Thank YOU!

We are incredibly grateful to all of you for participating in the inaugural WordCamp of Hampton Roads. If not for the support and backing of our sponsors, we would not have been able to bring top-notch speakers for your sessions. And since no event is possible with the volunteers working with us behind the scenes, we cannot thank their help enough.

Now that we have hosted the first WordCamp for our area, we hope to see all of you back next year. For those who are curious about the photographs that were snapped during the event, they are being uploaded to our Slideshow page. Enjoy!

Many thanks again,
The Organizers of WordCamp Hampton Roads

Boardwalk Sponsor: WP Muze


WP Muze is an all-in-one WordPress hosting and maintenance solution designed to meet the needs of non-profits and small businesses. WP Muze allows organizations to save money by avoiding the need to hire an hourly web developer to maintain their website. Our package includes premium hosting, daily backups, pro-active security, WordPress updates, plugin updates, small content changes, website fixes, and full WordPress support – all for a fixed monthly cost.

Thank you, WP Muze, for your generosity and support of the WordPress Community! Sponsorships like this one are what make WordCamps and WordCamp Hampton Roads possible.

Boardwalk Sponsor: SR Collab


SR Collab. is a Virginia based digital marketing & creative agency. Our goal is to design and develop responsive WordPress websites to captivate your audience and customize internet marketing services to increase your leads. Whether you need assistance with developing a user-friendly website, brand conscious copy writing, paid advertising, content strategy, or engaging social media—we’re ready to collaborate and reach your goals together.

Thank you, SR Collab, for your generosity and support of the WordPress Community! Sponsorships like this one are what make WordCamps and WordCamp Hampton Roads possible.

Splendid Community Sponsor: WPML


WPML turns WordPress websites multilingual. It works with caching, SEO and E-Commerce plugins, and allows the building of complete multilingual sites. WPML powers simple blogs as well as corporate and enterprise sites.

WPML allows users to translate everything in the site, including content, menus, widgets and even theme and plugin texts. WPML powers over 400,000 commercial websites from all over the world.

More information about going multilingual can be found at

Thank you, WPML, for your generosity and support of the WordPress Community! Sponsorships like this one are what make WordCamps and WordCamp Hampton Roads possible.

Splendid Community Sponsor: Dreamhost


DreamHost is a global Web hosting and cloud services provider with over 350,000 customers and 1.2 million blogs, websites and apps hosted. The company offers a wide spectrum of Web hosting and cloud services including Shared Hosting, Virtual Private Servers (VPS), Dedicated Server Hosting, Domain Name Registration, the cloud storage service, DreamObjects, and the cloud computing service DreamCompute. More information can be found at

Thank you, Dreamhost, for your generosity and support of the WordPress Community! Sponsorships like this one are what make WordCamps and WordCamp Hampton Roads possible.

Speaker Interview: Tony Zeoli

Tim : What’s your WordPress “origin” story?
I got involved in the web early when I founded my first company,, in 1995. Netmix was the first website in the world to aggregate and stream DJ mixes from the world’s most sought after house music, techno, and hip-hop DJs. By 2000, I had my first exit, selling Netmix to another company. My two partners and I set out to work for that company and continue to build and run Netmix, but when the dotcom market crashed around the time of my exit, the investment well ran dry. My partners and I went back to work on Netmix ourselves, but one of the partners tried to take over the company and we broke up. I shut Netmix down for a few years to focus on other things and think about what I wanted to do next.
In 2005, I learned about WordPress. I knew in 1999 that we needed a dynamic, database driven website, but my partner in charge of technology didn’t anticipate the shift and we were caught flat footed in the fallout. I know that if we made the shift from flat HTML to open source content management, we probably would have survived the dotcom 1.0 fallout. Once I’d learned about WordPress, I knew that I could relaunch my site, at the very least, as a blog and a place to post my own streaming DJ mixes. On WordPress, I launched the Netmix Global House Sessions Podcast, which can be accessed on, as well as on MixCloud, iTunes, and Stitcher.
WordPress gave the me the freedom to not have to rely on a CTO and web developers to use my voice and express myself. It was something I could to do on my own. As theme and plugin marketplaces matured, there was little cost in having to actually hire web developers for Netmix. I did invest at one point in theme design and that’s where I caught the bug to start my own web development business, Digital Stragegy Works, to create custom WordPress sites. I started DSW in 2009 and have been working with remote teams for 6-years developing WordPress experiences for our clients.
Because of my history of innovation and working for corporations and well funded startups, I have well developed skills in project management, project management, and information architecture, all of which I have applied to the hundreds of WordPress projects I have been involved with now for over 10-years, since launching Netmix on WordPress.
While I don’t keep Netmix up today as much as I should, it is my learning center and training ground on all things WordPress. It’s evolved in a WordPress Multisite network and I’m planning on raising funding for Netmix in the near future to pursue a music driven initiative based in WordPress.

Tim: What’s your top 3 WordPress plugins? Why?

  1. WordPress MU and Domain Mapping combined have given me the ability to build multi-site networks for my clients, so that they can update WordPress and all plugins once. While there are other plugins that help people manage multiple WordPress instances that are completely separate today, I still love the versatility of being able to navigate between sites in the network in the network admin dashboard.
  2. All in One SEO Pack for WordPress is truly a great SEO plugin. If you actually look at the UI of All in One SEO Pack, it is far superior and less confusing than others. And, every feature has a help icon with a link off to knowledge base to teach you about how to use each feature. That is attention to detail. And, simplicity is key. Having the ability to turn on or off each component in the Feature Manager can help when a client may want to use, for example, another sitemap generator. Even though I don’t advise it, it’s useful to have options. I think this is the best way to architect an SEO plugin with so many tools inside. As semantic search takes hold, All in One SEO is well positioned because of its simplicity. Keyword density is far less important today than it was just a few years ago. There’s no reason to have those tools anymore as Google’s search algorithm gets smarter.
  3. JetPack solves all kind of problems under a single roof, and it’s developed by the folks at Automattic. So, you can trust in the plugins architecture. While I’m on WP Engine and get site backups and security scanning, having VaultPress and Brute Protect in one plugin is helpful. I also love the simplicity of the Publicize tools. Additionally, you can have related posts plugin run in the cloud without it being quarantined by WP Engine or other hosting platforms for hogging system resources. I also love using the Tiled Galleries option. Where I used to use NextGen Gallery, I know simply use the WordPress Media library with Tiled Galleries and the Carousel provided by JetPack. While some plugin developers will say its unfair for JetPack to come in and build plugins that make their own obsolete, all of JetPacks plugins are simple. The plugins they are said to make obsolete are generally a bit more advanced with a greater feature set. But I look at simplicity over complexity as the golden rule, and that’s why JetPack makes my list of favorite plugins.

Tim: What’s your most proud achievement around WordPress?
I don’t know that I have a single proudest achievement. There are many. One is helping my wife start her business on WordPress after she was afflicted by mold poisoning in a building at Rockland Community College in Rockland County, NY. After being diagnosed with multiple chemical sensitivity as a result of the exposure and being declared permanently partially disabled, WordPress gave my wife a platform through which to express her views on International Education and Study Abroad. This has led her to having her second conference in Asheville, NC this year, which will be attended by educators flying in from around the country to explore culture, identity, and perspective. I’ve been so busy working on my Digital Strategy Works business, that I don’t take the time (until now that is) to stop and think about how transformative WordPress has been for my wife and her industry.
I’m also proud of having launched two successful WordPress Meetups in the past: WordPress Westchester and WordPress Chapel Hill. Through each, I met so many wonderful people and I loved helping others get involved in WordPress.

Tim: What do you want our readers to know about you?
That besides being this digital strategist immersed in the world of WordPress, I’m also extremely passionate about DJ culture. I produce a weekly house music radio show in Asheville, NC online over and its terrestrial, low-power FM signal, 103.3-LP FM. I have been deeply involved in the house music community for over 25-years and have been a DJ since I was 12-years old. It’s ingrained in me and is a part of me that will never die.
Tim: Define yourself with one word.
Tony is sharing is knowledge aboout Search Engine Optimization (SEO), you won’t want to miss it!

Superb Community Sponsor: GoDaddy


GoDaddy’s mission is to radically shift the global economy toward small businesses by empowering people to easily start, confidently grow and successfully run their own ventures. With more than 12 million customers worldwide and 57 million domain names under management, GoDaddy gives small business owners the tools to name their idea, build a beautiful online presence, attract customers and manage their business.

Thank you, GoDaddy, for your generosity and support of the WordPress Community! Sponsorships like this one are what make WordCamps and WordCamp Hampton Roads possible.

Speaker Interview: Nik Vimal

Tim: What’s your WordPress “origin” story?

At 13 years old, I wanted to start blogging and find a simple way to create my websites. Eventually, that got me into a WordCamp where I was inspired to do more with WordPress and even had a few people help me learn PHP, Javascript, CSS, etc. Since then, I’ve been developing and eventually launched my business, TechVoltz LLC.

Tim: Whats your top 3 WordPress plugins? Why?

  1. Gravity Forms – Best way to create Complex forms and one of the best APIs that I have used. So many options to manipulate form data and many possibilities for creating only a single form
  2. Easy Digital Downloads: Simply one of my favorite ways of selling things. The API is amazing and I really enjoy the features bundled and really the simplicity of getting setup with it.
  3. Yoast SEO: Pretty common, but yet another great plugin I would recommend for anyone with a site or a blog on WordPress. It really gets the SEO job done right.”

Tim: Whats your most proud achievement around WordPress?

I’ve been a WordPress core contributor for a few releases.

Tim: What do you want our readers to know about you?

By day, I still go to High School. I’ve also already interned at some big companies in WordPress such as Rocketgenius, Pods, and iThemes. I’m also big into the startup community, even releasing a non-WordPress product this past summer ( I also have made contributions to PHP.

Tim: Define yourself with one word.


I consider Nik a friend and I’m excited that’s he’s speaking in Hampton Roads. I heard him speak at WordCamp Minneapolis earlier this year, and you won’t want to miss his talk on the WordPress REST API.

Outstanding Community Sponsor: WiredTree


WiredTree provides Managed VPS and Managed Dedicated Servers to WordPress users worldwide from our Chicago-based data center and offices. Every WT server is backed by 24×7 telephone support, ticket support with 15 minute average response times, and is fully managed and monitored by WiredTree to maximize uptime and minimize frustration. All servers come ready-to-run with cPanel/WHM and are optimized and security hardened with firewall and anti-spam out of the box. With experience in SSD technology, MariaDB, Memcached, WordPress plugins, server optimization, and LiteSpeed Web server, WiredTree can take your site’s performance to the next level.

Thank you, WiredTree, for your generosity and support of the WordPress Community! Sponsorships like this one are what make WordCamps and WordCamp Hampton Roads possible.