Category Archives: Speakers

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

Thank You, Pantheon – Our Platinum Sponsor!

We want to give a special thank you to our partners at Pantheon for being this year’s Platinum Sponsor! They are a big part in what has made this amazing conference possible for so many people!

Be sure to visit their site and learn more about their website management platform services.


Pantheon includes all of the tools professional developers need to build best-practice sites—like staging environments, version control, backups and workflow. Powering 80,000+ sites with hundreds of millions of page views, Pantheon’s container-based infrastructure allows you to launch websites faster, without worrying about traffic spikes, security or performance. It’s free in development. You can scale in software on the same infrastructure from day one, and never touch a server again.

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!

Call for Speakers Now Open!

WordCamp Asheville is now accepting applications for speakers for this summer’s conference! It’s a great opportunity to help the local Asheville WordPress community by sharing your knowledge and love of WordPress.

This year’s theme is CONNECTION! It’s not required to have the theme as part of your presentation, but we’d love to challenge you to include it.


We’re looking for speakers willing to engage their audience about a topic related to WordPress. It’s up to you to decide what to share, but we’re looking for talks that will fall within our four tracks:

Content/All Users
Front End/Designer

  • Talks will be allotted 45 minutes, plus time for Q&A. You can adjust the talk time if you incorporate Q&A during the presentation.
  • Speakers will be offered free admission to WordCamp Asheville 2015 and get to attend a speaker dinner, but since we’re a nonprofit we can not reimburse travel, lodging, or other expenses.
  • As a disclaimer, all sessions will be video taped. You will need to sign and return the A/V form prior to speaking.
  • We encourage multiple submissions from the same speaker. If you have more than one idea, go ahead and submit multiple topics and we’ll get back to you with which one we think will fit best with the final schedule. You’ll need to submit a form for each presentation idea. (If you submit multiple topics, but have a preferred one, just make a note for us when you submit the form.)
  • You will be contacted as soon as the committee has made a decision about the presentations.

[Submissions are now Closed]

Applications are being accepted May 16 – May 31 so don’t delay, get your submission in today!

Be a good friend, and send this to someone you think might make a great WordCamp speaker.