Still basking in the glow of the 2018 WordCamp Brighton WordPress conference, I can reflect on how good it is to be a WordPress web designer and developer in this wonderful city.
The second biggest WordPress conference in the country (after London), WordCamp Brighton brought together over 200 WordPress experts and enthusiasts from across the country. We talked about web design, development techniques, mental health, accessibility and lots more. I even shared my experiences of being a designer and developer, or ‘creative developer’.
But it’s not really the wide-ranging knowledge and expertise of the delegates that made WordCamp Brighton stand out. It was the participants friendliness, openness and willingness to share and collaborate. The WordPress community is quite unique in the way that people who might consider themselves competitors are willing to share their knowledge and experiences and just generally get along.
And veterans of WordCamps held across the world told me that the Brighton event had a particularly strong sense of community and inclusivity – a testament to the spirit of our city and the fantastic team of event organisers.
But it’s not just the annual WordCamps that bring people together. The monthly WordUp Brighton meetings regularly attract 30+ attendees and some great speakers to discuss some of the pressing WordPress issues of the day, eat pizza and drink a beer or two.
We’re also lucky enough to have a number of co-working spaces in Brighton, where freelancers can find a desk space, decent wifi and strong coffee. I work from The Skiff, which houses a great community of fellow freelancers and remote workers, and is a short walk from Brighton station and the North Laine. Skiff members often collaborate with each other on projects and I know I have unique access to experts in a wide range of professional fields.
Add to all that the beach and loads of cool cafes and bars and you’ve got to feel pretty lucky to be here.