While attending WordCamp Bucharest I took time to enjoy some tourist attractions in the city. The communist/capitalist contrast was fascinating, and I took this photo as an example of it. The building in the background is the former Communist headquarters. In the foreground is the base for the city marathon, which happened to be on while I was there.

Major capitalist corporations sponsored the marathon for the advertising. And I was there as a ‘western’ visitor, attending a web development meetup for my business. I have to wonder what the original communist leaders would think if they could see how things had turned out in the long-run. They’d probably turn in their graves.

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Some highlights from the camp are:

How I Met Your WordPress by Ivana Ćirković. She tells her story of how she started as a blogger and loved WordPress so much that she made it her career. This is similar to my own story. I discovered WordPress when I wanted to start a simple blog about investing. Today I’ve turned it into a small online start-up and I’m happy to make it a big part of my career going forward.

Turning a SaaS into a WordPress Plugin by Alexandra Draghici. If you have form-building needs, but it must be integrated in your website, there’s a new up-and-comer in the game. Have a look at Captain Form and see if it’ll solve your needs.

Speedcraft, or Making Sites Fast by Pedro Dobrescu. He gave lots of tips which I’ll want to apply to this site. I’d love to give everyone who visits this site a fast browsing experience, and will keep working on it to make it as good as possible. According to PingDom, iValueInvesting is faster than 92% of all websites tested, so we’re already decent.

Easy WordPress Optimization by Alexandru Linca. This was helpful and he recommended some tools which I’ve started using. I’ll monitor this site with these and always try to improve the user experience.

Change Your Theme But Keep Your Business by Milan Ivanovic. This highlighted some of the difficulties in changing or rebuilding a site which is already online, and has active users who need it to keep working while you’re changing it. Definitely a technical challenge and it takes real skill to do it well.

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This was my first time attending a local WordCamp. Until now I’ve only gone to the All-Europe versions, which change city every year (see my posts about Seville/Spain here and Sofia/Bulgaria here). I found this smaller one to be friendlier in a way that a larger conference can’t be. I’m sure I’ll keep going to them, but after this really positive experience in Bucharest, I might stick with the smaller ones from now on. I’m already looking for one to attend in 2017. I’m sure you’ll see a post about it on this blog next year!