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July WordPress Meetup

  • Jul 23, 2014 · 6:30 PM
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A Question of Deliverables 

Presented by Kirsty Burgoine

Before responsive design, there was "standard" design. Keeping the client in the loop with standard design was easy, you showed them a visual and then created a pixel perfect website based on that visual. But as more internet enabled devices came on the market, responsive design became more common and the practice of pixel perfect designs became increasing difficult to maintain, keeping the client in the loop using "the old ways" became impractical.

So how do we deal with this? What deliverables do we provide to the client and at what stages? There is no one-fit solution to this so instead I will tell you a few of the things I tried and how and why they failed. Hopefully you can then find a method to suit you and avoid some of the mistakes I made.

Kirsty is a web designer / WordPress developer living and working in Shropshire. She has been working in the web industry in one way or another for over 10 years and running her business (imaginatively called Kirsty Burgoine Ltd.) for over 4 years. She builds both large and small WordPress sites for direct clients and provides WordPress consultancy to design and digital agencies across the UK.


Review of WordCamp Bournemouth
Presented by Jonathan Harris

If you haven't yet got your tickets for Bournemouth on July 12-13th get you tickets here: http://2014.bournemouth.wordcamp.org/tickets/. It's always a fun-filled weekend of learning and socialising!

Otherwise if you can't make it, don't worry because we'll have an excellent review of the two-day conference from one of the organisers - Jonathan Harris.

Jonathan is a Creative Director at Harrisment Design and also the designer behind the logo of WordCamp Bournemouth!


Those who don't jump will never fly
Presented by Rian Rietveld

Changing what you don't like in the WordPress core, a plugin or a framework is not an easy task. 

Many developers don't have a clue about what is important for accessibility. But telling developers they're doing accessibility wrong or just posting: “this is all wrong, fix it” doesn't always get accessibility on the agenda, or get a positive response.

But if WordPress doesn’t give you what you want, don’t just grumble or be intimidated by other developers, change it yourself - and give back to the WordPress community. You may be surprised how many people were waiting for that.

A month ago the Genesis Accessible plugin and the Leiden theme were published. Together they can make a Genesis website WCAG 2 accessible out-of-the-box. Find out how I created these things, and what the response was.

Rian is a web developer from the Netherlands. She builds accessible WordPress websites for companies/organizations and gives web accessibility consulting and training for web developers. She's also a member of the Make WordPress Accessible team.


As we sometimes serve the odd beer at the start of the meetup, we ask that attendees be over the age of 18. If you're not, let us know and we'll be sure to send you the videos/slides from the night!


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  • Monica K.

    Am going to be in London from 22nd of July from Dubai have found it impossible to find any good wp help in Dubai so end up skyping my teacher in Herefordshire most of the time, really need some help so I can focus on content and building my site, feel I am being left behind. I am constantly asked by people in Dubai who they should go to build them a simple site, never know what to say, so would be good to find some people to help me and to collaborate with too. What is the nearest tube please? Thanks Monica

    2 · June 29, 2014

    • Iain T.

      we are looking to explore projects in Dubai so perhaps opportunity to collaborate :) see you later.

      July 23, 2014

    • Monica K.

      Hi Iain sorry couldn't get to speak to u at the meet up but would like to hook up while in Lindon could u please email me at [masked] ? Thanks monica

      July 28, 2014

  • Paul M

    Another very interesting evening. Thanks to all the organisers and contributors. Sorry I couldn't make the pub after.

    July 27, 2014

  • Peter J.

    Some good presentations and great to meet other WordPress people

    July 25, 2014

  • Dave N.

    Kirsty (if you are on here? I don't see you on the RSVP list), unfortunately I arrived too late for your talk - is it available online in any format?

    July 25, 2014

  • Annette W.

    Sounds good! It's been a (long) while since I popped along to one of these so looking forward to some WordPress catchup. I'm interested in finding designers and developers I might be able collaborate with on future freelance WordPress-based projects.

    2 · July 21, 2014

    • Fernando

      Would be great to meet you Billy. Looking forward to meet you all.

      July 22, 2014

    • Dave N.

      Hi Annette, I'm a freelance developer with WordPress experience - let me know if you have any possible projects for us to work on... http://natts.com/cont...­

      1 · July 25, 2014

  • victoria

    Hi there, it says that RSVPs closed, but also shows 9 spots left? can I still attend?

    July 23, 2014

    • Dave N.

      The organisers probably won't appreciate me pointing this out, but with any free Meetup event, there will always be some people who don't turn up, despite a positive RSVP. With free events it can be up to 60%, and even with paid ones it can be 10 or 20%.

      July 25, 2014

    • Dave N.

      So, in general, you can usually take the 'risk' of just going along to any event, whether or not you have RSVPed, and as long as you don't mind waiting until it properly starts (i.e. when the talks start), the organisers are very likely to let you in anyway, because by that point they will know that some people have not come and there is space for you. Though obviously do RSVP in advance if it is possible for you to do so :-)

      July 25, 2014

  • Emily

    A great evening - thanks to the organizers!
    I'm actually looking for a wordpress developer at the moment... www.designfor-me.com is a matchmaking site for people planning home projects and architects, interior and garden designers. Response to the Beta version has been really positive (over 400 users) and I'm in the snagging period with the current developers and collecting user feedback. The original plan was that the current developers would continue working on the site for a profit share but the 2 developers have parted ways, and i'm left with just the front end developer who’s contracting out most of the work. I'd consider a paid position as a consultant in the short term... BUT ideally you would join the company as CTO, and have a vested interest in the company's growth. In this case, the person could initially start working on it in their spare time. if you're interested, or know someone who might be: email [masked]

    July 25, 2014

    • Dave N.

      Have just dropped you a line

      July 25, 2014

  • George Nahlis E.

    Another great WP London meetup, thanks.

    1 · July 25, 2014

  • Trevor R.

    The Meetup was well run. I learnt quite a lot from one WordPress colleague and found the presentations informative.

    1 · July 24, 2014

  • Diane W.

    Another really excellent evening at WordPress London :)

    3 · July 24, 2014

  • Derrick B.

    Good Meetup with thoughtful content, look forward to the next one.

    1 · July 24, 2014

  • Milos S.

    Great meeting everyone. Sorry had to dash off early...

    1 · July 24, 2014

  • Andy

    I'm a novice; but I found it instructive and helpful. A very friendly and encouraging crowd. Looking forward to the August meet.

    2 · July 24, 2014

  • Cristiano Z.

    Great night, perfect organization, nice talks.
    It was my first wpmeetup and it was amazing!

    2 · July 24, 2014

    • Dan M.

      Great to hear! Thanks for the comments and I see you're already registered for the next one :) see you then

      July 24, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Loved to meet you all!

    4 · July 24, 2014

  • Monica K.

    Was good, met some interesting people, good venue apart from the cold ! The talks were the right content and length, would like to have known what this years wow plugins were ! Thanks

    1 · July 23, 2014

    • Harrisment

      If you search for the wpuk site then many of the talks have their slides archived. There were also quite a few plugins suggested by the audience which won't be captured there. Best solution: come along!

      2 · July 24, 2014

  • Todor G.

    Great evening, thanks, guys!

    5 · July 24, 2014

  • Dan M.

    Thanks to all that attended and contributed! Great night full of interesting talks and good company. Hope to see you all next month, places going fast already!

    6 · July 23, 2014

    • Esme

      Thanks for all the organising!

      1 · July 23, 2014

  • Annette W.

    Nice meetup although I couldn't stay for the pub. As a developer moving away from hands on coding but still interested in delivering WP websites it's nice to meet other WP heads! Will be popping along again sometime.

    1 · July 23, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great meetup, thank you guys.

    1 · July 23, 2014

  • Iain T.

    Very good - great work.

    2 · July 23, 2014

  • Kay W.

    My first one and it was really interesting - will come again

    1 · July 23, 2014

  • Billy

    Very good atmosphere, talks were very interesting a learned a who load of new things I'd never thought of, mainly accessibility of websites. The free beer and pizza is like a developer's perfect day.

    1 · July 23, 2014

  • Monica K.

    Oh hi there I attended but didn't make it to the pub ! Happy to chat to u though email is [masked] Thanks Monica

    July 23, 2014

  • Dan M.

    Pizza and beer ordered, hope we have enough! If for whatever reason you can't make it please do change your RSVP so others can attend. See you all tomorrow

    1 · July 22, 2014

    • Iain T.

      Hey Dan, sounds good. you must have see our menu for tge first WordPress Edinburgh I held last week :) see you tomorrow. Iain

      July 22, 2014

  • Fernando

    Great to hear and I'm excited to meet all the WordPress user and experts in London. You can see my details on my site: http://www.fernandobiz.com and please connect with me on even facebook before the session so we know each other :) https://www.facebook.com/FernandoSocialLife

    July 22, 2014

  • Aless

    I look forward to attend this one and learn some more Word Press tips!

    1 · July 21, 2014

  • Manuel

    Hi, few users on our platform suggested us to promote your event and so we did. You can see it here => http://www.campusboard.io/pins/event/809

    Hope you'll find it useful and you'll start us CampusBoard to promote your events. Cheers!

    2 · July 16, 2014

  • Aless

    I look forward to gain wp knowledge and collaboration.

    1 · June 25, 2014

    • Graham A.

      See you there Alessandra

      1 · June 25, 2014

  • Mike P.

    Afraid I'm going to be missing this one :( Look forward though to seeing some people next month at WordCamp Bournemouth! (Details here as a reminder: http://2014.bournemouth.wordcamp.org)

    1 · June 17, 2014

  • terence f.

    Sorry to miss but I shall be at the zoo.

    1 · June 17, 2014

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