Across three days there were talks, discussions and workshops for individuals who are working with or interested in Umbraco.
I am not going to look at the talks or presentations, but I am going to look at the future of CodeGarden and some useful packages that I had found as a result of visiting the event.
The future of CodeGarden
It was the biggest conference to date, breaking records year after year for numbers of visitors.
It does, however, seem that the venue is no longer suitable for the conference, and it looks like the Umbraco HQ team will be moving the event to a larger and more adequate venue near the new Umbraco offices.
Why move CodeGarden?
CodeGarden is very popular with a wide range of skillsets for visitors. After discussions in the open circle, it appears that the venue is moving to:
- reduce venue hire costs
- reduce ticket costs
- increase the number of tracks from two to up to six (potentially)
- use smaller rooms to give new and upcoming speakers the chance to take part
- introduce commerce into a town/city that would previously have not received it
- allow more attendees
There will also be a dedicated team member who will organise the 2016 event, giving the core team time to focus on Umbraco itself.
I am sure there will be more news and updates over the coming weeks and months about the future of the event, so I will update you where possible.
Whilst attending a talk by Dave Woestenborghs, "Make your editors happy", I found some amazing packages that I had previously not been aware of...
Nested Content by Lee Kelleher
Nested Content, however, uses document types in Umbraco to power the data. And with a much preferred user interface compared to Archetype, it is definitely something I will consider using on our next Umbraco project.
Find out more about Umbraco Nested Content.
Vorto by Matt Brailsford
Vorto allows you to edit content on a single node in various languages that your Umbraco website supports, a real gap in the Umbraco CMS as it currently stands (although functionality for future Umbraco releases is to support multilingual sites).
Find out more about Umbraco Vorto.
uEditorNotes by Marc Goodson
Giving content editors further instruction (in addition to descriptions with form labels) is something we have always wanted from Umbraco. This package allows developers to add HTML as a property editor to give additional help and support to content editors when editing content in Umbraco. Perfect!
Find out more about Umbraco uEditorNotes.
Hopefully, we will have some Gibe talks, presentations or packages to contribute to the 2016 CodeGarden conference.
In which case, we will no doubt be involved with the 2016 event and thank the organisers of this years event and look forward to seeing them and you next year!