conferencia.io

Update: Thank you for the attention so far. Please if you can register and login to just update your avatar in time for this Friday that would be great. Thank you!


It’s exciting to talk about a side project, but as I type this I am sitting in a hotel room during the week of WordCamp US. And it’s almost my bed time. So just a quick summary will have to do for now.

If anyone remembers WPArmchair (which was a central place for some events and WordCamps to see a “social wall”) then this might interest you. If you like highly customized WordPress/BuddyPress sites, then this might interest you too.

Conferencia.io is a work in progress, but i’m ready to open it up to people who want to register and update their profile. The site CAN be considered to be a sequel to WPArmchair – a version 2.0 – but the site can do more than just monitor social feeds and updates from other events and WordCamps. In fact, I would say the OTHER two things i can do would be:

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  1. Allow members on the network to follow/join events and get notified when that event opens up it’s call for speakers and when the event starts to sell tickets. Personally I was tired trying to monitor a variety of different events and WordCamps and unless you were on Twitter all the time you eventually missed something.
  2. Users can update their profile on the site so others can see what events they have attended, are planning to attend, and what events they might be speaking at. Users can even make themselves a “speaker” user type and elect to advertise themselves as a speaker available for speaking roles. So if you’re looking for speakers, you can reach out to these ones via direct messaging.

I’m going to briefly showcase this BuddyPress site at WordCamp US during my talk on BuddyPress.

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I would LOVE it if anyone can register, login, and simply update their profile and avatar so we can get the member page looking decent in time for the demo.

Of course this is a BETA so many things needs polish – from code to UX. But i’m looking forward to polishing this and making this available for people to simply add their WordCamp or event and automatically create a dedicated event section (which is in reality a BuddyPress group connected to a blog on a multisite network).

I want to also thank WPEngine for hosting this during WordCamp US weekend. They are on my short list of hosting companies I would trust with a BuddyPress + multisite project like this.

David Bisset

David is a full-time freelancer who specializes in WordPress (and BuddyPress) for startups, Fortune 500 companies, and everything in between. Organizer of WordCamp Miami for 10+ years.