Looking back at WordCamp 2019 it’s extremely difficult to effectively put into words just how fun and enjoyable the Cape Town and Johannesburg sessions were. Think sunshine, happy faces, lively discussions, flashy swag, new friendships being forged and old ones being rekindled, and of course delectable food and strong coffee – just how we like it.
Since the first WordCamp took place in 2006 in San Francisco it has fast become a global phenomenon. At its core WordCamp is an informal, community-organised event where like-minded WordPress enthusiasts can gather to network and share knowledge about the latest WordPress developments and how to make the most out of the world’s leading content management platform.
Cape Town held its first WordCamp a decade ago, joining the ranks of other cities big and small, from Auckland to Valencia. Since PayFast become a sponsor of WordCamp a few years ago we haven’t looked back. During WordCamps we like to highlight our integration with WooCommerce, the most popular ecommerce plugin for WordPress, and how easy it is for merchants in South Africa to use PayFast to receive online payments from a variety of popular payment methods. We are extremely proud to sponsor the annual gatherings of South African-based WordPress enthusiasts, and we are excited for our involvement in years to come.
WordCamp Cape Town 2019 embraced the summer vibe by choosing to hold the two day event at Lagoon Beach Hotel, famous for it’s majestic Table Bay views and sandy beach. Even though the weather peaked at over 30 degrees, attendees were motivated to stay in doors by the attractive sponsor stands (PayFast was once again voted by our loyal fans as having the best swag – we know what’s important) and impressive speaker lineup that catered to everyone from WordPress newbies to experienced developers.
A team of our very own PayFast developers attended WordCamp Cape Town and especially enjoyed the workshops dedicated to writing automated browser tests for WordPress websites and developing (testing, implementing and revising) a perfect SEO strategy for a WordPress website. Another highlight for them was speaking directly to our PayFast merchants to find out about their experience using the PayFast online payment solution and how it could be improved.
Now in its fourth year, WordCamp Johannesburg 2019, which was held a week after the Cape Town event, was also a fun-filled two day meetup where once again WordPress enthusiasts were able to learn, contribute and connect. The first day was split into two tracks, one focusing on developers and the other on users, to ensure that all attendees were catered to. As in Cape Town, the second day had one stream that consisted of presentations from renowned WordPress experts. Our Marketing and Events Coordinator flew up to attend the event and it was a highlight for her to engage with PayFast merchants.
We want to send out a heartfelt thank you to all of the event organisers for their hard, unpaid work in organising the event and for ensuring its success. We also want to give a special shout out to all of our WordPress merchants who attended WordCamp 2019 – you know who you are.