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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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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WordPress London Meetup #wpldn – 27 April 2017

We’re going large this month at the April WordPress London Meetup!

You’ll also get another chance to win a Beaver Builder Pro licence this month.

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

Let’s do an accessibility audit of wpldn.uk together!

Following on from last month’s talks regarding why accessible websites are a must, it’s worth knowing how to do a technical accessibility audit. Given the time constraints, this session will be a high level audit and what better example to use than the WPLDN website!

Presented by Gary Jones. Gary is based in Basingstoke in the UK. He leads Gamajo, a small virtual agency creating technical WordPress solutions for businesses, including integrations with their business-critical systems. He’s worked on projects for SiteGround, Yoast, StudioPress, Daniels Trading, Rolls-Royce and many smaller design and development agencies and individuals. He’s a contributor to the Genesis Framework, WordPress core and many open source projects. He is a co-host of the UK Genesis podcast, a General Translation Editor for the British English locale in WordPress, an organiser for WordCamp London and a co-organiser for the WordPress London meetup. He is a father of five year old twins, and his background is teaching in schools and prisons. Follow him @GaryJ.

WordPress at the United Nations.

“WordPress at the United Nations” is about my experience doing WordPress consulting at the United Nations Head Quarters in Manhattan, New York.

The UN is a rather interesting organisation in how it uses platforms like WordPress and Drupal so I’d love to share my experiences with the WordPress community.

Presented by Wasim Juned.  Wasim founded his company during the dotcom boom to help businesses with web and mobile systems. 

Since then he’s worked on projects for organisations such as: 

  • United Nations
  • TMW
  • World Gold Council and SPDR Gold Shares
  • Fotango (later bought by Canon Europe)
  • Arcadia 

For more information see http://www.linkedin.com/in/wasimjunedand http://www.juned.com/  Follow him @wasimjuned

More speakers to be announced soon.

Running Order (STC):

18:30 – Arrive for networking and refreshments
19:00 – Opening remarks
19:10 – Plugins Uncovered
19:25 – First speaker
20:00 – Break
20:15 – Second speaker
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 – April.

Thursday, Apr 27, 2017, 6:30 PM

Location details are available to members only.

81 WordPress Community Members Went

We’re going large this month at the April WordPress London Meetup!You’ll also get another chance to win a Beaver Builder Pro licence this month.Missed a #wpldn recently?  Catch up at wpldn.ukLet’s do an accessibility audit of wpldn.uk together!Following on from last month’s talks regarding why accessible websites are a must, it’s worth knowing …

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WordPress London Meetup #wpldn – 30 March 2017

If you’ve come away from the excellent WordCamp London this weekend wanting more…then you’re in luck!

The team at Beaver Builder have given us a Pro licence for one of the attendees at #wpldn to win this month.

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

Plugins Uncovered.

We all have our favourite go-to plugins, often using them repeatedly on our client projects.  We may have plugins we’ve used for years, or sometimes we come across handy plugins by chance.

Let’s spread the word about these great little plugins available to us.  Let’s find those hero plugins that will get us hooked!

In this session, Mike Pead will demonstrate two plugins he regularly uses, which are useful for all levels of abilities.  He’ll also open the session to the floor, so if you have any favourite plugins that could be useful to others, please share your suggestions!

Presented by Mike Pead.  Mike runs Primary Image, based in Westcliff-on-Sea in Essex, and designs, supports and hosts WordPress websites for clients.  Primary Image specialises in the transport sector, with Mike creating websites for Transport for London, National Express and Network Rail, amongst many others.  Follow him @primaryimage

#A11Y and How to Sell it to a Client.

We have all heard the term #A11Y and know we should be doing something about it, but how and why?  In this talk Mik will explain the reason why it is so vital for all working it the field of WordPress to ensure their output is accessible.  But more importantly he will explain how to sell this to potential clients, and why it is so vital for them to invest in #A11Y.

Presented by Mik Scarlet.  With over 30 years in the media Mik was one of the first well known disabled people to appear on TV in the UK, working on shows such as Beat That, From The Edge, The Travel Show, BBC News and C5 News.  Alongside his media career he is one of the UK’s leading access and inclusion experts.  He advises major companies and government bodies on how to create and maintain systems that ensure disabled people, and all other protected characteristics as described by the Equality Act 2010, are fully included in society.  Follow him @MikScarlet

The Themers Guide to WP-CLI.

WP-CLI is a useful tool for automating tasks and optimising developer workflow in WordPress. WP-CLI is commonly used for maintenance and can be put to good use in the initial site build process. Learn how WP-CLI can help improve your themeing process and make it faster to perform common site building tasks.

Presented by Edmund Turbin. Edmund is a London based Solutions Engineer at WP Engine originally from New York.  He has been building CMS based websites for over 10 years and has been involved in the media, publishing and ad tech industries.  His recent development work has contributed to the success of websites for Columbia University, the University of Surrey and Coty.  Edmund is passionate about front end development, making it easier to manage complex tasks via automation and building out next generation scalable systems for high traffic web properties.  When the laptop is closed, Edmund enjoys producing Tech House in the studio, cycling and traveling the globe with his family & kids…… Follow him @spicecadet

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: speakers@wpldn.co.uk

WordPress London Meetup – March.

Thursday, Mar 30, 2017, 6:30 PM

Location details are available to members only.

61 WordPress Community Members Went

If you’ve come away from the excellent WordCamp London this weekend wanting more…then you’re in luck!The team at Beaver Builder have given us a Pro licence for one of the attendees at #wpldn to win this month.Missed a #wpldn recently?  Catch up at wpldn.ukPlugins Uncovered.We all have our favourite go-to plugins, often using them repeatedly …

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

WordPress London Meetup #wpldn – 23 Feb. 2017

Two great speakers lined up for you this month at #wpldn, coming from two highly respected, truly global, WordPress agencies; 10up & Human Made.

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

Privacy by Design: 7 things you can’t afford to ignore.

Even in a post Brexit UK, the new law on data protection is going to change things for your website and digital platform, whether you are technical, UX or a business owner.  In this presentation Danny will explain the practical steps you must take so that you don’t fall foul of the new regime.  Danny will also explain the likely impact of this European legislation on a post Brexit UK and on any website/app that targets EU consumers.

Presented by Danny Dagan.  Danny is a Senior Web Strategist for WordPress agency 10up, who are key contributors to WordPress core.  He is also legally educated and wrote a dissertation about the new data protection regime.  He loves combining the two ‘geek professions’, tech and law, and promises not to use Latin unless it is entirely necessary (though Dothraki and Klingon may be featured).  Follow him @e_d_dagan

Leveraging the Customizer for Big Media.

The Customizer is one of the most powerful parts of WordPress, its a great tool for users, and big media to customise the message of content in a visual way.  We’ll be looking at an example of this and what type of features can be built around the customizer experience.

Presented by Dan Westall.  Dan is a WordPress Engineer @ Human Made, who has been known to talk about WordPress Customizer, using WordPress for Esports and Web Sockets, but not always in that order.  Follow him @danwestall_

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: speakers@wpldn.co.uk

 

WordPress London Meetup – Feb.

Thursday, Feb 23, 2017, 6:30 PM

Location details are available to members only.

82 WordPress Community Members Went

Two great speakers lined up for you this month at #wpldn, coming from two highly respected, truly global, WordPress agencies; 10up & Human MadeMissed a #wpldn recently?  Catch up at wpldn.ukPrivacy by Design: 7 things you can’t afford to ignore.Even in a post Brexit UK, the new law on data protection is going to change things for your website a…

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WordCamp London 2017: Call for Speakers & Sponsors, Creche & more!

WordCamp London 2017 is well underway and we’re speeding into sixth gear as we approach the 9 weeks left until showtime!

We’ll be cross-posting information from the 2017 website to this site, but here are some of our most important announcements in the past weeks:

Please don’t hesitate to share and re-post announcements from our Twitter page too!

Thanks everyone 🙂