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.
Day 2 — Talks
The second day took place in the ancient University of Barcelona building, a really stunning and beautiful location.
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.
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.