Team Give arrived at WordCamp US 2019 with one organizer, two speakers, and an exciting sneak peek of our next major update to GiveWP.
Whether you met us at our table or not, here are some highlights and sneak peeks of what’s coming next for GiveWP.
We Brought Something New to WordCamp This Year
Sponsoring WordCamps has always been our favorite way to give back to the community that helped GiveWP grow into what it is today. It’s also how we connect to many of our “power-users” who have used GiveWP for years on multiple websites. We’ve even hired many people we’ve met at WordCamps. To say we’re “kinda into WordCamps” is an understatement. So this year at WordCamp US, we decided to take things up a notch.
We started out with some new swag and a raffle. As our first ever raffle at any WordCamp, it was a major success! Our Apple Home Pod found its way home with Brain Thompson from Mind Grub on Saturday afternoon.
— GiveWP (@GiveWP) November 2, 2019
Surprisingly, though, the raffle wasn’t the “talk of the town” at the GiveWP booth. No, instead our exclusive sneak peek caught everyone’s attention.
A Sneak Peek of GiveWP Campaigns
We brought along with us a not-so-secret demonstration of the future GiveWP form builder. That’s right, GiveWP form-building is getting an upgrade. It’s called GiveWP Campaigns.
GiveWP Campaigns opens up the future of everything GiveWP is about. It sets our form builder on a new, modern development stack, bringing a truly dynamic and visual campaign building experience to all GiveWP users. Campaigns opens up new possibilities, like true Peer to Peer fundraising, Crowdfunding campaigns, Giving Tuesday styled campaigns, and much more. The new user interface itself says a lot about the exciting things to come.
Keep an eye out for more detailed information as we continue to perfect our next addition to GiveWP. You can even sign up for our newsletter so you’re the first to know.
Our Team at #WCUS
In addition to our company presence, many of our team members also contributed to WordCamp US in their own unique ways.
Michelle Ames: WCUS Organizer
Our Head of Customer Success made an incredible contribution to a community she’s passionate about this weekend. She’s been working on helping to organize WordCamp US for months now, all on her own initiative. From interviewing speakers to ensuring blog posts were written and posted, Michelle’s efforts truly shined through.
We’re proud to have such a committed WordPress community member on our team! The entire organizing team at WordCamp US did an incredible job.
Just had the last WCUS organizer Zoom meeting. I can't believe we'll be in St. Louis next week! Time is FLYING by!
— Michelle Frechette Ames (@michelleames) October 23, 2019
Level Up Your Technical Troubleshooting with Ben Meredith
If you use GiveWP and you’ve ever submitted a support ticket, chances are you’ve spoken with Ben. At WordCamp US, our Senior Support Technician presented his step by step guide to “DIY Website Troubleshooting.” Meaning, he made it easier for non-technical people to understand how to fix their sites. Now, anyone can troubleshoot their own website thanks to Ben.
He even wrote an entire walkthrough on how to do it. So, if you find your site is down or not working properly, start with Ben’s “How to Troubleshoot Your Website Like a WordPress Support Engineer.” It’s easy for anyone to understand, “coder” or not.
Creating a Welcoming and Diverse Space with Allie Nimmons
Our Support and Community Outreach Coordinator, Allie Nimmons, was also a presenter at WordCamp US 2019! She joined Aurooba Ahmed, David Wolfpaw, and Jill Binder in sharing how to create a welcoming and diverse space.
Their workshop lead through four key components of a welcoming and diverse space, including:
- Community: Facilitate a community with a welcoming culture.
- Speakers: Ensure your speaker line-up is diverse.
- Space: Make sure your space is comfortable for everyone from the disabled to those in addiction recovery.
- Allyship (not to be confused with Allieship): Everyone has privilege. Use yours to help others.
— David Bisset (@dimensionmedia) November 1, 2019
WordPress Community Highlights from WCUS 2019
This weekend was also filled with tons of amazing highlights from the WordPress community. Most importantly, the film, Open: The Community Code, debuted at State of the Word. This film shows the community behind WordPress
Afterward, Matt Mullenweg also revealed a little more about the near-future of WordPress. The best part is that WordPress 5.3 is still on track for release on November 12th.
— GiveWP (@GiveWP) November 2, 2019
The update brings with it a lot of fixes and features, including:
- A Gutenberg Block Directory: Find blocks in the WordPress.org plugin directory while you’re writing or editing a post.
- Twenty Twenty Theme: The new twenty twenty theme also comes in WordPress 5.3, so look for that if you’re in search of a new theme.
- Gutenberg Mobile Editor: Use Gutenberg blocks on the mobile app.
We’re excited to see what new things will happen in 2020 with WordPress and the Gutenberg editor.
Looking Forward to 2020: WordCamps & NTEN Nonprofit Technology Conference
As 2020 winds down to a close, our last big event of the year is Giving Tuesday! We’ll be hosting our second annual GiveWP-a-Thon on December 3, 2019. That means, we’re looking for ten of the best Giving Tuesday campaigns from GiveWP users to feature on Giving Tuesday during a live interview.
Then, we’re heading full-steam into next year! Our first stop is the 2020 Nonprofit Technology Conference hosted by NTEN. It’s the premier conference for nonprofits and those who work in the technology industry serving nonprofits. Our team will be there with a few speakers on the agenda.
If you serve the nonprofit space, alongside many other WordPress companies and marketing agencies, think about attending. Register for a ticket on the NTEN Nonprofit Technology Conference website.
Of course, as always, we’ll see you at WordCamp 2020 in St. Louis next year!