Category Archives: Sponsor Spotlight

Thank You To Our White Bear Lake Level Sponsors

Our White Bear sponsors showed up big time, and we are so thankful for their support! Sponsors are not just anonymous sources of money. These sponsors are part of the WordPress community, working, designing, and developing with WordPress just like the attendees and speakers. They have a genuine passion for WordPress and want to see it continue to flourish. Thank you for your support Lightning Base,, 3five, WPBeginner, and InMotion Hosting.

Lightning Base is a managed WordPress host founded in 2011 and based in the Minneapolis area. With a focus on customer service, performance, and value, the company has grown to host thousands of WP websites across hosting locations in Chicago, Amsterdam, and Melbourne. We’re proud of the excellent reviews Lightning Base has received, and the way we help clients, beginner and expert, keep their sites fast, stable, and secure.

cimbura-logo makes businesses more effective, productive, and profitable with brilliant technology solutions. We build custom web sites and web applications with WordPress and Mac/Windows/iPad/iPhone applications with FileMaker. Companies invest with us for our strong tech skills and ability to create innovative and cost effective custom solutions to business challenges. We provide businesses with a strong competitive advantage that is unique to their industry.

3five is a web design, development & digital marketing studio serving clients globally with offices in Minneapolis and Duluth. We design, build, support and market enterprise websites using WordPress. We are obsessed with craftsmanship, customer service and the impact this has on the community.

WPBeginner is the largest free WordPress resource site with over 320,000+ subscribers from 190 countries around the world. Founded by Syed Balkhi in 2009, WPBeginner has always helped users learn how to make the most out of WordPress. WPBeginner offers free videos and step by step WordPress tutorials for beginners.

WPBeginner has guides like how to choose WordPress hosting, how to install WordPress, how to build an email list in WordPress, and many more.

The team at WPBeginner is also behind some of the most popular plugins such as OptinMonster – WordPress popup and lead-generation plugin, Soliloquy – responsive WordPress slider, and Envira Gallery – responsive WordPress gallery.

Founded in 2001, InMotion Hosting is one of the premier providers of web hosting worldwide, with a consistent record of award-winning customer satisfaction due to their 24/7, proactive customer service. With a commitment to Open Source and a sponsor of WordCamps across the country for the past half-decade, InMotion offers WordPress users a great platform to power your WP site. Our backend technology is based on Better Linux and combines with powerful hardware to offer our customers continuous 99.999% network uptimes.

InMotion Hosting utilizes powerful and reliable Solid-State Drives for all servers, making your website hosting up to 20 times faster than normal spinning drives. All hosting plans also come with free cPanel, a free domain or site transfer, and a number of WordPress-friendly tools including an auto installer for WordPress, WP-CLI, and free data backups. Our goal is to make your WP site a success!

A Thank You to our Lake Minnetonka Sponsors

We can’t say enough about how sponsors in the community showed up to support WordCamp Minneapolis. Thank You! Our Lake Minnetonka level sponsors include WooThemes, ServerPress, Sucuri, and the Prestige Conference.

WooThemes is a proudly WordPress company of 50 fifty across sixteen countries. From humble beginnings selling a handful of commercial themes, Woo now offer the ultimate WordPress Toolkit of themes, plugins and extensions to help people build great things with WordPress, including WooCommerce. Proudly bootstrapped, work-life balance believers and passionate about prospering people.

ServerPress streamlines WordPress based web design and development with tools and tutorials to help you design, develop, and deploy WordPress solutions quickly.’s award winning DesktopServer development tool is the only localhost server that integrates WordPress with Adobe® Dreamweaver® and Panic’s Coda with WYSIWYG features for theme design and web developer professionals. DesktopServer was given Editor’s Choice Award by independently reviewed WebHostMagazine and Buyer’s Guide. Creating local WordPress development test sites that work just like real world servers and deploying right from your desktop is simple with’s suite of services.

Sucuri prevents hackers from abusing your WordPress website, and offers professional response services to those already compromised. At Sucuri, our labs are dedicated to researching and thwarting the latest and emerging threats to websites like yours. Our team handles your security needs, so that you can get back to what you’re best at: running awesome WordPress websites. Passion is at the heart of everything we do, and we cut through the noise to provide you with complete security solutions. Our services are built around three defining principles – People. Process. Technology.

Prestige Conference is a premium business & career development conference geared towards small businesses, agencies, and freelancers operating in the digital marketplace. It’s all about the business behind making money with WordPress products & services, and it’s where you want to be when you’re ready to “level up” your biz.

We’re flying in some of the most successful entrepreneurs & company founders from around the country (and pulling in a couple talented locals) for our next event August 1st and 2nd in Minneapolis. Early bird tickets are on sale now, with in-person and livestream options available. As an extra bonus, all tickets include access to our session recordings for 6 months after the event. Speakers announced include the following:

Nancy Lyons, Owner & CEO of Clockwork
Jason Cohen, Founder & CTO of WP Engine
Lea Newman, Owner of BALANCE Wellness Coaching
Tony Perez, Co-Founder & CEO of Sucuri
Dre Armeda, VP of Operations at WebDevStudios
Shane Pearlman, Partner at Modern Tribe
Lisa Sabin-Wilson, Co-Owner & COO of WebDevStudios
Jennifer Bourn, Founder of Bourn Creative

A Lake of the Woods Thank You

Pantheon is our Lake of the Woods level Sponsor. We are thankful for Pantheons sponsorship, and really appreciate how they were one of our early sponsors that jumped right in to support our event and community.

Pantheon is the website management platform top developers, marketers, and IT use to build, launch and run all their WordPress websites. Pantheon includes all of the tools professional developers need to build best-practice sites—like staging environments, version control, backups and workflow. Powering 80,000+ sites with hundreds of millions of pageviews, Pantheon’s container-based infrastructure allows you to launch websites faster, without worrying about traffic spikes, security or performance. It’s free in development. You can scale in software on the same infrastructure from day one, and never touch a server again.

Thank You Lake Superior Sponsors

Lake superior is the biggest lake around, and likewise, these local sponsors stepped up big. Thank you to LeadPages and Flywheel for believing in the WordPress community and supporting us to the max!

LeadPages is a lead and sales conversion platform. It’s the centerpiece of digital marketing campaigns that allow our customers to collect more high-quality leads and convert more of those leads into customers.

LeadPages is the only platform that captures leads and drives sales conversion via email, web pages, social media and SMS text messages. Our goal is to create insanely useful and beautiful tools that work almost instantly, make life easier, and eventually change our industry.

We believe compelling online marketing doesn’t need to be time consuming and tedious. Our mission is to take the best and latest of what’s been tested and proven in marketing, and create apps that just do it for our customers.

Flywheel is a managed WordPress hosting platform built specifically for designers and creative agencies. Flywheel makes it simple to build, launch, and manage client sites with its easy-to-use dashboard built from the ground up for the modern web designer. With nightly backups, blazing-fast load times, WordPress-specific security, and an awesome support team full of WordPress developers, Flywheel helps thousands of designers across the world launch projects every day.

Thank You Multi-Event Sponsors

We simply can not put on a WordCamp like we do without a core base of sponsors right out of the gate. These multi-event sponsors give us the support and confidence to make the leap and start planning. Thank you to these multi-event sponsors; Jetpack, Media Temple, WiredTree, Bluehost, GoDaddy, DreamHost, and WPML. We greatly appreciate having them in our corner!

Jetpack is a single plugin that gives you the most powerful features, hooking your self-hosted WordPress site to’s infrastructure to take advantage of robust stats, easy social sharing, and a whole lot more.

From its inception in 1998, (mt) Media Temple has been on a mission to help people and businesses succeed online.

Over 125,000 customers in 100 countries now rely on Media Temple’s tools for domain registration, web hosting, business applications, virtual servers, and other cloud services to power more than 1.5 million websites. With 200 dedicated, U.S.-based employees, Media Temple takes pride in our 24/7 customer support. Our customers range from everyday people to top bloggers, creative professionals, and small businesses, as well as large enterprises like Starbucks, Adidas, Samsung, and Toyota.

WiredTree provides Managed VPS and Managed Dedicated Servers to WordPress users worldwide from our Chicago-based data center and offices. Every WT server is backed by 24×7 telephone support, ticket support with 15 minute average response times, and is fully managed and monitored by WiredTree to maximize uptime and minimize frustration. All servers come ready-to-run with cPanel/WHM and are optimized and security hardened with firewall and anti-spam out of the box. With experience in SSD technology, MariaDB, Memcached, WordPress plugins, server optimization, and LiteSpeed Web server, WiredTree can take your site’s performance to the next level.

Bluehost has been a WordPress partner since 2005 and powers over one million WordPress sites. Their goal is to provide outstanding hosting services and customer support for the best possible price. Bluehost is also constantly innovating and upgrading their services and infrastructure at no additional cost to their customers. Join the millions of other website owners that have already chosen Bluehost and see how they can help you with your site.

GoDaddy’s mission is to radically shift the global economy toward small businesses by empowering people to easily start, confidently grow and successfully run their own ventures. With more than 12 million customers worldwide and 57 million domain names under management, GoDaddy gives small business owners the tools to name their idea, build a beautiful online presence, attract customers and manage their business.

DreamHost is a global Web hosting and cloud services provider with over 350,000 customers and 1.2 million blogs, websites and apps hosted. The company offers a wide spectrum of Web hosting and cloud services including Shared Hosting, Virtual Private Servers (VPS), Dedicated Server Hosting, Domain Name Registration, the cloud storage service, DreamObjects, and the cloud computing service DreamCompute.

WPML turns WordPress websites multilingual. It works with caching, SEO and E-Commerce plugins, and allows the building of complete multilingual sites. WPML powers simple blogs as well as corporate and enterprise sites.

WPML allows users to translate everything in the site, including content, menus, widgets and even theme and plugin texts. WPML powers over 400,000 commercial websites from all over the world.