Thanking our Community Sponsor – WooCommerce!

WooCommerce is the fastest growing eCommerce software/platform, powering over 30% of all eCommerce stores with over 1 million active installations. It is is built to integrate seamlessly with WordPress, making it the obvious eCommerce choice for existing WordPress users and connects you to the fast-growing WordPress ecosystem which now powers over 25% of all websites on the internet.

With WooCommerce you can start with all the basic tools that any small business would need to start selling online, including product setup, payments, shipping options, and sales reports and as your business grows choose from over 300 premium add-ons available including additional payment processors, shipping methods, inventory systems and marketing tools anyone to sell anything, anywhere from real products and digital downloads to subscriptions, content and even your time.

In July 2015, WooCommerce was acquired by Automattic, the creators of which serves more than 15.8 billion pages a month and also the creators of other popular WordPress services including Akismet, Jetpack, and VaultPress. We look forward to growing WooCommerce to achieve even greater things together with Automattic.

Announcing Our Third Batch of Speakers

We’re over half way through announcing our speakers, who have given their time to speak at WordCamp Manchester 2016. Here are 3 more…

Glyn Thomas

Glyn Thomas is a freelance web developer who specialises in WordPress websites for the charity, NGO and non-profit sector. He is currently working with Refugee Action to redevelop their website in WordPress, and he has previously worked with other organisations including Global Justice Now, Positive Money and ShareAction in the UK and Rethink Breast Cancer in Canada.

Jonny Allbut

Digital director at @wearewider & @Wonderflux WordPress theme framework founder. WordPress specialist, occasional conference speaker. @wpbhamuk co-organiser.

Ben Furfie

Ben is a front end developer (who also enjoys dabbling with backend development too) who specialises in working with WordPress and Magento. He has a passion for helping freelancers and agencies that use WordPress to create sustainable businesses. He has previously talked on subjects ranging from technology in the workplace, designer/developer relations, pricing strategies and freelancing.

Only 3 more speakers left to announce! Be sure to catch them next time. Or just read the schedule.

Conference Day Tickets Sold Out

We’ve ran out of tickets for the conference day! A big thank you to everybody coming and all our sponsors, but if you don’t have a ticket, fear not

Contributor Day

A big part of WordCamp is meeting people and making friends, so join us on our contributor day! Help contribute to the community, be it with code, documentation, or testing. There are still tickets available.

Spare Tickets

Sometimes people can’t make WordCamp despite their best intentions. If you have a ticket but can’t make it, help us out and give the ticket to someone who can use it. We can return it to the pool of available tickets. Let us know via the contact form.

WordCamp Manchester – Third Batch of Tickets Released!

We have been overjoyed with the response to WordCamp Manchester. Thanks to all the speakers, volunteers and sponsors, as well as attendees, for making this a great – must attend event.

We’ve counted tickets and we’ve realised that we’ve a few more left to send out. Please note – this is the last bunch. Once these are gone, they are gone. And we’re expecting them to go very quick.

So please do not delay. Get your tickets here.

Thanking Our Community Sponsor – Jetpack

This post is to thank Jetpack as a community sponsor.

Jetpack is a free WordPress plugin that simplifies managing your sites. This single plugin enables Photon (a global CDN for images), uptime monitoring, brute force protection, traffic-boosting tools, single sign on, multiple-site management, and automatic or bulk plugin updates. Additionally Jetpack includes several features that help you customize the look and feel of your site without installing other tools. More information can be found at

Announcing Our Second Batch of Speakers

WordCamp is coming soon! So we’re going to announce our next group of speakers.

Rachel McCollin

I’m a WordPress developer and writer based in Birmingham. I’ve been using WordPress to build client sites since 2010 but most of my work now is writing books, tutorials, courses and blog posts on WordPress. When I’m not writing about WordPress I like writing dystopian fiction, rock climbing and laughing at my (very stupid) cat.

Kayleigh Thorpe and Keith Hyde

Kayleigh and Keith are WordPress Support Specialists at The pair and the company have both worked with WordPress for years and enjoy taking part in WordCamps and community events.

Otto Kekäläinen

Otto Kekäläinen is the CEO of Seravo Oy, CEO of the MariaDB Foundation and the chairman of the FUUG Foundation. Otto has been using Linux and other open source technologies for over 15 years, and has been advocating open source for almost as long. Otto’s first blog in 2004 was made with WordPress, and since the inception of Otto has been deeply involved with WordPress. As a software developer Otto has insight into the technical side of open source, and as a CEO and entrepreneur he also knows how to use open source in business successfully. Otto likes to share his experiences on how to use open source to its full potential and how the world can keep increasing the benefits of open source software and its methodologies.

Crispin Read

Crispin is a strategy and UX consultant specialising in agile practice. Almost 20 years professional experience of user focussed development and open source frameworks.

That’s all for today! If you want spoiler alerts on the other speakers be sure to check the schedule!

Announcing A Platinum Sponsor of WordCamp Manchester – Bytemark Hosting!

As you know, WordCamp Manchester couldn’t have been run without our sponsors. Their generosity really helps us put on the best conference possible.

Today we thank our Platinum Sponsor – ByteMark!

Bytemark has been building better hosting for as long as WordPress has been building better sites.  For the last 14 years we’ve honed our own Cloud Server platform which lives in our own super-fast data centre in York.  Our 30 helpful staff have seen every hosting problem under the sun, and they know open source inside-out.  So if you’re working with WordPress, let Bytemark be your one stop for solid uptime, simple server management and friendly support.  You can sign up straight away and get a free £10 credit.


We’ve had a number of enquiries about volunteering at WordCamp Manchester. This year we’re lucky enough to have quite a big organising team, so we have made the decision not to open a formal call for volunteers.

We would like to say a huge thank you to everybody that has enquired. We’re proud to organise an event that so many want to be part of and we hope that people aren’t too disappointed.  Although we don’t need any additional volunteers for our conference day, there are still opportunities to get involved with WordCamp Manchester through our contributor day on Sunday 23rd.

Thank you again to everybody that has been in touch.





Announcing Our First Batch of Speakers

So with just over a month to go, we thought we would tell you about our first lot of speakers for WordCamp Manchester.

Anil Gupta

I am a young technology enthusiast and entrepreneur. At the age of 23 and in 2009, I co-founded Multidots ( – a WordPress and mobile app development agency in India. With more than 12 years of experience, I am very passionate about WordPress. I have attended local as well few international WordCamp in last few years . Also – I speak at universities and local meetups in India about WordPress and WooCommerce. My company does everything WordPress.

Kimb Jones

Kimb is the co-founder of UK-based WordPress agency Make Do. In a previous life he worked in the corporate surroundings of the NHS for over 10 years working in both IT and Marketing. He promises it wasn’t as boring as it sounds (mostly). He’s been running a local WordPress meetup in Sheffield (UK) for over 5 years and is the main co-ordinator of WordCamp Sheffield. He’s also on the WordCamp Europe co-organising team and has been speaking & involved with WordCamp’s since 2009.

Dave Green

Dave Green is a web developer from sunny Manchester specialising in Front-end development, WordPress and WooCommerce. He has been developing websites professionally using WordPress for the last five years and is one of the main cogs in the machine known as Make Do: a team of engineers and designers specialising in WordPress development.

Carolyn Jones

Carolyn is a site owner, marketer and occasional food blogger.

You can read about their sessions, as well as find out about all the speakers, on the Schedule page

Announcing a Platinum Sponsor of WordCamp Manchester –!

34SP_logo_transparent 2WordCamp Manchester is little over a month away, and we thought it’d be a good time to begin announcing speakers and sponsors associated with the event. Starting with one of our Platinum sponsors – is a WordPress hosting provider based here in Manchester. Focused on exceptional service and support, the entire support team are trained in house, operating out of the UK, 365 days a year. Founded in 2000, has been hosting WordPress accounts since WordPress launched in 2003.

With the 2016 launch of their managed WordPress hosting platform, bringing high performance, reliability and security backed with great customer support they offer one of the UK’s most cost effective, fully-featured WordPress hosting solutions available. is a keen supporter and sponsor of both WordPress and local WordCamps, and a strong advocate of the open source movement.

There is still a handful of tickets left for this great event, occurring on the 22nd and 23rd October. If you wish to attend, be sure to buy your ticket today!