Welcome 10up as a Platinum Sponsor

Please join me in thanking 10up for their Platinum sponsorship of WordCamp Boston 2013. Without their support, our event wouldn’t be possible.

From Jake Goldman, president of 10up:

Here at 10up, WordCamp Boston holds a special place in our heart.

I helped organize Boston’s very first WordCamp in early 2010. Although I’d touched on WordPress as far back as 2006, Boston was my second WordCamp and one of a series of community engagements that led to me to focus on WordPress. One year after that conference, I founded 10up with a vision of an elite agency that would leverage open source in pursuit of a simple mission: make online publishing simple and fun.

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Please welcome Upstatement as Gold sponsor

By Jared Novack

The Boston WordPress community has given me so much in terms of new ideas, connections and knowledge. I’m really excited to return the favor and sponsor this year’s event with my company, Upstatement.

It wasn’t too long ago that I was a full-time Drupal developer. That changed when I went to my first WordCamp here in Boston last summer. I remember going to some awesome developer sessions from K. Adam White, Sam Hotchkiss and Jon Heller that opened my eyes to WordPress as a full CMS and application framework.

Since then, we’ve built some incredible WordPress sites for GlobalNews.ca (with 10Up), Random House and Boston College — with a bunch more in the pipeline.

Upstatement specializes in building sites for magazines, newspapers and other media companies. My partners and I got our start in the newsrooms of The Boston Globe, New York Times and San Jose Mercury News. After leaving newspapers, we worked on lots of editorial projects like The Boston Globe’s responsive redesign in 2011.


Because we’re doing so much WordPress themeing, we brought along concepts from the JavaScript world (like Template languages) to make it even better. We created Timber, a plugin that lets you use the Twig Template Engine in your themes: making it easier to build sites and allowing clients to customize them for special sections and stories. Timber is now one of the most popular open source WordPress projects on GitHub.

Timber homepage

I’m giving a special Workshop this Friday covering the ins-and-outs of Timber: how it can speed-up development and let you write themes with beautiful, simple markup + code (and less debugging!).

You can find us on Twitter at: @Upstatement or on regular internet: http://upstatement.com.

Welcome Jossey-Bass as a Silver Sponsor

Jossey-Bass, publishers of Scott Berkun’s The Year Without Pants: WordPress.com and the Future of Work, is a proud sponsor of WordCamp Boston.

The Year Without Pants: WordPress.com and the Future of Work is a behind-the-scenes look at the firm behind WordPress.com and the unique work culture that contributes to its phenomenal success.

“The underlying concept—an ‘expert’ putting himself on the line as an employee—is just fantastic. And then the book gets better from there! I wish I had the balls to do this.” – Guy Kawasaki, author, APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur, and former chief evangelist, Apple.

Read a sample chapter of The Year Without Pants: WordPress.com and the Future of Work.

Please welcome textbox.io as Gold sponsor

The team at Textbox.io is excited about sponsoring our first WordCamp at WordCamp Boston!  At Textbox.io we’re all about writing and what better place to talk about writing than at WordCamp, surrounded by a prodigiously passionate community of blogging awesomeness (See… I told you we are excited).

Our mission at Textbox.io is to evolve writing for the web and with WordPress, now representing almost 20% of the web. While so many applications depend on visual editing today, delivering a fantastic user experience remains a challenge.  That’s why we’ve created Textbox.io.  We understand that the state of the visual editor is one of the key challenges many face when using WordPress, and we want to work with the WordPress community to change that.

The team at Textbox.io comes with years of experience creating visual editors for enterprise applications, but we feel that the time is right for a new approach using the latest technologies from HTML5 through to cloud-based APIs.  

Textbox.io has only just launched in beta, but it already has some great features in a combination you won’t find in any other visual editor on the web.  

  • Media embedding.  Simply copy a media URL from YouTube, Vimeo, Slideshare.net or hundreds of other services.  Textbox.io connects with media services to turn URLs into rich media directly in their content.
  • Autocorrect and spell check as-you-type.  Textbox.io’s built in spell checking service runs in the background as-you-type saving you from embarrassing mistakes. Check content as-you-type rather than waiting until the deadline.
  • Markdown support.  Whether writing is your passion or you just have an aversion to mice, Textbox.io’s markdown support will mean your fingers never have to leave the keyboard.
  • Snippets.  Extend markdown with your own personalizations using Snippets.  Snippets use Textbox.io’s macro, enabling users to write a snippet but insert a passage – or any HTML for that matter.
  • Over 800 emoticons. They’ve been loved (and sometimes hated) on iOS. Now Textbox.io makes the complete emoji character set available for WordPress.  

So if you’re as interested in an improved writing experience in WordPress as we are, then come and talk to us at WordCamp Boston.  We’d love to get your feedback and insight.  Together we can create the next generation of visual editing for the web.



Welcome SendPress as a Silver Sponsor

Hello WordCamp Boston 2013, and thanks for letting our SendPress team invade your city over the next few days. As fellow New Englanders (New Hampshire to be exact), we are excited to share our “wicked” easy WordPress newsletter plugin with you as sponsors at this years event.

SendPress is a powerful, professional and of course easy-to-use, WordPress email newsletter solution with all the functionality you’d expect from a third party provider, without ever having to leave your WordPress site or recreate content. SendPress Pro has some exciting features to share, including:

  • Advanced reports
  • Custom SMTP – Including SendGrid, Mandrill, Amazon SES, MailJet, & many more.
  • Spam Score Checking
  • Post notifications (Fall 2013)
  • Bounce handling (Fall 2013)
  • AutoResponders (Fall 2013)
  • Superb support (if we do say so ourselves)

Best of all, we always give you unlimited subscribers, even if you decide you are only ready to dip a toe into this awesomeness with our Free Version available from http://sendpress.com.

Welcome WP Engine as a Gold Sponsor

Hey Boston!

WP Engine is rolling into town this October, and we’re pumped about getting to hang out with you all. We’re sending a crew of amazing folks, all of whom have years of WordPress experience, to the WordCamp. We can’t wait to meet you all and hear about the amazing things you and your companies are building with WordPress.

WP Engine believes in supporting the local WordPress Community, and this marks the second year we’ve come out to WordCamp Boston. We’re bringing and all-new batch of amazingly soft t-shirts and WP Engine stickers to hand out.

What is WP Engine?
WP Engine is the one of the most mature premium managed hosting platforms for websites and apps built with WordPress, powering tens of thousands of websites, delivering the fastest, most reliable, and most secure web experience. Businesses large and small like Bonarroo, Soundcloud, HTC, VM Ware, and Atlassian rely on WP Engine’s exceptional customer service team of WordPress Experts.

Developers love WP Engine because they know that the ‘WP Engineers’ understand the challenges of developing WordPress sites, and have built an entire development toolkit with features like the one-click staging area, push from staging to production with a click, and .git for version control and deployment.

See you all this weekend!

PS: We want so say a quick thank you to the WordCamp Boston Organizers for all their hard work putting the event together.

Please Welcome Oomph as Platinum sponsor

Wait, WordPress turned 10 this year? Aww! We remember when it was still rocking onesies and hadn’t heard of plugins. It’s hard to believe this platform we work with daily–and that brings us together each year–has only been around for a decade.

Oh, nice to meet you–We’re Oomph. Formed in 2006 and headquartered in Boston, we create solutions across web, mobile, and social platforms. We’re a WordPress.com VIP partner, and we’ve work with Automattic and WordPress.com VIP to build large scale media sites for companies like NBC News, NBC Sports, NESN, New England Journal of Medicine, OK Magazine and Interactive One, to name a few.

You might remember us from last year’s WordCamp after-party at GameOn!. Since then we’ve moved to a shiny, new office on Boston’s Long Wharf, contributed to WP Core, and added some talented people to our team. We’re pumped to once more be a Platinum Sponsor of this year’s WordCamp Boston, mostly because it gives us the opportunity to meet like-minded people that are as unique as we are. Come next weekend, you can find us at our signature-red booth; be sure to stop by if you want to see our projects, join our team, or grab some candy.

Keep an eye out for our very own Steven Word and Bradley Jacobs who with both be speaking next weekend, and make sure to join us at this year’s WordCamp after-party at Firebrand Saints. At the registration table you’ll find our info sheet with directions, a free drink ticket, and a special something to help you make the most of Saturday night. Until then, be sure to check out our website and find us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. See you soon! 

Please Welcome ServerPress as Silver sponsor

ServerPress is SUPER excited to be a Silver sponsor for WordCamp Boston, 2013!

Two team members, Marc Benzakein and Gregg Franklin, will be there to answer questions, demo DesktopServer and help in any way we can to help make this a WordCamp to remember.

At ServerPress, we love the WordPress community and developed DesktopServer specifically for Developers, Designers and others who run their own WordPress websites to create local versions in minutes. Whether you’re hardcore or new, we know you’ll fall in love with our software the minute you see it.

Saving you time and frustration is our passion. No cowboy coding. Simple local development. Easy deployment. All in minutes rather than hours. That’s what DesktopServer is all about. Here are just a few of our rave tweets from clients:

@DesktopServer is amazing. Just got a whole wordpress archive up and running in 2 clicks. No messing with DB files. Well worth going premium. –@matt_essam

Did my first local-to-live direct deploy with @DesktopServer last night… omg so easy #lifechanging@marktimemedia

Thanks @DesktopServer for another easy morning 😉 #WordPress #Famous30SecondInstall@RevConcept

I’ve made a default install of WP just how I like it… using @DesktopServer to clone gets me ready to code in like 2mins. Love it. –@JiveDig

@DesktopServer is sooooo fluffy!! Just paid for the premium version, worth every penny. pic.twitter.com/xHuH0xRDR3@deadcatdreaming

And the list goes on . . . forever!

Anyway, enough about us! It’s really about us going to meet the wonderful people that make up the WordPress Community at one of the premiere WordCamps of the Northeast! Come find us! Say ‘hi’! We might even have a cool piece of swag to give you!

Find us on Twitter @desktopserver or Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ServerPress or, most importantly, our website at http://www.serverpress.com.