I’ve just got back from Berlin! I was there for a couple of weeks and spent few days exploring WordCamp 2019, which was held at the Estrel Hotel and Congress Center, Estrel Hotel is one of the best hotels in Europe & they always up to hosting big events. It was my first time in Berlin & WordCamp event. I was really excited to see and do as much as I can. The city of Berlin is filled with a mix of beautiful sights, culture & history, It doesn’t matter if you have an interest in any of them, you will always find what you are looking for in Berlin. I was excited to see the Brandenburg Gate & the famous TV Tower of Berlin but most importantly the WordPress
WordCamp event. WordCamp Europe was probably the most exciting event in 2019 for the WordPress Developers & Community Members. Despite being a close community event, 3000+ tickets were sold and almost 56% of them attending for the first time.
Being Designer by Profession, Most of the time I use WordPress which gives you good options for content management systems (CMS). Today WordPress is used by approximately 50 million websites. Since WordPress is a Free to install & Use, you will get thousands of plugins and templates which gives you a simple interface and cut downs the cost and deployment time as compare to other technologies. WordPress gives you a lot of flexibility & customizable things. Over the years WordPress became popular because it meets the needs of many users and web developers like me. Its flexible framework makes it easy to design for anyone, not just developers.
WordPress WordCamp events line up of session intrigued me. There were 8+ Sessions about Web Designing itself. The trends in the Web Designing world are ever evolving. It’s pertinent to keep up with the trends & moreover predict the trend before it even happens. WordPress WordCamp was all about that.
Here is what I saw at WordPress WordCamp, 2019
Experts & Gurus from all around the world come together to share their expertise & impart wisdom. As a Web Designer if I intend to stay relevant; then I have to keep up with what’s new, what’s being accepted. I was aware of Gutenberg since it’s all the rage. WordCamp emphasized the extent of its possibilities & scope. The inclusion of Gutenberg makes the job both easier & exciting at the same time. In one of the sessions, they contemplated on how to design your first block using Gutenberg. Then there was another session about The Gutenberg block editor, which gives us new and exciting possibilities to create visually rich content in WordPress using block-based authoring tools.
Leaving Gutenberg aside; another thought-provoking session was that of Izabela Mrochen who contemplated upon WCAG standards. This session explained why it’s essential to incorporate WCAG (Web Content Accessibility Guidelines) on website building & designing. In its absence, we are making provision for building sites that may not be accessible & navigable by users.
There was an entire session dedicated to variable font & Web Design. Variable fonts improve performance. Web fonts as we know them to need each font variant to be stored in a separate file. Properly streamlining Variable Font in the website content UI makes sure that they are appropriately scaled on the user’s device. Since its WordCamp; hence, it takes no brainer to realize that most sessions will emphasize on WordPress. Nonetheless, these sessions were quite knowledgeable. There are +46,000 Plugins in WordPress & plethora of Themes. There was a tailored session “For the love of code: Modernising WordPress, plugins, and themes” that alerted about the fact that by the end of 2019, WordPress will require PHP7 sites mandatorily. Apart from that, this session emphasized how we can modernize WordPress sites by leveraging the precise Plugins & Themes.
So that was it; I’m definitely putting the new learnings into practice & evolve before they impose. WordCamp 2019 was a very delightful experience for me.