WebPros at WordCamp Europe 2023



We’re back from Athens and still feeling the vibes of WordCamp Europe! What an event it was, a gorgeous venue, insightful sessions, hands-on workshops, the coolest crowd, and excellent food. So let’s re-live WordCamp Europe 2023 or – if you couldn’t be there – keep reading to get a taste of the coolest tech event in Athens this year.

WordCamp Europe drew more than 2.800 WordPress enthusiasts from around Europe (and beyond) to the lively city of Athens. From June 8th through June 10th, the Athens Megaron International Conference Center buzzed with WordPress chatter and bustling hallways filled with excited attendees, speakers, sponsors, and volunteers.

Collaborating at Contributor Day

It is a tradition that WordCamp dedicates one day of the event to advancing WordPress, during which participants would collaborate on contributing to the WordPress project.
Opening Remarks at WordCamp Europe 2023, Contributor Day

And for sure, they did! The WordPress community came together to work on different areas of the platform, learn valuable skills, and make a positive impact. Together, they worked on core development, translations, support, hosting, and documentation. 

Check out our Recap Video of Contributor Day to experience some of the day’s flair.

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Engaging Sessions & Hands-on Workshops

WordCamps are like a buffet of knowledge served up by WordPress connoisseurs from all corners of the world. It’s like a nerdy potluck, except nobody brings potato salad – they bring talks and hands-on workshops on web development, design, SEO, content creation, and community building. 

And boy, with so many great talks, workshops, and panels running simultaneously, it was hard to pick and choose. But whichever session we visited, we got to listen to great speakers who truly know their WordPress.

Hristo Pandjarov dived into building high-performance headless WordPress systems, explored main issues, and provided practical solutions to avoid or solve them. 

Marco Berrocal held a great workshop about understanding and using WordPress hooks, explaining what they are, what they are used for, and how to apply them properly. Around 70 attendees had joined his workshop, brought their laptops, and dived right into coding.

Marco Berrocal's workshop about understanding & using WordPress hooks.

A panel discussion around Enterprise WordPress Delivery also piqued our interest, where some of the leading agencies discussed how they deliver WordPress to enterprises globally. After all, WordPress is a consumer software, and many enterprises would prefer an enterprise-targeted solution. 

A highly anticipated event at every WordCamp is, of course, Matt Mullenweg’s closing words. With WordCamp Europe happening just after WordPress’ 20th Birthday, much of WCEU is dedicated to celebrating this happy occasion — and so was Matt’s talk, Variations on a Theme: 20 Years of WordPress. Together with WordPress’s Executive Director Josepha Haden Chomphosy and MatĂ­as Ventura, Product Architect at Automattic, he reflected on the past years and brought a couple of amazing WordPress projects to the community’s attention, such as the recently published Openverse, Playground, and Gutenberg. Then he gave the floor to the attendees to answer their questions.

You Are Your Site’s Weakness – WebPros Booth Talk

Contributor Day is a great chance to share knowledge and shape the future of WordPress. However, we went a step further. Andrey Kugaevskiy, Product Manager at Webpros, took advantage of the occasion to give an insightful talk at the WebPros booth. “You Are Your Site’s Weakness – What Users Should Know About The Security Of Their Site” reminded us how vulnerable websites are and how WP Toolkit helped make millions of websites more secure. After all, more than 5.7 million websites are managed by WP Toolkit, and during 2022, WP Toolkit identified 133+ million vulnerabilities alone; over 4 million have been fixed immediately by WP Toolkit Auto Updates.
You Are Your Site's Weakness - WebPros Booth Talk @ WordCamp Europe 2023

WP Toolkit comes ready to go in your control panel, packed with powerful features. With just one click, you can stage, clone, sync, update, copy, migrate, and more, making micro-management of your WordPress installs a thing of the past.

Check out WP Toolkit for Plesk and WP Toolkit for cPanel for more information.

WebPros starring in SeekaHost Podcast

WebPros’ existing and upcoming WordPress-focused products have raised some interest indeed. That’s why Chief Experience Officer Jesse Asklund and product Manager Andrey Kugaevskiy got invited to join our partner’s SeekaHost podcast live on WordCamp Europe.

In this episode of the SeekaHost podcast, they deep-dived into the evolution of WP Toolkit, how it stands out among other WordPress management solutions, how it simplifies WordPress management for its users, and what challenges were overcome during development. They also wanted to learn more about our upcoming WP Squared and WP Guardian products.

Jesse Asklund talked about how WP Squared leverages cPanel’s strengths to deliver a better WordPress management experience, how WP Squared optimizes the performance of WordPress sites on cPanel servers, and how WP Squared key features significantly improve the user experience for WordPress site administrators.

Andrey Kugaevskiy dived into WP Guardian. He explained what motivated its development, pointed out the primary functions of WP Guardian, what specific security issues it is designed to address, and how it enhances security for WordPress sites. And, of course, he gave an outlook on when users can officially get their hands and WP Guardian.

We’re sure you’re curious about the upcoming releases of WP Squared and WP Guardian and what these products have in store for you. Why not take a look?

You may even be interested in signing up for the WP Guardian Beta Program and being among the first to test it.

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Stay Tuned!

Now that WCEU is over, we’re excited for more events and chances to connect with you. The entire WebPros team thanks the WordPress community for their ongoing support. We always enjoy interacting with you and look forward to sharing more WordPress updates soon. Stay tuned!

As the world’s top internet infrastructure industry event, CloudFest helps set the tone for our industry. A who’s who of partners, leaders, consumers, end users, and executives gather in Europa Park, Germany, for presentations, discussions, product launches and demos, face-to-face meetings, and so much more.

We appreciate the opportunity that CloudFest provides us to not only showcase the flagship brands of our ecosystem (cPanel, Plesk, and WHMCS), but also connect with our partners and colleagues. We had an amazing time meeting one-on-one and attending the myriad of presentations, keynotes, and panels.

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Our very own CTO of Cloud Platform and Incubation Projects, Jan Loeffler, kicked things off with his keynote presentation “WordPress by the Numbers.”

This guide to the galaxy of WordPress revealed there are over two billion hostnames worldwide, over 717 million of which are active within the WebPros domain database, and over 80 million of those hostnames are running WordPress as its primary CMS.

Jan went on to reveal some of our research, including that 60% of websites are built by web age

ncies and web professionals, and that over 80% of agencies resell hosting. It was also shared that 1 out of every 3 WordPress websites on the internet are powered by a WebPros control panel, either cPanel or Plesk.

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WebPros Product Managers Adam Wien and Andrey Kugaevskiy presented “WordPress & WebPros: Elevating UX & Fortifying Security in the WordPress Universe.”

This served as the official launch of our two new WordPress-centric products: WP Guardian and WP Squared. Andrey and Adam led the audience through how to leverage these products to deliver top-notch management of WordPress site with WP Squared and industry-leading protection of WordPress websites with WP Guardian.

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“The Influence of AI in Hosting: Expanding Your Revenue Horizons” was also presented by Jan Loeffler.

By bridging the gap between his own grandfather’s local winery 30 years ago and today’s eCommerce-centric global storefront, Jan led the captive audience into the modern world of AI-driven solutions and how to leverage these solutions for smarter resource allocation, predictive maintenance, enhanced security, and overall pushing the boundaries of what is possible in the cloud and hosting market in general.

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Hendrik Koehler, Director of Product Management of Sitejet, presented a masterclass entitled “Sitejet Builder for cPanel and Plesk: Unlocking Profit Potential.” By framing the dramatically changing hosting market against the growth of SaaS providers alongside WordPress, Hendrick presented Sitejet Builder as the user-friendly, feature-packed, and overall powerful tool that it is.

With its inclusion within both cPanel and Plesk, Hendrick illustrated exactly how Sitejet Builder enables users to launch optimized websites and stay competitive in an increasingly aggressive and expanding space.

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CloudFest is always a whirlwind event, filled with fruitful meetings, interesting and compelling presentations, discussions, product demonstrations, as well as the spontaneous interactions and overall unexpectedness we’ve come to appreciate that all coalesce into CloudFest being the outstanding event that it is.

Of course we’ll be returning to Europa Park again in 2025, but first: June 5-8, 2024, is CloudFest USA in Austin, Texas; we’ll see you there, pard’ner!

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