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WordCamp Chicago

Last month, ServerPress’ Marc Benzakein was down in The Windy City for WordCamp Chicago 2014. He presented “There’s no place like,” a workshop about how to avoid breaking your live site by developing locally.

If you weren’t able to make it to Chicago this time around, the video of Marc’s presentation is available on

Marc’s presentation was part of Foundation Friday, an amazing addition to the traditional 1-2 day WordCamp. Foundation Friday was broken up by user level, 101, 201, 301, and 401. The 101 track introduced new users to the wonders of WordPress. 201 was for users already familiar with WordPress looking to get more out of their sites. The 301 sessions introduced advanced users to theme and plugin development, and the 401 session was an all-day unconference for advanced developers to share their mojo with each other.

Saturday and Sunday featured more traditional WordCamp sessions, but that doesn’t mean they weren’t awesome. The videos are still in the process of being posted, so be sure to keep an eye on as they keep coming!

If you haven’t been to a WordCamp, what are you waiting for? They’re a great opportunity to become involved in one of the best open source communities around. And you might learn something, too! If you live anywhere near a major city, there should be a WordCamp near you at some point. Check out the schedule on WordCamp Central to find a WordCamp near you. Even if you have to travel a bit, the experience will be like nothing else you’ve ever seen!