Speaker Spotlight: Melodie Laylor

melodie-laylorWe’re very happy to announce that Melodie Laylor will be joining us again this year to speak at WordCamp Raleigh 2014. A veteran of WordCamp Raleigh, Melodie will be speaking to the Beginners and her session will cover More (Mis)adventures in Nonprofit Web Design, a follow up to her talk from two years ago.

Melodie discovered her inner geek working part-time in the computer lab while pursuing a music degree in college. She’s been working with computers and Internet technology ever since. She married a geek guy and they went into business troubleshooting and repairing computers. Along the way they had four geektastic kids. Melodie discovered WordPress in 2007, fell in love with it and never looked back. She launched out as a freelance web designer in 2010, and has been an organizer of the WordPress Hampton Roads Meetup since 2011. Melodie and her husband are now partners in PajamaWeb, a web design venture.

Speaker Spotlight: Jordan Cauley

jordan-cauleyWe’re happy to announce that Jordan Cauley will be joining us as a speaker for WordCamp Raleigh 2014. Jordan’s session is for the developers and will be about Getting Started with Gulp.js.

Jordan leads the development team at Cuberis, bringing to the table a wealth of knowledge in both coding and strategic communications. Prior to Cuberis, Jordan worked in a multitude of industries as a freelance developer and has a portfolio that includes more than 70 websites. When Jordan isn’t elbow-deep in code, he’s sharing his knowledge on the magic of the Internet and mobile applications with the rest of the team.

Speaker Spotlight: Dee Teal

dee-tealWe’re happy to announce that Dee Teal will be speaking at WordCamp Raleigh 2014. Dee will be speaking about Responsible [digital] Home Ownership on the Power Users track.

In Dee’s words:
I’m a Genesis WordPress web developer, community organiser, trainer, blogger and all round WordPress enthusiast who is passionate about imparting that same enthusiasm to community members, clients and trainees. I have graduated from USYD with a Masters Degree in Digital Communication and Culture and have been working with WordPress full time since 2009 (and with other technologies for some time before that).

I’m the girl behind WordChicks, Melbourne’s all-women WordPress meet-up (and made it onto this list with other awesome WordPress Women), and one half of the team who put together PressJam, a WordPress for good ‘rapid build’ event in 2013. I’ve also been the proud leader of amazing teams who made the awesome WordCamps Melbourne 2013 and Sydney 2012. I’m also a WP Tuts author – and if that wasn’t enough WordPress for you, I’m training beginning (and advanced) WordPress users for City Desktop and elsewhere as people need.

Come to WordCamp Raleigh to meet Dee and learn how to keep your WordPress site secure and healthy.

Sponsor Spotlight: StickerGiant

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We are happy to announce that StickerGiant will be sponsoring WordCamp Raleigh 2014!

StickerGiant Custom Stickers prints quality stickers and labels quickly. They regularly sponsor great organizations and events in-kind nationwide. Have sticker needs of your own? Get the best customer service, 24 hour turnaround, and free die-cutting using StickerGiant–The Sticker company for people with a passion to spread.

Speaker Spotlight: Eddie Burroughs

eddie-burroughsWe’re pleased to announce that Eddie Burroughs will be speaking at WordCamp Raleigh 2014. Eddie’s session will be on the Beginners track and will be about Building a Real Estate Website.

Eddie Burroughs is the lead web developer for a Wake Forest, NC marketing and design company Right Foot Forward. He has been building websites since 1999. In 2004 he began working on finding a CMS that he could devote his attention to and build from there. Eddie tried many of the popular systems but ultimately landed on WordPress. Eddie has built many websites for several design agencies before joining the Right Foot Forward Team. Eddie has for several years been actively and passionately involved in Real Estate. So much of his work has been in the real estate industry. In 2006 Eddie became a Realtor in NC. He worked for RE/MAX Point East in Rocky Mount. Along with being a real estate professional Eddie has also served on the board of the Triangle Real Estate Investors Association (TREIA). Eddie knows and understands the real estate market.

Sponsor Spotlight: WPML

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We are happy to announce that WPML is a sponsor of WordCamp Raleigh!

WPML turns WordPress websites multilingual. It works with caching, SEO and E-Commerce plugins, and allows the building of complete multilingual sites. WPML powers simple blogs as well as corporate and enterprise sites.

WPML allows users to translate everything in the site, including content, menus, widgets and even theme and plugin texts. WPML powers over 400,000 commercial websites from all over the world.

More information about going multilingual can be found at WPML.org

Speaker Spotlight: Justin Sternberg

Justin-SternbergWe’re happy to announce that Justin Sternberg will be speaking at this year’s WordCamp Raleigh. Justin’s session will be for the Developers track and will be about CMB2: The Metabox Strikes Back.

Justin Sternberg is an established “designeveloper”, a term he coined when he began transitioning from a designer to a… developer. He loves building custom hand-crafted solutions with WordPress. CPTs, custom taxonomies, and APIs FTW! He is one of the Developer Leads at WebDevStudios, and is having a blast!

Join us at WordCamp Raleigh to meet Justin and learn about using custom metaboxes, fields and forms for your WordPress site!

Speaker Spotlight: Evan Volgas

evan-volgasWe’re happy to announce that Evan Volgas will be speaking at WordCamp Raleigh this year. Evan’s session will cover Things you should know about WordPress (but were always afraid to ask) and will be on the Power Users track.

Licensed Caffeine Therapist and Data Geek. Huge lover of dogs, tea, coffee, and cantaloupe. Wanders on purpose. Gets lost a lot while driving. Used to tap dance and do ballet. Now, messes around with Scala, Python, Cassandra, MySQL, PostgreSQL, Hadoop/Hive/Spark/Sqoop/etc, WordPress, and R.

This talk is aimed at designers and new developers who maybe have a few PHP tricks up their sleeves, but still don’t really see how all of this stuff comes together. If you’ve never edited functions.php and don’t know what it is, this probably isn’t a good talk for you just yet. If you’ve written a plugin or modified several .php files in your WordPress themes, this will probably be a bit too basic for you. If you’ve set up a child theme before and know what functions.php is, even if you haven’t really used it all that much, or even at all…. you’re probably the exact person who will get a lot out of this talk. If that’s you and you come to this talk, you should be familiar and comfortable with most of the behind-the-scenes mechanics of WordPress by the time we’re done.