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

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.ukWhy are we writing all these blog posts?Are you a growth-hacking marketing guru, c…

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Two WordPress Glasgow meetups this September

Here’s what we’re up to this September. Come and join us!

  • WordPress Community WorkshopThursday 14th September, 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!
    You can also bring your questions, or show off your skills, if you’ve worked on the challenge Carme left us at the end of last month’s Child Theme workshop.
    WordPress Glasgow commuity workshop, Sept 2017
  • “WordPress Nuts and Bolts”, by Jemery Davis – Tuesday 26th September, 6:00 at iCafe Sauchiehall St., basement room.
    WordPress is easy to set up isn’t it? Isn’t it?!
    This is a run-through of some of the basic tasks required in setting up a WP site including:
    • initial installation;
    • choosing a theme;
    • selecting plugins;
    • (very) basic SEO.
    There’s lots to cover so it will be a skim through.Plus time for Q&A but hopefully minimal BS!

    WordPress Nuts and Bolts by Jeremy Davis, Sept 2017

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 – 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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Three WordPress Glasgow meetups in August

After a super exciting July for all Scottish WordPressers and our many friends, we continue the summer with a blast:

  • WordPress Community Workshop – Thursday 10th August, 6:30pm at the CitizenM’s ground floor lounge.
    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 interest.
    This informal get-together is also ideal for anyone who is new to WordPress and looking to find out more. Hear other people share their knowledge and experience.WPGlasgow Community Workshop meet
    WPGlasgow Community Workshop meet
  • One-to-one help setting up your WordPress site, from Automattic – Thursday 17th August, 6:00pm in the CitizenM’s ground floor room.
    The Automattic Happy Engineers are having a team meeting in Glasgow and would love to meet the local WordPress community and answer all your questions about setting up your WordPress site. don’t miss this unique chance!
    WPGlasgow with the Automattic Happy Engineers
  • “Create your own Child Theme” workshop – Tuesday 22nd August, 6:00pm at iCafe Sauchiehall Street.
    Have you found a nearly perfect theme for your website but Customizer doesn’t let you change everything you’d like to? Do you build WordPress websites for other people and wish you could use your creativity a bit more?
    Child Themes are great for those who want to take WordPress that bit further as they allow you to take an already existing WordPress Theme and change absolutely anything from it.
    We will start by learning about the structure of a WordPress theme and then create our own Child Theme step by step.
    We’ll also learn how to test our site for the various platforms and make sure it is responsive and accessible.
    Bring your laptop if you can.
    Also, if you already know how to build Child Themes, come along and volunteer to help your co-members if they get stuck. It may be you next time!
    WPGlasgow Child Theme workshop, Aug 2017

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

Another fab month!

 

 

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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Two WordPress Glasgow meetups this July

This July we are back to our usual schedule. Here’s when and where you can join us:

  • WordPress Community Workshop – Thursday 13th July, 6:30pm at the CitizenM’s ground floor lounge. Although we have renamed it from “co-working meetup” to better reflect what we do at the event, this is still 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!

    Event #22: WordPress Community Workshop

    Thursday, Jul 13, 2017, 6:30 PM

    citizen m hotel
    60 renfrew street Glasgow, GB

    17 Members Went

    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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  • WordPress Glasgow Show and Tell – Tuesday 25th July, 6:00pm at iCafe Sauchiehall Street.
    We loved last September’s Project Showcase so much we are having another one! So, come along and … share your WordPress project with us!
    It could be the blog or website you are currently working on, the project you are most proud of or even something you’ve seen out there that has really inspired you.Whatever it is, we’ll love hearing about it.

    Event #23: WordPress Glasgow – Show and Tell

    Tuesday, Jul 25, 2017, 6:00 PM

    iCafe
    315-317 Sauchiehall Street Glasgow, GB

    27 Members Went

    EVENT SUITABLE FOR ALL LEVELS.We loved last September’s Project Showcase so much we are having another one!So, come along and …******  SHARE YOUR WORDPRESS PROJECT WITH US  ******It could be the blog or website you are currently working on, the project you are most proud of or even something you can’t work out and have been scratching your he…

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

See you soon!

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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Two WordPress Glasgow meetups this June

This month we have also two monthly meets, as usual, but with a twist:

  • Thursday 8th June, 6:30pm at the CitizenM’s ground floor lounge –
    Our very popular co-working meet has been renamed Community Workshop to better reflect what happens in it. We all sit together with our laptops working on our own projects and help each other with whatever technical query we may have. Find out more about our Thursday meets in the WPGlasgow meetup page.
  • Wednesday 21th June, WPGlasgow goes to Edinburgh
    The first “official” get-together of the two current Scottish WordPress meetups! We are looking forward meeting everyone at our sister WordPress meetup and exchanging ideas and experiences. It’ll also be great to meet the WordCamp Edinburgh 2017 organising team just one month ahead the event. We’ll probably organise a car share to get there, leaving central Glasgow at 4pm. You can also make your own way there if this is not convenient. Please check details on the trip’s meetup page.