WordPress Glasgow Xmas dinner

This December we have only one meetup, it’s a social!

We’ve booked a table for 16 at the World Buffet, 410 Sauchiehall Street G2 3JD (see on map). The restaurant offers a wide vairety of food styles and as much as you can eat for £11.99 plus drinks.

Join us!

Event #32: WPGlasgow Xmas Do

Thursday, Dec 14, 2017, 6:30 PM

Cook & Indi’s World Buffet
410 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, GB

11 Members Attending

Hey, come along to the WordPress Glasgow winter social!We’ve got a table booked at the World Buffet in Sauchiehall St. , as much as you can eat for £11.99 plus drinks.You know us, it’ll be a blast!

Check out this Meetup →

WordPress London Meetup #wpldn – 30 Nov. 2017

The final ‘formal’ WordPress London Meetup of 2017.  We’ll be looking at the discovery stage, our favourite plugins & scaling WordPress.

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

Winning at Discovery

That phase of any project that, if not pinned down and given the attention it needs, can trip us up big time. The Discovery process needs to be as thorough as it can possibly be.

Discovering just what the client expects and all the things around being able to make that happen. That’s what we want to do.

The thing is, we all know this. Some include this already in their process and from this they have become successful (surely!!). Each of us has a horror story of the client’s expectations not being met because we did not understand quite what they had in mind; there was a mismatch and the client holds us accountable for that. Or what they want and expect is just not possible on their hosting. Or the client’s data needs significant translation to be usable.

Being clear at the start is essential. If we do this, document it, get the client to confirm that this document is what they want and understand they’re paying for, then we’re winning and so are they.

Presented by Barbara Saul.  Working with the Internet for nearly 20 years now and wrangling web design clients for at least 15, Barbara has learned many things about keeping customers happy, how to handle a customer always being right, and mostly learning from when she gets it wrong... Follow her @babssaul.

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 at @mikepead.

Scaling WordPress with containers

With the REST API in full swing, SPAs (Single Page Apps) are popping up all over the place, built using <insert JS framework here>. In this presentation, I will show you how to get a simple site using the WordPress REST API from local development, through to production on Kubernetes (with a demo, or two mixed in), that scales.

Presented by Craig Willis.  Craig is a Full-Stack Developer working on internal and external products for Ayima, Digital Marketing Agency in London. He is also the co-organiser of PHP London. https://www.meetup.com/phplondon/. Follow him @craigwillis85.

Running Order (STC):

18:30 – Arrive for networking and refreshments
19:00 – Opening remarks
19:10 – First Speaker – Barbra Saul
19:50 – Plugins Uncovered – Mike Pead
20:05 – Break
20:15 – Third speaker – Craig Willis
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

London, GB
2,368 WordPress Community Members

Welcome to the WordPress London Meetup #wpldn.WordPress London is a monthly meetup for developers, designers, business owners and users of WordPress, held the last Thursday o…

Next Meetup

WordPress London Meetup – Nov. 2017

Thursday, Nov 30, 2017, 6:30 PM
92 Attending

Check out this Meetup Group →

WordPress Essex Meetup – 9 Nov. 2017

For this month’s WordPress Essex Meetup we’ll be exploring how to make our websites faster and discussing how we can improve our sites for 2018.

We’ll be holding another informal meetup for WordPress developers, designers, users and business owners.

Waterfall & Unicorns

“I want my site to load fast” – every site owner.

Getting a site running fast even with lots of visitors is something that plagues most sites at some point.  No one wants to see a 502 error page or simply a whitescreen while the page is loading.

Tim will take you through some of optimisation tips and tricks to increase concurrency and real time load times.  He will also look at tools and services and why sometimes worrying about getting good metric results can often be detrimental to load times.

Presented by Tim Nash.  Tim is the WordPress Platform Lead and Developer Advocate for 34SP.com, one day he will find out what he is meant to actually be doing. He is also a author, blogger at timnash.co.uk, videographer and has even been known to give the occasional talk. He codes too, but not as much as he would like.. Follow him @tnash.

The Year That Was…

As this will be the last formal event for 2017, we’ll be taking a look back through the year that was and see what’s worked, what’s not and how we can improve our websites for 2018.

This will be an interactive group discussion, looking at all areas of our WordPress sites.  Examples of topics we’ll be discussing include: hosting, support, SEO, design and anything else that’s relevant to your site.

Running Order (STC):

18:30 – Arrive for networking
19:00 – Opening remarks
19:10 – First speaker – Tim Nash
19:45 – wp_update_post
20:05 – Break
20:15 – Group Discussion – The Year That Was…
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 – Nov. 2017

Thursday, Nov 9, 2017, 6:30 PM

Location details are available to members only.

11 WordPress Community Members Went

For this month’s WordPress Essex Meetup we’ll be exploring how to make our websites faster and discussing how we can improve our sites for 2018.We’ll be holding another informal meetup for WordPress developers, designers, users and business owners.Waterfall & Unicorns”I want my site to load fast” – every site owner.Getting a site running fast e…

Check out this Meetup →

Two WordPress Glasgow meetups in November

Here’s what we did in November 2017:

  • WordPress Community Workshop, Thursday 9th November, 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!
  • WordPress for Business, Tuesday 28th November, 6:00 pm at the CCA, Clubroom (2nd floor)
    A special event for BLOGGERS and BUSINESS OWNERS. Two talks plus ample time for chatting and networking.

    • “WooCommerce Website Considerations for Beginners” by CJ Andrew
    • “How to Build your Business Blog” by Claire Brotherton

 

Plus we got some lovely feedback!

 

 
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 – 26 Oct. 2017

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.

49 WordPress Community Members Went

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…

Check out this Meetup →

WordPress Essex Meetup – Oct. 2017

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.

12 WordPress Community Members Went

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…

Check out this Meetup →

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

wp_update_post

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…

Check out this Meetup →

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.”

wp_update_post

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…

Check out this Meetup →