Doc Pop’s News Drop: What to Expect at WordCamp US


Doc’s WordPress News Drop is a weekly report on the most pressing WordPress news. When the news drops, I will pick it up and deliver it right to you.

WordCamp US is coming up soon, so this week Doc talks about the WCUS livestream, Matt Mullenweg’s State of the Word address, and some of the sessions he’s excited to see.

Love WordPress News but hate reading? My name is Doc and this is Doc Pop’s News Drop.

WordCamp US is upon us. The multi day conference is happening in my hometown, Nashville TN from December 1st to the 2nd with a WordPress contributor day on December 3rd. Tickets are still available for the low low price of just $40 but if you can’t attend this year’s conference you can still stream the whole thing live online. The livestream is free, but you still need to register in advance, so go to for get your free “livestream tickets”

Of course the big highlight of each WordCamp US is often Matt Mullenweg’s State Of The Word address, which happens saturday December 2nd at 4pm central time.

This is Matt’s yearly keynote covering what big milestones the WordPress team has achieved this year and what big new features and changes we can expect to see next year. I wouldn’t be surprised if this year’s State of the Word focuses heavily on the new Gutenberg Editor, the upcoming block-based editor expected to be added to WordPress core in version 5.0 early next year. The state of the word is always full of good informtation, so I recommend checking it out if you can.

Throughout the rest of the conference, speakers will be giving talks on topics ranging from accessibility to security. Speakers will be split into three separate tracks, which means that at any given time, you’ll have three different sessions to choose from.

A couple quick topics that I’m excited about seeing are:
Gutenberg and the WordPress of Tomorrow Morten Rand-Hendriksen
The Next Phase of Growth for WordPress by Chris Taylor
And “Five Attitudes Stopping You From Building Accessible WordPress Websites” by Josh Pollock. Josh is a writer for Torque and I really love this topic. We often don’t think about accessibility when desining websites, but making a site more accessible means the chance to drive more customers to your business. It’s a win win, right?

On Friday night, before WordCamp US, there’s a LGBT+Allies Meetup at Suzy Wong’s House of Yum. We’ll share info on that in the description below, but we hope to see you there.

The Torque team will be at WordCamp US all weekend, sharing video interviews and more along the way, so be sure to subscribe to this channel for those and follow us on Twitter at @thetorquemag

We’ll see you next week in Nashville!

Doctor Popular is an artist and musician living in San Francisco. As a full disclaimer, he is neither a doctor nor popular.

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