Born out of the idea that the best developers in the world are those who never stop learning, we’re excited to kick off WP Engine’s second-annual DE{CODE} event this Thursday, March 4th, at 10 a.m. CST!

DE{CODE} is a 100% virtual, developer-focused conference aimed at helping developers build better sites with WordPress, both faster and more effectively.

This year, DE{CODE} will feature 15 expert-led sessions on how to leverage WordPress for easy setups, fast builds, smooth launches, and effortless maintenance. Register now for free!

DE{CODE} 2021 builds on last year’s inaugural event, which attracted more than 2,500 registrants from all over the world while generating rave reviews focused on the virtual format and session content. 

Using that success and positive feedback as a springboard, this year’s DE{CODE} agenda is jam-packed with session topics developers are sure to find useful.

From new headless WordPress hosting strategies and building faster with Local, to leveraging CI/CD for fast code deploys or Amazon Personalize for incredible eCommerce experiences, DE{CODE} 2021 is sure to provide insights and information that will help you make your next project stand out.

You can view the full speaker lineup and agenda here, and for a preview of what to expect during the event, here’s a look at what our keynote speakers will focus on:

Why Headless WordPress is the Future of Digital Experiences 

Jason Cohen, Founder & CTO, WP Engine 

Like never before, the world demands lightning-fast content that reaches consumers where they are. Decoupled architecture lets you select the best tools to meet omnichannel challenges head-on, but that means a lot of choices: Rendering pages statically or dynamically, choosing front-end frameworks like React, Angular, or Vue, and then choosing frameworks on top of those frameworks like Next.js or Frontity. In this session, WP Engine Founder and CTO  Jason Cohen explores the options and trade-offs associated with these decisions, and how they’ll impact the sites you build. 

Declutter Your Site Structure 

Marieke van de Rakt, CEO, Yoast 

Does your site speak Google’s “language?” Listen in as Marieke van de Rakt, CEO of Yoast, breaks down the site structure optimizations that will ensure search engines understand and surface your site to as many visitors as possible in 2021. Marieke will also explain how improving your internal linking will help you outrank your competition. As the #1 WordPress SEO plugin, Yoast has helped millions of websites rank higher in search. 

Five Things That Have Made Me a Better (WordPress) Developer 

Mike Little, Co-Founder of WordPress and WordPress Specialist 

At 39.8% of the internet, WordPress has officially overtaken hand-coded sites as the most common type of website on the internet. As an open source platform, it isn’t about the amount one person contributes, but the amalgamation of all the small contributions of many along the way. In this session, WordPress Co-founder Mike Little will share five things that have made him a better developer and how we can all work to grow the WordPress community. 

This is just a sample of what you can expect at DE{CODE} 2021, which will take place this Thursday, March 4th. Register here, and make sure to visit our site if you’d like to find out more about the event. We’re excited to see you there!