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Special Announcement: Introducing Our First Group of Speakers for NMX 2014!


This year, we opened registration for NMX earlier than ever before. Today, we’re happy to announce our first group of speakers, which includes several NMX speaker alumni and a few new faces.

Early bird ticket prices expire this week, so if you haven’t yet picked up your ticket, register now to see sessions with the following speakers:

Aaron Hockley

Aaron is no stranger to the NMX stage. In addition to speaking at NMX, he has also written several posts here on the NMX blog. Check out his posts “Image Manipulation Tricks For Bloggers!” and “More Than Words: Better Blogging with Photos.”

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Amanda Blain

Amanda is the queen of Google+ and if you missed her session at NMX 2013, now’s your chance to see her speak!

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Andrea Vahl

One of my best memories of NMX 2013 is watching Andrea as Grandma Mary interview Scott Monty from Ford. Will Grandma make an appearance at NMX 2014? You’ll have to come to the show to find out!

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Chris Ducker

Chris is one of the most passionate people you will ever meet. His energy is infectious, and his session at NMX 2014 is one you don’t want to miss.

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Cynthia Sanchez

Cynthia is brand new to the NMX stage, but not new to the NMX community. Her knowledge of Pinterest is unmatched, and we’re super excited to welcome her to our list of speakers.

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Dave Delaney

Dave is the the author of New Business Networking and was named must-follow digital expert on Twitter by Billboard Magazine. We can’t wait to have him speak at NMX 2014.

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Dino Dogan

Dino’s session at NMX 2013 had attendees buzzing with excitement, and we’re so glad he’s coming back for NMX 2014. Check out Dino’s interview with UFC’s Dana White from last year’s show.

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Jessica Northey

If you saw Jessica’s session at NMX 2013 or her pre-show “Twangout” with Guy Kawasaki, you know she’s a firecracker. Don’t miss her session at NMX 2014.

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Kristi Hines

We can’t wait to have Kristi Hines speak at one of our events for the first time! Check out the guest post she wrote here on the NMX blog: “Guest Blogging in 2013: The End of Unsolicited Guest Posts?

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Mitch Canter

We always love having Mitch on the NMX stage. When it comes to design and WordPress, his knowledge is second to none. (And he’s also one of the nicest guys you’ll ever meet!)

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Rich Brooks

Who better to speak at NMX than the guy who has been to every single NMX/BlogWorld since it started? Rich’s sessions are always popular and packed with information, so make sure you get a seat early.

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Rob Barnett

With his company My Damn Channel, Rob has worked with people such as Bill Clinton, Oprah Winfrey, and Rolling Stones, as well as helped emerging talent build their audiences. We can’t wait to have him share his knowledge on the NMX stage.

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Robert Scoble

If you haven’t seen Robert Scoble speak, now’s your chance! He’s interviewed technology innovators, and we’re happy to welcome him back as an NMX speaker to share what he’s learned.

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This is just the first wave of speakers we’re announcing for our 2014 conference. If you’re interested in speaking, you can still submit your proposal here. Our deadline is September 2, but as you can see, we’re announcing speakers even sooner, so don’t wait to get your proposal in!

And remember, if you’re as excited about our speaker line-up as we are, pick up a ticket to NMX 2014 this week. Early bird pricing expires on Friday, June 21. You can register for NMX here; tickets start at just $97.

So, What’s the Big Deal with WordPress?


Session Title: The Ultimate WordPress Experience
Speaker: Mitch Canter
Date: Wednesday, May 25
Time: 11:30a – 12:30p
Room: 1A16

If you’re the least bit into blogging (and if you’re reading this, chances are you are), then you haven’t been able to get away with the news of Blogger’s outage last week (week ending May 13, 2011). The server problems left lots of bloggers scratching their heads and asking lots of questions. “Where did my content go?” “What happens if it goes down again, for even longer?” “What’s going to happen to my content?”

WordPress, a History
Call me obsessed, call me passionate, or call me a nutjob, but I fully believe that there is no blog problem that can’t be solved with WordPress. If you’ve never heard of it, then allow me the honor of a brief history lesson. In 2003, two guys (named Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little) created a fork (a variety of a software program) of b2cafelog (a then defunct blogging platform). Over the years Matt, Mike, and a team of dedicated individuals finessed it, added to it, and modified it to give users an easy, friendly to use blog platform that would let people log in, add content, and get back to living life or running their business. And isn’t that the goal in the first place; to be able to have experiences to blog about?

Features and Strengths
WordPress has, over the years, simplified the process of creating a killer blog by adding functionality that would make any blogging fanatic swoon. They perfected the modular approach to functionality (modules, plugins, etc.) and made it easy to get started with just the core code, but even easier to add new functionality on the fly. Want to put in your twitter account’s latest updates? Find a plugin, install, fill in the information, and you’re good to go.

WordPress made template (the design of a website) easy to modify and operate. Blog designs became more and more elegant and stylized. Gone were the days of everyone’s blog looking reminiscent of one another; the more work and style you put in, the more you reaped in rewards.

WordPress also made adding “aside” content (like ads, widgets, and social profiles) easy with a widgetized sidebar. Now, a simple drag-and-drop gets your latest social badge onto every page of your site. Navigation menus were streamlined and made completely customizable. Photos could be formatted differently from video and audio and text posts. Content pieces of every kind could be configured, queried, and served up however you want; the possibilities became (and are still becoming even more so) endless as new features are added in.

Switching to WordPress
Typically, people in today’s blogging culture that aren’t on WordPress use one of two services: Blogger and Tumblr; both known recently for notorious downtime. So, if you want to switch, what’s the best place to start? Find a good host, purchase some cheap hosting for less than a few cups of coffee per month, and nine times out of 10 they’ll have a “Fast WordPress install option”. All you have to do is click a few buttons and let the software do the work for you.

If you’re on Blogger, you’re in luck. Even bloggers with unique domain names can import their content quickly to their WordPress site using the official Blogger import plugin. Once that’s done, a few changes in the DNS (your domain name, if you have a custom one) can get your new site up and running one the internet is notified of the changes. As a bonus, you can set your permalink structure (the structure of your URLs) to match your old site, saving most, if not all, of that hard earned SEO.

Tumblr blogs have their own importer too, and there are plenty of themes that cater not only to the seasoned Tumblr user, but allow them to keep their current post formats as well. Plus, WooThemes (a seasoned WordPress theme development shop, has an app in the iPhone store that makes posting to a “WordPress tumblog” a snap.

What’s Next for WordPress
Just to give you an idea of what’s in store for the WordPress team, the new version of the software (3.2beta1) dropped earlier this week, and it simplifies the process even further by getting rid of unnecessary elements in the WordPress dashboard. Their goal is to revolutionize how people are creating content, and with 8 years behind them (and no signs of stopping) it’s safe to say now that a better goal is to revolutionize it repeatedly. With over 10% of the Internet being powered by WordPress, it’s not a far fetched one.

If you’re curious, or want to know why I’m so passionate about WordPress, then please feel free to drop into Room 1A16 on Wednesday at 11:30am. I’d love to tell you more.

Mitch Canter is a WordPress designer / developer from Franklin, TN (near Nashville). He is the chief creative mercenary of ‘studionashvegas’ and specializes in taking WordPress blogs (and websites) to new and exciting places. He also works as a “special projects” contractor with Bridgestone of Americas. You can find him on his blog, or drop him a line on Twitter – he doesn’t mind a bit!

Mitch will be speaking on “The Ultimate WordPress Experience”, where he will speak on switching to, customizing, and getting the most out of a WordPress blog. If you’re frustrated with your blogging service (and chances are if you’re not on WordPress these days, you might be), then come with plenty of questions.

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