WordCamp was a great day of meeting WordPress people and learning new things for me. It’s very fun to work on a project that has such engaged and enthusiastic users and contributors. Though I spent a lot of the day setting up and organizing things, I did listen in on various discussions and took away the following bits and pieces:
- Several people told me that they would like to meet more fellow WordPress users, for example via local meetups, to exchange ideas and learn new ways of using WordPress.
- International interest in WordPress is growing and people were asking for the status of international communities and how they can join in and help. WordPress Netherlands and WordPress Germany came up as good examples to check out.
- The number of developers and companies who are building WordPress widgets and plugins continues to grow and many of them are seeing strong adoption and results.
- There is a lot of enthusiasm for WordPress MU, the multi-user version of WordPress, and its potential community and other applications. Interest in using WordPress for CMS and other non-blogging applications seemed strong as well.
- Related to the last point, several people told me that they are looking for WordPress consultants to help with training and development projects. We should follow up by creating ways to help introduce clients and providers of WordPress related services (some of that started to happen on the conference wiki).