Do You Use WordPress? Cardiff welcomes WordCamp in July 2009

WordPress has become the platform of choice for many people, for conventional blogs and also as a fully-fledged, customisable CMS.

It’s a seriously good piece of software. If you don’t care about the technical reasons, it’s very easy to use. In my opinion, that’s what a blog should be – as simple as possible so you can jot out your thoughts freely and unencumbered. It’s for normal people. But if you want something customisable and extensible, it allows that too.

This blog is powered by WordPress – as is Sleeveface.

If you’re not familiar with it and you want to test it out you could start with the hosted version – just open an account at WordPress.com

And so to WordCamp.

WordCamp is an annual event for people interested in WordPress, whether they be developers, designers, bloggers, users or half-curious bystanders.

This year’s UK edition of WordCamp will be held in Cardiff on 18th and 19th July. It’s just recently been announced but already you can signal your interest in attending.

The whole thing is run by volunteers so the ticket price will be low, just to cover costs. The ethos of the event is fairly in keeping with WordPress as a piece of open source software. People are happy to contribute their time, energy and skills to the effort because they will all get more value back.

Cymry! This is a massive opportunity for WordPress enthusiasts in Cardiff and wider Wales to exchange notes and learn stuff, not only with each other but with other people from many parts of the world.

Personally I’m really keen to see usage of the Welsh language – on the event website, press relations and around the site. So I’ll be working with other volunteers to make this happen. I’m also working on a group effort to get the WordPress 2.7 software available in Welsh, as well as the extra stuff that comes on the hosted version at WordPress.com.

So this spring will be translation-a-go-go for me. What do I get? I get good practice with the language, chats and co-operation with other people and the chance to watch a significant part of the Welsh language online world bloom and flourish. Plus there are a couple of projects I’d like to start which would be aided greatly by this…

With WordCamp coming, I might have said that an up-to-date WordPress in Welsh will be good timing. But it’s actually been a long time since the software was last translated. I know there are people who want to see this and use it. It just needs a smidgen of activation energy.

3 Replies to “Do You Use WordPress? Cardiff welcomes WordCamp in July 2009”

  1. I’m a Blogger devotee myself, but I’m fully in favour of Welshifying things up a bit for the WordPress massive.

  2. Arwydda fi lan ar gyfer y rhestr lleoleiddio.

    Before deciding on localising a website/software, I (sometimes) think how usefull will it – i.e. is there anoher more widely used service that I should prioritise?

    I think WordPress fits the bill nicely.
    Despite research at an US university into which blogging platforms Welsh language bloggers use (I shit you not!*) coming to the conclusion that Blogger is/was by far the most popular a sizable number use WordPress.

    I had time to kill this morning and in 45 mins, I managed to bookmark 34 sites with the tag wordpresscymraeg. the tag itself is a bit misleading as they don’t all use the Welsh version of the software, but content is all in Welsh or bilingual. look at ‘Related tags’ to see which are using the hosted version. Those which are not blogs, but in fact websites are tagged with ‘gwefan’ (website).

    *User code modification as identity expression: A case study of Welsh language bloggers on Blogger.com.

    Yn olaf, sylwais nad dy fod wedi tagio’r post hwn gyda ‘wordcamp’. Alla i fod yn pedantig a cynnig bod ti hefyd yn rhoi’r tag ‘wordcampuk’?

    Gweler gwefan:

    To spread the word please use the tag wordcampuk in blogs and other social media so we can find your posts more easily.

  3. I don’t agree on wordpress being and operating as a CMS, because it’s simply not true, wordpress was designed entirely and only for blogging and same characteristics for other purposes such as comics publishing perhaps, but it’s not a CMS at all, trying to convert wordpress into a CMS is like taking a simple car into a racing field.

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