SiteLock is passionate about the open-source community, and we are fortunate to attend a new content management systems (CMS)  event nearly every single weekend. These events include WordPress, Joomla!, and Drupal events. While we love every event we attend, we’ve rounded some of our favorites from the past year so you can start marking the calendar for opportunities that fit your business or personal needs (hence the title—SiteLock Reviews: Events We Love in 2018). Each of these events are focused on education and networking, so whether you or your organization is an avid user of a CMS platform or seeking to expand your options in this category, these events provide the ideal setting for understanding best practices on a variety of topics such as coding, blogging, and security. As a bonus, even if you can’t attend, video recordings and live streams are available for most events.

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Event: WordCamp US
Focus: All things WordPress
Previous Date: Dec. 1-3, 2017 in Nashville, TN
Live stream available: Yes

Even though WordCamp US was in 2017, we had to feature this beauty as it is one of the largest global WordCamp events of the year. For any individual or organization that uses WordPress, this event is a must! Understanding the future of WordPress and having the opportunity to network with the platform’s community are key highlights of this three-day event. Whether you or your organization are experimenting with WordPress capabilities or are already an advocate, there are sessions for everyone, ranging from utilizing JavaScript, accessibility testing, creating multilingual websites, information architecture, and our personal favorite, security. But the biggest uncovering at the 2017 conference was the Gutenberg Editor Project—the biggest change in WordPress since 2003. Promising a new way to create content, the Editor is the future of the platform, and we can’t wait until this December to find out how WordPress continues to grow. Check out our WordCamp US 2017 recap here.

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Event: JoomlaDay Florida
Focus: Network with Joomla! experts
Previous Date: March 2, 2018 in Tampa, FL
Live stream available: Yes

The Joomla! community packs a punch into their single day event. If you have a chance to attend, we highly recommend checking out their diverse group of speakers for both the novice and professional Joomla! user. The most recent event was all about big changes with Joomla! 4, and the workshops in Joomla! Administration really elevated the event. SiteLock’s very own Adam Warner, Open-Source Community Manager, presented a session on Making Security Make Sense to Clients. If you plan to attend the next JoomlaDay, make sure to check out the schedule and plan your day strategically. With sessions and talks on design, marketing, hosting, and security (guess which sessions we love), the Joomla! sessions and talks focus on each aspect of the business. Our advice? Even if you are an avid WordPress user, check out JoomlaDay to see what else is out there. We believe it is beneficial to be aware of everything happening in the CMS market.

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Event: DrupalCon
Focus: Be inspired by experts and build the community
Previous Date: April 9-13, 2018 in Nashville, TN
Live stream available: Yes

Not one, not two, but five full days of everything Drupal had this event packed with training sessions, summits, socials, and thirteen concurrent seminar tracks to pick from at any given time. It was hard to pick our favorite session at this past conference due to the wide range of options, including business and media, higher education, and nonprofit opportunities, and of course, the State of Drupal. The latest D8 offering gives users access to REST resources, enabling people to create a decoupled Drupal site, populate a native mobile app or feed to a Drupal site, or integrate with other web services. New to the Drupal community? Don’t worry, there are plenty of usability sessions aimed at educating end users and developers on Drupal’s movement towards a more feasible, user-friendly architecture. Without the next dates announced, you may be wondering how you can tap into the Drupal knowledge. Well, they have you covered. Take a look at Drupal’s dedicated YouTube page for free access to their recorded 169 sessions. Check out a recap of DrupalCon 2018 from SiteLock’s Jamie Schmid, Community Evangelist.

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Event: SNAP Conference
Focus: Creative blogging and online business
Next Dates: April 12-14, 2018 in Salt Lake City, UT
Live stream available: No

Be prepared to be inspired at the SNAP conference and walk away invigorated. This event is a breath of fresh air, attended by hundreds of ambitious people focused on bringing their creative atmosphere to life through innovative blogging as a business. The three-day event is held every April in Utah, but keep your eyes out for on-sale dates because this event has limited seating and tickets generally sell out quickly. Whether you are already a DIY blogger with an active following, or you are exploring your options, this conference is about celebrating your opportunities. Key sessions include SEO tactics, using Twitter to your advantage, legal tips and tricks, growing your YouTube channel, and more. But don’t worry, each educational session is coupled with energizing craft bars to keep those creative juices flowing.

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Event: WordCamps
Focus: Informal, community-organized WordPress events
Next Dates: Check out WordCamp Central website for an event near you
Live streaming: No

While we definitely recommend the formal WordCamp US event, WordCamps happen every weekend around the country. Check out the WordCamp Central website for an event happening in your area because these informal, community-organized meetings are coordinated by people and businesses just like yours. Usually held over a weekend, this is the perfect opportunity to network with local businesses or developers, brainstorm WordPress best practices, and delve into advanced techniques and security measures. While not necessarily live streaming, you can check out WordPress.tv to get an idea of sessions at these local events. Don’t worry if you are just starting to explore WordPress. This event is geared towards every level. We’ve yet to find a more welcoming and accepting community ready to learn and teach. We feel confident that you will walk away with a greater sense of how WordPress can benefit you and your business. 

Our top five events and other CMS events are critical for understanding what opportunities are available to individuals and organizations. The open-source CMS community is always evolving, and end users and developers need to take an active role in understanding best practices, new administration, content development, and security measures. So to an end of SiteLock Reviews: Events We Love in 2018, we would like to say we really enjoyed attending these events, and we encourage you to check them out, too. See you there!