+ WordCamp Thessaloniki 2019 #WCTHESS2019

Get ready for WordCamp Thessaloniki 2019 #WCTHESS2019

Note this day in your calendar, because you want to be among the WordPress lovers on October 12-13 , at Thessaloniki Concert Hall, for the WordCamp Thessaloniki 2019, #WCTHESS2019. It’s a must visit conference for WordPress lovers and people who want to learn more about digital technology, digital marketing, web development, SEO, blogging, content marketing, content creation, growth hacking, web design and networking.

In Greece we have a passion for WordPress… This is the reason why the next big WordCamp Thessaloniki 2019, is organized by the amazing WordPress Greek Community. We love to talk about WordPress!

Tell Me More about WordPress

More than 33% of the websites you visit on a daily basis are built with the WordPress open source software, a platform the usage of which is rising constantly, especially in Greece.

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What is a WordCamp?

WordCamps hold discussions on various topics: Startups, e-Commerce and Βlogging are just some of the topics covered at conferences like the one getting prepared at the moment.

Globally, WordCamps are supported by the WordPress Foundation—the official nonprofit organisation the purpose of which is the preservation of the openness of WordPress—and this conference is approved and recognised by the Foundation.

Who will find it interesting

Come on, now… Who wouldn’t?

A WordCamp is for anyone that works with WordPress, at any level of experience and knowledge, but not only.

The conference is addressed to any internet user interested in getting informed on the news around WordPress, including but not limited to Web Developers, Web Designers, Βloggers, Journalists, Content Editors, Web Editors, Social Media Managers and many more fields of expertise or professionals.

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Who organises the conference

WordCamp Thessaloniki 2019 is organised by volunteers, members of the WordPress Greek Community. In particular, 15 members of the community (who you can see in more detail here), have shared the responsibilities and work to give life to the conference for the fourth year in a row, after three successful WordCamps in Athens in the years 2016, 2017, 2019 and WordCamp Thessaloniki 2018.

Tickets for WordCamp Thessaloniki

The ticket to attend the conference for both days, including meals and coffee breaks, has a small price and you can purchase it here.

Get informed of all the news around WordCamp Thessaloniki on Facebook and Twitter, and also through email, by subscribing to our Newsletter.

Who pays the bills

As mentioned earlier, the WordPress Foundation is the valuable partner and supporter of the local organizing team’s efforts. While a big part of WordCamp Thessaloniki 2019 is financed by Foundation’s global sponsors and supporters, the WordPress Greek Community also has the option to seek out local sponsorships, monetary or providing a service, by companies active in Greece.

For that purpose, there are 5 sponsor packages available to anyone interested to pick one up and support the conference. Of course, these packages include a varying set of benefits. You may find further information following this link.

WordCamp Thessaloniki Venue

WordCamp Thessaloniki 2019 will be hosted at Thessaloniki Concert Hall, the M2 building, in the Aimilios Riadis Hall and Museum Hall.

Coffee breaks and lunch break will be held in the foyer, full of natural light and while enjoying the exquisite views from its two distinct levels.

WordCamp Thessaloniki 2019 will be hosted at Thessaloniki Concert Hall, the M2 building, in the Aimilios Riadis Hall and Museum Hall.
WordCamp Thessaloniki 2019 will be hosted at Thessaloniki Concert Hall, the M2 building, in the Aimilios Riadis Hall and Museum Hall.

Designed by the famous architect Arata Isozaki, the M2 building gives the city a unique structure that summarizes the virtues of modern architecture. Geometric lines, large glass surfaces and metallic elements make up a picture of imposing simplicity, contrasting but equally standing next to the neighboring M1 building.

Thessaloniki Concert Hall is located at the junction of 25th March with the beach, right next to Posidonio Athletic Center.

Individuals with special needs can have an easy access inside and outside both venues of the Thessaloniki Concert Hall.

Aimilios Riadis & Museum Halls

Featuring state-of-the-art equipment and excellent infrastructure, the Aimilios Riadis Hall can accommodate 500 people. Equipped with audio and microphone, simultaneous translation cabinets, audiobooks, video projector, streaming, display screen, event recording, air conditioning and Wi-Fi, it is suitable for large-scale events.

Aimilios Riadis & Museum Halls
Aimilios Riadis & Museum Halls

Access

You can reach the Concert Hall from all the neighborhoods of Thessaloniki with the Public Transport.

Bus:
The Megaron is located 100 meters from the «Concert Hall – 25is Martiou» stop, which you can access with the buses’ 1Χ/ 3Κ/ 5/ 5Α/ 6 routes.

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Taxi:
There is a Taxi stop in front of the Concert Hall entrance, where there are always taxis at the end of the performances.

Parking

The underground parking of the Megaron Music, located in the M2 building, is 11,800 m² in size and 230 seats. Parking will be available free of charge to all attendees on the day on the conference.

Thessaloniki Concert Hall
25 March and Beach
54646 Thessaloniki

WordCamp Thessaloniki 2019 #WCTHESS2019
+ Theodore Moulos Interview - Social Media Growth Hacking

Theodore Moulos Interview

Theodore Moulos has always been interested in programming, entrepreneurship, and building technological products. His career started back in 1996, and since then, he has been involved non-stop in several top international teams and products.

Nowadays you can find him leading the way at Growthrocks.com, among other projects all over the planet. If Marvel was looking for a new superhero, then definitely Theodore has all the qualities for the role. Pioneering vision of the future in digital technology and the ethics to balance power of knowledge with generosity.

I have meet several CEO in the industry, but this guy is a natural star. Knowing how to use his power for good is the best reason to trust your brand in his hands. Theodore will skyrocket your business! He is a Growth Hacking Guru.

Follow Theodore’s journey at www.growthrocks.com, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn.

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Interview Questions

A few words about our interview questions:

Interviews can deeply influence how people view a mission, a product, a service or a brand. It’s the perfect way to share the mentality and the culture that helped a person to accomplished his/her goals in life. In several cases, it’s the only way to connect with the community outside of a business frame.

The fundamental principles behind our interviews are communication and respect. The people we chose to interview and the questions we ask are aiming to present the pioneers of our industry.

What’s your favorite social media network, and why?

For personal use, I prefer Instagram. However, as a Growth Hacker, I simply love Facebook! Facebook is not just another social media channel; it’s a tech company! Besides the amazing tools and features for growth, the technology behind Facebook is unparalleled.

How many hours per day do you use social media?

I use social media all day – every day! As I said, I am a Growth Hacker. That means that I need to be up-to-date with the daily changes, news, and trends in the social media sphere. Not only that, but I have to use chat apps like Messenger and Whatsapp to communicate with friends and colleagues.

How many hours per day do you use social media?
How many hours per day do you use social media?

What is your job? What do you do for a living?

By day I’m the group CEO of GrowthRocks and Viral Loops. GrowthRocks is a growth hacking & digital marketing agency, and Viral Loops is a B2B SaaS platform which started as a spinoff and is now an entire entity on its own. By night… I’m the same thing; sometimes it can become very demanding.

Social Media Growth Hacking

What do you find appealing in social media?

Connectivity and, what else, diversity. The fact that in just 4 minutes I can find out about the new product from a competitor, a concert for next Sunday I’d probably had missed otherwise, a new marketing tool and about my cousin having a newborn.

What do you find appealing in social media?
What do you find appealing in social media?

Name one thing that you dislike in social media.

Please let me name two: Stalkers and stolen content.

Stalkers. As simple as that. We need to be careful about what we share through social media. Privacy is a high priority for Facebook, as Mark Zuckerberg told us in F8. Everyone should keep that in mind – especially parents. 

Another thing I dislike is stolen content. Unoriginal content is one thing, but stealing content just sucks. Moreover, whenever we use someone else’s content, we shouldn’t forget to give credit where credit is due. For example, at GrowthRocks, we post a comic strip every Tuesday. We always tag the creator on the body text, even when their signature is at the bottom of the strip.

Name one thing that you dislike in social media

How has social media influenced the way you do business?

[Something about how social media haven’t changed the way you do business and sales (?)]

Is there something that you would like to learn more about social media or digital marketing?

Definitely, and this is one of the parts of my job that I love the most. Digital marketing is like a living organism that involves day to day. Together with social media, they’ve changed so much in so little time. 

Which people you believe are the most influential in social media?

Niche authority figures. Does that make sense? So, for example, in the social media within the sports realm, Ronaldo and Antetokounmpo are influential, whereas, in my niche, it’s Neil Patel and Gary Vaynerchuk.

When was the last time you learned something new through the use of social media?

In my visit to F8 one month ago in San Francisco, I learned very intriguing stuff about the future of social media. To be more precise, it’s not about social media anymore. It’s about platforms.

For instance, Facebook’s force goes beyond the social media spectrum. And so, apart from a place where you can connect with family and friends or socialize, Facebook wants to be the place where you advertise your business, you buy and sell things, and you will also do so with its own currency. For the last one, we will have to wait a bit though.

What do you do during your free time? What makes you forget to check your mobile?

During my free time, I advise startups, and also I create products. There is nothing I hate more than doing the same thing twice. Thus, I productize everything I believe it would save me time.

I’m a skydiver, a diver and also a sailor. There is nothing that makes me forget to check my mobile. My mobile is not a tool of work but also a tool for my hobbies. So, it’s always ON, even for navigation maps only.

Theodore Moulos Interview

Can you name 3 books that you absolutely adore?

  • The Hard Thing about Hard Things by Ben Horowitz‎. Written by one of Silicon Valley’s most respected and experienced entrepreneurs, this book is full of practical wisdom for managing the toughest problems
  • The Painter of Battles by Arturo Pérez-Reverte. He of my favorite writers whose novels travel me to fantastic places.
  • The Story of A Seagull and The Cat Who Taught Her To Fly by Luis Sepulveda. My favorite writer of all times that is proving to me constantly that “what doesn’t kill us, makes us stronger.” 

What advice would you give to yourself when you were 16 years old?

To get a diversified academic experience. To combine engineering with accounting, Marketing with computer science, and psychology with engineering or computer science. That’s the advice I got when I was 16 years old and that advice changed my life.

Theodore Moulos Interview
Theodore Moulos Interview

What is your favorite quote?

My own personal motto is to “live your life with passion.” So I have two quotes about that:

Leadership is not about a title or a designation. It’s about impact, influence, and inspiration. Impact involves getting results, influence is about spreading the passion you have for your work, and you have to inspire teammates and customers. Robin S. Sharma – Lawyer

Enjoy the journey and try to get better every day. And don’t lose the passion and the love for what you do. Nadia Comaneci – Athlete

Theodore Moulos Interview, Live your life with passion

So, what’s your life story in a summary?

It’s a bit boring but here is the short version:

I’ve always been interested in programming, entrepreneurship, and building technological products. My career started back in 1996, and since then, I have been involved non-stop in several top international teams and products.

Right after University (my first degree), I worked as a Senior Consultant in a Consulting firm where I was implementing various projects and managing a team of 10 consultants. In just a few years, I moved in CTO positions creating products from scratch and implementing projects. Since then, I have been a CEO in various international companies leading teams.

There are two milestones that changed my life:

  • I’ve been advised to change my professional accounting engagement and to get involved with IT projects that were up-to-that point my hobby. “If you can make money doing what you love, go for it,” a senior manager told me once.
  • I’ve been pushed to change my career from CTO roles to Sales, on my way to CEO. “The Sales or commercial roles lead to CEO,” another senior manager told me as well.

Do you want to be featured into our interview section? Then visit the Interviews section and send us a message.

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+ Learn How to Use Keywords for your Blog

Learn How to Use Keywords for your Blog

Keywords can make or break your blog in ways that you can not imagine. Make it a priority to do an industry research before you publish your posts. SEO (Search Engine Optimization) should be at the top of your mind when you are creating your content. Although blogging requires a sophisticated research technique, still you need to find which keyword phrases can help you rank higher.

The SEO Golden List is based on one crucial factor. If you want to build a strong and solid website then you must master the KEYWORD RESEARCH. As a matter of fact, you should adopt the element of research for every aspect of your website or blog.

Today,  Google is increasingly trying to answer queries in the SERPs within seconds and indirectly is leading us to click further and visit the links that are more relevant to what we are looking for.

SEO Basics

But let’s start with the basics. You have a website or a blog or an eshop. Have you made clear what will be the main theme/topic of your digital asset?  What need does your website cover?

For example, mine (ideadeco) is providing information about digital marketing, SEO, SEM, social media marketing, web design, digital ethics, digital technology, coding, digital marketing strategy and seminars.

Knowing what is your mission makes it easier to understand what keywords to use in order to get the best results and high-quality traffic. You can even talk about a recipe for a cake in a more digital marketing frame if you have set from the beginning which keywords are the one with the best impact for your digital assets.

Check. Optimize. Repeat. Be an optimization maniac just like me! We want our site and content to get better EVERY DAY! It is the safer and most professional way to manage your visibility online.

We want the love and attention of all Search Engine Spiders that are constantly crawling texts + links + picture descriptions. Keyword research can provide to our content the indication of relevant and trustworthy source.

Learn How to Use Keywords for your Blog

Use Keyword Research Tools

SEO based keyword research is a combination of technical skills, coding, creative thinking, marketing, and discipline. In other words is a form of art.

It’s a good idea to use keyword research tools before you start any optimization on your website or even before creating any post/page/article.

  1. Always use the Google search bar and the given results (SERP) as your starting point.
  2. Visit the strongest competitors or authorities on the topic and study how they set the reading flow and how they have used the top keywords.
  3. Install the Free Moz Toolbar.
  4. Google Trends can help you find top key phrases over time and in specific geolocation.
  5. Google Keyword Planner. With Keyword Planner, you can find new keyword ideas for your Search Network campaigns that are relevant to your product, service, and target customers. Keyword Planner will show you historical statistics such as search volume data for these keywords so you can decide whether to add them to your campaigns. 
  6. Google Correlate is a tool that Google rolled out in 2011. It is a tool on Google Trends which enables you to find queries with a similar pattern to a target data series.
  7. SEMrush is a great tool for keyword research but it is free only for a limited period of time.
  8. For creating amazing questions use the tools Answer The Public. 
  9. Use the given infobox or the box with the “People also ask” as a navigator to your key phrases.
  10. Optimize and update your articles or posts after any Google update. Every single time!
Learn How to Use Keywords for your Blog

Keyword Research for SEO

We do the research to find the most suitable and competitive keywords for making the website’s content more SEO friendly at all levels. In the text, the actual meaning, the pictures, the URLs, the links, the breadcrumbs, the social media texts, the hashtags, the titles, and headings.

Now start thinking like your audience. Add features and details that are actually for the use of local,  hyperlocal and mobile queries. We must consider also and the voice search option.

In my case, you will find that most of the times my content offers all possible options to be discovered even from audience that live on the other side of the planet. My digital services face no geolocation or time limitations, so my content is discoverable even in non-European languages.

Learn How to Use Keywords for your Blog

Keyword Research and SEO, SMO, SEM & SMM

  • SEO: Search Engine Optimization
  • SMO: Social Media Optimization
  • SEM: Search Engine Marketing
  • SMM: Social Media Marketing
  • SERP: Search Engine Page Results

What do they have in common?  All of them are sensitive to the keywords lake. For example: I am a Digital Marketing and SEO Expert. Should I use in my keyword + content strategy phrases or words related to cars? If I don’t sell cars I should better avoid all car’s terminology and topics. My target audience will find boring my love for speed cars. My target audience swims in a different lake of interests.

That said, now it is obvious that everything we publish or post or comment should adopt the main keywords if we want to be at the top of the digital marketing advanced game. Keywords are the bones of all successful content marketing strategy out there.

Learn How to Use Keywords for your Blog

Google SERP

Blend in with the winning crowd. Open your eyes and notice how winning players are remaining at the 1st page of Google SERP. Try their approach and find how you can implement their strategy to your action plan. Adapt the algorithm changes as soon as they are announced. Be among the early birds of Search Engine Optimization and soon others will look at your digital records with admiration.

Bonus SEO Tip on Keywords

How do you search for keywords in a document?
Click on EDIT in the FILE menu and then FIND, a box will open, allowing you to enter your keyword. You can save time if you do this often by using the keyboard shortcut CTRL + F which will open the SEARCH box. And that’s all.

SEO Golden List

RESEARCH is the number one factor to make your website reach the sky.

– Keyword and competitor research.
– Find keywords for your homepage and product pages.
– Keep them organized by product, page and use.
– Separate popular keywords from long tail keywords.
– Do not overuse the keyword again, and again, and again!!!


– Define which keywords your competitors use.
– Track down from where your competitors get their inbound links.
– Make a keyword + phrase lake for your Blog posts (yes, you must have a blog).
– Pay attention to the site architecture. UX & UI are crucial. If you have noticed that between your competitors, certain structure helps to make more sales, then go for it.       

–  Save time and money by choosing the winning model.
– Now focus on how to make your site look much friendlier and appealing to prospect customers. Is it photos? Colors? Background? Testimonials? Easy & clear steps?
– Define your target group.
– Make a calendar for your action plan and keep it.


– If your site is on air, then spot any site errors and write down all given suggestions.
– Fix any website speed issues.
– Keep it mobile friendly. Check your website at Google. It offers a free report: See What To Fix for each section.
– Do on page optimization regularly

+ Let's talk about travel storytelling

Let’s talk about travel storytelling

First of all let’s clear this: travel blogs are not personal memory books. Let’s see how to create engaging travel storytelling that will make your readers smile!

When you first read about having a personal voice inside your Travel Blog, didn’t really mean to share your personal memory book with the public. Travel blogging aim is to focus on the concept of traveling. It’s not about you but about Travel Storytelling. So try to write and present more information about:

  • the travel destination
  • the traveling process
  • info about the location
  • info about the how to reach
  • talk about the people
  • how to deal with common issues
  • give ideas on how to spend time
  • where and what to eat
  • what kind of outfits may need
  • weather info
  • essential behavior guidelines
  • some language tips
  • cost of everyday life
  • emergency stations
  • suggest solutions
  • connection in local groups or activities
  • and all extra info about little known secrets

Really, nobody cares about your fight with your best friend or your belly ring or about the 20 photos of the sunset just because is “sooooooo romantic!!!!”. We’ve got it, with the first 2 pictures.

Personal involvement inside travel blogging content should be present as little as possible. Think of yourself as the element of salt. Add a little bit of salt, just enough to make it tasteful and enjoyable, but not too much to destroy it. Get to know the balance of this game!

Let's talk about travel storytelling

Be the witness of the story

The main theme of the story is the location and not your personal life. So try to write more about the way you see and experience the certain location. Keep out all the juicy details about you and your partner or about your family or about your affairs. Share solid facts, useful information and golden tips that can save time and energy for the following travelers.

Let's talk about travel storytelling

Catching Headlines is Half the Story

Headlines are the entrance door to your blog!

Choose witty and interesting headlines, with a solid idea of what to expect in your content. If someone has made a query at Google search machine: “Trip to Greece” and your headline declares “How to Enjoy your Trip to Greece” it’s most likely to pop up as an organic (not paid) result, even at the first two Google pages.

But, to keep the visitors and the Google machine satisfied you should apply these four essential rules:

  1. Stay focus and relevant to the headline-topic
  2. State the facts and useful information
  3. Use original and professional photos and videos
  4. Apply all SEO best practices

If visitors spend on your website more time after a specific query, is an evidence that your website is trustworthy. That will make Google love your blog and will show it to new visitors.

If your travel storytelling adopts all the above you will see your Google quality score to rise and after some time you will taste the warm feeling of success.

When Google recognizes a source ( in that case a publisher aka your blog) as authentic and preferable by the audience, it tends to give it an organic boost as a positive source of information.

Let's talk about travel storytelling

Make it Shareable

Social Media friendly language and visuals are more than important. The more social media shares you get, the merrier!

When people share your posts or articles, the circle of your audience spreads widely beyond your network. That means your website or blog will get more followers and will increase its referral and influence score among the competitors.

High scores attract Google’s attention, builds a new audience and finally increase traffic to your website or blog. And the circle starts again. Did you get the whole picture,  now?

New post >>  Apply 4 rules>>  Strong headline>>  Authentic Content>>   Social Media friendly>>   Shareable Content>>  High Quality Score>>  Google Organic Boost>>  Trustworthy Source>>   New Audience>>  More Followers>>  New Post>>

Use friendly and everyday language as if you are describing an amazing experience to a friend. Think yourself as the link between a person and a location. Put yourself in their shoes. Recall the first impressions you got as soon as you set your feet in that new place.

Notebooks should become your best friend! For sure, are mine! Keep notes and use them later! Try to write down different unexpected issues and how you handled them. Open a file with all related links, contacts, addresses, names, maps, timetables, directions, tips from locals, photo albums and everything that no one will ever find in a travel guide-book. You are a kind of an investigator. A Travel Investigator.

Whatever sounds silly at a precise moment could become the golden detail while editing your next travel post. Remember that you are collecting small elements to create your story for your readers. Ask yourself: “Would I need to know this if I was planning to visit this location?”

When editing your posts remember to preview all the changes you add. See it from the visitors’ side. Check it several times! 

Let's talk about travel storytelling

I-wish-I-knew-this Moments

Seven years ago, I was in a small town, in the Northern France, and my computer was jammed. I couldn’t find a service store within 50klm to fix my laptop. At the end, the nearest service store was found 3 hours away from my hotel. I wish I knew this disadvantage before my trip. Since this incident, my trips have a list of requirements.

My list of  I Wish I Knew This Before My Trip was build after many years of traveling all over the world and were formed through bad decisions on the go or unexpected situations that pushed me over my comfort zone. 

You may find me in central Africa or in Patagonia or in New York City. But you will never find me unprepared regarding Health, Safety, Money, Technical and Travel turnovers.

Let's talk about travel storytelling

Use Keywords Wisely

By putting some of the main keywords in the post’s different headings such as Heading 1, Heading 2, Heading 3 etc you are advising the Google search machine to pay attention to these specific topics, each time someone is looking information about these particular ones.

Given the needed time and effort, if you continuously add fresh content around a certain topic, you will meet your blog at the first organic results, soon enough. In some cases, we have found our client’s blogs to hit Google first page [organic results section] within 60 days.

For advanced bloggers, the use of SEO best practices is their second nature. They use the most important keywords for each post, within the photo description, alt text, meta description, social media ready to use description and (if they use) into Adwords.

It is very important to use all the offered Headings to the proper position of your blog’s structure. Number 1 Headings is the main topic of your content. Number 2 Headings are related and supportive to the main topic Keywords or Phrases. Number 3 Headings may and can help search machines to clarify the depth of the given topic. Number 4+5 Headings exist to please and provide an enjoyable and organized UX. To keep the blog post tidy.

Let's talk about travel storytelling

Add the Right Categories and Tags

Categories support the need to group an entire set of posts under one specification. Tags enhance this specification to become more clear and to the point. For example:

Category: Marketing [main topic]

  • tags: Digital Marketing, Inbound Marketing, Outbound Marketing, Content Marketing [secondary main topics]

Treat them as close friends that help you sort out your content inside your blog or website.  WP Beginner has published this Support Guide about Categories and Tags Use at WordPress. Spend 15 minutes to read it here and thank me later!

It’s worth to mention Hubspot because it is one of the strongest Digital Marketing Players with tones of experience and countless successful projects. HubSpot is an inbound marketing and sales platform that helps companies attract visitors, convert leads, and close customers.

During my research for this post,  I discovered this well–written article by Sophia Bernazzani: The Anatomy of a Perfect Blog Post.

Let's talk about travel storytelling

The First Impression Does Count

The introduction area is the first two lines and your chance to persuade people to continue reading your post. Say it all with 10-30 words; include the main topic and the top keywords. Make it stand out. Tease and play. Make rabbits dance and smile!

Did you notice how the introduction [of this post] affected your impulse to read the rest of the post?

How to create engaging travel storytelling that will make your readers smile!

Let’s break it down:

  • Tease: engaging travel storytelling
  • Mood + topic: Travel
  • Feeling: how to…?
  • Main keyword: Travel Storytelling
  • Create an expectation: Trigger: storytelling
  • Play with a need: Blogging, Creation, Storytelling
  • State a fact with tact: make readers smile
  • Discharge guilt: smile
  • Make a word picture: readers smile
  • Feeling & Mood: Smile
  • Create an expectation: how to create…

And you are here with me – the last 5 minutes – reading this post. If the introduction got you up to this point, it means that we did something right, didn’t we?


Choose the featured image to meet the visitor’s expectations. A picture worths 1000 words. Hook the interest with all you’ve got. Show your story in this one picture. This picture will be your front face all over social media and internet. Original and high-quality photos are recommended.

Engaging Travel Storytelling

Post Size Matters

Whenever you post something on your blog should have at least 300+ words. Less than that equals to digital silence for SEO. If you have a strong pen then go for 2000 – 2500 words per post.

Add appealing visuals and astonishing (valuable) content.  Then share it, send it with emails, invest at least $10-30 in boosting and ask people to enrich your story with their point of view.

Engaging Travel Storytelling

Do the extra mile

  • Reach out influencers and ask for their opinion.
  • Introduce local business owners and ask them to share your blog post with their followers.
  • Participate into popular Travel Facebook Groups.
  • Interact with fellow bloggers that have a similar mentality.
  • Update your content regularly.
  • Be open to speaking in events.
  • Offer free advice.
  • Do and host guest blogging.
  • Have a fine tuned digital and social media presence.
  • Use videos.
  • Mobile friendly website/blog is the only option.

Great sources for Travel Blogs

+ Who needs a reason to create a Prosecco Bar Corner?

Create a Prosecco Bar Corner

Why should we enjoy Prosecco Bar Vans only in weddings? We first meet one in a wedding organized & designed by Rock Paper Scissors Events. And we fall in love with the idea! Now we have our own Prosecco Bar Corner in our Agency, for happy cocktails hours! It has style and can keep your guests & friends happy! Make the cocktail hour the highlight of the day.

Create a Prosecco Bar Corner

Prosecco bar: @bubblecouplegr
Photographer: @lifestorieswedding
Event planner and designer: @rockpaperscissorsevents

Why Choose a Prosecco Bar Van?

Put yourself into your guest’s shoes. Especially when, at destination weddings, most of the guests have traveled from all over the world to honor your wedding. In Greece, summertime is remarkable hot and arriving at the wedding reception area during early afternoon hours, doesn’t make it any cooler. Having a Prosecco Bar Van, full of cold refreshments and drinks will make your guests feel welcome and grateful.

We have a first-hand experience on how much guests are happy to see a cold glass of wine ready to be served while waiting for the married couple to arrive. In this astonishing wedding in Antiparos, the wine glasses mingle with the smiling guests within minutes.

The couple chose Bubble Couple Prosecco Van for their destination wedding in Greece. They wanted to serve White and Rose Prosecco and offer Prosecco-based cocktails to everyone. Their decision was wise because even before the end of the wedding celebration, the Prosecco Bar Van became the star of the night!

The couple decided to get married in Antiparos, surrounded by friends and family. They also wanted to make a holiday out of it for their guests traveling all the way and what can be better than the Greek islands in the summer? Natural, elegant with elements of naivety and a little bit influenced by the Greek folk tradition were some of the characteristics that made this wedding so unique. Enjoy this elegant wedding in Antiparos and get inspired!

Ceremony and reception venue: Private villa
Photographer: @lifestorieswedding
Videographer: @waymoregr
Event planner and designer: @rockpaperscissorsevents
Florals: @pavlos_the_flower_workshop
Stationary: @atelier_invitations
Catering: @barbarossa_paros
Cake: @tserki_paros
Flatware rentals: @white_lilac_rentals
Prosecco bar: @bubblecouplegr
Wedding dress: @inbaldror
Wedding shoes: @Sophiawebster
Bridesmaids dresses: @reformation
Grooms wear: @suitsupply
Groom’s shoes: @loakeshoemakers
Bride’s jewelry: @officialelizabethgage
Bridesmaid’s jewelry: @kasturjewels
Hair and makeup: @frantzeska_makeup_hair

Prosecco Bar With Tropical Vibes

Plan your destination wedding in Greece with a hot tropical vibes theme. See how in this breathtaking styled wedding shoot in Athens.

It was still hot summer in Greece when we joined forces with Stephanie Brauer and Ushna Khan photography during their short visit in Greece, to create this unique styled shoot. Our initial mood board had tropical vibes but we wanted to infuse extra spicy and modern elements like a pancake cake –instead of a traditional wedding cake – as well as the mobile beer bar we created to serve as welcome drinks during guests’ entrance.

Photographers: Stephanie Brauer Wedding Photography & Ushna Khan Photography Concept
Florals and design: RockPaperScissors
Invitations & printables: Love me do Invitations
Venue: Balux Prive, Dreams & Septem Prive 
Wedding dress: Victoria Kyriakides 
Groom’s suit: Bespoke Athens 
Hair Stylist: Ioanna Karkantelou 
MUA: Georgia Xristodoulou
Jewelry: Danelian Jewelry Shop – Design – Goldsmith Workshop
Furniture rentals: TORE Event Furnishing
Flatware rentals: WHITE LILAC
Signage: The Letter Co. 
Sweets and truck: Myrto’s Cupcakes
Models agencies: VN Models & Agencia
Male model: Yiannis Koukourakis
Female model: Stella Maria Bjørnerud
Film lab: Carmencita Film Lab

Prosecco Bar With Tropical Vibes
Prosecco Bar With Tropical Vibes

Coffee Inspired Prosecco Van

Let you imagination go wild. It may look like a classical Prosecco Bar Van but it’s serving amazing coffee. There is always room for one more espresso during a wedding day and a styled photo shoot, too! If you and your guests are coffee lovers, then add a Coffee Bar at your wedding reception. Believe us, it will make your day!

In this moody and romantic styled shoot in Athens, we had the best time ever! As you can see, the concrete elements were combined with lots of greenery and fresh flowers to smooth the whole outcome. Our flowers concept, as usual, it was rich with Tulips, lisianthus, anemones, ranunculus, freesias, peonies, veronica, hydrangeas, delphinium, roses, lilac, scabiosa pods, ami, amaranthus green, ruscus, fern and eucalyptus. And of course a lot of coffee from the lovely mobile espresso bar that you will fall in love with. It was the best start for the dinner setup.

Coffee Inspired Prosecco Van
Moody and romantic styled shoot in Athens
Moody and romantic styled shoot in Athens

DESIGN / STYLING / FLORALS: RockPaperScissors
COORDINATION: Chic and Stylish Weddings
VENUE: Κτήμα Χατζή
PHOTOGRAPHER: Adrian Wood Photography
ASSISTANT PHOTOGRAPHER: Sandy and Odysseas
Photography Film: Carmencita Film Lab
VIDEOGRAPHER: Alex Stabasopoulos
FURNITURE RENTALS: TORE Event Furnishing
TABLEWARE RENTALS: WHITE LILAC
DECO OBJECT RENTALS: Fiori flowers design philosophy
INVITATIONS / PRINTABLES: Προσκλητήρια Atelier Invitations

CAKE AND DESSERTS: Mokpo creative cakes
DRESS DESIGNER: Anna Anemomilou- ANEM Collections
BRIDE SHOES: JIMMY CHOO
GROOM’S SUIT: Giannetos
GROOM’S SHIRT: Christakis – Χριστάκης
GROOM’S SHOES: Ioannis Karagiorgos Handmade Shoes
POCHETTE & TIE: House of ΚΥΔΟΣ
CUFFLINKS: Minas Jewelry
WEDDING RING: ZOLOTAS
MAKEUP ARTIST: Katerina Theocharis – Make-Up Artist
HAIR: Dimitris Archontopoulos
ESPRESSO BAR: Aroma Catering

Rock Paper Scissors Events

Rock Paper Scissors Events

Helena Chaviara and Paraskevi Kourtidou are the creative minds behind the RPS Events. For more than 8 years, hundreds of couples have trusted them to organize and planned their luxury destination wedding in Greece. Visit their official website and enjoy their unique wedding events. www.rpsevents.gr

+ Porto to Host WordCamp Europe 2020 #WCEU

Porto to Host WordCamp Europe 2020 #WCEU

Next for WCEU is Porto, Portugal! WordCamp Europe has a new home! For its eighth edition, WCEU will take place in Porto, Portugal on 4-6 June 2020.

WCEU travels to a new European host city each year, and for 2020 WCEU is in for a real treat. A cosmopolitan city with more than 1,000 years of history, Porto is an eclectic mix of ancient and modern. It’s a charming city with a reputation for being warm and friendly, and has been highlighted as a desirable travel destination by media around the world.

The entire event, including Contributor Day, two Main Conference Days and the After Party, will take place in the same state-of-the-art venue.

Porto to Host WordCamp Europe 2020 #WCEU

The venue

Venue: Super Bock Arena / Pavilhão Rosa Mota.
Address: Jardins do Palácio de Cristal

Located in the heart of Porto, the Arena is a modern, flexible venue with stunning views that provide a truly unique perspective of the city.

Surrounded by beautiful gardens, filled with exotic trees, shrubs, lakes, towers, paths and fountains, the venue has a picturesque backdrop and the best views of the city across the Douro river and with a panorama of Porto’s stunning landscape and history.

Super bock arena – Pavilhão rosa mota
Super Bock Arena – Pavilhão Rosa Mota

The city

What everyone is saying about Porto

Recommended as a must-see destination, tales of treasured experiences are featured in newspapers, magazines and online sites across the world.

Having been awarded Best European Destination multiple times, Trip Advisor considers Porto as the Top Destination on the Rise in Europe and third in the entire world.

Porto is also home to the largest Portuguese university, with more than 25,000 students who bring a wealth of bright youth and innovation to the city.

Visually, it is beautiful. Its historic centre is a UNESCO World Heritage site filled with medieval townhouses, gothic palaces and baroque churches adorned with exquisitely handcrafted “Azulejos” tiles. It also boasts some of Europe’s most relevant contemporary architecture.

Making headlines for all the right reasons, Porto will be a fitting location for WCEU 2020, but don’t just take it from us. Here’s what everyone else says about Porto.

  • Porto is the Most Instagrammable Destination in 2019, according to Kayak
  • The best place in the world for making friends, according to TimeOut
  • Porto, a magical moment of rejuvenation, by The Telegraph
  • There’s a new hot destination in Portugal and it’s Porto, by Forbes
  • Walking around town is like visiting a free museum, writes CultureTrip, nominating Porto the second best city to visit in 2019
  • Porto is the hottest European city you haven’t heard of, by Business Insider
  • This charming city combines the best of old and new, on New York Times
  • The Portland of Portugal, on New York Times

The event

The event takes place from 4-6 June 2020 and there are plenty of ways to get involved. You can make your mark on WCEU 2020… the Call for Organisers is now open!

Keep an eye out for the WCEU Roadmap, detailing when ticket sales open, as well as Call for Speakers, Call for Sponsors, and other key dates for your diary.

After Party

Toasting to (and with) Porto for WCEU 2020

Home of the world-famous Port wine, Porto is a place where you can eat well and drink better, so we look forward to sharing a toast at our After Party on 6 June 2020.

Until then, enjoy the After Party in Berlin as we see off WCEU 2019 in style.

+ Day Two of the WordCamp Europe #WCEU

Day Two of the WordCamp Europe #WCEU

The second day of WordCamp Europe 2019 is on! WordCamp Europe 2019 has a packed schedule with three main conference tracks and three workshop tracks. Enjoy additional content such as WP Cafe and Wellness at WCEU, or you can hang out in the hallway track and get to know your fellow attendees. There’s something for everyone!

Workshop registration 

Pick up tickets for workshops on Saturday from 8:30. Each attendee can sign up for two workshops per day, and all workshops are free. Learn more about registering for workshops.

Meet Speakers 

Find out who will take to the stage at the event by browsing WCEU list of Speakers.

Meet all Sponsors 

Get to know the generous Sponsors that support WCEU and make the event possible.

Connect to WiFI 

WiFi: WCEU
Password: WCEU2019

Join the conversation 

Share your experience on social media using the hashtag #WCEU. You can also tag @WCEurope in posts.

Swag 

  • Swag Desk: Pick up your WCEU t-shirt from 14:00. Location is #11 Registration.
  • Swag Store Pop-Up: Shop the Swag store until 17:00, and pick up your pre-order if you took advantage of the online discount. Location is #57 at the end of the Small Business Sponsors area.

What else is happening at WCEU?

  • Charity Drop: donate WordCamp t-shirts you no longer need to charity.
  • Contributing Area: keep contributing to WordPress or get some work done.
  • Community Help Desk: get a site health check and answers to all things WordPress.
  • Info Desk: your go-to place for information during the event.
  • Wellness at WCEU: mindfulness, yoga and meditation sessions.– WP Cafe: connect and chat about a range of topics.

Quick links 

Schedule 22 June 2019


Livestream 

Watch the event from the comfort of your own home or wherever you like! Click the link, and you will be directed to YouTube.

Track 1

Track 2

Track 3

WP Cafe

WP Cafe 22 June 2019

Wellness at WCEU

Wellness at WCEU 22 June 2019

Reminder: What’s coming up

Everything you need to know, from early check-in on Thursday ’til the After Party on Saturday.

– Warm-up events on Wednesday 19 June
– Contributor Day on Thursday 20 June
– Main Conference Days on Friday 21 June and Saturday 22 June
– After Party on Saturday 22 June from 19:00
– Post-WCEU WP Meetup on Monday 24 June

What else is happening during WCEU?

– Charity Drop: donate WordCamp t-shirts you no longer need to charity.
– Contributing Area: keep contributing to WordPress or get some work done.
– Community Help Desk: get a site health check and answers to all things WordPress.
– Info Desk: your go-to place for information during the event.
– Wellness at WCEU: mindfulness, yoga and meditation sessions.
– WP Cafe: connect and chat about a range of topics.
– WordPress Workshop for Kids during Contributor Day for ages 8-14.

After Party

WCEU After Party this year takes you back to the 80s. 
Badge is required for entry. Dressing up is optional.

Food will be available, but we recognise that many may want to have dinner out with friends and colleagues then join the After Party later. Keeping food waste to a minimum, we will only serve food at the beginning of the After Party.



How to use the WCEU PWA

Here is a FAQ on using the new PWA for #WCEU 2019 to access live information while you are at the conference.

What is a PWA?

PWA stands for Progressive Web Application.

It’s a website that has been enhanced to look and feel as though it were an app you have downloaded from an app store. WCEU has created a PWA for the 2019 conference. You will be able to view content optimised for your mobile device and therefore improve your experience.

It is simple to use and does not require any software installation.

Why use it?

The PWA will give you instant and continuously updated information about what is happening at the event in real time. It will show you what is on now and what is up next in each of the tracks, workshops, Wellness and WP Cafe sessions on the conference days, Friday 21 and Saturday 22 June 2019.

By using a PWA, you will not need to download and install an app. All you need to do is to visit the WordCamp Europe website and add it to your Home screen (how to details below). You will then be able to view content even if you are offline, for example, the schedule and session information. Any page you visit on the website while you are online will also be available to you offline as the content will be automatically stored locally on your device for at least the duration of the event.

How do I use it?

When you go to the Homepage of the website, you will be viewing the PWA. To have the best experience on a mobile, you need to add it to the home screen on your device. No separation installation of an app is necessary and you don’t need to download anything from an App Store. It will look like you are using a normal (native) app.

Once you have installed the PWA to your device, make sure you visit the full schedule on the PWA whilst online, and it will be there for you when you go offline. The same goes for any other pages you want to make sure are available to you offline.

I don’t know how to save to home screen and use the PWA, where can I get help?

There’s some tips below. But you can also come to the Info Desk open between 08:00 to 18:00 on Friday and Saturday, and one of the team will be able to help you get it set up.

Continue reading “How to use the WCEU PWA”→

+ Enjoy the livestream from the first day of WordCamp Europe 2019 in Berlin #WCEU

Day One of the WordCamp Europe #WCEU

WordCamp Europe 2019 has a packed schedule with three main conference tracks and three workshop tracks. Enjoy additional content such as WP Cafe and Wellness at WCEU, or you can hang out in the hallway track and get to know your fellow attendees. There’s something for everyone!

Workshop registration 

Pick up tickets for workshops on Saturday from 8:30. Each attendee can sign up for two workshops per day, and all workshops are free. Learn more about registering for workshops.

Meet Speakers 

Find out who will take to the stage at the event by browsing our list of Speakers.

Meet our Sponsors 

Get to know the generous Sponsors that support WCEU and make the event possible.

Connect to WiFI 

WiFi: WCEU
Password: WCEU2019

Join the conversation 

Share your experience on social media using the hashtag #WCEU. You can also tag @WCEurope in posts.

Swag 

  • Swag Desk: Pick up your WCEU t-shirt from 14:00. Location is #11 Registration.
  • Swag Store Pop-Up: Shop the Swag store until 17:00, and pick up your pre-order if you took advantage of the online discount. Location is #57 at the end of the Small Business Sponsors area.

What else is happening at WCEU?

  • Charity Drop: donate WordCamp t-shirts you no longer need to charity.
  • Contributing Area: keep contributing to WordPress or get some work done.
  • Community Help Desk: get a site health check and answers to all things WordPress.
  • Info Desk: your go-to place for information during the event.
  • Wellness at WCEU: mindfulness, yoga and meditation sessions.– WP Cafe: connect and chat about a range of topics.

Quick links 

Schedule 

Day One of the WordCamp Europe #WCEU
Day One of the WordCamp Europe #WCEU
Day One of the WordCamp Europe #WCEU

Livestream 

Watch the event from the comfort of your own home or wherever you like! Click the link, and you will be directed to YouTube.

Track 1

Track 2

Track 3

WP CAFE

Wellness at WCEU

+ It’s Contributor Day at WordCamp Europe 2019 #WCEU

It’s Contributor Day at WordCamp Europe 2019 #WCEU

The best WordPress Event is happening in Berlin! Yes! WordCamp Europe #WCEU 2019 has started with the Contributor Day. Hey, don’t forget that to attend Contributor Day, you must have already reserved your place.

Contributor Day – 20 June 2019

Arriving at the event 

When you arrive on the morning of Thursday 20 June, follow signs inside the Estrel venue to find the dedicated rooms for Contributor Day.

Check in, collect your badge and confirm the team you would like to join. If you don’t know which team to join, use the Contributor Orientation Tool or browse the full list of Contributor Day Teams.

For a quick and easy check-in process, bring an ID with your name.

Stay Connected at #WCEU

Connect to the WiFI 

WiFi: WCEU
Password: WCEU2019

Contributor Day Schedule 

  • 8:30 – Registration
  • 9:15 – Opening and Welcome
  • 10:00 – Contributing to WordPress
  • 12:15 – Group Photo
  • 12:30 – Lunch
  • 14:00 – Contribute to WordPress
  • 17:00 – Quiz and wrap-up

You can continue contributing to WordPress during conference days in our dedicated Contributing Area.

WordPress Workshop for Kids 

During Contributor Day, we also have a free WordPress Workshop for Kids aged 8-14. The workshop will run 14:00-17:00 at the Estrel.

Register your child to attend the WordPress Workshop for Kids on Thursday 20 June 2019

Pre-event check-in 

Check in early to avoid queues! Pre-event check-in on Thursday 20 June:

  • If you are coming to Contributor Day, get your badge printed in the morning from 08:30.
  • If you are not registered for Contributor Day, come get your badge after 14:00.
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Get prepared 

Take a look at the menus and venue map. Read about accessibility at the event, local transportation, and staying connected with SIM cards, mobile access and Wi-Fi.

More useful information can be found on our Practical Info page.

+ Contributor Day Teams at WCEU 2019

Contributor Day Teams at WCEU 2019

This year, WordCamp Europe will have 25 Make WordPress teams at Contributor Day. WCEU will be welcoming more than 500 contributors, led by 37 experienced contributors and supported by WCEU organising and volunteer team.

You can also continue to contribute on the Friday and Saturday conference days in the dedicated Contributing Area.

Contributor Day Teams at WCEU 2019

Are you a new contributor?

GET SET UP

The Make WordPress teams use different tools for their contribution work, but as a start all contributors need a WordPress.org profile and access to the project’s Slack workspace. There will be volunteers available at a dedicated table in Room 1 to help anyone who doesn’t have these accounts.

Contributing to some teams requires setting up a local development environment. If you need one but don’t know how to set it up, you can visit the table in Room 2 for help installing VVV on your laptop before you join your selected team.

Varying Vagrant Vagrants is an open source Vagrant configuration focused on WordPress development. Thank you to Tom J Nowell and Lorelei Aurora for generously sharing their time and expertise to help new contributors get started in this area.

Get to know the Teams

Let’s introduce you to the WCEU Contributor Day Team Leads and the current work of the Make WordPress teams.

Accessibility

Team Lead:

The Accessibility Team will focus on WordPress 5.3 accessibility- related tickets from the WordPress Core and Gutenberg GitHub repository. These include:

  • ticket triage
  • making patches
  • issues resolution

Tasks will also be related to the WP Campus Gutenberg Accessibility Audit. The team will collaborate with the Design and Triage Editor (Core: Editor) teams.

Other areas of focus will be: the WordPress Theme Accessibility Audit project, WordPress.org/Meta websites and the Accessibility Team Handbook.

Accessibility – WP Theme Auditor

Team Lead:

The Accessibility – WP Theme Auditor will focus on accessibility auditing tools for WordPress themes.

Automated tests are not the only way to test accessibility, but it is good to include them in the development process. At Contributor Day, the team will look at tools including WP Theme Auditor and pa11y.

Community

Team Leads:

The Community Team will focus on improving existing documentation by moving tutorial posts to the Community Team Handbook, updating outdated pages and writing new docs that are still needed.

The team will also be working on:

  • improving deputy training materials
  • conducting a group Meetup orientation
  • any blockers to the team’s daily work.

Core: Javascript

Team Lead:

The Core: Javascript Team is focusing on a number of topics, including:

  • a discussion on patterns developed in Gutenberg which may conflict or overlap with patterns in the broader wp-admin interface
  • making Dispatch React hook available for use
  • improvements to the @wordpress/scripts package tools.

Core: PHP

Team Lead:

  • Anthony Burchell, Twitter: @antpb, WordPress.org: antpb

The Core: PHP Team is focused on resolving open issues for the new WordPress release candidate. It is working on a minor release of WordPress and addressing between 20 and 35 issues. It will focus on issues that arise from new features and fixes in the major release 5.2. https://make.wordpress.org/core/2019/06/01/some-changes-to-the-5-2-2-release-schedule/

Core: Privacy

Team Leads:

The Core: Privacy Team contributed 15 bug fixes and nine enhancements for the WP release 5.2 on 7 May 2019.

During Contributor Day, the team will focus on bug fixes and enhancements to their privacy tools for administrators. It will work on the 14 tickets in its 5.3 workflow and review new tickets.

Core: Triage

Team Lead:

The Core: Triage Team will focus on:

  • ticket-scrubbing techniques
  • Trac keywords
  • and workflows.

It will also help contributors understand how and where to focus their efforts to help with triaging Core tickets in Trac. There will be some overlap with the work being done by other teams.

Design

Team Lead:

The Design Team will work through a range of tasks during the day to offer something for everyone. There will be a group focusing on:

  • Gutenberg
  • Figma components
  • usability testing of the block directory
  • triage for design.

All are welcome to get involved.

Documentation

Team Leads:

The Documentation Team is responsible for areas including:

  • the Codex (moving to HelpHub)
  • Handbooks
  • developer.wordpress.org
  • admin help
  • inline docs
  • and other general documenting across the WordPress project.

This team is working on:

  • content Migration from Codex to HelpHub and DevHub
  • the Gutenberg Handbook
  • a centralised API Handbook

Core: Documentation

Team Lead:

The Core: Documentation Team is working to improve code reference with better usage of the More Info section. It also wants help in reviewing user’s code examples.

Gutenberg Documentation

Team Lead:

The Gutenberg Documentation Team will focus on helping developers by moving forward with developer’s documentation. The team wants to make sure its information and examples are up to date with the latest code.

Glotpress and Meta: i18n

Team Leads:

The Glotpress and Meta: i18n Team will work on:

  • ticket triage for international sites
  • the Translate site component
  • reviewing the priority of each pending ticket

For GlotPress, the team will be checking on the status of the upcoming 3.0 release and trying to solve any open issues on 3.0 prior to enable its release.

The team also hopes to discuss the process of requesting or adding new translation editors for plugins and themes. It will explore how the meta team can help make the process easier and clearer from a technical perspective.

Hosting

Team Lead:

The Hosting Team will be creating PHP upgrade guidelines for hosts for communication with users. The goal is to reflect on last year’s PHP upgrade process and how several hosts managed this process to create guidelines to assist with timing, preparation and support. This will help improve how hosts work with users on future PHP updates.

There will be a live demonstration on how to help users upgrade their website’s PHP version.

Marketing

Team Leads:

The Marketing Team focus on marketing the WordPress open source project and its community to the wider world. At contributor events, you will be able to get involved in one-off or longer term tasks, work on your own or with others, and join a vibrant and energetic team.

Contributors will be able to choose from an extensive list of tasks. Just some of those available include:

  • writing or editing case studies of WordPress sites
  • reviewing and subtitling videos for marketing purposes
  • interviewing and writing profiles about WordPress contributors to inspire others to get involved.

There will be help available on how to use the online tools and Google Drive editing process. A laptop or tablet will be useful to bring, and headphones if you would like to work on video or audio related tasks.

Read more details about the plans and tasks for the marketing table at WCEU 2019.

Meta

Team Lead:

The Meta Team plans to work on open tickets on Meta Trac, review some patches for Support Forums and the Plugin Directory, and work on some good-first-bugs. The Team Lead will tailor tasks depending on members’ interests.

Mobile

Team Leads:

The Mobile Team invites contributors to set up their development environment in advance. Instructions can be found at:
GitHub – WordPress Mobile on iOS
GitHub – WordPress Mobile on Android.

Polyglots

Team Lead:

The Polyglots Team will assist new translators to get started and help teams who want to build style guides and glossaries. It will support existing contributors in their translation work and try and overcome any difficulties they may have faced.

There will also be an opportunity to share your story of being a translator, contact @TranslateWP on Twitter in advance or talk to representatives from WPTranslationDay who will be available to share with you a list of interview questions.

Support

Team Lead:

The Support Team will show you:

  • the tools they use on a daily basis
  • some of the support platforms available (there’s more than just forums)
  • how to collaborate on questions and trying to find the best solutions for users.

No special skills or knowledge is required, but a laptop, tablet or similar would be useful. Contributors can also work together in pairs or small groups.

As the Support Team likes to say: “Support is one of the easiest, low barrier entries into contributing to WordPress!”

Theme Review

Team Lead:

The Theme Review Team will focus on other open source projects including Theme Sniffer plugin and WPThemeReview coding standards.

If time allows, it will also go through open issues and work on a selection in small groups.

For coding standards, contributors will be able to work with Juliette, who will also be able to help newcomers.

The team has chosen to focus on these areas as it feels the better the review tool is, the quicker the theme review can be completed and reduce the number of themes waiting in the queue. More on the Theme Review Team’s plans for WCEU 2019.

Tide

Team Leads:

The Tide Team will be focusing on a theme/plugin standard, and there may be some cross team communication for this work.

Training

Team Lead:

The Training Team works to create Workshops and Lesson plans that can be used by organisers of Meetups, WordCamps, or educators to teach WordPress to learners so that we can work toward democratizing publishing for everyone. This involves:

  • setting learning objectives
  • determining assessments
  • developing facilitation guides
  • creating slides presentations that can be used in a classroom environment or presentation.

On Contributor Day, the team will run a ‘sprint’ to complete one of these lesson plans. The workshop training will focus on Best Practices for WordPress-Friendly Layout includes the lesson plans Introduction to CSS, Web Fonts, Using the Theme Customizer, and Using Child Themes.

Triage Editor (Core: Editor)

Team Lead:

The Triage Editor (Core: Editor) Team’s goal is to make it easier to contribute to Gutenberg. There will be several tasks to work on throughout the day:

  • onboard new contributors, collect feedback and work on documentation improvements to make the process smoother
  • go through the list of open issues, trying to identify tasks which would be an excellent fit for new contributors
  • explore how we could automate the detection of pull requests sent by new contributors to ensure they get enough support from others
  • triage issues looking for those which can be closed because they are no longer relevant, are duplicates or should be moved somewhere else
  • triage pull requests seeking for those which can be closed, need to be updated or can be merged after short review and testing session

WordPress.tv

Team Lead:

The WordPress.TV Team has the following goals for Contributor Day:

  • teach the upload procedure to new contributors and explain the WPTV ecosystem
  • continue uploading enqueued videos from recent WordCamps, with at least one item to work on for each new contributor attending

WordPress Coding Standards

Team Leads:

  • Juliette Reinders Folmer, Twitter: @jrf_nl, WordPress.org: jrf
  • Gary Jones, Twitter: @GaryJ, WordPress.org: GaryJ

The WordPress Coding Standards (WPCS) Team will focus on documentation. There will be some cross-over with other teams.

There are three areas related to documentation which people can work on improving:

1. the information about WPCS in the Make website(s).

2. the he documentation available about the sniffs. For this, some coding knowledge is required, but not much. This mostly involves creating XML documents with minimal code samples of good and bad code for each sniff currently in WPCS. This documentation can then be called up from the command-line by users of WPCS, as well as be used to generate HTML/Markdown pages which can be added to the WPCS wiki and/or Make.

3. would like to soon start improving the WPCS-Docs sniffs. To help with this, we would like to ask people to start creating the unit tests we will need for this. For this, people need to familiarize themselves with (or already have a good understanding of) the WPCS Docs standards so the docblock samples can be created

WP CLI

Team Llead:

The WP-CLI Team is the official command line tool for interacting with and managing your WordPress sites.

Make use of the Contributing Area #WCEU

Make use of the Contributing Area

Did you know you can contribute to WordPress during the main conference days at WordCamp Europe? All attendees will be able to use a dedicated space on 21 and 22 June 2019 to keep contributing to the open source project. You can continue tasks from Contributor Day or from your own contributing activity.

After the success of the Contributing Area at last year’s WordCamp Europe, we are bringing it back for 2019. This is a dedicated space where you can continue your work from Contributor Day or do some of your own work. Make WordPress teams are also welcome to use the room to meet with members, as the WordPress Coding Standards team did last year.

The dedicated space will be located close to the registration tables at the Estrel and signposted with a banner. There will be seating, tables and power sockets available for your use. 

The Contributing Area is open to all WCEU attendees, sponsors, speakers and volunteers, and will be open to coincide with the talks and workshop sessions.

Enjoy contributing!

More resources

Try the Contributor Orientation Tool to find which of the Make WordPress teams you might like to work with.

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+ An Active Blogger's Birthday

An Active Blogger’s Birthday

Just because we are super active bloggers with a demanding daily blogging schedule, doesn’t mean that we can’t celebrate our birthdays like everyone else. Can we, really?

Today it’s my birthday. I am a 46 years old Content Creator & SEO Marketing Expert, with more than 20 years experience in my field. What I have learned so far, is that everything changes rapidly and time flies like the wind.

There isn’t any magical recipe to stay connected with the joy of life. The only thing you have to do is to expose yourself to true life and take risks. The nature of our work demands to use the wifi connection more than our heart.

When you create content and Digital Marketing & SEO strategy for clients you are into the digital universe more than 8 hours per day. It comes a point where you start to miss important events of your life, your family and friends. Don’t let this happen to you.

Make time to celebrate all the important events of life. Like birthdays.

Make time for your birthday

Never regret growing older. It is a privilege denied to many. Welcome each year with a smile and a piece of cake!

This may sound a bit peculiar but bare with me till the end. In order to celebrate my birthday I have to make arrangements 3 months ahead the big day.

When you reach my age and you have a calendar full of business obligations, then planning becomes your second nature. In my birthday, I want all my friends & family around the same table. To make this happen, we must move a lot of strings in our lives just to spare a night out for celebrations.

Although it takes a lot of effort to find the perfect location and date, we manage to meet and celebrate all the important events. Year after year, these moments are the most joyful and precious ones.

Never neglect your friendships and your need to have your beloved people in your life. Make it a priority to be present in real life. Digital communication is only a media to pass a message and can never replace a hug.

An Active Blogger’s Birthday

+ Social Media Wedding Etiquette

Social Media Wedding Etiquette

My niece is getting married and during the wedding planning the big question come up. How can the soon-to-be-married-couple handle the social media sharing from their guests. The couple is at their late 20s and both side families have a strong opinion about privacy.

The couple wants to share everything through their social media accounts & their wedding website, but both side families are against the idea. Having high profile guests and family members, could raise a question of what to share. You see, young people find it only natural to use their social media interaction before, during and after their wedding. But not everyone agrees with that practice!

Sorry guys, it’s your big happy day but you have to respect that privacy is an important factor. The best way to handle this delicate issue is to control what and who is sharing pictures in an open wedding.

Social Media Wedding Etiquette

Share with Extra Care

Define from your first official announcement what kind of publicity you wish to have. If you are open to create a wedding website and your own wedding hashtag, then you are open to let everyone take as many pictures as they want from any angle they may think.

Bride and groom are the only ones that can set the wedding social media tone from the day one of the wedding planning. Agree as a couple what is the desired protocol for posting wedding pictures. When you are sure, then inform your guests if they can or can not take pictures of the wedding ceremony. Make sure that if you don’t want pictures posted in social media until after the ceremony, that all your guests will get the message ahead of the big day.

I would suggest to let your guests know if they can let their creativity wild or not in the wedding invitation. Of course you can create your personal wedding website and hashtags, but you can also add some specific (and polite) guidelines of what is expected from guests photo-journalist behavior.

You can even ask not to take any photographs and kindly remind them that you will have a professional photography team capturing everything. In high profile weddings, it is common to hire professional social media managers to control the quality of visuals and texts of a wedding.

Social media professionals know how to feed your guests desire for photos without harming your bridal digital look. That will give your guests the opportunity to share real time moments but only those that are pre-approved as “good social media” wedding material.

You may find this odd, but let’s break it down.

Social Media Wedding Etiquette

Social Media Wedding Material

We live in a digital & social media world, where everyone is always connected. All life events are captured and shared within seconds. Especially the generations born after 2000, have grown up in a 100% digital & tech friendly environment. As they say, if it’s not in social media then it’s not happening for real.

Weddings are some of the big happy events that people want to share with everyone in the world. And in the digital world, too.

But when you have invest a tremendous amount of energy, time and money to plan and organize all the details for your wedding, why should you leave it up to good luck what is shared from your wedding day? Ask the professional opinion of a wedding planner if you are not sure what to do.

Make it crystal clear to your wedding planner how you wish to handle this matter. If you want to have only perfect pictures that declare your love for style & design, then add into your contract and a pro social media management service.

In my experience, luxury wedding planning agencies tend to be extra cautious with all the details and visuals assets of a wedding. They screen everything like well trained hawks and share with the public only the top photographs of a wedding.

When the number of your quest list is beyond a narrow family circle, then it would be wise to add a top social media management service for the digital PR of the event.

Include a kind note of clear instructions of how much you will appreciate from your guests, to respect your family’s wish not to use their mobile cameras throughout the wedding. Stress out that plenty of photos will be available via the photography team during the wedding celebration, under the hashtag of #yourwedding.

In other words, this means that the people attending your wedding should use only the selection of photographs that your organizing team has approved. This happens, when the bride and groom, intend to use their wedding visual material for official press releases.

Sometimes, when guests or families are VIPs they want to avoid extra publicity and exploitation of their personal lives. It is very important for all guests to respect the given guidelines, if they don’t want to have an awkward moment of giving their mobile phones to the security.

Believe me, this happens a lot!

Social Media Wedding Etiquette

Wedding Vendors Social Media

Most of the times all wedding vendors are posting backstage moments in their social media accounts. In case, you wish to avoid that, clarify with your wedding planner what is permitted and what is not.

Be open minded, because vendors like to post the process of making and you are not included in these photos. Let them enjoy this creative and happy process. But remind them to use your wedding’s hashtag!

For future submissions to wedding blogs or magazines, most wedding planners will ask for your permission. Have in mind that when a photo album is rolling into the digital world, there is no way you can control it. The only thing you can do is to add into your contract that all future uses of your wedding photographs, must have your wedding’s hashtag.

In the rare case, where both families in a wedding are happy to share everything, then go for it and use it as part of your wedding design. Add a social media corner, have dozens of stories, post live videos and invite your friends to share the magic. Hey, don’t ask your grandmother to share… most probably she will think that you are crazy.

Be aware that in some traditional and religious ceremonies all mobile devices may be forbidden. Check it and inform your guests in written form, for example in the invitation.

I have seen wedding ceremonies to get interrupted by an angry priest who was furious from the guests mobile use. Respect the couple’s wishes and you all gonna have a wonderful wedding celebration.

Do you want to learn more about wedding social media management? Feel free to contact us for more information!


All photographs credits: Sarah Pflug