Beginner’s Workshop (May 9th) Speakers Announced

WordCamp Miami will have two beginner’s workshops this year. One workshop will be happening on April 19th at Nova Southeastern University, and the other will be happening on Friday, May 9th at the University of Miami. Both workshops will be covering the same information. Here’s more information about the workshops.

We are proud to have Syed Balkhi back to host the workshop this year. We also proud to have SiteGround sponsoring the workshops this year. Here’s the lineup of planned speakers for the May 9th workshop:

Syed Balkhi

He is the founder of WPBeginner (the largest free WordPress resource site) and List25 an extremely popular entertainment site with over 725,000 subscribers and 90 Million video views. Syed’s work has been featured in NYTimes, HuffingtonPost, Yahoo Small Business, Wired, Mashable, and countless other well-reputed online magazines. Syed has worked with some of the largest brands in the industry including but not limited to WarnerBros, Webs, Mercer, and more.

Steven Alig

Steven Alig is the President and Founder of South Florida Web Studio. He has been professionally involved in the internet industry since 1997. Working directly with both large national corporate accounts and small local business, Steven understands the diverse set of requirements that different businesses have. Working with many different technologies throughout his career, Steven committed exclusively to WordPress in 2010 and has not looked back since. Over the years Steven has provided online marketing, web development and consultation services for clients such as The Miami Dolphins, Walmart, Arvida Homes, The St. Joe Company, Motorola, The Hollywood Florida Office of Tourism and more. Today, every project completed by South Florida Web Studio is built on WordPress.

David Laietta

David Laietta is a WordPress theme and plugin developer, as well as community organizer. He leads the WordPress Orlando Meetup, as well as WordCamp Orlando. David is also a long-time supporter of WordCamp Miami.


Zac Gordon

Zac Gordon teaches WordPress for the amazing online education company, Treehouse. Before that he taught WordPress, web design and development at the high school and college level. In addition to teaching, Zac runs a web design company that builds $975 templated WordPress sites for small businesses.

Gabriela Levit

Gabriela Levit is a developer with over 15 years programming experience. She started Jacaranda Technologies six years ago, primarily creating web sites, custom WordPress themes, and now expanding into plugins. She was a recent 2014 WordCamp Phoenix presenter and upcoming speaker at the WordPress NYC Meetup. As well, past WordCamp New York volunteer and WordCamp Philly sponsor. When not programming, she can be found taking pictures, eating/cooking yummy food, and flying small planes.

Hristo Pandjarov

Hristo is a WordPress enthusiast who’s done it all: supported WordPress clients, built websites, designed WordPress themes, wrote tutorials, dug deeper into SEO and developed his own WordPress SEO plugin. He’s been fortunate to have his passion for all things WordPress and his job overlap at SiteGround, where he develops and implements various in-house performance boost solutions to help make WordPress websites faster and more secure.