We’re excited to announce that GoDaddy Pro has partnered with WordFest Live 2021 and will feature across the live event January 22, 2021.
We chatted with Sandy Edwards from GoDaddy Pro to find out what excited them about partnering with WordFest Live 2021 and the wider remote community at this time. This is what they had to say:
Why is reaching out to the remote working community important to GoDaddy Pro?
Many web professionals work remotely for their clients. Our involvement in the remote working community is at the heart of GoDaddy Pro. Our mission is to help every web designer and developer realize their full potential. Our commitment to the remote working community is one of the ways we accomplish this mission, in addition to the tools we provide for efficiently delivering client results in a remote environment.
One example of our commitment was our contribution to the WordCamp Asia Travel Relief Fund. WC Asia was the first event in the WordPress community to be cancelled due to COVID and therefore many people in the community were going to lose money due to non-refundable travel plans.
How has GoDaddy Pro adapted to the virtual event environment?
GoDaddy Pro has always supported web designer and developer communities through events. Members of our team have also been developing websites and working with clients for years. We organized multiple WordCamps and meetups, and we’re planning to organize our own physical GoDaddy Pro Meetups in multiple cities across North America.
Then COVID came, and as we know, that required a pivot to virtual events. Fortunately, we already had the infrastructure in place to adapt our plans quickly. Since going virtual, we’ve held 44 meetups and continue having two per week, each focusing on a different topic related to freelance web design and development.
In addition to holding our own virtual meetups, we’ve continued to support the remote working and WordPress communities through sponsorships of 44 WordCamps and other events. This brings our total to 88 events in 2020!
What excites you most about the virtual event space?
The most exciting thing about the virtual event space is how accessible events have become for people around the globe. It’s not uncommon to have people from Italy, Germany, India and other locations attending our weekly meetups. Not only that, but the ability to participate in events involves a time commitment rather than travel and accommodations costs. This makes virtual events much more accessible to a wider audience.
We had planned to increase our participation at events in 2020, but with the pivot to virtual, that goal became much easier to accomplish. More importantly, we’ve had the opportunity to meet remotely with many more of our fellow web designers and developers, hear their stories, and share the value that GoDaddy Pro can bring to their freelance businesses.
Be sure to check out GoDaddy Pro and connect with the team live on January 22, 2021.
What excites you about WordFest Live 2021? Let us know in the comments below.