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1st local WordPress conference planned for Caguas in November

WordPress, one of the most popular personal publishing software platforms on the Internet, will be hosting its first ever “WordCamp” conference on the island Nov. 12, in conjunction with the Turabo University and the municipality of Caguas, News is my Business learned

On its website, WordCamp Caguas organizers said: “We are very excited about this activity that will help us bring together Puerto Rico’s community of WordPress users, designers and programmers.”

An all-day schedule of talks and workshops make up the event’s 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. agenda. Organizers are making 250 tickets available, which can be purchased online on the site, via PayPal. WordCamp Caguas has already set up a Twitter account: @WordCampCaguas to spread the word on the upcoming event.

In general, WordCamps include sessions “on how to use WordPress more effectively, beginning plugin and theme development, advanced techniques, security, etc.,” WordPress said.

“WordCamps are casual, locally-organized conferences covering everything related to WordPress, the free and open source personal publishing software that powers over 25 million sites on the web,” according to WordCamp Central.

WordCamp Caguas 2011 has been organized with three tracks in mind: graphic artists, web developers creative directors and digital art fans; programmers; and general interest groups and content managers looking to explore all of the possibilities the platform offers.

Puerto Rico is one of nearly a dozen sites where WordCamps will take place through the end of the year. Louisville, KY, Seville, Spain, Jabalpur, India, Toronto, ON, Gold Coast, Australia, Philadelphia, PA, Nairobi, Kenya, Detroit, MI, Richmond, VA, Copenhagen, Denmark and Las Vegas, NV are also on the schedule.

The first WordCamp was organized in San Francisco by Matt Mullenweg in 2006, according to the event’s official website.

Since then, local communities around the world have organized over a hundred WordCamps, and the developer anticipates that the number will exceed 1,000 within the next couple of years.

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