We had been waiting more than a year for one of our favourite events to return: WordCamp Greece. Due to the pandemic, the organisational team had to change plans. Eventually, the rendez-vous was set for an online event on April 16, 2021. Papaki was there as a gold sponsor actively supporting, once again, the event and the WordPress community.
What is a WordCamp?
WordPress, an open source software, is behind almost half of the websites! WordPress is a CMS (Content Management System), a platform for building websites. Its use is constantly growing, especially in Greece. WordCamps are conferences about WordPress but not only. They also talk about the internet and technologies in general. WordCamps bring together professionals from many different fields, such as design, programming, marketing, startups, ecommerce, and more and take place in more than 120 countries worldwide!
All WordCamp events, as well as the one in Greece, are supported by the WordPress Foundation which aims to preserve WordPress’ openness.
Papaki loves WordPress. We use it for us – our blog and other projects are set up in WordPress – but we also recommend it to our customers. In Papaki you will find services such as Managed WordPress Hosting and Managed WooCommerce for eShops. Our team has also developed a number of Plugins to provide solutions to every WordPress user.
WordCamp Greece 2021
This year’s event was definitely different from the previous years. It was hosted on the online platform Airmeet, between April 16-18. There, we had also set up our digital booth, as a gold sponsor. We shared a video about Papaki as well as useful links with our WordPress plugins and virtual swags for those who “visited” us. Our team took turns in the booth in order to answer questions and many of us also attended the conference talks.
We really missed the networking and fun of live WordCamps. An online conference is difficult to offer direct, human contact. Nevertheless, the organising team did its best to set up a well-organised event.
The presentations lasted for two days. There were very interesting talks which covered a fairly wide range of topics. There was a lot about businesses looking for online solutions: useful tips on how not to get “hacked”, as well as news on current issues, such as online accessibility for the disabled (WCAG 2.0), multilingual websites and SEO tips. There was also extensive reporting on Google’s web vitals and how they can improve website speed and user experience.
There was also simultaneous interpretation in sign language which was a great positive feature of the conference.
Finally, there was the After Party which managed to kind of break the ice of the online event.
It is important to support such events. It is essential so they can be able to maintain their non-profit character. Also, you get a great picture of “what is happening” on the Internet, you get feedback and you meet a lot of really interesting people. We are looking forward to the next WordCamp and we really hope it will be a live event!