June Meetup

  • June 19, 2013 · 6:30 PM
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...aaaaaand, we're back!

Hi everyone,

It's been a while since our last "proper" meetup, mainly down to venue difficulties, but I've managed to find a venue for June, so we're back on.

Lightning talks!

We're going to try something different this month. The floor is open to anyone wanting to give a 5 minute presentation.

The talk can be on any WordPress related topic. Some suggestions:

  • Show and tell - a recent WordPress site or plugin you've built
  • A plugin that you love
  • A really useful WordPress function
  • Great WordPress resources
  • Anything else that you can think of!

Speakers get 5 minutes only. I'll try to find some kind of gong or buzzer to keep things moving!

Please email me at [masked] with your talk title.


Simple Usability Improvements for your WordPress Theme

by Graham Armfield

So you've got your WordPress site up and running and visitors are finding it through search engines. But are you giving them enough information about your site once they've arrived?


In this presentation I'd like to share some ideas for simple tweaks you can make to your theme that can help improve the usability of your site - specifically in the areas of search, blog pages, archive pages, 'landing' pages and 'read more' links. I'll be using some common (and less well-known) WordPress functions and array values, and also recommending a useful plugin for improving search results.

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  • Simon G.

    Looking forward to it. I develop a social network plugin for WordPress , www.wpsymposium.com - be happy to offer a presentation if it's suitable?

    June 3, 2013

    • Simon G.

      Hi Keith, you mentioned the lightning talk for www.wpsymposium.com, apologies for late reply, but absolutely, thank you. Maybe for next London meet up?

      June 21, 2013

    • Keith D.

      Hi Simon, If we're running lightning talks again this month we'd love to have you speak about WP Symposium. I'm currently trying to sort a date and venue.

      June 24, 2013

  • Keith D.

    Videos of all the talks are now online at http://www.youtube.com/user/WordPressLondon. Big thanks to Graham for recording and uploading them.

    June 21, 2013

  • Simon G.

    Looking forward to it. I develop a social network plugin for WordPress , www.wpsymposium.com - be happy to offer a presentation if it's suitable?

    June 3, 2013

    • Simon G.

      Hi Keith, you mentioned the lightning talk for www.wpsymposium.com, apologies for late reply, but absolutely, thank you. Maybe for next London meet up?

      June 21, 2013

  • Mike P.

    It was my first event! Thought it was really informative and thanks to everyone for being so welcoming too. Had a great evening!

    June 20, 2013

    • Keith D.

      Great to hear Mike! See you next time!

      June 21, 2013

  • Graham A.

    My slides from last night's presentation on simple usability enhancements are at: http://www.slideshare.net/coolfields/wordpress-usability

    1 · June 20, 2013

    • Mike P.

      Thanks Graham and very good to meet you last night

      June 20, 2013

  • Keith D.

    "NDEP.org - A Case Study" slides online here: http://www.slideshare.net/keithdevon/1-keith-ndep

    June 20, 2013

  • luke m.

    Yet another great WordPress meetup! Big hat tip to Keith for organising the lightning talks, really enjoyed taking part and hearing the other talks as well as meeting some new people ... also what a cracking venue!

    June 20, 2013

  • Graham A.

    Really enjoyed the lightning talks, and the conversation afterwards.

    June 20, 2013

  • Sarah E.

    Great meet up. Learnt lot of new tips as usual. Thanks to all the speakers :-)

    June 20, 2013

  • Scott C.

    My slides on the 5 min lightning talk I did on object caching: http://www.slideshare.net/l3rady/introduction-to-object-caching

    June 20, 2013

  • Andy W.

    Good meeting! Nice venue, friendly attendees. You'll have to repeat the 5 minute slots again - it was fun

    June 20, 2013

  • James

    Thanks everyone had a great time, I was just wondering if the slides from the presentation are available anywhere?

    June 20, 2013

  • Keith D.

    Really enjoyed it tonight. Fantastic people and a great venue!

    2 · June 20, 2013

  • roɃΞrt

    super-dooper :-D

    June 20, 2013

  • Phil T.

    Really enjoyed the meet up. Good talks and chat over a lovely beer! For those who i did not get chance to chat too. I am looking for experienced independent WordPress contractors for enterprise WP applications. If that you send me a message @philthomas75

    June 20, 2013

  • Daniel W.

    Great event, Really liked the flash talks. also big thanks to the venue.

    2 · June 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Excellent

    June 19, 2013

  • Simon G.

    Really sorry, wanted to attend, but a client with a big WordPress site I was meeting in the afternoon was very excited by all the ideas I presented (thanks to WordPress!) and continued to discuss into the evening, couldn't leave as they were setting up a social network with my plugin (WP Symposium) and was a potentially lucrative deal. There is nothing so inspiring as an excited customer! Aiming to be at next meet up, thanks for arranging, these meet ups are a great idea, and deserve to be supported.

    1 · June 19, 2013

  • Deepak T.

    Fantastic meetup! Great networking and intresting speakers. Will defiantly be there next month.

    1 · June 19, 2013

  • Matt

    Can no longer make it. Hope to make next one.

    June 19, 2013

  • Bill h.

    I am in London from Leeds and will like to visit. Any chance I can get the tickets or space now?...Do we just show up directly or have to buy the tickets etc?.

    June 19, 2013

    • Deepak T.

      Entry is free. There should be space to turn up. But make sure you RSVP.

      1 · June 19, 2013

  • Keith D.

    Just rehearsed my talk. 5 minutes is so quick!

    June 18, 2013

    • Elzette

      Luckily you have a voice, lost mine and have flu. Had to cancel tonight, even though this location takes my preference... closer to home.

      June 19, 2013

    • Denise M.

      Get well soon Elzette. Haven't been at one for a while so looking forward to this evening.

      1 · June 19, 2013

  • Rob M.

    Sorry, last-minute phone call from the boss :(

    June 19, 2013

    • Keith D.

      Booooooooo! :(

      June 19, 2013

    • Rob M.

      I know! It's like four meetups in a row that I've been otherwise engaged for. Some karmic force wants to deny me WordPress meet-ups :( Hope Scott's talk goes well, I'll be watching the videos when they're up!

      June 19, 2013

  • D.Gabrielle

    Can't miss it! Please spare me one seat :)

    1 · June 14, 2013

  • Nathan R.

    Just arrived (a little early) anyone about?

    June 19, 2013

    • Keith D.

      Ask for Luke Williams at Forward. I'll see you in the lobby on the 2nd floor.

      June 19, 2013

  • Bill h.

    I have just started this service and want to learn more about wordpress functions and themes.

    http://www.bestwebsitesdesigner.com/wordpress-development.html

    Here is my website and I really want to meet you all to see how I can be a part of your team and learn more from like minded people

    Thank you very much

    June 19, 2013

  • Keith D.

    Just to clarify on how to get here: Enter the door at Centro 3, number 19, and ask at reception for the WordPress London event at Forward. We're in the auditorium on the 2nd floor. See you soon!

    June 19, 2013

  • Jim C.

    Can't make it tomorrow, will this event be recorded / video cast? Thanks!

    June 19, 2013

    • Keith D.

      We'll try to record it Jim.

      June 19, 2013

  • Eugene

    Sorry, I can't make it tonight. Look forward to the next one.

    June 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Oh yeah rehearsal probably would've been a good idea... whoops

    1 · June 19, 2013

  • Keith D.

    If anyone would like to submit a last minute lightning talk, please do so by 2pm on Wednesday. I will need to know the title and have any required slides in pdf.

    June 18, 2013

  • Paul R.

    Hi, just to avoid confusion on arrival, Centro 4 shows as 23 Mandela Street on Google maps. Entering 19 Mandela Street puts you further down the street outside the Centro 3 entrance.

    1 · June 18, 2013

  • Tony S.

    If anyone wants a WP10 anniversary t-shirt, I'll be bringing a few to the meeting tomorrow.

    Sizes: unisex M, L, XL.

    Cost: £5 per t-shirt (cash only).

    If you want to reserve one, please reply below with your size before 14:00 tomorrow (Wed).

    1 · June 18, 2013

    • roɃΞrt

      hi tony
      i'd LOVE one please
      XL would be X-awesome...
      many many many thanks
      robert

      June 18, 2013

    • RobG

      Medium for me please Tony.

      June 18, 2013

  • Tony S.

    Please note that cheaper early bird ticket sales for WordCamp Lancaster UK 2013, the UK’s largest WordPress weekend, end at midday this Sunday 23 June 2013.

    After that, ticket prices increase from the current £25 to £35.

    Tickets available from http://2013.lancaster.wordcamp.org/tickets/

    1 · June 18, 2013

  • Phil T.

    Great, looking forward to meeting London based WP developers

    June 18, 2013

  • leonard l.

    + 1 guest

    June 18, 2013

  • Chris

    Sorry, something important came up at the last minute. Will definitely attend the next one though.

    June 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi
    I'm coming along is it ok to listen to others if you don't want to speak, or do you have to speak to attend?

    Thanks

    June 17, 2013

    • Keith D.

      Hi Nicola, it's perfectly OK not to speak!

      June 17, 2013

  • Keith D.

    OK folks, we're going to do some 'lightning talks' next week. Everyone has the chance to get up and talk for 5 minutes about anything WordPress related. Email me at [masked] with your ideas! See the June meetup page for more details.

    June 13, 2013

  • Jamie R. R.

    I have moved to Stockholm. I really enjoyed the 5 or 6 wp meet ups that I attended in London.

    June 6, 2013

  • Yasmine M.

    Hi I look for a wordpress developer woth stong experience in php, mysql customsing wordpress plug ins for a very exiting new web start up that needs to be launched still in june. Any interest please contact me asap at [masked]

    June 6, 2013

  • Adam M.

    Hoping to make this one!

    June 4, 2013

  • Jevgenijs C.

    It will be nice to see you again, folks!

    1 · June 4, 2013

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