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Sponsor Spotlight: DuckToes

We’re showcasing all the amazing 2017 WordCamp Calgary sponsors. The people and companies that help make it possible to bring together the WordPress enthusiasts of Alberta. Today’s sponsor spotlight is Ducktoes Computer Services.

Ducktoes Computer Services is an online marketing and web design company based in Calgary, AB.

Online marketing and SEO analysts are their business and they’re experts on developing signals to Google that your site is an excellent result for any given search query. When Google indexes these signals, it will gladly serve your site as a prominent, high ranking result every time users search for that term.

They help your site signal relevance by optimizing your on-page and source code content including meta-tags, text, images, and site structure for money keywords and topics. They are thorough in their job by improving signal authority by doing offsite optimization including citations, backlinks, and offsite content.

Getting to the front page of Google is the goal of many businesses. DuckToes can help you get there.

Thank you for sponsoring WordCamp Calgary.

Sponsor Spotlight: Abtek Web Design

With Love from Abtek To The WordPress Community That Started Us!(Guest Post, Bruno Steppuhn, Digital Marketing Strategist in YYC)

It was in 2009 when Re Carlson, founder of Abtek Web Design, attended his first WordCamp in Phoenix, Arizona USA. The spark that was lit from his discovery of the powerful open source web platform called WordPress was the catalyst to Re’s passion for the web and ultimately what drove him to become a small business owner and an entrepreneur.

Like many grassroots organizations, the Abtek Web Design company, was conceived from a group of passionate individuals belonging to a particular community. It was a serendipitous carpool to the 2013 WordCamp Edmonton, Alberta event that brought the Abtek team together to hang their shingle as the Calgary based WordPress centric digital marketing agency.

Today, Abtek has grown to be known as the WordPress experts both in the Calgary area, and across North America. As of May 2017, Abtek has launched more than 220 WordPress based websites. “When I get the chance to sit in front of customer and they tell me about their business and what they want to do on the web, lightbulbs go off and I start thinking about how I can put WordPress and it’s many plugins together to help them achieve their goals!” Re iterates. “It can be such a powerful tool and it gets me so excited when I think about the possibilities,” he continues. Abtek continues to utilize WordPress as it’s web marketing platform of choice and the team enjoys the new challenges that can come from the software. “If we haven’t done it before, we want to do it; and if it doesn’t exist in WordPress yet, we want to create it.” states the company’s founder.

As Abtek’s leader, Re has taken his experience and passion of the WordPress platform to become the organizer and operator of the YYC WordPress Meetup since 2013. “It’s always amazing to see how many people are so interested in coming together to work on stuff. I’ve never seen that in a community before and it’s very encouraging,” Re convey’s.

In 2015, Re took his fandom for WordPress to new levels when he led Abtek to sponsor WordCamp YYC and joined as an organizer. “It’s our way of giving back our 5% back to the community that gave us our start. I love WordPress and am truly a gigantic WordPress fanboy,” he affirms.

Abtek’s success can only be attributed to one thing, community. Their contribution to WordCamp is just a small token of their appreciation and a vehicle to inspire other web creatives harness the power that WordPress can offer. “We have been a sponsor for the last three years. We want to continue a tradition of helping others learn the WordPress platform and the potential that it can provide their creativity and business,” concludes Abtek’s founder.

About Abtek Web Design:
Abtek Web Design, based in Calgary, Alberta Canada has been providing WordPress expertise, web design, and marketing services to small and medium sized businesses across Canada and the USA since 2013.

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Are you excited?! WordCamp is tomorrow!

WordCamp Calgary 2017 is so close you can almost taste it (it tastes like maple, if you weren’t sure). We hope you are getting as excited as we are!

Here are the top 10 things you need to know and do:

  1. Getting here: we’ve got driving and transit directions, and a nice little map to help you plan your route. Once you get to Fort Calgary, there will be various wayward signs to help you find your way.
  2. Review our Code of Conduct so we can all get along and have a great day
  3. Take another look at the schedule and plan out your day. Don’t worry, we’ll have printed schedules on hand and you can change your mind if your bestie wants you to go to a different session with them.
  4. Registration starts at 9:30 and Opening Remarks will be at 10:30.
  5. Food! Lunch is provided as part of your ticket. There will also be coffee, tea and water available throughout the day.
  6. Plan to stay a little longer and join the After Party. There ain’t no party like a WordCamp party, cuz a WordCamp party don’t stop! Ok, not entirely true. Fort Calgary will eventually kick us out. But not before you get a drink on us!
  7. Get social with it! Start using our official hashtag: #wcyyc and you’ll show up on our social media stream. Speaking of social, make sure you’re following us on Twitter and Facebook for any last minute updates.
  8. Make sure your devices are charged. We weren’t able to secure charging stations this year 🙁
  9. Show some love to our amazing sponsors who help make this day possible.
  10. And finally, get some rest! It’s going to be an amazing day!

We’re looking forward to seeing you tomorrow!

 

p.s. we are technically SOLD OUT! But we have a few “extra” tickets that can still be purchased.

Sponsor Spotlight: A Better Way Virtual Assistant

Running your own business forces you to wear many hats. Sometimes you’re burning the candle at both ends just to keep up with the day-to-day tasks of operating a business. This is where A Better Way Virtual Assistant comes in.

We’re showcasing all the amazing 2017 WordCamp Calgary sponsors. The people and companies that help make it possible to bring together the WordPress enthusiasts of Alberta. Today’s sponsor spotlight is A Better Way Virtual Assistant.

Running your own business forces you to wear many hats. Sometimes you’re burning the candle at both ends just to keep up with the day-to-day tasks of operating a business. This is where A Better Way Virtual Assistant comes in. Let Brandi Esler and her team handle everything from email marketing, website design, social media marketing, administration and in-house consulting.

Outsourcing your administrative tasks saves you time and money. It’s that simple. Imagine what you would do with an extra couple hours a day to focus on your business or family.

Contact A Better Way Virtual Assistant to help make your business life better.

Thank you for for sponsoring WordCamp Calgary!

Sponsor Spotlight: Orange Ambition

We’re showcasing all the amazing 2017 WordCamp Calgary sponsors. The people and companies that help make it possible to bring together the WordPress enthusiasts of Alberta. Today’s sponsor spotlight is Orange Ambition.

Orange Ambition Web Design is a front-end development company from Calgary, Alberta who passionately supports WordPress users through creative design. They thrive on helping entrepreneurs and non-profits gain exposure. Converting customers with SEO friendly web designs and industry standard tools helps them and their customers succeed.

They make it easy on their clients by providing easy to purchase monthly service plans that keep costs consistent and predictable. Everything they can do to make the clients succeed, they’ll do it.

They’ve developed site for companies like Pure Energy Dance Foundation, Buy an Infill and Margie Gayle Music.

Sponsor Spotlight: Unlimited BS

We’re showcasing all the amazing 2017 WordCamp Calgary sponsors. The people and companies that help make it possible to bring together the WordPress enthusiasts of Alberta. Today’s sponsor spotlight is Unlimited BS.

The BS behind Unlimited BS is Brenda Sargeant. She’s the talent and savvy behind one of Central Alberta’s best website design shops.

Unlimited BS designs and develops WordPress sites for small and medium size companies in Red Deer and surrounding areas. Brenda loves getting to the heart of her client’s business, understanding what their goals are and helping the business reach them.

Brenda knows that delivering a clear message is important. She’s helps you to clearly define that message so your potential customers know what you’re all about.

Unlimited BS has designed and developed websites for great companies like Cilantro & Chive, Sweet Capones Italian Bakery and Central Alberta Birding Trails.

 

Thank you Unlimited BS for sponsoring WordCamp Calgary!

 

Sponsor Spotlight: Sniffle Valve

We’re showcasing all the amazing 2017 WordCamp Calgary sponsors. The people and companies that help make it possible to bring together the WordPress enthusiasts of Alberta. Today’s sponsor spotlight is Sniffle Valve.

Do-it-yourself beginner WordPress fans have a local resource for training and tutorials on a specific set of themes and plugins. It’s Lyle Chamney of Sniffle Valve.

Lyle enjoys giving back to the community of developers and designers that make working with WordPress so fun. Hands-on training and video tutorials are their focus, as is developing great websites for their clients.

Getting people the answers they needs about WordPress is what he loves doing. Simple instructions and cutting through the technical mumbo-jumbo allow his clients to overcome some of the frustration they have when starting with WordPress for the first time.

This is where Sniffle Valve is comes in. Simple. Clear. Training and tutorials aimed squarely at someone who is just getting started with WordPress using GeneratePress, Elementor, and WP Show Posts.

Thank you Sniffle Valve for sponsoring WordCamp Calgary!

Sponsor Spotlight: Cornerstone Digital

We’re showcasing all the amazing 2017 WordCamp Calgary sponsors. The people and companies that help make it possible to bring together the WordPress enthusiasts of Alberta. Today’s sponsor spotlight is Cornerstone Digital.

Since 2004, Cornerstone has been one of Calgary top web development firms. Over that time they’ve built well over 300 websites. They’re experts at what they do and continue to produce incredible websites for their customers.

They specialize in developing websites for home builders, clients selling online and working with other agencies to extend their digital teams. They don’t utilize a one-size-fits-all methodology but work with their clients to find solutions that fit the needs of their project. This could be a complex site with advanced features, e-commerce capabilities or custom built web applications.

They’ve built websites for the likes of Fairmont Château Lake Louise, Fratello Coffee and Baywest Homes.

Thank you Cornerstone for sponsoring WordCamp Calgary.

Sponsor Spotlight: Win Your Brand

We’re showcasing all the amazing 2017 WordCamp Calgary sponsors. The people and companies that help make it possible to bring together the WordPress enthusiasts of Alberta. Today’s sponsor spotlight is Win Your Brand.

“A team of heart-centered people devoted to you growing a massively successful brand and business.”

Your brand, whether personal or business, is one of the biggest assets you have. It lets others get an idea of who you and what you represent. Win Your Brand helps individuals, consultants, coaches, business owners and entrepreneurs to maximize the profit of their personal brand by hosting live training seminars.

“Your Pass to a Brighter Future“ is tagline they live by. With decades of experience their entrepreneurial training system is designed and built by somebody that has grown many businesses and knows what it takes to succeed.

Sometimes you need to step back from your business and take a good look at the big picture. Win Your Brand helps you look at everything from a new perspective and create winning strategies for helping your business succeed.

Thank you Win Your Brand for helping make WordCamp Calgary possible.

Sponsor Spotlight: Hover

We’re showcasing all the amazing 2017 WordCamp Calgary sponsors. The people and companies that help make it possible to bring together the WordPress enthusiasts of Alberta. Today’s sponsor spotlight is Hover.

We love Hover. Not just because they’re sponsoring us but they’re also one of the best domain registrars on the net.

Since 2008, Hover has been making it easy for everyone to purchase domain names. It’s what they’re good at so that’s what they do. Domains and email. They let other companies sort out the hosting. They’re transparent about their pricing and make the buying and management of your domain super easy.

They’re also an amazing company because they sponsor a bunch of tech conferences and learning opportunities. Things like Ladies Learning Code, She++, and The Day We Fight Back.

A great company that gives back to the commute is one you should support. Thanks Hover for sponsoring WordCamp Calgary!