As you should already know, this year we’ve been actively supporting the Open Source communities by sponsoring and attending different community events like JoomlaDays and WordCamps all over the world. Last week, few SiteGround pals and me embarked on a journey to fly us to the beautiful San Francisco for the biggest WordPress community event – WordCamp San Francisco. The event was amazing and without any further ado I’ll try to share the highlights of our experience there!
The SiteGround events team is back after ten busy days in the city that never sleeps, two major events and loads of good time and Starbucks lattes. For the last two weeks we attended two major blog related events, talked a lot first about blogging in general and than about doing it with WordPress and got to know many inspiring new people.
The SiteGround conferences journey continues in full swing and after CMS Expo, we headed to Germany to attend J And Beyond. You would wonder what’s so special about this one – yet another conference that SiteGround sponsors, attends and then writes about in this blog. Well, for anyone who uses Joomla and cares about its future, J and Beyond is by far the most important event of the year for the community. As we dearly care about Joomla, given that we host more than 80,000 customers who use that CMS, we couldn’t really miss that event.
Just as you may know, SiteGround super heroic team headed for Chicago last week to attend the CMS Expo – the biggest conference for content management systems. Our challenge was to redefine what web hosting is and to prove that shared hosting, when done right, can be a great option for the CMS users. Nothing could stop us to accomplish this mission even the raging nature itself. 🙂
We just came back from The Dutch Joomla!Days held this past weekend in Zeist, Netherlands. If you missed our previous post, we were the main sponsor of the event and it was the first Joomla! conference that we attended in person (though we have already sponsored few others). In a nutshell – the conference was absolutely great and I wanted to share our experience with all of you!
The two-day conference was held in Woudschoten Hotel & Conferentiecentrum in Zeist. Zeist is a small town near Utrecht, but incredibly beautiful and peaceful. The hotel is actually located out of the town in the very tranquil and picturesque forest and you could occasionally see a rabbit running near your feet or a peacock stretching its impressive tail and walking around the hotel area covered with fresh green grass – we totally felt like Alice in Wonderland! The other good thing about the location was that all attendees, speakers and sponsors spent the weekend together which was very good for networking and socializing too! Hat tip to the organizers for picking up this location and for doing a brilliant job in organizing the event!
Last week we announced the launch of our first server in the Netherlands, and this week we ourselves are heading to this amazing country to attend a very special event: Joomla!Days Netherlands, 2012. We are excited about the opportunity to meet in person the Dutch Joomla fans and to offer them our Joomla hosting services on servers located in their own country! And we are even more thrilled by the opportunity to share the Joomla hosting lessons we have learned with the community built around this amazing software.
So save these dates: the 21st and 22nd of April in Zeist, Netherlands.
Just as we promised, we continue our initiative for sponsoring and giving away free tickets for Open Source community organized events. This initiative started last December when we had few free WordCamp tickets to give away and thought "why not give them to our customers, now that we can't personally attend". Initially, this wasn't meant to become an ongoing project, but we did receive some great feedback from the people who attended the past events and no longer doubted if we should continue this. We learned that these events are a great opportunity for everyone, no matter how advanced user he/she is, to learn, network and gather new ideas and knowledge for the development of their own websites. And if there's one thing we strongly believe in, it is that we should help our customers along every step of the way: from a quick sign up process, through an easy and straightforward web site build up, to future growth and development of their online presence. And what better opportunity to get new knowledge, inspiration and ideas than attending such events? On top of it - for free! Read More
The initiative we started last December with sponsoring some WordCamps will continue and we plan to sponsor and attend multiple events related with the most popular applications among our customers throughout the whole 2012. The first couple of conferences we are supporting are right behind the corner and we are eager to give away a few free tickets to anyone, who is interested in attending them as part of our sponsorship.
Here are three events we are sponsoring in February:
WordCamp Miami - 17-18 Feb 2012
WordCamp Phoenix - 24-26 Feb 2012
Joomla!Day Guatemala - 29 Feb - 3 Mar 2012