WordPress Essex Meetup – 9 Nov. 2017

For this month’s WordPress Essex Meetup we’ll be exploring how to make our websites faster and discussing how we can improve our sites for 2018.

We’ll be holding another informal meetup for WordPress developers, designers, users and business owners.

Waterfall & Unicorns

“I want my site to load fast” – every site owner.

Getting a site running fast even with lots of visitors is something that plagues most sites at some point.  No one wants to see a 502 error page or simply a whitescreen while the page is loading.

Tim will take you through some of optimisation tips and tricks to increase concurrency and real time load times.  He will also look at tools and services and why sometimes worrying about getting good metric results can often be detrimental to load times.

Presented by Tim Nash.  Tim is the WordPress Platform Lead and Developer Advocate for 34SP.com, one day he will find out what he is meant to actually be doing. He is also a author, blogger at timnash.co.uk, videographer and has even been known to give the occasional talk. He codes too, but not as much as he would like.. Follow him @tnash.

The Year That Was…

As this will be the last formal event for 2017, we’ll be taking a look back through the year that was and see what’s worked, what’s not and how we can improve our websites for 2018.

This will be an interactive group discussion, looking at all areas of our WordPress sites.  Examples of topics we’ll be discussing include: hosting, support, SEO, design and anything else that’s relevant to your site.

Running Order (STC):

18:30 – Arrive for networking
19:00 – Opening remarks
19:10 – First speaker – Tim Nash
19:45 – wp_update_post
20:05 – Break
20:15 – Group Discussion – The Year That Was…
20:50 – Closing remarks
21:00 – Social

How to find us

The Anglia Ruskin University website has a comprehensive list of way to access the venue.

  • Car – The University car parks are free after 16:30.  Sawyers Car Park is the closest, just off Hoffmanns Way.
  • Train – The Chelmsford Train Station is an 11 min. walk to the venue.  See this map.
  • Bus – Regular bus services run to and from the venue.

Code of conduct

The WordPress Essex Meetup is intended to be a safe, judgmental free event for the local WordPress community to come together, share knowledge and grow.  We have a code of conduct that all attendees, speakers, volunteers, and organisers are expected to abide by.

Sponsors & Supporters

This event is supported by Blue 37 – a strategic-thinking team of digital experts with a creative edge.

WordPress Essex Meetup – Nov. 2017

Thursday, Nov 9, 2017, 6:30 PM

Location details are available to members only.

11 WordPress Community Members Went

For this month’s WordPress Essex Meetup we’ll be exploring how to make our websites faster and discussing how we can improve our sites for 2018.We’ll be holding another informal meetup for WordPress developers, designers, users and business owners.Waterfall & Unicorns”I want my site to load fast” – every site owner.Getting a site running fast e…

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Two WordPress Glasgow meetups in November

Here’s what we did in November 2017:

  • WordPress Community Workshop, Thursday 9th November, 6:30pm at the CitizenM’s ground floor lounge.
    This is our very popular and relaxed get-together. We all sit around the big table and talk about the WordPress projects or conundrums we are working on at the moment. Bring your laptop or tablet, as well as questions and answers for your co-members. We all help each other get better at WordPress!
  • WordPress for Business, Tuesday 28th November, 6:00 pm at the CCA, Clubroom (2nd floor)
    A special event for BLOGGERS and BUSINESS OWNERS. Two talks plus ample time for chatting and networking.

    • “WooCommerce Website Considerations for Beginners” by CJ Andrew
    • “How to Build your Business Blog” by Claire Brotherton

 

Plus we got some lovely feedback!

 

 
You can join the WordPress Glasgow community and find out more about these and other events from our meetup.com website.

WordPress London Meetup #wpldn – 26 Oct. 2017

Ensuring the design process stays on track, providing world class support and speedy database queries are just some of this months #wpldn discussion points.

Missed a #wpldn recently?  Catch up at wpldn.uk

The Night of the Living Style Guides

The line between design and development is getting blurrier, and our approach to web design is becoming more modular. How do we keep track of it all?
Style guides to the rescue!

Using style guides that update as our projects progress, we can visually document our work and ensure that everything stays consistent. They may seem daunting and time-consuming at first, but they don’t have to be.

How do I get started with living style guides? What’s a living style guide anyway, and how do I know if mine is dead? Isn’t that going to slow me down? Why should I bother?

Let’s find out.

Presented by Sarah Semark. Sarah is a designer, developer, and world-traveller. After running a business for eight years, she now works for Automattic where she spends her days building WordPressy things.

When she’s not busy making things, Sarah likes obsessing over typography, collecting impractical footwear, and exploring new places. Follow her @sarahsemark.

Why You Should Give Great Support

So you’ve created a plugin or a theme for WordPress? Awesome! It doesn’t stop there. Find out why great support matters and learn simple ways to get a reputation for excellent support without increasing your time or effort.

Presented by Deborah Beckett. Deborah Beckett has been building web sites and training site owners for over ten years. She lives with her husband and two kids in the Research Triangle region of North Carolina, USA. When not engineering happiness for WordPress.com users, she enjoys running, travel, and spending time with her family. Follow her at @dbeckettnc.

What you didn’t know you need to know about WordPress and databases

There are a number of ways to speed up sites. Caching is one of them. However caching can’t be used in all instances, for example when checking out on an eCommerce site. In those circumstances the speed of talking to the database is important.

WordPress and its plugins aren’t the greatest at structuring data. In this talk we’ll walk through some basics of how databases work, how WordPress is set up, and why some of the queries you thought should be fast, aren’t. And hopefully what to do about some of those.

Presented by Gabor Javorszky.  Gabor is a software engineer / eCommerce consultant who works with WordPress and WooCommerce. His focus is on solving performance bottlenecks. He spends most of his time buried in New Relic. Follow him @javorszky.

Running Order (STC):

18:30 – Arrive for networking and refreshments
19:00 – Opening remarks
19:10 – First Speaker – Sarah Semark
19:50 – Second Speaker – Deborah Beckett
20:05 – Break
20:15 – Third speaker – Gabor Javorszky
20:50 – Closing remarks
21:00 – Social

Follow #wpldn on Twitter for all the latest and join the Facebook Group to take the conversation further.  Have a talk you’d like to present?  We’d love to hear from you. 

The WordPress London meetup is supported by a team of volunteers: AnnabelleDan and Gary

WordPress London Meetup – Oct. 2017

Thursday, Oct 26, 2017, 6:30 PM

Location details are available to members only.

49 WordPress Community Members Went

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WordPress Essex Meetup – Oct. 2017

The WordPress Essex Meetup has moved dates, we’re wanting to be as inclusive as possible and following feedback from the first event we have discovered that the second Thursday of the month prevented some from attending.

We will be holding another informal meetup for WordPress developers, designers, users and business owner.

This month it’s all about speed and proposals!

I propose to you

The humble proposal.  We all want a yes but how do we get it.  Let’s run through some of the key factors in winning new business through your proposal.

Presented by Dan Maby.  Dan is the MD at Blue 37 a creative digital agency. He thrives on business development & project management, as well as having a passion for productivity & marketing.  When not in front of a screen, you’ll find him organising events. Follow him @danmaby.

Why website speed matters and how to make your WordPress website faster

Looking at the basics of how webpages travel across the internet to reach your web browser; how poor web design can cause slow loading times; and how you can measure your website’s performance.

Presented by Mike Pead.  Mike runs Primary Image, a WordPress web design agency in Southend-on-Sea, Essex.  He works with a variety of clients, from small local businesses, to large organisations such as Network Rail and National Express..  Follow him @mikepead.

Running Order (STC):

18:30 – Arrive for networking
19:00 – Opening remarks
19:10 – First speaker – Dan Maby
19:45 – wp_update_post
20:05 – Break
20:15 – Second speaker – Mike Pead
20:50 – Closing remarks
21:00 – Social

How to find us

The Anglia Ruskin University website has a comprehensive list of way to access the venue.

  • Car – The University car parks are free after 16:30.  Sawyers Car Park is the closest, just off Hoffmanns Way.
  • Train – The Chelmsford Train Station is an 11 min. walk to the venue.  See this map.
  • Bus – Regular bus services run to and from the venue.

Code of conduct

The WordPress Essex Meetup is intended to be a safe, judgmental free event for the local WordPress community to come together, share knowledge and grow.  We have a code of conduct that all attendees, speakers, volunteers, and organisers are expected to abide by.

Sponsors & Supporters

This event is supported by Blue 37 – a strategic-thinking team of digital experts with a creative edge.

WordPress Essex Meetup – Oct. 2017

Thursday, Oct 19, 2017, 6:30 PM

Location details are available to members only.

12 WordPress Community Members Went

The WordPress Essex Meetup has moved dates, we’re wanting to be as inclusive as possible and following feedback from the first event we have discovered that the second Thursday of the month prevented some from attending.We will be holding another informal meetup for WordPress developers, designers, users and business owner.This month it’s all abo…

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