Speaker Presentations

Here are copies of speaker presentations. We are gathering links to speaker decks as they come in; check back later for more links and videos.

Easy WordPress Security for Everyone — Josh Collinsworth (@jjcollinsworth)

I CAN HAZ MORE PERFORMANZ?Andy Melichar (@andymelichar)

Information Architecture & WordPress ContentAlex Garrison (@alex_garrison)

Thank You!

WordCamp Omaha 2016 was a success! And that’s all thanks to our wonderful volunteer-organizers, speakers, sponsors and attendees. Thank you!

We will post links to slide decks and speaker talks (on WordPress.tv) as soon as they are available.

Thanks again to everyone who contributed to make this happen, and we hope that you all had an awesome time. See you next year!

Everything You Need to Know to Have Fun at WordCamp Omaha

WordCamp Omaha 2016 is finally here! Thank you again to all of our sponsors, speakers and volunteers for making it happen! We’re excited to see you all. Here are a few things you need to know to enhance your experience …

Check-in & location

Join us at (or after) 8:45 a.m. tomorrow at the Institute for Culinary Arts building on Metropolitan Community College’s Fort Omaha Campus (30th and Fort streets; map) for check-in, coffee and networking. The fun will be taking place on the second floor; there are stairs immediately to the left of the main entrance of the building and an elevator available straight ahead from the entrance.

The first sessions will begin promptly at 10 a.m.

Code of conduct

We aim to make WordCamp a fun experience for all and ask that participants refrain from, basically, jerky behavior. Check our code of conduct if you have any questions about what’s expected, and please report any violations to organizers, who will be wearing red badges. You can also send an email to omaha@wordcamp.org.

Social media

Join the conversation! Share your experiences with other attendees and the world with the hashtag #WCOma and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

Recording policy

There will be photographers and sessions will be recorded. If you are uncomfortable with your image being used, please use one of the “no photo” stickers provided at check-in on your badge.


Lunch will be provided by MCC’s Institute for Culinary Arts staff, and it’s going to be tasty. The main dish does have chicken, but there will be a vegetarian option provided, and gluten-free & vegan options available upon request (we’ve reserved some of these meals already, based on your ticket-questionnaire responses).


Pick up your t-shirt (and badge) from the registration table when you come in. There will be sponsor tables just behind the registration table that will also provide some goodies, so check them out as well.

Session schedule

The full session schedule (both days) is provided within your badge and online here.

Have fun, get to know folks, and learn about WordPress. Happy WordCamp-ing!

Get Excited … with WordCamp Omaha Posters!

We’re just a few days away from WordCamp Omaha 2016! As we prepare final details, we thought we’d share an image of our promotional poster:
Wordcamp Poster

Print copies — and other promo swag from our awesome sponsors! — will be available at the check-in desk bright and early Saturday morning.

We’ve got a lot to offer on Saturday and Sunday … join us, won’t you?

In the lead-up and throughout the weekend, we’ll be tweeting and Facebook-ing — get in on the action by following and joining us at #WCOma.

We’ll see you soon!

Sunday Session Spotlight

Get our full list of WordCamp offerings on our schedule page. Want to join in on the fun? Get tickets!

WordCamp Omaha 2016 features four “mini-tracks”:

  1. Business & Marketing
  2. Development Design
  3. Content Management
  4. Contribution & Community

Here are all the awesome talks you can look forward to on Sunday:

Congratulations on your new website! Now what?

9 a.m. to 10 a.m. — Content — Rebecca Haden

Informational UX: How to Think About, Research & Test Your Content

10 a.m. to 11 a.m. — Content — Alex Garrison

Running concurrently to these talks, we’ll also have a walk-in Help Day, where you can ask WordPress experts questions about your own sites, or just work with others nearby and willing to help. Join us!

Saturday Session Spotlight

Get our full list of WordCamp offerings on our schedule page. Want to join in on the fun? Get tickets!

WordCamp Omaha 2016 features four “mini-tracks”:

  1. Business & Marketing
  2. Development Design
  3. Content Management
  4. Contribution & Community

Here are all the awesome talks you can look forward to on Saturday:

Become an Expert Your Customers Can Depend On

10 a.m. to 11 a.m. — Business  — Marianne Worthington

Admin Experience: The New UX

10 a.m. to 11 a.m. — Development — Rob Ruiz


11 a.m. to 12 p.m. — Development — Andy Melichar

Contributing Without Code

11 a.m. to 12 p.m. — Community — Josepha Haden

Contract to Completion

1 p.m. to 2 p.m. — Business — Kevin Moser

Making Free Stuff Work for You

1 to 2 p.m. — Development/Design — Kat Slump


WordPress for Non-WordPress Developers

2 p.m. to 3 p.m. — Development — William M. Riley

Customer Information Security in E-Commerce

2 p.m. to 3 p.m. — Business — Andrew Wikel

A Beginner’s Guide to Successful Email Marketing

3 p.m. to 4 p.m. — Business — Adam W. Warner

Easy WordPress Security for Everyone

3 p.m. to 4 p.m. — Development — Josh Collinsworth

Announcing the WordCamp Omaha Schedule!

We’re excited to officially announce our schedule for WordCamp Omaha 2016, happening Nov. 5-6 at Metropolitan Community College, 30th & Fort streets. Whoo!

Here’s the full guide: 2016.omaha.wordcamp.org/schedule.

We’ll open our awesome venue for check-in, networking and coffee at 8:45 a.m. on Saturday, then will have an introduction and thanks to our sponsors at 9:30. Sessions begin at 10 a.m. and run through 4 p.m., with lunch — catered by the Institute for Culinary Arts! — from 12 to 1 p.m.

Our stellar afterparty will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday at Flywheel HQ, 1405 Harney Street in downtown Omaha.

Come back on Sunday for three more sessions between 9 and noon, plus the walk-in help desk and Contributor Day sessions happening concurrently.

Still don’t have tickets? Get on it! Purchase (just $40 for all this fun) at 2016.omaha.wordcamp.org/tickets.

See you soon!

Get to Know the WordCamp Speakers: Rebecca Haden!

Rebecca Haden has been writing for the web since the 20th century, and has been an SEO professional for a decade. Her M.A. in Linguistics makes analysis of the role of language in SEO a natural fit.

Her company, Haden Interactive, has been building, optimizing, and managing WordPress websites since 2009. Primarily an SEO company focusing on the health and wellness space, Haden Interactive serves clients on four continents.

Session: Congratulations on Your New WordPress website! Now What?

Join Us for Even More Fun … Announcing the WordCamp Omaha Afterparty

Following a talk-tastic day of our awesome speakers sharing their knowledge and enthusiasm, what could be better than networking, snacks and drinks in company of the fine folks of the Omaha WordPress community? Yeah, we can’t think of anything, either.

Join us from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 6 at Flywheel HQ, 1405 Harney St. RSVP here.

3 Reasons to Attend WordCamp Omaha

Still not registered to join us Nov. 5-6? You’re in luck — there are still tickets available, but make sure you’re signed-up by Friday, Nov. 4 to save your seat.

If you need some convincing of why it’s a good bet — or just need some further reasons to get excited  — check out this list of great reasons to come.

It’s a great deal.
At just $40 for two days of informative sessions, a free (very tasty!) lunch and (while supplies last) a t-shirt and other WordPress swag, WordCamp Omaha is a steal.

You’ll learn a lot.
WordCamp Omaha is, more than anything else, a super fun learning opportunity. If you inexperienced, we’ll get you started with using WordPress. If you’re looking to grow your business with an online presence, check out our business/content track. If you’re a designer or a developer looking to hone your skills, check out our designer/developer track. If you’re a more advanced developer, check out our developer/contributor track on Sunday.

You can network.
Get to know WordPress folks from Omaha and the surrounding region. Find a designer for your upcoming project, a client to develop a new site for or new friend.

Convinced? Register at omaha.wordcamp.org/2016/tickets/ and tell your friends on Twitter and Facebook. We hope to see you soon!