Deadline for your free t-shirt is fast approaching!

Have you registered for WordCamp Raleigh 2014 yet? Did you know that if you register before 5pm on Friday 31st October you’ll receive a free WordCamp Raleigh 2014 t-shirt?

If you haven’t registered then go ahead and do it now so you can secure your commemorative t-shirt. You can purchase your ticket at http://2014.raleigh.wordcamp.org/tickets/

Check out the schedule while you’re there and see who’s speaking. We have 27 sessions this year across three tracks so there’s something for everyone.

See you on November 8th and 9th and NC State University.

Speaker Spotlight: Allen Moore

allen-mooreWe are happy to announce that Allen Moore will be speaking at WordCamp Raleigh 2014! Allen’s session will be about The Art of Untethering: How Is Your Work/Life Balance? and will be on the Power Users track.

Allen is a Design Engineer at 10up, a full service digital agency that makes web publishing and content management simple and fun. Allen has been designing and developing websites since he bought his first computer in 1997. He discovered WordPress in 2005, with the goal of providing a simple publishing platform for his clients. He tested different Content Management Systems, but the learning curve for publishers made WordPress stand above the rest.

Prior to 10up, Allen was a WordPress Developer at NC State University (2012 – 2014), and a freelance designer and developer for the first eight years of his career.

When he is not in front of a computer, Allen spends time with his wife Karoline and his dog George. He loves a good book, cup of coffee, pint of local beer, and cigars & Scotch. Allen is an avid guitarist and vocalist of over 20 years.

Join us at WordCamp Raleigh to meet Allen and learn more about using WordPress to improve your professional life as well as your personal life.

Speaker Spotlight: Nancy Thanki

nancy-thankiWe’re happy to announce that Nancy Thanki will be joining us as a speaker for WordCamp Raleigh 2014. Nancy’s session will be on the Beginners track and will be about Best Practices for Building Accessible Websites in WordPress.

In Nancy’s words:
I take photos, shoot film, design stuff, and try not to be too pretentious about it. My very first client was a woman in her eighties running a spectacularly successful cancer non-profit program…who didn’t really use email, let alone anything else. I trained her to set-up and maintain a WordPress site. Throughout undergrad I gave regular talks to perspective students and parents on the trials, tribulations, and triumphs of college. Now as both a web designer and filmmaker, I’ve realized that I’m teaching very similar lessons to many of my clients, especially those that haven’t worked much with visual design, on how to avoid the pitfalls of “en vogue” to create products that can withstand the test of rising and falling fashions in typography, photography, film, and design.

To meet Nancy and learn about building accessible websites in WordPress join us for WordCamp Raleigh 2014!

Speaker Spotlight: RC Lations

rc-lationsWe’re happy to announce that RC Lations will be speaking at WordCamp Raleigh. RC will be speaking to the Developers and will cover Using Data to Power The User Experience.

RC Lations is a WordPress Project Manager at Hall Internet Marketing in Portland, ME. He spends most of his days working with clients to turn wish lists into functional, elegant websites tuned for performance. In his spare time, he contributes to WordPress Core, Scaffolding.io, and has a few plugins in development.

Sponsor Spotlight: All in One SEO Pack Pro

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We are pleased to announce that All in One SEO Pack Pro will be sponsoring WordCamp Raleigh 2014!

All in One SEO Pack Pro is the popular WordPress plugin, developed by Michael Torbert of Raleigh North Carolina, for managing the Search Engine Optimization of your website or blog. All in One SEO Pack is the most downloaded plugin for WordPress with over 15 million downloads to date. Chances are you’ve searched Google and found a website that’s running this powerful WordPress plugin.

Learn more and purchase online at SemperPlugins.com

Speaker Spotlight: Jeff Matson

jeff-matsonWe’re pleased to announce that Jeff Matson will be speaking at WordCamp Raleigh 2014. Jeff’s session will be on the Power Users track and is titled Stop Eating Resources and Optimize Your WordPress Site.

Jeff Matson is a technical content writer and SEO for InMotion Hosting, specializing in WordPress-related tutorials and news. His content reaches millions of users and has been featured on sites such as Post Status and WP Tavern. In his off time, he hosts the WordPress After Hours Google Hangout on Friday nights with Jeff Chandler for uncensored, unrecorded, WordPress shenanigans.

Sponsor Spotlight: Semper Fi Web Design

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Semper Fi Web Design will be sponsoring WordCamp Raleigh 2014!

Semper Fi Web Design is a web development company specializing in WordPress development, support and SEO. Stop by our Durham office and meet CEO Michael Torbert and the team of passionate WordPress developers.

Semper Fi Web Design can help you quickly and reliably address your web site maintenance needs, build your online store, develop your company’s extranet and so much more. For more information please contact us for a free consultation.

Visit us at SemperFiWebDesign.com to learn more.

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.