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  • April 29, 2014 · 6:30 PM
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Cleaner themes - A Persil.co.uk Case Study

by Adam Onishi (@onishiweb)

Persil may say “Dirt is Good”, but when it comes to WordPress themes you want to make sure they're as clean as possible, especially when you're building a global network of websites for one of the world's leading washing detergent brands. This case study will take a close look inside the theme and front end code powering the Persil.co.uk website and it's international counterparts.

Using WordPress Multisite, some select plugins, parent and child theming, as well as custom plugins, Sass, and Compass we were able to tackle problems such as: internationalisation, complex page content, and lots of Ajax interactivity. All the while making sure the sites would be easily updatable and extensible by the local content teams, good for SEO, and easily customised for each market.

Handling User Generated Content

by Graham Armfield (@coolfields)

Getting lots of content into a site can increase the scope of the site, user engagement, and maybe ad revenue too. So why not get your visitors to add content for you? This brief talk shows how you can do that without giving everyone a login to the admin area.

Use WordPress To Find Clients

by Robert Cubbon

WordPress Security

by Duncan Stuart

The recent HeartBleed vulnerability has brought web security into the mainstream news recently. This talk will cover some aspects of web security from a WordPress perspective and talk about some things you can do to make your sites more secure.

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  • Duncan Graeme Macdonald S.

    I've just published a (belated) follow-up to my security talk, going into a couple of the post-talk questions in more depth: http://www.dxw.com/2014/06/wordpress-security-wpldn-follow-up/

    1 · June 10, 2014

  • Graham A.

    The videos from all the presentations have been uploaded now. You can find them at:

    Adam Onishi - Cleaner Themes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XT51AidOogA

    Robert Cubbon - Use WordPress to Find Clients: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eeW9ji4bCGY

    Duncan Stuart - WordPress Security: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RVRBvBUmprI

    Graham Armfield - Handling User Generated Content: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y5zKMZa5-O8

    1 · May 7, 2014

  • Sheraz A.

    Any one done penetration testing on Wp site. How do you prepare and then rectify any potential critical issues?

    May 6, 2014

    • Nigel M.

      Hi Sheraz, we worked with The British Council to create and conduct penetration testing on a WordPress website we designed and developed for them. Contact me offline and I will be able to provide a summary of the protocol used.

      May 7, 2014

    • Duncan Graeme Macdonald S.

      We arrange pen tests for most of our WP clients (who are mostly government). The first thing is to define the scope of the test: what's allowed to be attacked, what kind of information and access the tester is allowed, how long the test will be etc. After the test the tester produces a report describing what they did and listing any vulnerabilities they found. These reports usually include recommendations on things which should be fixed. Does that answer your question?

      May 7, 2014

  • Richard A.

    Had quite a few snippets of info to take away. I WILL get to understand how to get the most out of Google+ !

    April 29, 2014

    • Rob C.

      No Richard, you should be able to set it and forget it. You can test to see if you have Google Authorship set up correctly with Google's Structured Data Testing Tool http://www.google.com...­

      May 6, 2014

    • Bubacarr S.

      Thanks rob!

      May 6, 2014

  • Rob C.

    2 · May 6, 2014

  • Cristian

    We're looking for a PHP developer with WordPress experience (preferably) at our agency. If there is anybody interested, please get in touch.

    May 2, 2014

  • Nick R.

    To all the people who said they would be in touch -- please do - I am struggling with my ;legacy wordpress site having let some Indian coders onto it - they have updated the version of wordpress, broken some of the plugins and taking forever to deliver. I need to check their code is good enough, pay them and move on to develop the new- hopefully clean, standard WP code.
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    May 1, 2014

  • Nick R.

    Thanks to Adam Onishi - I am a web publisher and it was way over my head but some great insights all the same

    May 1, 2014

  • Graham A.

    The slides for my presentation on 'Handling User Generated Content' are on Slideshare. You can find them at: http://www.slideshare.net/coolfields/handling-user-generated-content-in-wordpress

    3 · May 1, 2014

    • Bubacarr S.

      Thanks Graham! I missed the beginning but it was a great presentation.

      May 1, 2014

  • Andrew

    interesting, well organised, and I will certainly attend again.

    April 30, 2014

  • Todor G.

    Not bad at all, thanks to the speakers, and thanks for the beer. Good work, Keith!

    1 · April 30, 2014

    • Keith D.

      Thanks Todor! Glad you enjoyed it!

      April 30, 2014

  • Brian R.

    First meet up, lots of interesting people and conversations. Look forward to the next one.

    1 · April 30, 2014

  • Tony G.

    Thanks for an interesting evening. Talks were enlightening, and did a bit of networking too.
    BTW: tubes were fine going back to Paddington.

    1 · April 30, 2014

  • Diane W.

    Really friendly crowd, as usual. Great talks too :)

    April 29, 2014

    • Andy

      Nice to meet you Diane. Next time.

      1 · April 29, 2014

    • Diane W.

      It was nice to meet you too. Yes, see you at the next one :)

      April 30, 2014

  • Keith D.

    Great talks and lovely people!

    2 · April 30, 2014

  • Josh

    Excellent meetup

    April 30, 2014

  • Andy

    Hi. Looking forward to tonights Meetup. Thankfully the Northern Line is running! I also have a job I need doing, check the discussions borad on here. If anyone attending is interested, please come and have a chat.

    1 · April 29, 2014

  • julie

    I didn't manage to get there, so will have to try for next one.

    April 29, 2014

  • Sheraz A.

    Sorry missed it tubes were a nightmare. See you all in the next one

    April 29, 2014

  • julie

    sorry i missed this due to tube strike.

    1 · April 29, 2014

  • Yorick B.

    Sorry, tube strike woes. look forward to the next one.

    April 29, 2014

  • Madeleine J.

    Sorry can't make tonite, have a headache from hell. Will catch up at next meet

    April 29, 2014

  • Keith D.

    Hi guys. Make sure to check http://www.tfl.gov.uk/ to see how the tube strike will affect your travel plans tomorrow night. It'll be worth the effort - beer and pizza has been ordered!

    1 · April 28, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Keith I'm up for you running it in Folkestone, would save me trekking in from Broadstairs! :)

      1 · April 29, 2014

    • Keith D.

      Any Kent based folk should check out the codeHarbour meetup. :)

      1 · April 29, 2014

  • julie

    i have just started a WP group first meeting 7th of May. I tried to tweet it from the meet up confirmation page but nothing happened. Is that not a link? anyone?

    1 · April 29, 2014

  • Steven W.

    Shame I cannot make this meetup due to tube strike. Was really looking forward to the Security talk. Hope you all have a good time :-) see you all next month

    April 29, 2014

  • Richard A.

    Luckily I come into Liverpool Street from a far, far away place called Hertfordshire and will not be affected. Hope it still goes ahead.

    April 28, 2014

    • Nigel M.

      The Shire my Hobbit friend.....

      1 · April 29, 2014

  • Keith D.

    One more talk added to tonight's meetup: "WordPress Security" by Duncan Stuart. Duncan is Head of Products at DXW, a London based agency working in the public sector.

    April 29, 2014

  • Sheraz A.

    WordPress lovers

    April 28, 2014

  • Graham A.

    I believe the Northern City Line trains through Old Street station will also be running.

    1 · April 28, 2014

  • Graham A.

    TFL have published this PDF which outlines which tube services they hope to run during the strike: http://www.tfl.gov.uk/cdn/static/cms/documents/strike-advance-travel-advice-28-to-30-apr.pdf

    As far as I can tell, the London Overground service is not affected by the strike, and Shoreditch High Street station is fairly close to the venue. That's on the line form Dalston down to Crystal Palace/Clapham Junction.

    April 28, 2014

  • Ksenia

    Keith, unfortunately I have to cancel due to the tube service unavailability. See the group next time! Ksenia

    April 28, 2014

  • Tony G.

    Still plan to come. Any advice on getting to the venue from Paddington?

    April 28, 2014

  • Lola

    Hello All.

    I was really looking forward to this meeting but will be unable to attend now due to the tube strike happening this week.

    Hope to see you guys at the next meet up. Thanks

    April 27, 2014

  • Jon

    I might not be able to make this one now. However really interested in Adam's talk. Will it be recorded and uploaded?

    April 23, 2014

    • Keith D.

      Yes, we'll try to record the talks as long as the speakers are ok with that.

      1 · April 24, 2014

  • Keith D.

    ..and another one: "Use WordPress To Find Clients" by Robert Cubbon.

    1 · April 24, 2014

  • Keith D.

    New talk announced! "Handling User Generated Content" by Graham Armfield.

    April 24, 2014

  • julie

    Is there anyone there who can talk about installing music into blogs? Or -another subject.;hosting and multi blogs/websites. I'm starting my own group with the hope of meeting more enlightened /WP developers .
    At present it is just a writing tool for me, but I am interested in exploring much further, but find technology at times too dry and could do with inspiration from people who are doing this stuff.
    My meet up group will be in Brixton, I'm signing up tomorrow so further details will be posted.

    April 23, 2014

    • Pat

      have a look at wp-hooked. It is about to end as a group but it did act as the more "developer" London meet up

      April 23, 2014

  • Barry S.

    Architect looking to develop word press for business.

    April 22, 2014

  • Nihal

    Looking forward to me

    March 26, 2014

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