Category Archives: Sponsors

Featured Silver Sponsor: GoWP

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WordCamp Asheville 2016 is about to begin and we could not have planned such an excellent event without our sponsors. Our sponsors not only believe in supporting WordPress’s open source community, they also believe in sharing ideas, supporting one another, and making WordPress the very best it can be. GoWp is one of these companies and we were lucky enough to get one of their staff to share some information about GoWP’s story.

Q. What is your name?

A. Brad Morrison

Q. What does GoWP do?

A. GoWP provides complete subscription WordPress support, including a white-label plan for agencies. For a low monthly fee, you get automated WP core and plugin updates, regular backups, security monitoring and help from real people. They can keep your site secure, up-to-date and provide WordPress support, assistance, and guidance when you need it most.

Q. Why do you do it? What is your vision and mission?

A. After 10 years of running a traditional web agency, we decided to simplify things in early 2014 and focus solely on support. Our team was a little worn down with managing all of the pieces of project work. Support was always a positive experience — our clients loved it when we helped them solve painful issues and we loved seeing them happy. We retooled our entire business with the mission to “create happiness by delivering exceptional WordPress support.”

Q. Who are your ideal customers?

A. (1) Digital agencies who are looking for a white-label support service and (2) small businesses who need support for their WP site.

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Q. Why do you support WordCamp Asheville? What do you hope attendees gain from participating?

A. We’re nearby in Atlanta and want to help grow the WordPress community in Asheville and across the region. I hope attendees see how special the WordPress community is and also take away ideas to improve their site or organization.

Q. How do you use WordPress or how do your clients/customers use it? Why is WordPress important to you?

A. We support WordPress sites across many industries so we see it used in a lot of ways: memberships sites, e-commerce, lead generation, lifestyle blogs and more. WordPress is important to us because it’s community-driven software that is always improving.

Q. How can people learn more about what you do?

A. Visit our website www.GoWP.com.

 

Meet Our #WCAVL Small Business Sponsors

We’re extremely grateful for the small business sponsors that make WordCamp Asheville possible. These sponsors are important members of the Asheville WordPress community and we thank them for their support!

WordCamp Asheville could not succeed without your support!

JB Media Group is an internet marketing firm that focuses on strong digital strategy, content, social media and public relations to help businesses tell their stories. They also offer training for marketing professionals and business owners to learn how to create their own digital marketing plan. This Asheville-based group focuses exclusively on internet marketing to deliver results for your business.

FacetWP is an advanced filtering plugin that allows users to create faceted search for ecommerce, directories, resource libraries, and more. The plugin works with any theme and integrates with tons of popular plugins. If you are looking for a search filtering plugin that gets your users to what they want faster, check out Facet WP.

Open Door Design Studio is an Asheville-based design studio with expertise in branding, collateral and website design. ODDS approaches each project as a collaboration between their designers and the client to create award-winning design that will make your business shine.

Lydia Roberts Design builds responsive website and email designs for business and nonprofit clients. She works exclusively in WordPress and is an active member of the WordPress community here in Asheville. She specializes in website design and development that helps her clients shine, and integrating those sites into an email marketing plan.

Treetop Interactive is a web and mobile development agency based in Asheville, with a focus on websites and mobile apps. They are experts in WordPress and WooCommerce, and their software engineers prioritize creating systems that their clients can use and maintain long after the website is launched.

If you or your business want to support Asheville’s WordPress community, sponsorships are still available, and are a great way to get your business in front of a highly engaged developer community. Visit our Become a Sponsor page to see our sponsorship options.

Meet Our Bronze Sponsors!

WordCamp Asheville could not take place each year without the support of our wonderful sponsors. In addition to supporting our Asheville WordPress community, these Bronze sponsors have WordPress baked into their core values. We are so grateful and proud to introduce the following companies:

MyGeek Technologies

MyGeek Technologies provides IT support services to small and medium sized businesses and nonprofits. They also support and host WordPress sites in a PCI/HIPAA compliant datacenter. According to Adam Sewell, “We do what we do to help others. It’s a passion. As part of that idea, we strive to help our clients become productive with the technology they own and find new technologies that fit their businesses and workflows without breaking the bank. Which often includes a lot of open source technologies like WordPress.” MyGeek Technologies was built from the founder doing WordPress freelance development work therefore they have strong ties to the WordPress community still to this day. The reason they support WordCamp Asheville is so they can help others follow their passion and dreams.

SiteLock Security for Small Business

Sitelock is currently protecting more than one million WordPress sites, SiteLock delivers a patented 360-degree website security solution to find, fix and prevent malware and other threats from affecting websites and their visitors. Services include malware scanning and vulnerability detection, automatic malware removal, an advanced web application firewall (WAF), PCI compliance and website acceleration powered by a global CDN. SiteLock provides phone support, available 24/7/365.

SiteLock has been protecting websites since 2008, with a varied team that continues to grow every day. Our diverse backgrounds allow us to better understand and meet customer needs with a culture focusing on respect, positivity and fun. And with leadership that is committed to the team, that commitment is passed along to our customers. Above all else, we are dedicated to customer success. Whether it be your online portfolio, business site or blog—fighting malicious activity, protecting your website and helping you through the process when something happens is why we are here.

SiteLock is very excited to be supporting WordCamp Asheville this year! WordPress brings together an exceptional community of people committed to learning from each other and bettering the platform. We want to continue to support that growth and innovation. Our hope is that attendees at WordCamp Asheville walk away with new knowledge, ideas and connections that will improve their WordPress experience.

wpml

WPML.org is “The WordPress Multilingual Plugin” and makes it easy to translate WordPress sites into multiple languages. WPML falls under the umbrella of onTheGo Systems, a global company with 79 members coming from 35 different countries.WPML comes in over 40 languages. You can also add your own language variants using the languages editor. WPML offers two versions to fit any size website, from a blog to a complex corporate site. If you’re looking for a simple, powerful plugin to translate every aspect of your WordPress site, check out WPML.org. Created by onTheGoSystems, the team also offers the awesome Toolset plugins and a translation service. Toolset is a suite of plugins to manage custom types in WordPress sites. With Toolset you can build custom WordPress sites, without writing PHP. The ICanLocalize Translation Service provides translation for websites, iPhone apps, Android apps and software. According to Laura de Figueiredo, WPML works hard to develop great plugins because they LOVE WordPress and want to make the lives of the WordPress community easier. “WordPress is an amazing community, in which OnTheGoSystems loves to play an active part by supporting it as it grows,” states Figueiredo. “Attendees at #WCAVL will not only learn, but also share their ideas. You can meet a great developer, an agency owner, or just a WordPress beginner, it doesn’t matter, everyone is there to participate and contribute,” she continues. Visit the onTheGoSystems website to learn more.

Status Forward

Status Forward is a small design and development team focused on helping businesses, organizations, and individuals develop brands that connect with people in a digital world. WordPress plays a fundamental role in all of their web projects. A website is often what makes the first impression on a potential client or customer, and as such, it is a vitally important part of any brand. They specialize in clean and effective design and custom development that makes the most sense for our clients and helps them stand out from the crowd. Founder Laurel Scherer told us, “We do what we do because – well, we like it – and it helps pay the bills too. We enjoy the diversity of the clients we work with. Every business has something unique to say and we like figuring out what that is and how to best communicate it in everything we do when partnering with a client.” “We enjoy being part of the WordPress and Asheville communities, both of which foster collaboration and mutual support,” she continues, “This is key to our success, and we want to contribute to the continued growth and well being of these two great communities. WordCamp is the perfect opportunity to do this as a sponsor, speaker, and of course, at the Happiness Bar.” Visit the Status Forward website to learn more.

Craft Peak

Craftpeak, a digital creative studio in the heart of Downtown Asheville, offers web design and development services, as well as classes in coding. Founders Julien Melissas and Corey Bullman are highly involved in the Asheville WordPress community. Their work focuses on collaboration and storytelling to build exceptional web and application experiences.  Learn more at craftpeak.com.

dreamhostDreamHost, a web hosting company that hosts over 750,000 WordPress installations across their shared and dedicated servers. They also offer domain registration, and cloud services for a wide variety of business needs. With 24/7/365 technical support, they are a great option for hosting your WordPress website. Come for the great hosting and support, stay for the quirky newsletters. Learn more DreamHost.com.

plesk_logo_positive_rgbPlesk, a WebOps platform to run, automate, and grow applications, website and hosting businesses. Plesk is used by many of the top hosting and cloud providers around the world, and has WordPress specific implementations of its OS-agnostic platform, including the ability to install and manage all of your WordPress installations from one login, and a robust security interface. Visit Plesk.com for more information.

Featured Gold Sponsor: Meet Bluehost

Once again, the planning committee for WordCamp Asheville can not thank our sponsors enough. Without the support of all our Gold, Silver, Bronze, Community, and in-kind sponsors we would not be able to make WordCamp Asheville happen every year. If you haven’t checked out our sponsors yet make sure you visit their websites and when you attend  WordCamp Asheville be sure and stop by their vending tables and booths. In an effort to feature everyone who makes WordCamp Asheville a success we will be sharing interviews with new sponsors on the blog each week. So, without further ado…we would like to introduce Bluehost.

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Q. What is your name?

A. Devin Sears

Q. What does Bluehost do?

A. Bluehost offers online solutions for SMBs. We specialize in hosting but provide other services such as site design, optimization and SEO assistance.

Q. Why do you do it? What is your vision and mission?

A. Our top priority and number one goal is to help small businesses succeed online.

Q. Who are your ideal customers?

A. Small to medium size businesses and people that want to increase their online presence.

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Q. Why do you support AVL WordCamp? What do you hope attendees gain from participating?

A. We believe in a better web. We believe that WordPress, and by extension WordCamps, are the premier solution to making people and businesses successful on the web.

Q. How do you use WordPress or how do your clients/customers use it? Why is WordPress important to you?

A. We feel WordPress empowers people to succeed on the web like nothing else. We sponsor every WordCamp worldwide because we believe WordCamps are one of the best resources available to anyone wanting to learn how to fully harness WordPress. At WordCamps, users have a unique opportunity to learn from each other, get help and ideas, and help the WordPress community continue to thrive.

Q. How can people learn more about what you do?

A. Visit our website: http://www.bluehost.com/wordcamp.

 

Featured Gold Sponsor: Meet WooCommerce

WordCamp Asheville could not continue without the support of our generous sponsors. We are so grateful for their generosity. This year we wanted to give everyone the chance to meet our sponsors more personally and learn more about what they do and why they do it. We asked each sponsor to have someone on their team share the company story, as well as how they stay involved with and invested in the WordPress community. So, without further ado…we would like to introduce WooCommerce.

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Q. What is your name?

A. Nicole Kohler

Q. What does WooCommerce do?

A. WooCommerce is a free eCommerce toolkit for WordPress. It is used by over 30% of all online stores, and allows you to sell anything, anywhere, beautifully. WooCommerce is free, and also has paid extensions that can be added to increase its capabilities such as add subscription support, memberships, and more.

Q. Why do you do this work? What is your vision and mission?

A. We created WooCommerce to give anyone the power to sell anything – physical goods, digital products, subscriptions, downloads, memberships, even your time – from anywhere in the world. Our mission is to give people the power to run a robust eCommerce website with WordPress.

Q. Who are your ideal customers?

A. Anyone who wants to sell online can use WooCommerce!

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Q. Why do you support WordCamp Asheville? What do you hope attendees gain from participating?

A. As a global sponsor of WordCamps, we aim to learn more about what current WooCommerce users are doing, what we can do to better support them, and how we can grow and improve our plugin and its extensions. We hope that attendees gain a better sense of who we are and what we are trying to accomplish, and maybe also get some questions answered or problems solved by our helpful ninjas :).

Q. How do you use WordPress or how do your clients/customers use it? Why is WordPress important to you?

A. WordPress is the core of every WooCommerce installation. We use it every day, and it’s incredibly important to us. Our ninjas have taken many different paths to discover and use WordPress – it’s a common bond among us, something that has brought us all together.

Q. How can people learn more about what you do?

A. Visit woocommerce.com to learn more, or follow us at twitter.com/woocommerce.

Our WordPress Community

In Asheville, one thing that’s important to most people is the sense of community and that “Go Local” spirit. It’s a huge part of why WordCamp Asheville was able to get off the ground in 2014 when businesses large and small as well as individuals decided to sponsor, volunteer, and speak at the event. In fact, so many people offer to help each year with WordCamp that we have a larger organizing team than some WordCamps double our size!

In the spirit of community, we’re offering an Open Source Supporter sponsor level of $100 this year. We want to give individuals who believe in WordPress – an open source content management system – an opportunity to offer their support.

Your ticket to WordCamp is included in the $100. So that’s lunch, a t-shirt, and two great days jammed full of sessions for $100. For $50 per day, who can beat that?

If you’re interested in becoming a Open Source Supporter, head on over to our Sponsorship Level page or go straight to our application form.

volunteering at WordCamp Asheville in 2015

And there are always ways to contribute, even if it’s not in dollars. The only limit is the imagination – and we hope that this year’s Camp sparks some creative ideas!

Sometimes the contributions from our volunteers end up as fun surprises – like our beautiful banners last year from the design team, or the pint glasses people fell in love with in 2014.

Last year, one of our attendees, Sean, volunteered to take some video. Although it happened on short notice, he put together a wonderful video of what people learned at WordCamp and we’d like to share it with you now:

Video production courtesy of Alpha Omega Design