WordPress London Meetup #wpldn – 28 Sep. 2017

To be content marketing or not… this is just one of the questions for us this month at the WordPress London meetup. We’ll also be looking at the subscription based business model for generating income with WordPress.

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

Why are we writing all these blog posts?

Are you a growth-hacking marketing guru, creating compelling content that resonates with your target audience and drives value?

Translation: Do you write loads of blog posts and eBooks hoping people will one day buy your stuff?

Sounds pretty stressful.

In this talk, Alice will look at the reasons for writing things online and argue that it isn’t realistic, or necessary, to constantly churn out loads of content.

Together, we’ll throw off the content marketing shackles and focus instead on creating UX-led, well-written core website pages.

You’ll go away with the tools needed to create your own content strategy that includes:

  • Realistic user personas
  • Your brand’s tone of voice
  • An SEO strategy
  • UX-led page structure

Presented by Alice Still. Alice does copy and content strategy at Unramble. Specialising in tone of voice, she likes creating website content strategies that focus on the user. Alice is an organiser of WordCamp Brighton and WordUp Brighton, and cares about community and inclusiveness – both online and off.  Follow her @alice_s_still

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Moving to PHP 7

WordPress By Subscription. The recurring business model that saved my business (and my sanity).

A profitable ‘micro’ 13 year old web development business was close to failure…2 years on, I share with you how I turned this around, with WordPress at the ‘Core’ of my new recurring business model. The mess I was in, the lessons learned, the happy ending and my love of WordPress and its Community will all be revealed…

Presented by Elliott Porter. Elliott owns and runs Weblake, a small WordPress Consultancy, from the funky Bath Road Studios in Bristol, U.K. Weblake provides its customers with a wide range of specialist WordPress services.

Elliott was a member of the Design Team for WordCamp London 2017.

Aside from caring for his valued customers and their websites, his spare time is spent studying to improve his WordPress, web development and business skills.

In his ‘spare’ spare time Elliott is an active drummer with a love for heavy rock (being part of an Iron Maiden tribute recently).   Follow him @weblake.

Running Order (STC):

18:30 – Arrive for networking and refreshments
19:00 – Opening remarks
19:10 – First Speaker – Alice Still
19:50 – wp_update_post – PHP 7
20:05 – Break
20:15 – Second speaker – Elliott Porter
20:50 – Closing remarks
21:00 – Social

The speakers and organisers would love to get your feedback for the sessions at this event: joind.in

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 – Sep. 2017

Thursday, Sep 28, 2017, 6:30 PM

Location details are available to members only.

79 WordPress Community Members Went

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WordPress London Meetup #wpldn – 31 Aug. 2017

This month at the WordPress London Meetup we’ve got Page Builders; good, bad or indifferent?  As well as fun and games with Regex (yes that’s right ‘fun’ and ‘Regex’ in the same sentence).

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

Page Builder Panel – The Pros & Cons Of Them In Your Workflow. 

Featuring Doug Belchamber and Keith Devon; this will be an open panel discussion around the use of Page Builders in the WordPress development workflow.  We’ll be hearing the pros and the cons from the panel of developers and you’ll have your chance to get involved.

Doug Belchamber: Doug is a WordPress developer based in South London, who’s terrible at talking about himself in the 3rd person. He runs Smarter Digital, a small WordPress development company, Fuelled as a freelance technical marketer and blogs infrequently at WP Developers.

“I’m a fan of Beaver Builder, as a developer, for the settings API it provides, it’s extensibility and its ease of use for users to edit content, without giving them enough control to destroy the site. It takes the presentation layer out of the post edit screen, which solutions such as ACF tie you to, so what you see is what you actually get.”

Keith Devon: Keith is the co-founder of Highrise Digital, a specialist WordPress agency. He started the WordPress London meetup group, and is co-founder of codeHarbour – a web meetup in Kent. Keith has been building WordPress sites for over seven years, and has worked with agencies and clients of all size. His goal is to improve the WordPress experience for website owners and editors.

“Page builders have their place, but it’s important to be aware of the pitfalls before using them, as they can have serious, unwanted, and non-obvious consequences.”

Mike Pead: Mike runs Primary Image, a WordPress web design agency in Essex.  He works with a variety of clients, from small local businesses, to large organisations such as Network Rail and National Express.

“Page builders do come with their own issues, but on the whole I believe they’re very beneficial. Page builders are particularly good for rapidly developing bespoke layouts, or for allowing clients to easily visualise their page layout. I think our clients almost expect nowadays to have these sort of editing systems available, particularly with so many other competing (non-WordPress) website editors on the market, so it’s important we embrace new ways of doing things.”

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An open discussion on the latest from WordPress.

Fun and Games with Regex

Think ‘regex’ and ‘fun’ can’t exist in the same sentence? I’ll teach you how to win at computer science’s greatest logic puzzle.

Presented by Katy Ereira. Katy is a geeky software developer, prolific knitter, avid allotmenteer, health seeker, 日本語 speaker. Solutions Architect @ Deeson.  Follow her @maccath.

Running Order (STC):

18:30 – Arrive for networking and refreshments
19:00 – Opening remarks
19:10 – Page Builder Panel
19:50 – wp_update_post
20:05 – Break
20:15 – Second speaker – Katy Ereira
20:50 – Closing remarks
21:00 – Social

The speakers and organisers would love to get your feedback for the sessions at this event: joind.in

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 – Aug. 2017

Thursday, Aug 31, 2017, 6:30 PM

Location details are available to members only.

69 WordPress Community Members Went

This month at the WordPress London Meetup we’ve got Page Builders; good, bad or indifferent?  As well as fun and games with Regex (yes that’s right ‘fun’ and ‘Regex’ in the same sentence).Missed a #wpldn recently?  Catch up at wpldn.ukPage Builder Panel – The Pros & Cons Of Them In Your Workflow.Featuring Doug Belchamber, Keith Devon and Mike Pe…

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WordPress Essex Meetup – Sep. 2017

The first WordPress Essex Meetup. This is an opportunity to come together and shape the future of these events.

We will be holding an informal meetup for WordPress developers, designers, users and business owner to speak out and let us know what you want from your local WordPress meetup.

We will be meeting the second Thursday of every month. The format will consist of speakers, open discussion, round tables, lightning talks and your ideas.

The event will be influenced by our experiences and feedback we’ve received over the years of organising the WordPress London Meetup.

The WordPress Essex Meetup & You

This will be an open discussion about the brand new WordPress Essex meetup.  Dan will be inviting you to shape the future of the events.

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.

Understanding & Building with the Plugin API

A talk about my experiences with building plugins for WordPress and the obstacles I had to overcome whilst using the many APIs of WordPress

Presented by Daniel James.  Dan is a Website Developer from Colchester who works at Coast Digital building websites and web applications with a main focus on WordPress.  Follow him @danieltj27.

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 – Daniel James
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 – Sep. 2017

Thursday, Sep 14, 2017, 6:30 PM

Location details are available to members only.

14 WordPress Community Members Went

The first WordPress Essex Meetup.  This is an opportunity to come together and shape the future of these events.We will be holding an informal meetup for WordPress developers, designers, users and business owner to speak out and let us know what you want from your local WordPress meetup.We will be meeting the second Thursday of every month.  The …

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WordPress London Meetup #wpldn – 27 July 2017

The July WordPress London Meetup has us talking about customer relations and shipping in WooCommerce.

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

Don’t lose your steam! How to deal with unhappy customers

No matter if your product, business plans or plugin is functional and well crafted: there comes a time where a user or client knocks at your door, and they aren’t happy at all with you.

Supporting users is not an easy job, not to mention when they’re angry or upset, and this can affect your emotional and professional balance.

In this presentation I’m going to share some useful tips and tricks I deploy when dealing with upset customers, to turn them into a potential happy users. I’ll also share my advice on how to maintain an assertive and positive attitude when things go south.

This talk aims to all the people who can possibly interact with users and are looking to fine-tune their customer support skills.

Presented by Stef Mattana. Stef works at Automattic as a Happiness Engineer. She helps users who need support for products mainly on the wp.org area such as VaultPress, Akismet, Jetpack and Polldaddy.

WordPress evangelist, Stef is active in the International and Italian communities. When she’s not working online or lifting heavy weights, Stef either stalks dogs or ends up people on fiction.

Stef has led the sponsorship and finance team of WordCamp London in 2016 and 2017. Follow her @stefmattana.

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An open discussion on the latest from WordPress.

Splitting Shipping based on shipping class in WooCommerce

Up until WooCommerce 2.1, each order had to be shipped via a single method with a single price. This changed in 2.1 and WooCommerce now allows each package to be quoted and shipped individually.

This means we can manipulate the basket and split the order based on the shipping method, then each package can be marked to ‘ship via’ a method of your choosing. This is useful if certain packages can only be shipped by certain methods.

In this talk I will show how you can split your shipping into different “packages” and treat each package in a different way.

Presented by Diane Wallace. Diane is a freelance WordPress Theme and plugin developer. She specialises in bespoke WordPress plugins and themes and is passionate about creating beautiful, responsive, user friendly designs.
Diane loves developing with WordPress and being part of the amazing, inclusive and friendly WordPress community. Follow her @_dianewallace.

Running Order (STC):

18:30 – Arrive for networking and refreshments
19:00 – Opening remarks
19:10 – First speaker – Stef Mattana
19:45 – wp_update_post
20:05 – Break
20:15 – Second speaker – Diane Wallace
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: Annabelle, Dan and Gary.

WordPress London Meetup – July 2017

Thursday, Jul 27, 2017, 6:30 PM

Location details are available to members only.

74 WordPress Community Members Went

The July WordPress London Meetup has us talking about customer relations and shipping in WooCommerce.Missed a #wpldn recently?  Catch up at wpldn.ukDon’t lose your steam! How to deal with unhappy customersNo matter if your product, business plans or plugin is functional and well crafted: there comes a time where a user or client knocks at your d…

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WordPress London Meetup #wpldn – 29 June 2017

We’re talking workflows with Page Builders and ORM frameworks at the June WordPress London Meetup!

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

The Role of Page Builders for Developers

Are custom page templates and shortcodes offering our clients and users the best content publishing experience? In this talk, I’ll explore how and why page builders might now be a staple in a WordPress developer’s toolkit.

Presented by Doug Belchamber. Doug is a WordPress developer based in South London, who’s terrible at talking about himself in the 3rd person. He runs Smarter Digital, a small WordPress development company, Fuelled as a freelance technical marketer and blogs infrequently at WP Developers. Follow him @db_smarter.

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A new slot in the #wpldn event. An open discussion on the latest from WordPress. We’ll be kicking off with Todd Halfpenny running though what we can expect in the upcoming 4.8 update. Then it’s over to you.

WP_Model, synthetic ORM for WordPress (Part 1)

I have made an ORM for WordPress, before you roll your eyes at that statement I have built it specifically for WP based MVPs. Having built lots of MVPs on WordPress for cash strapped startups this simple class has made WordPress it easier than ever to make complex apps in days using WP https://github.com/anthonybudd/WP_Model. In part 2 of this talk Anthony will be taking a deeper dive into the technical aspects at wp_hooked.

Presented by Anthony Budd. Anthony is a PHP and WP expert with over 5 years of experience developing websites and apps for all kinds of clients from non-profits, to startups to fortune 500 companies. Follow him @anthonybudd

Running Order (STC):

18:30 – Arrive for networking and refreshments
19:00 – Opening remarks
19:10 – First speaker – Doug Belchamber
19:45 – wp_update_post
20:05 – Break
20:15 – Second speaker – Anthony Budd
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: Annabelle, Dan and Gary.  

WordPress London Meetup – June.

Thursday, Jun 29, 2017, 6:30 PM

Location details are available to members only.

91 WordPress Community Members Went

We’re talking workflows with Page Builders and ORM frameworks at the June WordPress London Meetup!Missed a #wpldn recently?  Catch up at wpldn.ukWe’re in room A130 again this month.  A130, in the College Building.  Access it from the main road, St John Street:—-The Role of Page Builders for DevelopersAre custom page templates and shortcodes…

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BeeWUG June Meetup – Blackburn WordPress User Group

BeeWUG is a community driven event, meaning that it is what people make of it. If you are interested in WordPress, use WordPress professionally or just want to know what WordPress is about, come along and find out more.

WordPress is awesome, get involved!

Event Format

18:00 — Arrivals
18:30 — Prompt start – Talk – WordPress news
18:45 — Q&A – For topics covered and Michael’s WP update
19:00 — WP Clinic – Bring your laptop and get the hands on help you need from the WordPress community in the room
20:00 —Break & Networking
20:15 — In Depth Talk – Understanding the WordPress Template Hierarchy by Michael Cropper from Contrado Digital
21:00 — End

BeeWUG – Blackburn WordPress User Group

Wednesday, Jun 7, 2017, 6:00 PM

University Centre
Blackburn College, University Close, Blackburn, Lancashire, BB2 1LH Blackburn, GB

4 Members Went

Event Format• 18:00 – Arrivals• 18:30 — Prompt start –  Talk – WordPress news• 18:45 — Q&A – For topics covered and Michael’s WP update• 19:00 — WP Clinic – Bring your laptop and get the hands on help you need from the WordPress community in the room• 19:45 —Break & Networking• 20:00 — In Depth Talk – Various speakers covering different topic…

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Leeds WordPress meetup – Tues. 23rd May 2017 – Accessibility Special

The next WordPress Leeds Meetup is on Tuesday 23rd May at our usual venue, Futurelabs in Leeds.

This month we are focusing on themes. How do you install a theme? How do you find a good one? How do you build your own? Bring your theme questions along and we will do our best to help you.

A big thank you to FutureLabs who let us use their fantastic venue for free! Thanks to the lovely folks at Delicious Media, there will be pizza for everyone at the start of the event.

Agenda

6:00pm: Doors open for pizza and drinks
6:15pm: Introduction and welcome
6:20pm: WordPress news from Tim Nash
6:30pm: Session 1
7:10pm: Break for refreshments
7:20pm: Session 2
8:00pm: Q&A open discussion
8:30pm: Event finishes & Social

After the event, we will be heading to Headrow House for further discussion and drinks.

Full details are on the WordPress Leeds website. The event is, of course, free to attend but we’d appreciate it if you could let us know you are attending via our Meetup group so we can arrange for food and drink.

Themes Special | WordPress Leeds – May 2017

Tuesday, May 23, 2017, 6:00 PM

Future Labs
1 Eastgate LS2 7LH Leeds, GB

35 Members Went

Our monthly meetup for WordPress users, bloggers and developers.This month we are focusing on themes. How do you install a theme? How do you find a good one? How do you build your own? Bring your theme questions along and we will do our best to help you.You can post your questions ahead of the event at https://sli.do/wpleeds.—-A big thank you…

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Why not speak at our next event?

We are always looking for people to come and speak at our events. So if you have an idea for a talk, a discussion or just want to show folks what you have been working on, get in touch. You don’t need to be a professional speaker or even to have spoken in a group before.

If you don’t want to do a talk, but are interested in hearing about a specific subject, or have an idea/problem, get in touch and we will try and find someone who can help.

WordPress London Meetup #wpldn – 25 May 2017

The #WomenInTech are taking the lead at this months WordPress London Meetup.

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

Intro to GlotPress and Translating into British English (en_GB)

In this bite-sized talk, we’ll be going over GlotPress, the plugin used to translate WordPress, exploring what it is and how it can be used for collaborative translation. There will also be a live demonstration of GlotPress, translating a few strings into en_GB (perhaps strings from a plugin/theme developed by an attendee!)

Presented by Annabelle Woodger. Annabelle is a relative newcomer to the WordPress community, but since discovering how welcoming it is, she hasn’t looked back! She originally began translating WordPress into en_GB back in September 2016, quickly demonstrating her abilities and impressing the existing GTE team, becoming a General Translation Editor that same month. A huge language nerd, she is currently learning Japanese (having passed the JLPT N5 in Dec 2016, now working towards N4 for Dec 2017), and reading as much as she can on linguistics and poetry. When not doing language-based activities, you can find her doing photography, being passionate about disability rights, and babbling excitedly about unicorns on Twitter. Follow her @yayannabelle.

Tech support and community management: dealing with the people who use your website.

Communities — from close knit bands of commenters to busy international forums — are fun and engaging but the issues members have with the site and with each other require ongoing attention. In this talk, JJ will discuss the unexpected benefits of hands on tech support, advocate for prioritising interactions with members during the design and development phases and explain her approach to sticky interpersonal situations, including the dark side of empathy and how far to go for the greater good.

Presented by JJ Jay.  JJ got her start in tech support and community management working for Mumsnet and now does those things for brand sites she’s developed for clients. People ask her for advice on how to approach tricky emails more than she ever expected.Follow her @tharsheblows.

Journey from Freelancer to Agency

Who has helped us along the way.  What tools we now use to manage the business.

Presented by Louise Towler. Louise has been building websites for over fifteen years and enjoys helping businesses and organisations make the most of their online web presence and deliver a return on their investment. She started freelancing from her spare room and now runs Indigo Tree with seven employees. Follow her @IndigoTreeSays

Running Order (STC):

18:30 – Arrive for networking and refreshments
19:00 – Opening remarks
19:10 – First speaker – Annabelle Woodger

19:25 – Second speaker – JJ Jay
20:00 – Break
20:15 – Third speaker  – Louise Towler
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.

Connect with Dan or the team at assisted.by to find out more about getting involved with the WordPress London meetup.

WordPress London Meetup – May.

Thursday, May 25, 2017, 6:30 PM

Location details are available to members only.

79 WordPress Community Members Went

The #WomenInTech are taking the lead at this months WordPress London Meetup.Missed a #wpldn recently?  Catch up at wpldn.uk  We’re in a new room this month. A130, in the College Building. Access it from the main road, St John Street:—-Intro to GlotPress and Translating into British English (en_GB)In this bite-sized talk, we’ll be going over…

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Countdown: just 2 weeks until WordCamp Bristol

We are just a fortnight away from the inaugural WordCamp Bristol!

Join us on 13-14 May 2017 at the Watershed on Bristol Harbourside to enjoy a weekend of insightful talks and networking with friendly WordPress users, developers and designers from across the UK and all over the world.

Tickets are selling fast and we only have a handful left. We recommend you reserve yours today to avoid disappointment – we expect to sell out! Find out who else will be attending here.

Our speakers are listed online and the schedule is now available. Talks cover practical and technical advice, business insight, content writing, and valuable experience from the WordPress community. On each day of the two day event, there are two parallel streams of topics for you to choose between. You can learn more about the talks by visiting our sessions page.

During the event, you can also visit the exhibition to meet our generous sponsors. Their support has helped to make WordCamp Bristol a reality because we were able to keep the ticket price low and ensure the event remained inclusive and accessible for all.

Thanks to our awesome volunteer team, we are setting up a Happiness Bar. This is a place for any WordPress related questions or queries, however simple or complex. Attendees are also welcome to join in and provide support, review code and give back to the community.

In addition to a packed schedule, we’re hosting an after-party on Saturday evening. This will take place at the Watershed – i.e. the same location as the event, so you’re not wandering round a strange city trying to find a different venue.

Key information about travel and accommodation can be found on our Visiting Bristol page, and our team of volunteers will be able to give a helping hand for anyone unfamiliar with the city. Get in touch for more information.

We’ll be posting regular news and updates on our Twitter account. Follow us: @wordcampbristol and join the conversation: #WCBRS 

Schedule for WordCamp Bristol

The organisers of WordCamp Bristol are delighted to announce that the schedule has just been published.

We have a fantastic range of speakers presenting a diverse selection of talks over two tracks and two days.

WordCamp Bristol will be held over the weekend of 13/14 May 2017.

Check out the schedule: https://2017.bristol.wordcamp.org/schedule/

Tickets are still available: https://2017.bristol.wordcamp.org/tickets/

We hope to see you there!