WordPress London Meetup #wpldn – 26 Oct. 2017

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Ensuring the design process stays on track, providing world class support and speedy database queries are just some of this months #wpldn discussion points.

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

The Night of the Living Style Guides

The line between design and development is getting blurrier, and our approach to web design is becoming more modular. How do we keep track of it all?
Style guides to the rescue!

Using style guides that update as our projects progress, we can visually document our work and ensure that everything stays consistent. They may seem daunting and time-consuming at first, but they don’t have to be.

How do I get started with living style guides? What’s a living style guide anyway, and how do I know if mine is dead? Isn’t that going to slow me down? Why should I bother?

Let’s find out.

Presented by Sarah Semark. Sarah is a designer, developer, and world-traveller. After running a business for eight years, she now works for Automattic where she spends her days building WordPressy things.

When she’s not busy making things, Sarah likes obsessing over typography, collecting impractical footwear, and exploring new places. Follow her @sarahsemark.

Why You Should Give Great Support

So you’ve created a plugin or a theme for WordPress? Awesome! It doesn’t stop there. Find out why great support matters and learn simple ways to get a reputation for excellent support without increasing your time or effort.

Presented by Deborah Beckett. Deborah Beckett has been building web sites and training site owners for over ten years. She lives with her husband and two kids in the Research Triangle region of North Carolina, USA. When not engineering happiness for WordPress.com users, she enjoys running, travel, and spending time with her family. Follow her at @dbeckettnc.

What you didn’t know you need to know about WordPress and databases

There are a number of ways to speed up sites. Caching is one of them. However caching can’t be used in all instances, for example when checking out on an eCommerce site. In those circumstances the speed of talking to the database is important.

WordPress and its plugins aren’t the greatest at structuring data. In this talk we’ll walk through some basics of how databases work, how WordPress is set up, and why some of the queries you thought should be fast, aren’t. And hopefully what to do about some of those.

Presented by Gabor Javorszky.  Gabor is a software engineer / eCommerce consultant who works with WordPress and WooCommerce. His focus is on solving performance bottlenecks. He spends most of his time buried in New Relic. Follow him @javorszky.

Running Order (STC):

18:30 – Arrive for networking and refreshments
19:00 – Opening remarks
19:10 – First Speaker – Sarah Semark
19:50 – Second Speaker – Deborah Beckett
20:05 – Break
20:15 – Third speaker – Gabor Javorszky
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: AnnabelleDan and Gary

WordPress London Meetup – Oct. 2017

Thursday, Oct 26, 2017, 6:30 PM

Location details are available to members only.

20 WordPress Community Members Attending

Ensuring the design process stays on track, providing world class support and speedy database queries are just some of this months #wpldn discussion points.Missed a #wpldn recently?  Catch up at wpldn.ukThe Night of the Living Style GuidesThe line between design and development is getting blurrier, and our approach to web design is becoming more…

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WordPress Essex Meetup – Oct. 2017

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The WordPress Essex Meetup has moved dates, we’re wanting to be as inclusive as possible and following feedback from the first event we have discovered that the second Thursday of the month prevented some from attending.

We will be holding another informal meetup for WordPress developers, designers, users and business owner.

This month it’s all about speed and proposals!

I propose to you

The humble proposal.  We all want a yes but how do we get it.  Let’s run through some of the key factors in winning new business through your proposal.

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.

Why website speed matters and how to make your WordPress website faster

Looking at the basics of how webpages travel across the internet to reach your web browser; how poor web design can cause slow loading times; and how you can measure your website’s performance.

Presented by Mike Pead.  Mike runs Primary Image, a WordPress web design agency in Southend-on-Sea, Essex.  He works with a variety of clients, from small local businesses, to large organisations such as Network Rail and National Express..  Follow him @mikepead.

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 – Mike Pead
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 – Oct. 2017

Thursday, Oct 19, 2017, 6:30 PM

Location details are available to members only.

11 WordPress Community Members Attending

The WordPress Essex Meetup has moved dates, we’re wanting to be as inclusive as possible and following feedback from the first event we have discovered that the second Thursday of the month prevented some from attending.We will be holding another informal meetup for WordPress developers, designers, users and business owner.This month it’s all abo…

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Two WordPress Glasgow meetups in October

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Here’s where you can join us this October:

  • WordPress Community Workshop, Thursday 12th October, 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!
  • “How to Survive the Zombie Apocalipse…”, by Dave Potter on Tuesday 24th October, 6:00pm at iCafe Sauchiehall St., basement room.
    In today’s WordPress world we subcontract the management of our data to multiple organisations which in turn hold our data in multiple locations. This means our data is exposed to an event which impacts any one of those organisations and/or locations. We owe it to our users, whose details we keep in trust, to mitigate the impact of any such event. This talk discusses how we can do that and asks the question…. Are you ready for the Zombie Apocalypse?

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

Looking forward meeting you there!

WordPress London Meetup #wpldn – 28 Sep. 2017

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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.

81 WordPress Community Members Attending

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

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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

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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.

70 WordPress Community Members Attending

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

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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.

13 WordPress Community Members Attending

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

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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

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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.

81 Members Attending

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

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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

    14 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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  • 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

    29 Members Attending

    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!