WordPress London Meetup #wpldn – 30 March 2017

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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

https://www.meetup.com/London-WordPress/events/237899321/

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

WordPress Bristol – WooCommerce and Building complex layouts using CSS’s flexbox – April 4th

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This month we have arranged two speakers to cover two very different topics to do with WordPress. First up we’ll be talking about WooCommerce, one of WordPress’s most popular e-commerce plug-ins. Following that we’ll cover how to use the flexbox features in CSS to build more complex layouts for your pages.

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WooCommerce – from idea to sale in 30 mins
Ronald Gijsel – Web Designer at Webbees

Ronald has several years of experience with WooCommerce, with around 25 WooCommerce stores created/managed/customised plus many clients trained in managing their WooCommerce site.

In this talk, Ronald will touch on the basics of WooCommerce from installation to making the most of the standard settings, plus some extra tips on setting up WooCommerce including:

• Ideas, Planning and Installation

• What are Product types, Attributes and Variations?

• Postage and Shipping Classes

• Checkout and Payment Status’  Customisation, shortcodes, UX improvements, tracking settings on Analytics

• Q&A

Level: Beginner +

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Building complex layouts using CSS’s flexbox
Hannah Smith – Multi-skilled tech freelancer in Bristol

Ever wondered how to go about making beautiful multi-columned theme templates? In years gone by, this was really hard to achieve – you needed to be a CSS ninja to get great results across all browsers. These days, us mere mortals can use the power of CSS’s flexbox to make great layouts that work in all supported browsers.

In this talk, Hannah will cover:

• The basics of how to use CSS flexbox

• Different ways of using it in your WordPress site

• How to change your layout according to the size of device it’s being viewed on (responsive layouts)

Level: Intermediate + (we will be talking about code)


Check out the event on meetup

You’ll be welcomed on arrival by our friendly and knowledgable volunteers where you can grab your name badge and get settled in. We aim to get started at around 7pm so give yourself plenty of time to get a drink as the bar downstairs can get busy.

We usually start the night off with some updates about what’s happening in the local and national WordPress community and members are welcome to add their own update. Just speak to one of the organisers before we start if you’d like to say something.

After the first talk we take a break before our second talk. Following that if you want to stick around a few of us usually hang around for another drink and chat.

We will be upstairs in the function room, here is a handy video showing you how to get there…

https://www.instagram.com/p/BGy9lM_wC_w/

Leeds WordPress meetup – Tues. 28th March. 2017

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The next WordPress Leeds Meetup is on Tuesday 28th March at our usual venue, Futurelabs in Leeds.

This month’s theme is security. Tim Nash will be giving a talk full of practical security tips, and we’ll be following that with a Q&A and open discussion around security. Security is always a popular topic at our meetups, so we’re  expecting a good turnout and plenty of questions.

A big thank you to FutureLabs who let us use their fantastic venue for free! Thanks to the lovely folks at Delicious Media, there will be pizza for everyone at the start of the event.

Agenda

6:00pm: Doors open for pizza and drinks
6:15pm: Introduction and welcome
6:20pm: WordPress news from Tim Nash
6:30pm: WordPress Security practical tips
7:10pm: Break for refreshments
7:20pm: Session 2
8:00pm: Q&A open discussion
8:30pm: Event finishes & Social

After the event, we will be heading to Headrow House for further discussion and drinks.

Full details are on the WordPress Leeds website. The event is, of course, free to attend but we’d appreciate it if you could let us know you are attending via our Meetup group so we can arrange for food and drink.

 

Two WordPress Glasgow meetups this March

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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!

 

 

Leeds WordPress meetup – Tues. 28th Feb. 2017

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The next WordPress Leeds Meetup is on Tuesday 28th February at our usual venue, Futurelabs in Leeds. This month we’ll be doing our popular “round table” format – with discussions around blogging, security, performance, design – and anything else which is requested on the evening.

If you haven’t been before, they are a great way to get both those burning questions answered and meet new people.

A big thank you to FutureLabs who let us use their fantastic venue for free! Thanks to the lovely folks at Delicious Media, there will be pizza for everyone at the start of the event.

Agenda

6:00pm: Doors open for pizza and drinks
6:15pm: Introduction and welcome
6:20pm: WordPress news from Tim Nash
6:30pm: Round Tables and Site Surgery
8:30pm: Event finishes & Social

After the event, we will be heading to Headrow House for further discussion and drinks.

Full details are on the WordPress Leeds website. The event is, of course, free to attend but we’d appreciate it if you could let us know you are attending via our Meetup group so we can arrange for food and drink.

WordPress Leeds – Round Tables and Site Surgery

Tuesday, Feb 28, 2017, 6:00 PM

Future Labs
1 Eastgate LS2 7LH Leeds, GB

33 Members Attending

Our monthly meetup for WordPress users, bloggers and developers. This month we will be doing our ever popular round tables and site surgery session!If you haven’t been before, they are a great way to get both those burning questions answered and meet new people.—-A big thank you to FutureLabs who let us use their fantastic venue for free!Than…

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WordPress Bristol – Building a plugin as a business and speeding up WordPress – 7th March

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This month we have two talks: Building a plugin as a business by Jack McConnell and Speeding up WordPress by our very own Simon Pollard. They should be two interesting topics in which you’re sure to learn a lot about WordPress.

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Running a WordPress Plugin as a Side Business
Jack McConnell – Web Designer & Front-end Developer at Made with Fuel

In my talk I’ll cover the following subjects:

• Giving Back to WordPress
• Plugin Idea, Research, Roadmap
• Providing Excellent Support (and dealing with cross people)
• Creating a Website for the Plugin
• Documentation
• Automation
• Revising Readme / Website Wording
• Releasing & Pricing Add-ons
• Transparency Reports

Level: Intermediate

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Speeding up WordPress
Simon Pollard – Lead Web Developer at SHIFT Active Media

I’ll be looking at ways to speed up your WordPress site and reduce load times for pages. I’ll cover things like minification of css and javascript, caching and CDNs (Content Delivery Networks). Believe it or not I will actually recommend some plugins as well!

Level: Beginner / Intermediate

Building a plugin as a business and speeding up WordPress

Tuesday, Mar 7, 2017, 6:30 PM

Famous Royal Navy Volunteer
17-18 King Street Bristol BS1 4EF, GB

7 WordPeople Attending

This month we have two talks: Building a plugin as a business by Jack McConnell and Speeding up WordPress by our very own Simon Pollard. They should be two interesting topics in which you’re sure to learn a lot about WordPress.————————————Running a WordPress Plugin as a Side Business Jack McConnell – Web Designer & Front-e…

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WordCamp Bristol 2017

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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

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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.

90 Members Attending

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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Bournemouth WordPress meetup – Thurs. 23rd Feb. 2017

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The next WordPress Bournemouth Meetup is on Thursday 23rd February at our usual venue, Box44 in Bournemouth.

This month we have not one, not two but three talks! All shortish lightning talks with a varied set of topics.

Accessibility presented by Rich Senior.

Talk on talks presented by Chris Sherry.

This is a short talk about the tips and advice Chris has picked up over the last couple of years about speaking, and specifically creating slidedecks for talks.

Chris is a Web Application Engineer at 3 SIDED CUBE in Bournemouth and regular contributor to PHPDorset.

WordPress with Docker and Bedrock presented by Michael Craddock.

A quick run through on how Michael set up a Docker development environment using the Bedrock boilerplate for WordPress and some of the pros and cons.

Michael is a Front End Developer at Redweb working mostly with Drupal (gasp!) but loves learning new things and sharing those things with others.

Pizza and drinks supplied by our sponsors.

  • 6.30pm – Doors Open
  • 6.45pm – Pizza
  • 7.15pm – Talks

WordPress Bournemouth is an informal and friendly meet up for WordPress users, enthusiasts, and professionals. An opportunity to share and learn with WordPressers from in and around the Bournemouth area.

This event is open to all. From people who are wanting to learn more about the world’s most popular content management system, to people who make their living with WordPress.

Follow #wpbournemouth and @WPBournemouth on Twitter for all the latest. Have a talk you’d like to present? We’d love to hear from you.

WordPress Bournemouth February Meetup

Thursday, Feb 23, 2017, 6:30 PM

Location details are available to members only.

9 Members Attending

This month we have not one, not two but three talks! All shortish lightning talks with a varied set of topics.Accessibility presented by Rich Senior.Talk on talks by Chris Sherry.WordPress with Docker and Bedrock by Michael Craddock.Pizza and drinks supplied by our sponsors.6.30pm – Doors Open6.45pm – Pizza7.15pm – Talks——————-…

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GCU WordPress Glasgow launch – Tuesday 28th Feb.

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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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