About the conference

Tulane University ITWPCampus 2021 is the annual in-person conference for the WPCampus community, a gathering of web professionals, educators and people dedicated to the confluence of WordPress in higher education.

The conference will take place July 2021 on the beautiful campus of Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Status of the event

WPCampus 2021 was scheduled for New Orleans after WPCampus 2020 pivoted to an online conference due to COVID-19. We are extremely grateful that Tulane University IT in New Orleans has agreed to continue to be our in-person venue sponsor. The planning committee is working to finalize details for the 2021 event. Subscribe to our newsletter for updates.

The following dates are being considered for WPCampus 2021:

  • July 14-16, 2021 (Wed-Fri)
  • July 21-23, 2021 (Wed-Fri)
  • July 28-30, 2021 (Wed-Fri)

We’re grateful to the team at Tulane University IT for sponsoring our event and welcoming our community to their campus.

Visit the WPCampus conferences page to learn more about our previous conferences: WPCampus 2019 (in Portland, Oregon), WPCampus 2018 (in St. Louis, Missouri), WPCampus 2016 (in Sarasota, Florida), WPCampus 2017 (in Buffalo, New York), and our annual virtual conference, WPCampus Online.

Visit the WPCampus Learning Library to view recordings of sessions from previous WPCampus events.

What to expect

WPCampus is a three-day conference event filled with sessions, networking, and social events. It will cover a variety of topics, all focused on the growth of Higher Education, Accessibility, WordPress, and its people.

View the schedule to learn what you can expect for the event.

How much will the event cost?

Visit the tickets page to learn more about event costs.

Who will be there?

Members of the Higher Education, Accessibility, and WordPress communities from all over the United States, Canada, Europe and more. We welcome faculty, staff, students, and professionals dedicated to Accessibility and Higher Education.

Why WPCampus?

Thus far, there have been numerous niche WordPress conferences aiming toward for-profit initiatives and geared toward businesses, marketers, or eCommerce site owners. The concept for WPCampus is an education-focused, non-profit event that allows people to share and learn about WordPress in the world of Higher Education.

Much like online businesses or blogging, higher education is a world of its own with unique challenges, content, stakeholders, and target audiences. Higher education is WordPress at the enterprise level but we don’t worry so much about which e-commerce plugin is best. Instead, we’re more concerned with managing large-scale networks of faculty blogs, abiding with FERPA and accessibility regulations, and implementing tools to promote research data.

WPCampus members are using WordPress to power learning management systems, intranets, large university websites, and whatever else is needed to support their institution.

The world of higher ed is a great candidate for utilizing WordPress to its full potential, whether it’s using the powerful CMS to stretch limited resources or using its API capabilities to share information and break down silos.

How WPCampus began

This conference (and community) is the brainchild of Rachel Cherry, a web engineer with a passion for all things WordPress and higher education. She loves going to WordCamps but there was never content focused on the topics she wanted to discuss as a higher education web specialist. The idea for the conference all started with a tweet in August 2015 and has since formed into a widespread community of over 1000 members and 7 conferences.

How to get involved

If you are not already a member of the WPCampus community, we invite you to follow @wpcampusorg on Twitter and visit the main WPCampus site to learn more on how to get involved. We have a thriving Slack channel and would love to have you join the conversation.

WPCampus events are not WordCamps and are not affiliated with the WordPress Foundation.

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