WordFest Live 2021 – our brief review


WordFest 2021 is over. It was a really outstanding event and a big boost energy for WordPress community all over the world. Now it’s time to sum it up.

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What is WordFest?

If you missed all the information about WordFest, let me wrap it up quickly for you. WordFest was a 24h virtual conference about WordPress, and it was organized by great people from Big Orange Heart.Everyone had a chance to see up to 48 sessions, presented by people from all over the world.

What could be improved?

Let me explain why I’m starting with the bad stuff — overall, the conference was so well organized that repeating this statement all the time would be boring. So I decided to start with listing the thing that can be improved.

  • At the beginning of the event there were some problems with logging in. 
  • There were 2 or 3 presentation that were technically poor. They had great content, but quality was just poor. This of course isn’t organizers’ fault, because this is the effect of blind selection. I can only hope that next year speakers will pay more attention to the quality of their videos.
  • Personally, as a developer, I missed more presentations for developers. If I’m right, there were only 2 or 3 of them. I wouldn’t mind seeing more of them or even a whole stage for developers.

What went great?

Everything else. Just like that. The organization was great, the topics were very interesting, and the volunteers did a magnificent job during Q&A sessions.Hats off towards the whole team. Keep up the outstanding works. I really can’t wait for WordFest Live 2022

My Favorite sessions

All together I watched about 30 sessions (you can watch them too on this page). I learned really a lot from those. Here are my 5 favorite ones:

Miriam Schwab – Embracing the Shift from Office to WFH at Strattic

I love Miriam’s energy in her speeches. Also, I’m always very interested to learn how companies survived the pandemic. 

Joe A. Simpson, Jr. – Case Study: Make WordPress Accessible for Everyone

Not only it was wonderful technically (Joe is an amazing speaker) it was about a very important topic.

Birgit Pauli-Haack – Case Study: A #Nocode Contributor Journey on the WordPress Gutenberg GitHub Repo

A very important session showing that you don’t have to be a developer to be an important contributor.

Matt Medeiros – Unleash Your Business Building Superpower

This was my favorite in terms of storytelling. Apart from this, I love the topic. It’s really important to find what is your superpower and use it to build your business.

Marieke van de Rakt – Content SEO

I’m not a SEO expert, but I really like to listen about it. And Marieke told many interesting things about creating content.

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Let’s wrap it up

I know how difficult organizing an event is and I must admit I was really impressed how smooth everything went. So let just once again congratulate the whole team.

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