Sponsors

We thank the generous sponsors of WordCamp Chicago for their support!

WordCamp Pillar

BlueHost

Bluehost has been a WordPress partner since 2005 and powers over one million WordPress sites. Their goal is to provide outstanding hosting services and customer support for the best possible price. Bluehost is also constantly innovating and upgrading their services and infrastructure at no additional cost to their customers. Join the millions of other website owners that have already chosen Bluehost and see how they can help you with your site.

Media Temple

From its inception in 1998, (mt) Media Temple has been on a mission to help people and businesses succeed online.

Over 125,000 customers in 100 countries now rely on Media Temple’s tools for domain registration, web hosting, business applications, virtual servers, and other cloud services to power more than 1.5 million websites. With 200 dedicated, U.S.-based employees, Media Temple takes pride in our 24/7 customer support. Our customers range from everyday people to top bloggers, creative professionals, and small businesses, as well as large enterprises like Starbucks, Adidas, Samsung, and Toyota.

More information can be found anytime on the web at http://mediatemple.com or on Twitter @MediaTemple.

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.

Sears Tower

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. To learn more about the company, visit www.GoDaddy.com.

EveryBlock

WordCamp Champion

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 http://dreamhost.com.

Code Poet

If you use WordPress to build things for other people, Code Poet wants to make your life easier. No matter whether you freelance on a solo basis, lead a small web shop, make plugins in a dark closet, or crack the whip at a large design firm, Code Poet’s aim is to become your go-to source of information and resources to help you expand your WordPress skills and know-how. To make you better at what you do. To make it easier to make your living and look great doing it.

You’re part of a tribe of WordPress designers and developers over 10,000 strong, spanning the entire globe. codepoet.com aims to bring the working knowledge and real world strategies of those people into one place, for you to tap into.

John Hancock

WooThemes

What started in 2008 as 3 WordPress enthusiasts who met online, from 3 different countries, is now an international team of designers, developers and support ninjas catering for a passionate community of hundreds of thousands of users.

From our humble beginnings selling a handful of commercial WordPress themes we now offer a huge catalog of feature rich themes, and a suite of plugins that extend your WordPress experience. Proudly bootstrapped and built around our team’s diverse lifestyles we have big ambitions to become the ultimate WordPress platform provider.

WPEngine

WP Engine is the premium managed platform for websites and applications built with WordPress. WP Engine delivers the fastest, most reliable, and most secure web experience. Businesses large and small rely on WP Engine’s exceptional customer service team specializing in quickly solving technical problems, and creating a world-class customer experience.

Pantheon

Pantheon is a professional-grade tool for those who practice the art of website development for a living. Our platform is a cutting edge blend of technologies designed to let developers focus on building great things rather than scaling them. Upgrade your website to professional grade, GetPanthon.com

WPElevation

WP Elevation is the world’s 1st business accelerator program designed specifically to help WordPress consultants build the business they need to support the lifestyle they desire.

Headway Themes

Headway was launched in 2009 as the first premium Drag & Drop WordPress theme builder.

What was originally intended as a tool for our team to build sites for clients, soon became an innovation for everyone to use to build their websites, blogs and sales pages.

Headway Themes has came a long way from its beginning of just 2 people in the middle of Kansas to a team of designers, developers and support members scattered around the world.

WebKite

The WebKite plugin helps you embed filterable lists

Think of sites like Kayak, Amazon, and Yelp—their filtering and sorting capabilities are awesome. WebKite brings that level of filtering to you in the form of a free WordPress plugin. Being able to provide an interactive content experience creates a phenomenal user experience. WebKite for WordPress makes it easy to build filterable food menus, an index of reviews, directories, contact lists, wine menus, and beer menus. With more being added all the time.

InMotion Hosting

Founded in 2001, InMotion Hosting is one of the premier providers of web hosting worldwide, with a consistent record of award-winning customer satisfaction.Our 24/7/365 proactive customer service, along with our proprietary back-end technology and hardware configuration are just the beginning.

We love WordPress! We have experts on-staff to answer difficult questions, provide a variety of tools and technologies geared toward WordPress users, and an extensive WordPress Education Channel.

Our scalable product offering, from Shared, VPS, Reseller, Dedicated or Commercial Class servers and an industry leading 90-day money back guarantee makes InMotion Hosting the best option for your site!

PushUp

PushUp effortlessly connects your WordPress site to our website push notification service so that you can selectively deliver on-demand notifications right to your visitor’s desktops as you update your content. Be the first to deliver updates to your readers, and drive them back to your website, instead of context and conversion stripping feed readers.

All you need is an account at pushupnotifications.com, so that you can effortlessly and reliably deliver desktop notifications using our high scale push delivery infrastructure.

Use the code “WordCampChicago2014” between now and the end of WordCamp Chicago to save 33% off sign up: $9.99 includes unlimited notifications for the first 30 days, and up to 100 unique push notifications each month for life (more on pricing here).

PushUp currently supports Safari Push Notifications on OS X Mavericks; support for additional browsers and services is coming very soon.

  • Real-time analytics. Monitor engagement, as it happens. How many eligible visitors accepted or declined notifications? How many subscribers do you have?
  • Pay as your grow. Pay for what you need, when you need it, so increased engagement never interrupts your service. No subscribers? No fee. Tightening your belt? Don’t click push, don’t pay PushUp.
  • For WordPress, by Makers of WordPress. Designed, tested, and engineered by 10up, an agency with 25+ core contributors on staff. You won’t find gaudy ads or attention stealing buttons; in fact, we think you’ll forget that PushUp wasn’t part of WordPress.
  • Built for scale, battle tested by big names. Vetted by WordPress.com VIP, and already running like a champ on sites like 9to5mac.com, the world’s most popular Apple news blog, Deadline.com, and Edelman.com. We’ve already delivered over 18 million notifications, including more than 500,000 notifications in a single day.
  • No extra software necessary. We leverage technology built right into the browser and operating system, beginning with Safari on OS X Mavericks. Your readers simply accept a notification request – that only shows up the first time they visit – and they will start receiving notifications. Even when their browser is closed.

Flywheel

Flywheel is a managed WordPress hosting platform built specifically for designers and creative agencies. Flywheel makes it simple to build, launch, and manage client sites with its easy-to-use dashboard built from the ground up for the modern web designer. With nightly backups, blazing-fast load times, WordPress-specific security, and an awesome support team full of WordPress developers, Flywheel helps thousands of designers across the world launch projects every day.

WordCamp Accomplice

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 WPML.org

Disqus

Disqus is a free service that makes it easy for anyone to create or participate in an online community. Our magic is in connecting people to stuff that’s worth talking about.

Aon Center

SiteGround

ServerPress

DesktopServer from ServerPress.com makes it simple to create local wordpress sites in just a matter of a few clicks. With DesktopServer you can design, develop and deploy WordPress solutions quickly and easily. It is the ONLY localhost server that integrates WordPress with Adobe® Dreamweaver®, Panic’s Coda and Diet Coda with WYSIWYG features for theme design and web developer professionals, offers multi-site, import and export (deployment) of archive files such as BackupBuddy, Duplicator, BackWPUp, BackUp WordPress, InfiniteWP & ManageWP, create custom blueprints and a lot more! Save tons of time and even more “brain damage” with DesktopServer!

BruteProtect

BruteProtect protects your WordPress sites against Botnet attacks for free! Over 64,000,000 attacks stopped as of April 2014. For more information, please visit BruteProtect.com

Treehouse

Treehouse is an online technology school with a massive video library for learning WordPress. Their content includes guides for beginners, tutorials on building WordPress sites, theme development, plugin development and much more. In addition to WordPress they also teach web design, development, iOS, Android, business, and design. As you complete courses and pass their quizzes and code challenges you earn badges and points that go towards a profile you can use to build your skill set or find more work in your field. Check out Treehouse today and start learning valuable and in-demand technology skills.

LearnDash

Transform your WordPress site into a powerful learning management system using LearnDash. Sell elearning courses, track user progress, deliver certificates, and much more!

Discover more at http://www.learndash.com

Crowd Favorite

Crowd Favorite is a premier, boutique professional services firm focused on enterprise-level clients such as National Geographic, Lexus, and DirecTV, Seattle Times, and several major movie studios. A leader in the WordPress community and the first WordPress professional services firm, Crowd Favorite has established offices throughout the US and Europe to deliver large-scale client projects. Crowd Favorite also provides consulting and web development services specializing in web applications and user experience.

Tribune Tower

Omegasys IT Consulting, Inc

Omegasys IT Consulting provides consulting, implementation, and support services to help clients use the technical tools to work productively in the office or on the road. We provide services that include PC and Mac support, e-mail support and management, mobile device management, data security, cloud hosted file collaboration and communication support, and business continuity. Our goal is to work with our clients as a partner to provide cost effective and reliable technology solutions and support on new system designs or existing technology solutions. In addition to technical services and support our staff works with clients to develop web based application and deploy web solutions hosted on SharePoint, WordPress, and Joomla content management systems. We work with small and low mid-market size businesses that need technical assistance but do not have the need to hire full-time technical staff. Our clientele include firms in the legal, retail, non-profit, communication, and education professions.

WebDev Studios

WebDevStudios is a website development company specializing in WordPress powered websites. With a full staff of developers and designers who live and breathe WordPress, we pride ourselves in being WordPress experts. We have the resources to support any client from a small business to a WordPress Multisite network with thousands of sites to a BuddyPress site with thousands of members.

Redux Framework

Redux Framework is the definitive option framework for WordPress theme and plugin developers. Built to be 100% compliant with both WordPress.org and Envato standards, it is a developers best friend! With a few lines of code you can have a beautiful options panel including everything necessary for SCSS/LESS compilation, full customizer support, and much more! Haven’t tried out Redux yet? There’s no time like the present!

Dance Music Authority

DanceMusicAuthority.com has been proudly powered by WordPress (WP) since 2008. WordPress has never let us down and we have come to rely upon it big-time. Thanks to this amazing, free software, we’re having a blast promoting parties and interacting with music producers around the globe. It’s been a blissful, mind-expanding journey to watch WP evolve with each new release and we’re very excited about the future.

Gravity Forms

Build and publish your WordPress forms in just minutes. No drudgery, just quick and easy form-building. Select your fields, configure your options and easily embed forms on your WordPress powered site using the built-in tools.

Wrigley Building

Chris Lema

Chris Lema is the Vice President of Software Engineering at Emphasys Software. In his free time he writes, coaches, and speaks at WordPress events.

WP Rocket

WP Rocket is a premium cache plugin for WordPress which combines simplicity and efficiency. It is the plugin you need to speed up your site, optimize your SEO and increase your conversions. Join the 3500 sites and the 1300 happy customers who rely on us.

BluePay

Bluepay is a leading provider of payment processing systems, designed and built to handle custom transactions . We believe in clean code and concise documentation to make an implementation as seamless as possible. Head over to our developer corner, to get full API documentation, copy and paste ready code, and an integration selector to help you figure out which of our tools will be best for your site build.

In-Kind

Sticker Giant