sponsor Spotlight: Greek Geeks

A big warm thank you to Greek Geeks for stepping up to help make WordCamp Vancouver possible!


Green Geeks

GreenGeeks is the industry’s leading green energy web hosting provider putting back 3 times into the grid through wind energy that we consume. We are based out of Los Angeles, California to provide only the best optimized WordPress hosting to customers from over 150 countries. We offer Shared, Reseller, VPS and Dedicated Server packages for those just starting out all the way up to elite developers. You can rely on us for fine-tuned WordPress optimized servers, 24/7/365 support, 99.9% uptime guarantee and a 30-day money back guarantee.

Pacific Ocean Sponsor Spotlight: Odin Hosting

Thank you so much to all WordCamp Vancouver sponsors. Without their generous help, WordCamp wouldn’t be the same or wouldn’t be at all!


Odin Hosting

Odin, an industry leader in hosting automation and web management tools, will showcase the new Plesk 12, featuring integrated support for WordPress. Plesk 12 offers server, site and customer management tools built specifically to help web professionals, designers and developers work more effectively. The new Plesk WordPress toolkit automates updates, theme, and plugin management. It also delivers WordPress auto-detection, security scanning, and one-click hardening. Paired with built-in server-to-site protection, Plesk 12 frees WordPress professionals to focus on their business, customers and core expertise.