WordCamp Barcelona 2018 Recap

Last weekend, we attended the WordCamp Barcelona, an informal community-organized event where developers and casual users meet to share ideas about the WordPress content management system and get to know each other.

The event was split into two days. The first one was focused on contributing to WordPress Core and related projects. The goal of the second was to share knowledge with a series of talks.

It was really fun and interesting to get in touch with the Barcelona WordPress community and to listen to different points of view! 😀

Day 1 — Contributor Day

We were welcomed by a good breakfast at the Movistar building – a bright start to the day!

We had just enough time to finish our croissants before the discussion tables were set and full of people. Various topics were on the plate: from the WordPress Core project to translations and from WordPress themes to community management.

Since we were interested in contributing one of our many plugins to the WordPress.org plugin directory, we founded our own table. 🚩

We immediately captured the interest and received suggestions of other devs about the best practices for synchronising plugins from Git to the WordPress.org Subversion repository.

While we were trying to figure this out, we had the chance to discuss tools with other contributors, as well as processes and resources we internally use to make WordPress better. The Bedrock and Flynt frameworks are just two examples. We also discovered that code standards are a pretty hot topic around the community.

Our plugin discussion table
Our plugin discussion table.

Day 2 — Talks

The second day took place in the ancient University of Barcelona building, a really stunning and beautiful location.

One of the talks into the ancient University of Barcelona building

In the morning, performance was one of the most active areas. Lots of hints and tips about optimisation of static assets, database management and general front-end best practices. It is nice to know that we are on the right path there!

We confirmed our experience with others; that the myth about WordPress not being ready for big traffic is fake. Fernando Puente showed us how to properly scale WordPress to a theoretical no-limits system. Load balancers, reverse proxies, and containers are your friends here.

Later in the evening, we dove into different subjects. As we all know, it is important to be up to date with the latest browser features. CSS variables — officially known as custom properties — finally became available for all major browsers. Aleix Martí not only showed us the basics but also provided us with some interesting and concrete use cases. Using them side by side with JavaScript gives you superpowers!

Conclusions

There are many exciting things happening around WordPress. The new Gutenberg editor experience and the upcoming WooCommerce data structure changes will be a breath of fresh air and we want to be part of it!

This experience encouraged us to take a step forward for next WordCamp and prepare our own talks. We have experience with topics ranging from CSS practices to hands-on modern code development.

What do you expect to learn about in the next WordCamp? If you are also eager about what is coming next, write us a line: we are always interested in people that share our passions.

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