WooSesh is happening next week on October 9 and 10, and registration is now open. This is the second edition of the virtual WooCommerce event hosted by WPSessions. In addition to presentations focused entirely on e-commerce, the event will include a “Hallway Track” that offers opportunities for attendees to connect with each other, along with virtual swag donated by various WordPress companies.
Day 1 will cover a wide range of topics for WooCommerce professionals with a focus on store builders, including sessions on designing with blocks, sales tax, optimizing the checkout experience, and store emails. The first day will also feature a two-hour “State of the Woo” keynote address from the WooCommerce team. They plan to discuss case studies, lessons learned, and priorities for the year ahead.
Day 2 will focus on more technical topics for WooCommerce developers, such as “Custom Tables and the Checkout Bottleneck,” solving store UX problems, and productizing development work.
The event is being organized by Brian Richards and Patrick Rauland. For the past two years it has been the official successor to the previously held in-person WooConf events. Given how successful WooSesh has been in connecting the WooCommerce community, it’s easy to see why WooConf has not yet been reinstated.
“One thing I can say, having helped three WooConfs and both WooSesh’s, is that a virtual event is a fraction of the cost,” Rauland said. “And we had twice as many people show up live for WooSesh compared to an in person event.”
In 2018, WooSesh had 2,800 registrants and more than 1,400 who participated live during the event. Rauland reported that 900 people watched the keynote address. After the conclusion, 94% of respondents to an attendee survey said they would like to attend again the next year.
Last year attendees could watch all sessions for free as long as they attended at least one presentation during the live event. This year sessions will be free during the event to encourage maximum engagement, and the recordings will be available on WPSessions.com for a fee after its conclusion.