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Speaker’s Presentation Slides

For your convenience, here are the presentation slides that were sent in to us by the speakers. We will keep this list updated as any more are sent in.

Keynote: Connections by Carrie Dils

All Users

Essential SEO for Bloggers and Content Developers by Leah Quintal
Optimizing Your Images to Improve Site Performance and SEO by Steve Mortiboy
Monsters of WordPress by Kyle Bondo
Staying Connected: Securing Your WordPress Website by Ray Mitchell
Supercharge Your WordPress Site with Jetpack by Chase Livingston
The Goldilocks Zone: Finding the Perfect Length for Blog Posts by Sarah Giavedoni and Jim MacKenzie
Avoid Embarrassing and Costly WordPress Mistakes by Charlie Sasser
See One Do One Teach One: Making Videos with iPad by Judi Knight


SEO goes Local by Rich Owings
A Look Behind the Curtain by Boomer Sassmann
Customer Service and the Freelancer by Adam Sewell
Resources and Lessons for using WordPress in your business by Steven Slack
Online Writing Best Practices by Mark Bloom
Moving Up the Food Chain: Finding and Landing Big Projects by Bill Gadless
How to Optimize Contact Forms by Kimberly Daggerhart

Design & Front-End

Website Design with UX in Mind by Melissa Eggleston
Make WordPress Your Own With Child Themes by Taylor Bare
Demystifying Accessible WordPress Websites by Nancy Thanki
A Need For Speed: Performance Driven Front End Development by Allen Moore
Listen to your users — Your data pipeline by Jeff Bowen
Technical Support For Graphic Designers by Bill and Rhonda Sterrett
Responsive Images in WordPress by Adam Smith
WordPress Theme Building Blocks by Jonathan Ross


Debugging in PHP by Micah Wood
Put a little Backbone in your WordPress by Adam Silverstein
Turn Your Code Into A Plugin by Michael Hull
Emphatic WordPress Development by Kyle Evans
Using WordPress as a SaaS Platform by Thomas Griffin

Keynote Speaker: Carrie Dils

carrie-dils-headshotWe’re thrilled to announce Carrie Dils as our keynote speaker this year. Carrie is a familiar voice to the WordPress community: she regularly speaks, blogs, and podcasts about website development. Her openness and commitment to sharing knowledge freely with others caught our eye as the perfect person to open this year’s conference.

Hailing from Fort Worth, Texas, Carrie is a WordPress-loving freelance developer. She’s been helping businesses craft online identities since 1998 and enjoys creating sites that look great on the outside and work well on the inside. The daughter of an educator and computer scientist, Carrie is always about the business of learning more and teaching others as she goes. She blogs regularly about WordPress and the business of freelancing at When she’s not behind a computer, she’s likely reading a book, running after her dogs, or enjoying a tasty dish with her husband.

Join us this year for WordCamp and meet Carrie!

Tickets are now on Sale

Woohoo! The big day is here. Ticket sales are now live.

Tickets for WordCamp  are $40 and includes a t-shirt and lunch both days (Saturday, July 25 and Sunday, July 26). Pretty sweet deal, huh?

Friday’s PreCamp is a hands-on workshop aimed at helping beginners get a new WordPress site up and running, and is packaged along with WordCamp for $60.

Check out our Tracks to see what you’ll be learning at WordCamp! We’ll be posting a detailed schedule with all the sessions and speakers in the coming week.

We sold out quickly last year, so why take a chance at being left out? Get your ticket today and spread the word.

Save the Date: July 25-26

We’re thrilled to announce that WordCamp Asheville will be held Saturday, July 25 – Sunday, July 26. This year, WordCamp will take place at UNC Asheville’s Highsmith Student Union.

Like last year, we will also have a separately ticketed PreCamp Beginner’s Day on Friday, July 24. PreCamp is a hands-on workshop for those new to WordPress.

Stay tuned as we announce our sponsorship levels and call for speakers. Sign up for email updates on the sidebar, and be sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook so you’ll be the first to know when tickets go on sale.

We can’t wait to bring you another weekend of WordPress goodness and fun. More soon!

Welcome to WordCamp Asheville

We’re happy to announce that WordCamp Asheville 2015 is officially approved for planning and we are currently working on securing the date and venue.

Please subscribe using the form in the sidebar to stay up to date on the most recent developments. We’ll keep you posted on all the details, including speaker submissions, ticket sales and more.

Looking forward to another year of learning and connecting with you!