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!

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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Two WordPress Glasgow meetups this April

This month we have our usual two monthly meets:

  • Thursday 13th April, 6:30pm at the CitizenM’s ground floor lounge –
    Our very popular co-working meet where 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 co-working meets in the WPGlasgow meetup page.
  • Tuesday 25th April, 6:00pm at iCafe, 315-317 Sauchiehall Street, G2 3HW –
    This is a more structured meet where we normally have a topic of the month (in the shape of a talk, short workshop or “show and tell”, for example).
    This month’s topic will be useful for everyone! We’ll have the talk “Practical WordPress Security” by Tim Nash, from 34SP.
    Check out our WPGlasgow meetup page to register and find  more details.

Looking forward meeting you there!

P.S. Here’s some photos of the WordPress Security meetup. It was a fab evening!

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.

Two WordPress Glasgow meetups this March

This month we have our usual two monthly meets:

  • Thursday 9th March, 6:30pm at the CitizenM’s ground floor lounge –
    Our very popular co-working meet where we all sit together with our laptops working on our own projects and help each other with whatever technical query we may have.
  • Tuesday 28th March, 6:00pm at iCafe, 315-317 Sauchiehall Street, G2 3HW –
    This is a more structured meet where normally have a topic of the month (in the shape of a talk, short workshop or “show and tell”, for example).
    This month’s topic is geared towards backend developers with a talk by PHP developer Kat Reeve on the Advanced Custom Fields plugin. Check out our WPGlasgow meetup page for all the details.

Looking forward meeting you there!

P.S. (Note from April 2017) You can now watch Kat Reeve’s talk on the Advanced Custom Fields plugin on our YouTube channel.

WordCamp Bristol 2017

The WordPress Bristol ship

Ahoy there me hearties! We would love to welcome you aboard the good ship WordCamp Bristol as we set off on our maiden voyage.

Don’t be a landlubber, splice the mainbrace and come join us in sailing the seas of WordPress for an entire weekend.

We’re all gathering harbourside in the Watershed Media Centre over the weekend of 13/14 May 2017.

Keep a weatherly eye on our news feed, or follow us on Twitter @wordcampbristol for a crows nest view of all the developments leading up to launch.

See you there!

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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GCU WordPress Glasgow launch – Tuesday 28th Feb.

We had a great night with two really interesting talks. Here’s some photos of the evening:

Steve McLeod’s talk “Fake News, WordPress and Freedom of Speech”
Steve McLeod’s talk “Fake News, WordPress and Freedom of Speech”
John Johnston starting his talk “Scots Edublogging”
John Johnston starting his talk “Scots Edublogging”

Many thanks to the GCU for hosting us and to all who came for making it possible!

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