WooConf, The First Ever Conference Dedicated to WooCommerce Deemed a Success

State of the Woo at WooConf 2014
Mark Forrester Delivering the State of the Woo Courtesy of Bob Dunn

Earlier this week, the first conference dedicated to WooCommerce took place and from all accounts, it was a success. Held at 969 Market in San Francisco, CA, over 300 people attended WooConf to learn about WooCommerce and eCommerce in general. While I didn’t attend the event, there are several people who have published their experience online.

On the night before the event, WooCommerce surpassed 5 million downloads.

In an interview on Torquemag, Mark Forrester, the co-founder of WooThemes hinted at WooConf becoming an annual event. “We’ve had loads of really positive feedback over the last couple days from a lot of the attendees (we sold out at 320 attendees) so there’s definitely good reason for a follow-up in 2015.”

Earlier this year, there was some question as to whether the presentations would be recorded. The official Twitter account for WooThemes confirmed that sessions were recorded and will be released starting next week.

We want to hear from those who attended the event. What did you think and would you like to see it become an annual thing or perhaps more than one per year with different locations?

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    1. Well that’s odd, I got the venue information from the WooConf website and that’s what it said.

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      1. Hey Jeff – Holiday Inn is where the conf had special deals on rooms – the conference itself was at “The Village” – hope that helps!

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      2. Thanks. I checked the WooConf page and all it said was 969 Market and I thought that was the address of the Holiday Inn, not the name of the venue. Turns out, there is physical location called 969 Market

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  1. What did you think and would you like to see it become an annual thing or perhaps more than one per year with different locations?

    Good question. It will be interesting to see what happens.

    For now, I think an annual event organised by WooThemes would be a great centre point, while smaller meetups, organised by community members around the world can cater to local needs.

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  2. I was at the event and I enjoyed it a lot. My company FirstTracks Marketing has been an official Woo Worker Affiliate for over three years now and it was exciting and fun to get to meet a lot of the staff that makes Woothemes the company that it is. The sessions the first day were overall great, especially the talk given by Chris Lema towards the end of day 1. The second day I didn’t really enjoy but overall a success if you ask me. You can read my top 5 takeaways from day 1 of the conference here: http://firsttracksmarketing.com/website-development/ecommerce-website/woocommerce-conference-review

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  3. Thanks for sharing my post Jeff, and obviously from that I did attend. Overall it was one of the best conferences I have been to in awhile.

    And I’m with Brent, I would like to see it stay as an annual event by WooThemes. This brought in people from 20 countries and it was amazing to meet so many of them. And as Brent said, I agree, local meetups could more cater to local needs and who knows, maybe those meetups will look at other options as time goes by. I’ve been talking with Woo for a bit about doing a meetup in Seattle, and it’s for sure, myself and a WooTeam member will be organizing it and probably having our first one at the beginning of the year.

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    1. How exciting! A WCSeattle meetup might be just the excuse I’ve been looking for to get up that way. :)

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  4. And then sadly, you visit WooCommerce only to find you can’t buy a product because they make cache changes or never checked to make sure the “Add to cart” feature doesn’t work..

    I didn’t attend the conference.. But I can tell you this, the #1 way to loose business, is by not having a working shopping cart!

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  5. Thanks for including our Prospress post in the list Jeff :) It’s actually a lower case ‘p’ though (think “Prosperous” not “Professional Press”).
    I’m with Brent and Bob re next year’s events and local meetups.
    Hopefully we’ll see you there next year!

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