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It’s the final WordCamp countdown!

The WordCamp countdown has begun.

There are only 3 days to go until WordCamp Austin 2014!

We thought that we would get you in the WordCamp mood by sending you some information to help make your experience as fun and productive as possible!

Where is it being held?
WordCamp Austin will be held at the Commons Learning Center (J.J. Pickle Commons), 10100 Burnet Road, Building 137. You can find a map on the WordCamp Austin site.

How do I get there?
The venue is located on north Burnet Road, close to The Domain. Take Mopac (Loop 1) to the Braker exit and turn east on Braker, and south on Burnet Road. The closest CapMetro Red Line Station is Kramer which is located about 15 minutes walking distance away, or the 983, 392, or 3 bus line. Parking is free for all attendees.

Who’s speaking, and when?
Here’s our lineup of excellent speakers: along with the schedule.
And a handy guide to the track locations during WordCamp:

How do I register?
There are still tickets available on our website
**Please try to buy your tickets in advance.** But we will be prepared to offer walk up tickets.

After Party
Media Temple is sponsoring our awesome after party, be sure to thank them! You won’t have to go far this year since the After Party is in the same place as WordCamp! The theme for the night will be Board Game Night! The fun will start at 6:00PM to give you enough time to join us as we sit back, relax with a cold one, and play a few games amongst friends both old and new. The talented Annie Ray will be setting up a photo booth for you to get your photo taken with your favorite guys and gals. And remember, not only is this a great place to socialise but it’s also a great place to meet potential employers! Even completely by accident.

What kind of WordCamp would we be if we didn’t have WIFI access for our attendees? Well, no need to worry – we’ve got you covered!

Hash Tags
By sharing your great experiences of the event you help us to have an even more successful event next year. You can join the conversation by using the #WCATX or by tweeting @WordCampAustin.

Volunteering and Contacts
During WordCamp Austin, you can find organizers and volunteers by the red bandana they will be sporting.
If you are interested in volunteering, then please visit or get in touch: We would love to hear from you!

We look forward to seeing you all soon!




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We look forward to celebrating everything that is WordPress at WordCamp 2014, so please take a few minutes to come say hi, or find us on Twitter @HostGator.

Media Temple

From its inception in 1998, (mt) Media Temple has been on a mission to help people and businesses succeed online.

Over 125,000 customers in 100 countries now rely on Media Temple’s simple tools for domain registration, web hosting, business applications, virtual servers, and other cloud services to power more than 1.5 million websites. We take pride in offering a premium service at a competitive price, along with exemplary 24/7 customer support. Our customers range from everyday people to top bloggers, creative professionals, and small businesses, as well as large enterprises like Starbucks, Adidas, Samsung, and Toyota.

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WP Engine

WP Engine is the premium managed platform for websites and applications built with WordPress. WP Engine delivers the fastest, most reliable, and most secure web experience. Businesses large and small rely on WP Engine’s exceptional customer service team specializing in quickly solving technical problems, and creating a world-class customer experience.


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Stream is a free plugin that tracks every change made by logged-in users. It’s like an audit trail for everything that happens in the WP Admin.

Now you can easily…

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Stream is developed, maintained and supported by the folks at X-Team, a WordPress VIP Featured Partner agency fueled by developers who love contributing to WordPress core and giving back to the community.

Come say hello, we’d love to meet you!


Code Poet

If you use WordPress to build things for other people, Code Poet wants to make your life easier. No matter whether you freelance on a solo basis, lead a small web shop, make plugins in a dark closet, or crack the whip at a large design firm, Code Poet’s aim is to become your go-to source of information and resources to help you expand your WordPress skills and know-how. To make you better at what you do. To make it easier to make your living and look great doing it.

You’re part of a tribe of WordPress designers and developers over 10,000 strong, spanning the entire globe. aims to bring the working knowledge and real world strategies of those people into one place, for you to tap into.



DreamHost is a global Web hosting and cloud services provider with over 350,000 customers and 1.2 million blogs, websites and apps hosted. The company offers a wide spectrum of Web hosting and cloud services including Shared Hosting, Virtual Private Servers (VPS), Dedicated Server Hosting, Domain Name Registration, the cloud storage service, DreamObjects, and the cloud computing service DreamCompute. More information can be found at


Disqus is a free service that makes it easy for anyone to create or participate in an online community. Our magic is in connecting people to stuff that’s worth talking about.



DesktopServer from makes it simple to create local WordPress sites in just a matter of a few clicks. With DesktopServer you can design, develop and deploy WordPress solutions quickly and easily. It is the ONLY localhost server that integrates WordPress with Adobe® Dreamweaver®, Panic’s Coda and Diet Coda with WYSIWYG features for theme design and web developer professionals, offers multi-site, import and export (deployment) of archive files such as BackupBuddy, Duplicator, BackWPUp, BackUp WordPress, InfiniteWP & ManageWP, create custom blueprints and a lot more! Save tons of time and even more “brain damage” with DesktopServer!


Founded in 2008, iThemes provides professional WordPress software, including themes, training and plugins, like BackupBuddy, iThemes Exchange, iThemes Security (formerly Better WP Security) and more. With a 20+ person team, iThemes is committed to making people’s lives awesome by providing simple, easy to use solutions for WordPress. You can learn more at


Webtegrity is a full service web development firm in San Antonio, Texas, that has been around since before Google existed. We focus on WordPress Responsive web design with the User Experience at the core of all we do.  We’re proud to be different from other web companies by educating our clients and offering classes on SEO, SMM, WordPress and even Web Development. Connect with our Small team to find the HUGE difference!



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



Maintainn provides real WordPress help including 24/7 security monitoring, nightly backups, weekly updates and expert support. You’ll never have to worry about your WordPress site again – with Maintainn on your team you can focus on your business and let them handle the rest.

WP101 was launched almost 6 years ago by Houston WordPress designer and consultant, Shawn Hesketh, with the goal of providing the very best WordPress video training for beginners, enabling just about anyone to learn the basics without having to spend hours reading boring tech books. Since then, WP101 has helped more than 16,000 members learn how to use WordPress to build and a manage their own website, regardless of their technical ability.

Chris Lema

For twenty years Chris has been managing high performers and overseeing new product development. He’s a daily blogger, an ebook author, a public speaker and works as the VP of Engineering for Emphasys Software. In his spare time he helps companies leverage WordPress, and WordPress companies find leverage.


WooThemes is an international, market leading, bootstrapped business providing a platform to extend standard WordPress-powered websites via a range of innovative themes and plugins. Their flagship product being WooCommerce – a hugely popular, freely available eCommerce plugin with a wide range of commercially available extensions and themes. With WooThemes businesses and individuals can get professional WordPress sites launched quickly and affordably.



UpThemes creates beautiful, responsive WordPress themes. Our focus is on gorgeous typographic rhythm, beautiful presentation of stories and imagery, as well as designing and creating themes that we actually want to use for our own blogs and websites. We slave over every detail of every element we create and it shows in the quality of our themes. We hope you’ll agree.


WPMU DEV is the leading provider of premium WordPress plugins on the web – including plugins for eCommerce, membership sites, marketing, SEO, Multsite, BuddyPress, and more. Plus, we have the most active community of WordPress experts, support team, designers, and users around.
The WPMU DEV Blog provides daily news and tips so you can keep up with everything WordPress.
Kicking it since 2004, with over 300,000 members strong, WPMU DEV is truly your WordPress team.


BruteProtect protects your WordPress sites against Botnet attacks for free!  Over 56,000,000 attacks stopped as of March 2014.  For more information, visit

WP Site Care

WP Site Care is a WordPress Support and Site Management company. We love helping companies and individuals with their WordPress websites. We manage everything from WordPress Hosting, to themes, plugins, and even one-on-one support. We have monthly site management plans, as well as our a la carte service offerings. We love to help people love WordPress!

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Graphically Designing

Graphically Designing is a design and photography studio in Fort Worth run by husband and wife team Susan and Keith Ramsey.
Susan loves to create and customize websites for businesses and bloggers. She builds exclusively on WordPress. When she’s not working on building sites for clients, she can be found at Pretty Darn Cute Design, where she provides theme support, and theme customization.

Web Hosting For Students

Web Hosting for Students is the only hosting company dedicated solely to providing web design and development to students and teachers with top of the line hosting slices at prices more affordable than anyone else.  The company is a partnership between expert WordPress teacher, Zac Gordon, and SiteGround, an industry leader in WordPress hosting.




A popular blog on all things WordPress, WinningWP regularly publishes a range of different articles and offers an awesome assortment of WordPress-related deals and discounts on themes, plugins, hosting and more!

Craft Beer Austin

Craft Beer Austin launched in late 2012 to be the central source for Austin’s rapidly growing and dynamic Craft Beer community. Check out our website or follow us on Twitter @CraftBeerATX for latest Craft Beer news & events happening in the Austin area!

Advice Interactive Group

Advice Interactive Group is an award-winning, full-service digital marketing agency headquartered in McKinney, Texas. A fast-paced company in an exciting industry, Advice was recognized by Inc. Magazine as one of the 500 fastest-growing companies in America for the past two years. With expertise in the areas of local search for national corporations (i.e., “nationally local”) as well as for their own technology platform—which can be scaled to fit the needs of companies of all sizes—Advice Interactive provides solutions for some of the largest, most successful brands in the U.S., Canada, Australia and the U.K.

Pretty Darn Cute Designs

PDCD is your one stop shop for Pretty WordPress Themes. We meticulously craft and test each design until it’s perfect. All you have to do is install, setup and get back to business. Upon purchase you gain access to our unmatched support team waiting to assist you with any questions you might have. Our goal is to alleviate the technical side of things so you can enjoy your website.

I Teach Blogging

I TEACH BLOGGING includes a FREE membership site with tutorials and community forum, a blog with a step-by-step WordPress Thesis toolbox, plus free downloads. More than anything, it’s a community that YOU help build and grow even as you learn. Follow @iTeachBlogging and @BlogBuildTips on Twitter, and browse over to to learn more.

Fusionized Technology

Fusionized Technology is the consulting arm of Ryan Duff. He specializes in solving a wide range of problems with WordPress. With the main focus on back-end programming, system management, and scalability, he’s recently branched out to full site development to be able to provide a wider range of services offered to his clients.

The Sherry Lowry Group

The Sherry Lowry Group as a business mentor collective brings entrepreneur experience to their small business to mid-growth clients of:
• founding and developing 7 businesses in 7 different industries – ranging in size from solo to 20,000 clients
• building co-founding bench strength – and that of founding staff – or expanding this
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• substantially forwarding ability to successfully delegate and manage outsourcing
The services can be project-based or for defined periods of concentrated focus on company evolvement. Examples could be:
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• Breaking A Trail = Building A Bridge To Offer A New Service, Product or Process to become more of a “go to” company for existing and new clients


Great Hall Games

We started in 1998 as a shoppe named Great Hall Games & Distractions at Texas Renaissance Faires. Hence the name harkening back to days of olde. The Great Halls in European castles were places where people gathered to talk, play games, eat, or be entertained. We were vendors at several Renaissance Faires in central Texas for 5 years (1998-2002).

With games for the Renaissance Faires taking up the entire dining room of our home, we decided it was time for either a storage locker or a store. In late August of 2000, we opened a small shop in the lower level of Dobie Mall for Rob’s August birthday. In July 2001, we moved to a larger store on the food court level of the mall for our July wedding anniversary. We continued with the Renaissance Faire for two years while maintaining a shop in the mall. In June 2004, we moved to a larger location at 5501 N Lamar in Austin.

Although we have been away from the Renaissance Faires for many years, we still enjoy offering traditional and historically based games. We like to carry games in which players can touch the game pieces, hear the clicking or tapping sounds as pieces are moved, or view the the artistic beauty of a game. We also want to offer situations where one can see the sweat on a brow, a gleam in the eyes, a smirk or tweak of a grin, a nervous tick, or even drumming fingers. Things which you can’t really experience through on-line gaming!


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This year’s WordCamp will be held at the Commons Learning Center, located at UT’s J.J. Pickle Research Campus.

The Commons Learning Center is located at 10100 Burnet Road, Building 137, under the white water tower.

Parking for WordCamp is FREE!


Map of Venue:

Labeled map of venue

Call for Speakers

We’re now accepting speaker applications for WordCamp Austin 2014! Submission deadline is February 21st and we’ll annouce the speaker lineup on March 1st. If you’re interested in speaking at a session, please fill out the form below. Please use the comments to suggest a speaker you would like to see.

What we think makes an awesome speaker:

  • A love of WordPress, of course! And the desire to give back to the community
  • Comfortable giving a presentation
  • Expertise in your topic that makes you stand out
  • Embrace the WordPress licenseIf distributing WordPress-derivative works (themes, plugins, WP distros), any person or business should give their users the same freedoms that WordPress itself provides. Note: this is one step above simple compliance, which requires PHP code to be GPL/compatible but allows proprietary licenses for JavaScript, CSS, and images. 100% GPL or compatible is required for promotion at WordCamps when WordPress-derivative works are involved, the same guidelines we follow on

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