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Web developers worked together all weekend long during the 5th annual Reno-Tahoe WordCamp.

WordPress is a software program people use to create and maintain a website or blog, and this weekend's conference was geared toward business owners, marketing professionals and designers.

Speakers say if you aren't online these days, it's pretty hard to compete.

"I think people pull out their smart phones, they look for your business listing, they look for your information," says Jake Goldman. "If you're a restaurant, they want your menu."

More than 180 people attended this weekend's conference, including business owners and entrepreneurs.

"All the way to bloggers, who are maybe doing mommy blogging or people that are writing about doing their own sort of little local news," says Goldman.

These WordCamps are done all over. The one here in Reno welcomed folks from around the country, including one speaker from Atlanta.

"I just enjoy the community," says Gene Hammett. "I enjoy being here. I enjoy just really learning more things and hearing people about their stories about what they're trying to create using WordPress."

Creating and maintaining a website might sound overwhelming for some who aren't computer-savvy, but presenters say it's as easy as using Microsoft Word.

"You have to understand some of the basics of it, and some of the fundamentals," says Hammett. "Once you grab those things, it's really easy."

It's a program being used by millions, and it's only growing from here.

"We have 64 million sites running WordPress right now," says Dylan Kuhn. "That makes a lot of businesses who use it or connect with it in some way."

Job seekers say it's a program they hope will help on applications.

"This is going to be helpful knowing WordPress because it is going to be a big part of the advertising and marketing world," says Juan Alemon.

Kuhn hopes as the program grows, more businesses and bloggers will jump on board.

"This is a fantastic, enthusiastic community, and they do this because they love it and they want to share with each other," he says.

WordCamp was first held in San Francisco in 2006, and since then, it's spread to more than 100 cities around the world.

Written by Adam Rasmussen

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