Speaker Announcements: Round 6

With less than 3 weeks to go till WordCamp Brisbane tickets are selling fast, and it is hardly surprising with awesome speakers like this presenting for us.


Kristen Symonds

Kristen Symonds, aka kristarella, works as a Happiness Engineer for Automattic. She is a WordPress fanatic with a love for photography, craft, SciFi and Fantasy, board games, and more.

Kristen is married to Dave and has two pet rabbits named Monty and Zoë.

Presenting: How to build a website in 20 minutes
There is so much available for WordPress, how can you find what you need?

I will explain some common gotchas and give some tips on finding and testing themes and plugins.

Cath Hughes

Cath Hughes runs Phase Creative, a Sydney-based web agency specialising in bespoke WordPress sites. Most recently, she’s launched a bouncing baby web service – Live By 5 – which combines her expert WordPress skills with training DIY’ers and gets clients WordPress websites live – in a day.

She’s also a passionate member of the WordPress and freelance community, a WordPress tutor and a coach with WP Elevation.

Presenting: How To Deliver A WordPress Website To A Client
Over the time I’ve been building and teaching people how to use WordPress websites, I’ve encountered dozens of sites that needed resuscitating. So I thought it was a good time to talk about how to deliver a WordPress website to your client, the RIGHT way. In this talk I’m going to discuss WordPress, plugin licences, your responsibilities, your clients responsibilities, what files to handover, maintenance and support and how to ensure your clients sites don’t end up in the WordPress ER 6 months after you deliver them.

Warren Denley

I love WordPress and I’m passionate about teaching solo-entrepreneurs how to leverage its power and simplicity to build, manage and promote their own business websites.

Apart from WordPress, I love spending time with my wife and young son, spending time in the sun and a good coffee.
Presenting: Better Put An “S” On It
The Why, What and How of implementing SSL on your site.

This talk will look at:
* The importance of moving your site from HTTP to HTTPS
* Various types of SSL certificates available, and which is best for you
* How to install the certificate and force your site to HTTPS
* Problems that may occur, and how to resolve them

By the end of the talk, attendees will know how to get the lovely green bar to show up in the browser for their site, giving their visitors confidence to interact more with the site.

Steven Cooper

Sniip CTO. Payments Evangelist. Aust Web Industry committee member. LocalhostAU Brisbane Lead. Remarkable mentor. The New Garde Mentor. International Speaker/MC/Hackathon Mentor/Judge. Prev XeroDev PayPalDev

I’ve always had a passion for all things tech and pushing it to its limits. I love keeping up with the latest tech trends. Love the stage/presenting and sharing of ideas and knowledge.

Presenting: Build a WordPress ready server in 20 mins or less for free
In this talk we are going to cover everything you need to know to build a multisite WordPress ready LEMP stack thats got enough grunt to handle over 4 million hits a day. We will look at how to connect, configure and get up and running an entire website from create instance to hello world and to s3 and beyond.

Complete with self renewing SSL (Via letsencrypt) and automated repo backups this is the one of the most internet battle hardened and user ready stacks around that will get your project up and running before you can say “apt-get update”.

Also we will look at some of the latest monitoring options to track performance and load plus downtime tracking.


Have you got your ticket for WordCamp Brisbane yet, if not, why not, with a line up of amazing speakers and all the swag and fun you get for the low price of $50 you will kick yourself if you miss out.

Get your ticket here before it’s too late!

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