WordPress Glasgow October 2018

The current meetup organisers are super busy at the moment so we’re scaling down to one get-together a month, instead of our usual two. But we are very proud of the quality of the talks we’ll have on offer!

Please get in touch if you would like to join the team or have a proposal for an event you’d like to organise!

This month’s talk is of special interest for anyone who uses, or is thinking of using, their WordPress blog and social media to grow a following.

“Build a Community with WordPress and Social Media”, by Luna Carmona

Tuesday 23rd October, 18:00. Venue TBD.

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Two events in Glasgow this September

We have two super exciting meets this month in Glasgow. One of them is the first Contributor Day in Scotland!!

Here are the details:

  • WordPress Glasgow Contributor Day – Saturday 8th September, from 10:00 until 16:00 at the South Block, 60-64 Osborne Street, Glasgow G1 5QH (find on map)
    WordPress is built by thousands of people all over the world, normal people like you and me and mostly during their spare time. Come along and help make WordPress from right here in Scotland!
    We’ll have team leads from Accessibility, Core – Data Privacy, Core – Gutenberg, Marketing, Support, Theme Review and Polyglots.
    To register, please refer to https://contributorday.wpglasgow.org/
     
1st Glasgow Contributor Day
1st Glasgow Contributor Day
  • Website Health Check, HelpDesk and Networking – Tuesday 25th September from 18:00 until 21:00 at the  Citizen M (ground floor lounge) 60 Renfrew Street, Glasgow G2 3BW (find on map)
    A super charged schedule with a website healthcheck desk, a WordPress community helpdesk and our first go at speed networking! 
    If you fancy coming along, simply RSPV on the meetup page below: 

Event #50: WordPress Glasgow Helpdesk, Website Health Check and Networking

Tuesday, Sep 25, 2018, 6:00 PM

citizen m hotel
60 renfrew street Glasgow, GB

18 Members Attending

This is the first of a new quarterly get-together for the WordPress Glasgow meetup. This new format has evolved from the popular Community Workshop we used to run before the summer break with some additions that we think will make it more sustainable for the organising team and of interest to a wider audience. Here’s what’s on the schedule: * WordP…

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Hope you can join us!

WPGlasgow this August

We are currently reviewing our schedule and will be meeting only once this month.

Easy Introduction to HTML and CSS, by Derek York

Thursday 28th August, 18:00 at the Garment Factory, 10 Montrose Street, G1 1ET

This workshop goes ‘back to basics’ to give you skills to amend your webpages.

WordPress has great ‘page builder’ tools like the new Gutenberg editor or plugins like Divi or Elementor. They help you put together blocks into a page layout. However, sometimes you may want to do something different that doesn’t have a setting in your page builder or editor. Then it can be handy to know what webpages are built on – HTML and CSS.

After a brief introduction, we’ll use a basic text editor and a browser to write a wee bit of code and build a simple web page.

Then we’ll write a stylesheet to change how it looks.

We’ll finish by seeing how you can use the WordPress code editor and developer tools to make edits to the code of your pages.

Event #48: “Easy introduction to HTML + CSS”, by Derek York

Tuesday, Aug 28, 2018, 6:00 PM

Garment Factory
10 Montrose Street Glasgow, GB

32 Members Attending

Suitable for ALL skill levels. Arrive from 6pm for 6.30pm start. This workshop goes ‘back to basics’ to give you skills to amend your webpages. WordPress has great ‘page builder’ tools like the new Gutenberg editor or plugins like Divi or Elementor. They help you put together blocks into a page layout. However, sometimes you may want to do somet…

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Two WordPress Glasgow meetups in June 2018

Here’s what we have in our calendar for June:

  • WordPress Community Workshop – Thurs. 14th June, 6:30pm at CitizenM’s Glasgow, ground floor lounge
    Our very popular and relaxed get-together where we help each other get better at WordPress. 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.
  • How non-developers can contribute to WordPress, by Jenny Wong – Wed. 27th June, 6:00pm at iCafe Merchant City
    Please note that, due to a date conflict with the JPMorgan Meetup Collider, this event will take place on a Wednesday 27th June rather than our usual 4th Tuesday.
    Also, due to the devastating fire at the Glasgow School of Art nearly two weeks ago, our usual venue remains closed and the meetup will take place instead at the iCafe Merchant City, 70-72 Ingram St, Glasgow G1 1EX

    WordPress is nothing without the numerous amounts of contributions that have made it into the CMS that it is today. When someone tells you that anyone can contribute to WordPress you may not believe them.
    In this talk Jenny will discuss how every contribution counts, and explain the different ways non-developers can start contributing back to the open source project we all love so much.

    Event #44: “How non-developers can contribute to WordPress” by Jenny Wong

    Wednesday, Jun 27, 2018, 6:00 PM

    iCafe (Merchant City)
    70 Ingram Street Glasgow, GB

    16 Members Attending

    This event is suitable for ALL SKILL LEVELS. WordPress is nothing without the numerous amounts of contributions that have made it into the CMS that it is today. When someone tells you that anyone can contribute to WordPress you may not believe them. In this talk Jenny will discuss how every contribution counts, and explain the different ways non-de…

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Two WordPress Glasgow meetups in May 2018

Kayleigh Thorpe talk for WPGlasgow, May 2018

Here’s what we have in our calendar for May:

  • WordPress Community Workshop – Thurs. 10th May, 6:30pm at CitizenM’s Glasgow, ground floor lounge
    Our very popular and relaxed get-together where we help each other get better at WordPress. 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.
    https://www.meetup.com/Glasgow-WordPress-Meetup/events/wfnmhpyxhbnb/
  • Making WordPress Fly with Jetpack (updated), by Kayleigh Thorpe – Tues. 22nd May, 6:00pm at iCafe Sauchiehall St.
    In this talk Kayleigh will be showing the various features of the Jetpack plugin, from its built in analytics, to form and portfolio building, and how you can use the Jetpack plugin to improve your site’s visibility.
    https://www.meetup.com/Glasgow-WordPress-Meetup/events/mkhzwnyxhbdc/

Two WordPress Meetups in April 2018

Here’s what we did in April 2018:

  • WordPress Community Workshop – Gutenberg Special – Thurs. 12th April, 6:30pm at CitizenM’s Glasgow
    Gutenberg is the new WordPress editor, to be released sometime in April. It will mean a big change to the way we write posts and pages and, in a future release, it is expected to make page builders redundant. We aim to help you, as a WordPress user and content author, learn the ins and outs of the new editor before it comes out.
  • Find Content Ideas Relevant to Your Audience, by Ahmed Khalifa – Tues. 24th April, 6:00pm at iCafe Sauchiehall St.
    When it comes to creating content, the hard part is 1) coming up with ideas, and 2) it’s something that your audience is searching for and looking for on Google. And since the old boring cliché of “content is king” is always around us, it feels like you are under pressure to do your content justice by maintaining its high-quality and consistency.

WordPress Essex Meetup – April 2018

This month at the WordPress Essex Meetup we’re having a GDPR themed night. With the imminent implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) almost every development agency, design studio, freelancer and website owner will be impacted by the changes to the law enforced from 25 May 2018.

Open GDPR Workshop

This will be an opportunity as a collective to raise questions, get to grips with the potential impact, understand how we can ensure our sites are compliant and generally develop a deeper understanding of GDPR. We’ll also look at some of the plugin options to help manage data. If you’re willing to share your own websites, we can also use these as case studies during the evening.

Presented by Dan Maby. Dan is a Director 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.

Running Order (STC):

Arrive from 18:30 for networking
19:00 – Opening remarks
19:10 – Talk TBC.
19:45 – wp_update_post
20:00 – Break
20:15 – The GDPR Workshop.
20:45 – 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, and Primary Image – a WordPress web design agency based in Southend-on-Sea.

WordPress Essex Meetup – April 2018

Thursday, Apr 19, 2018, 6:30 PM

Anglia Ruskin University
Bishop Hall Ln, Chelmsford CM1 1SQ, GB

5 WordPress Community Members Attending

This month at the WordPress Essex Meetup we’re having a GDPR themed night. With the imminent implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) almost every development agency, design studio, freelancer and website owner will be impacted by the changes to the law enforced from 25 May 2018. ## Open GDPR Workshop This will be an opportun…

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WordPress London Meetup #WPLDN – March 2018

**NEW VENUE** Yes the WordPress London Meetup is moving to a new home: we’re pleased to be partnering with Cloudflare and using their meeting space for #WPLDN events. This is the building you’ll be looking for: https://goo.gl/maps/tjttZSvgnKt There will be a slightly lower number of space available for attendees, so if for whatever reason you can’t join us, please do free up your space. This month we’ll be learning some of the challenges of adding cloud services to WordPress, we’ll also be hearing about the 2018 Rugby 6 Nations Match Centre developed on WordPress and scaled for millions of concurrent users.

The Joys and Hardships of Adding Cloud Services to WordPress

In this talk Nic will step through both the product and engineering challenges of tightly integrating a complex cloud services product with WordPress. At Bibblio we provide advanced machine-learning recommendations to a wide sector of the publishing industry. Surely this should include WordPress, the biggest publishing platform on The Internet. But how does one provide a clean experience that feels like WordPress when the vast majority of the heavy lifting is happening off-site on our API? What kind of UX challenges arise from a workflow complicated by distributed systems?

Presented by Nic Young. Nic is Head of Product at Bibblio, where he focuses on product development and algorithm implementations. He has over ten years experience as a software developer and has worked in a number of programming languages across a variety of industries, mostly at startups.

NatWest 6 Nations Match Centre on WordPress

Following on from our work with the British & Irish Lions tour of 2017, Sotic were engaged to use WordPress as an enabling tool to deliver a new live match centre experience for the NatWest 6 Nations of 2018.

The system brings together live statistics, live blogging, digital asset management and video in one live experience meeting on demand high spikes of traffic in a multi-lingual environment.

Presented by Dan Drave. Dan joined Sotic in 2016 and leads the front-end development team, who deliver our fantastic websites. He has lived and breathed web development all of his professional career. Since working at Sotic, Dan and his team have delivered sites for a wide variety of our clients from Aberdeen FC to Six Nations and London Scottish to the Lions Rugby Tour of New Zealand. He actively contributes to the WordPress community and has recently spoken at exclusive WordPress events. Follow him @danieldrave.

Running Order (STC):

18:30 – Arrive for networking and refreshments
19:00 – Opening remarks
19:20 – Speaker – Nic Young
19:55 – Break
20:10 – Speaker – Dan Drave
20:45 – 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 – March 2018

Thursday, Mar 29, 2018, 6:30 PM

Cloudflare
25 Lavington St SE1 0NZ London, GB

60 WordPress Community Members Attending

**NEW VENUE** Yes the WordPress London Meetup is moving to a new home: we’re pleased to be partnering with Cloudflare and using their meeting space for #WPLDN events. This is the building you’ll be looking for: https://goo.gl/maps/tjttZSvgnKt There will be a slightly lower number of space available for attendees, so if for whatever reason you can’t…

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WordPress Essex Meetup – March 2018

We’re back from the winter break and will be holding another informal meetup for WordPress developers, designers, users and business owners in Essex.

Digital Trends – A study of Gen Z and how the web must adapt to their needs.

Presented by Jamie Lawrence, Elevate Account Manager at WP Engine. The WordPress digital experience platform

The major update coming to WordPress this year: Gutenberg

The WordPress editing interface has mostly stayed the same for many years, but that’s about to change. Later this year, a major update is coming to WordPress, called Gutenberg, which will revolutionise how you publish content on your website. It’s currently planned to launch with WordPress 5.0.

Soon, you’ll be able to create fancy page layouts and use a variety of new formatting options, simply by drag-and-dropping blocks into your page. No longer will you have to mess around with shortcodes, or have to install a page builder plugin. It’s also stirring a lot of debate in the WordPress community, for example many themes and plugins will need updating to work with Gutenberg, and users may need retraining.

Mike, from Primary Image, will lead a demo of the new WordPress editing interface, plus we’ll discuss some of the steps that webmasters will need to take.

Presented by Mike Pead. Mike works at Primary Image, a WordPress design agency based in Southend-on-Sea, who support businesses of all sizes across the UK.

Running Order (STC):

Arrive from 18:30 for networking

19:00 – Opening remarks
19:10 – Digital Trends – A study of Gen Z and how the web must adapt to their needs, by Jamie Lawrence
19:45 – wp_update_post
20:00 – Break
20:15 – The major update coming to WordPress this year: Gutenberg, by Mike Pead
20:45 – 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, and Primary Image – a WordPress web design agency based in Southend-on-Sea.

WordPress Essex Meetup – March. 2018

Thursday, Mar 15, 2018, 6:30 PM

Anglia Ruskin University
Bishop Hall Ln, Chelmsford CM1 1SQ, GB

12 WordPress Community Members Went

We’re back from the winter break and will be holding another informal meetup for WordPress developers, designers, users and business owners in Essex. ## Digital Trends – A study of GenZ and how the web must adapt to their needs. Presented by Jamie Lawrence, Elevate Account Manager at WP Engine. The WordPress digital experience platform. ## The maj…

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Two WordPress Glasgow meetups in March

Here’s what we have planned for this March:

  • WordPress Community Workshop – Thursday 8th March 2018, 6:30pm at CitizenM’s ground floor lounge
    Our very popular and relaxed get-together where we help each other get better at WordPress. 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.

    Event #37: WordPress Community Workshop

    Thursday, Mar 8, 2018, 6:30 PM

    citizen m hotel
    60 renfrew street Glasgow, GB

    18 Members Attending

    If you would like to build a website using WordPress, or if you already have a WP site which is having issues, or if you are looking to share your WP knowledge, then this is the gathering to come along to. The idea is that people of all levels of ability can come along, collaborate, and discuss and/or show those aspects of WordPress that are of int…

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  • My Take on WordPress Security, by Nigel Pentland – Tuesday 27th March 2018, 6:00pm at iCafe Sauchiehall St.

    This will be a eclectic yet technical analysis of the security of a WordPress site using anecdotal case studies to illustrate the importance of a couple of aspects which are often subject to complacency.It will be an interactive talk, facilitating discussion throughout the evening.

    Event #38: “My take on WordPress Security” by Nigel Pentland

    Tuesday, Mar 27, 2018, 6:00 PM

    iCafe
    315-317 Sauchiehall Street Glasgow, GB

    14 Members Attending

    This will be an ADVANCED talk, of special interest for BUSINESS OWNERS, DEVELOPERS, and BACK END specialists. This will be a eclectic yet technical analysis of the security of a WordPress site using anecdotal case studies to illustrate the importance of a couple of aspects which are often subject to complacency. It will be an interactive talk, faci…

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