This year’s annual cPanel conference was held October 8-10 in Houston, Texas. Being that Houston is home base for HostGator, there were many Gators prowling about the conference. An excellent time was had by all, from the exhibitor floor and the myriad of speakers to the daily meals and nightly outings and events. You will be hard pressed to find a conference that can top cPanel’s; they do it right!
The festivities kicked off with a dueling piano show at local nightspot Howl at the Moon. Howl at the Moon is quite an experience on any given night, and the cPanel party was no exception. Songs and drinks flowed freely, the open bar may have had something to do with that, and the dueling pianists did an excellent job of taking requests from the crowd and otherwise playing hit after hit:
Keeping in mind that all of this happened before the doors had actually opened on the conference, one of the highlights of the evening would have to be the spontaneous on-stage “Gangnam Style” group dance. This pic simply doesn’t do the actual event justice, but shall nonetheless be shared here for posterity’s sake:
The first day of the actual conference found Snappy wandering around the exhibition floor and posing for pictures with conference revellers, including Bluehost founder / BetterLinux CEO / all-around ping pong champion Matt Heaton:
Matt actually had a standing offer at the BetterLinux booth; anyone who beat him at ping pong won a laptop. It can pretty much go without saying that no one was able to win that laptop. Here’s Matt taking on one of our very own Admin Supervisors:
Snappy somehow snuck away long enough to play some Guitar Hero in the conference arcade, conveniently located right next to the HostGator booth.
Speaking of the HostGator booth, here’s Brian and Joe holding down the fort:
Those white squares you see on the big Snappy there aren’t bandaids. They’re actually QR code stickers that were related to a convention activity. Have no fear, Snappy didn’t cut himself shaving or get into a fight with any other mascots or anything like that; he was simply participating in the festivities.
We had a great time meeting everyone, talking and handing out HostGator items like the adorable and somewhat infamous plushie Snappys as well as the smaller, squishy stress-ball Snappys. Regarding those stress-ball Snappys, we happened to come across a rather interesting one. Now, we aren’t trying to alarm anyone with talk of an impending zombie apocalypse, however we did find this one Snappy that was, well, slightly different than all the other Snappys:
As day one of the conference wound down, we all prepared for the second night out with our fellow conference attendees. The venue for night number two was a club called Roak. Once again an excellent time was had by all. Roak is an indoor-outdoor club; inside featured a live band, the Spazmatics:
The outdoor section of Roak has a swimming pool, which you can see there in the middle of the picture below. At one point, a couple of conference attendees did go ahead and take the plunge, actually jumping into the pool.
Towards the end of the night, quite a few folks found their way onto the stage, joining the band for their final encore:
The next morning found us back on the conference floor, bright and early. Snappy, being an ever-popular Gator, wound up hanging out at various other booths on day two. It seemed anywhere we went in the exhibit hall, there was a Snappy in view. Here’s Snappy at the BetterLinux booth:
And here’s Snappy sitting pretty at the ServerHub booth, who were our very kind neighbors for the duration of the conference:
Before it was all said and done, Snappy even found time to get in a game of ping pong. And no, he didn’t win the laptop:
As the conference began winding down, we couldn’t help but to reflect on the entire experience and what exactly it all meant. Yes, cPanel throws an excellent conference and we’re already looking forward to next year’s in New Orleans. Yes, Houston is a great party town with a vivid nightlife. Yes, our industry is exciting and any time we come together will undoubtedly be good times. But how exactly to sum all of that up? Well, I think this picture essentially does exactly that:
We simply cannot conclude this blog post without sending an enormous thank you in particular to cPanel, but also to every single person we interacted with at the conference. We hope you all had as good of time as we did. See you next year!
To see even more pictures from the conference and the nightly parties, check out our official Flickr photostream.