WordPress London May meetup

  • May 16, 2012 · 7:00 PM
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We're very excited to be hosting the May meetup at the Google Campus. RSVPs will open, on the meetup website on Wed 25th April at 12pm.

Talks

An introduction to custom post types, custom fields, custom taxonomies and meta boxes (no code!)

Intro to the subject at systems level (title is probably longer than the session!)

by Tony Scott


You don’t know query?

How to alter the main WordPress query the correct way. No more query_posts() pwease!

by Scott Cariss of Philosophy Design

Philosophy is a thought-led brand and digital consultancy based in London.

How to properly setup Wordpress for SEO using the Yoast SEO Plugin.

by Alan Son of HyperStream

Profession:  Digital Media Consultant Location: Near Canary Wharf Years in Business: 9 Previous Types of Jobs: Traffic Marshall, Popcorn Shoveller working for Odeon Cinema, IT Support Engineer

  • Married to Alicja for over 10 years and has an 8 month old baby daughter called Elan.
  • Loves wordpress
  • Plugin junkie
  • Currently looking for digital project management and consulting opportunities.

Home Town: Chelmsford A little known fact about me is that I was the junior Sega UK Champion of 1993 and met racing driver Damon Hill. My key to success is to get involved and stay inspired.

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  • vickie f.

    Thanks Tony
    Sorry, I couldn't remember who mentioned it! Google's now decided my local community website is a news site rather than a blog (which is good) but it's also showing duplicate content all over the place so I'm hoping robots is the answer ...
    Much appreciated
    Vickie

    May 21, 2012

  • Tony S.

    Hi Vickie - I think you might be talking about the point I made - I'll post a link here either tomorrow (Tues) or Wed. Cheers T

    1 · May 21, 2012

  • vickie f.

    Hi again! Updating robots to exclude duplicate content (categories, archive pages etc) was mentioned at the meetup but after googling I'm confused as all the tutorials are slightly different. Please does anyone have a link to one that they know is reliable?

    Many thanks!

    Vickie

    May 21, 2012

  • elaine y.

    Good meetup even though a lot of the content went in one ear and out the other due to my beginner's knowledge of wp at the moment. I was hoping for a bit more from the first presentation as I was attracted to its 'no code' content. Perhaps some examples would have helped my understanding. The trip to the pub was good. See you next time.

    May 17, 2012

  • JAY T.

    Fantastic and hoping to be there again next month.

    May 17, 2012

  • Keith D.

    Here's a screencast of Alan's Yoast SEO settings: http://hyperstream.co.uk/yoast-seo-wordpress-plugin-configuration/.
    Cheers Alan.

    May 17, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Not great I am afraid from a first timer - won't be returning. First speaker was annoying and pompus. Second was Ok but way too technical. Third was fine but not great at presenting.

    May 17, 2012

  • Gareth N.

    Great! Everybody's friendly and I learned some stuff I didn't know.

    May 17, 2012

  • Andy H

    The first talk, which I came for was very poor in my opinion. Not really sure it was that well prepared and sadly I came away with very little from it, even as a Wordpress beginner. Second talk was really good, aimed at the programmers in the room, but went way over my head, at which point I decided that the level of presentations was perhaps a little too advanced for a little hobby-blogger like me and I went down the pub instead

    May 17, 2012

  • Jonathan

    Good to get out and meet some folk at my first #wpldn meetup. Honest, albeit a bit scathing, feedback: The first session was not well planned or presented. Second session very good and aimed at developers in the room. Enjoyed the Yoast session at the end which was more my 'beginner' level. Personally I found Tony's constant talking and interruption of other speakers a tad annoying. Guess you're a fella you have to 'get to know' in order to appreciate.

    May 17, 2012

  • Todd H.

    Enjoyable talks on a broad scope... and once again learnt a couple of new things too.

    May 17, 2012

  • Ngaire A.

    Organisation was good, but wished people wouldn't talk during others presentations - it made it hard to hear! Interesting mix of presentations, personally the query posts one was the main one of benefit, but I can understand others would have found the other ones of help.

    May 17, 2012

  • Keith D.

    After a shaky start (no chairs, etc.) this turned out to be a great meetup. I was really impressed and inspired by Scott, and there were lots of useful nuggets in Alan's presentation. As always, the best part was the pub after!

    May 17, 2012

  • Tony S.

    Many thanks for that Scott - it'll give me an opportunity to examine the contents in detail!

    My slides will be in my blog report of #wpldn when I get around to writing it...

    May 17, 2012

  • Scott C.

    For anyone not following #wpldn on the Twittersphere; my slides to the talk can be found: http://www.slideshare.net/l3rady/wordpress-london-16-may-2012-you-dont-know-query

    1 · May 17, 2012

  • Keith D.

    Thanks everyone for coming along last night. The venue was great, once we had chairs! Special thanks to Tony, Scott and Alan for the talks, Lee for chairing the Q&A, Steve for filming and Jeffry for manning the door! Any feedback on the night is much appreciated and as always, if you want to give a talk go to bit.ly/IRacOZ. See you next time!

    May 17, 2012

  • Naya

    Thanks for the amazing meetup (it was my 1st one) really useful information. Looking forward to the next one.

    May 17, 2012

  • vickie f.

    Thanks for another very useful meetup and to all those who presented and answered questions and as always, look forward to the next one. Great venue this month too - worked really well as I was sat at the back but could still hear everything

    May 17, 2012

  • Alan S.

    Loved the venue. Thank you for letting me present about the Yoast SEO Plugin. Looking forward to the next one. Feel free to post any questions and I will do my best to respond.

    2 · May 17, 2012

  • Bassu M.

    Thanks guys! the talks were interesting and the venue is great. Please, make this our main meetup joint. Look forward to the next meetup.

    1 · May 16, 2012

  • Bassu M.

    Each of the topics discussed were thought prevoking, especially the talk on post queries and optimising load time. Very usefull.

    May 16, 2012

  • Andy C.

    Does anyone know if the pattern on the glass window of the meeting room is a QRCode? I could not get it to scan

    May 16, 2012

  • Andy C.

    Mixed quality talks, I loved the techy stuff and the SEO stuff was also quite interesting

    May 16, 2012

  • Andy C.

    Great talks tonight by Alan and Scott, Tony you probably want to work on yours a bit before sharing it with the public.

    For those concerned with duplicate content, you want to look at this header tag.

    http://googlewebmastercentral.blogspot.co.uk/2009/02/specify-your-canonical.html

    not surprisingly Yoast has some thoughts on this http://yoast.com/canonical-url-links/

    May 16, 2012

  • mark sta a.

    bit of a slow start and some technical difficulties. didn't really understand the purpose if the 1st presentation (sorry!). had to miss last two seshes

    May 16, 2012

  • Neil S.

    I think everyone wants to snoop around Google?!

    May 16, 2012

  • Scott C.

    Oh wow 87 people attending! This has to be our biggest yet?

    May 16, 2012

  • Tony S.

    I raised this above originally at 1800 on 25 April 2012 :-)

    May 16, 2012

  • Lee R.

    Keith - No problem.

    @Everyone - If you have any specific WP issues that you need help or advice with, let us know tonight and we, collectively, can see if there's a relevant solution.

    May 16, 2012

  • Andy C.

    In Elizabethan times, the nearby gatehouse of the former Priory of St John served as the office of the Master of the Revels. He was responsible for licensing plays, masques and other entertainments for the queen. A masque was a lavish drama with music and dancing, written by the leading poets and playwrights of the day. It was performed by masked figures and had an unusual name, like the masked haunt.

    May 16, 2012

  • Keith D.

    Masque Haunt it is! Lee, would you like to chair the 'ask the experts' session again. No worries if not, but I thought that you did a sterling job last time!

    May 16, 2012

  • Lee R.

    Gets my vote as it sounds rude.

    2 · May 16, 2012

  • Michael A.

    The masque Hunt gets my vote as well

    May 16, 2012

  • Rex from 2.

    Pubs - could I suggest The Masque Haunt? Real ale, a Wetherspoons so will cheaper then other pubs in the area, and takes you close to Old Street tube! http://www.jdwetherspoon.co.uk/home/pubs/the-masque-haunt still gets my vote

    1 · May 16, 2012

  • Keith D.

    Cheers Scott. Any other pub suggestions? Otherwise it's either a trek to the 'spoons or a gamble!

    May 16, 2012

  • Scott C.

    Ok I've just popped into the Google Campus. Although the cafe closes at 6 we are still welcome to use the setting area there. When you arrive just tell reception that you are there for the WordPress meetup and you are meeting people early and the receptionist will direct you to the cafe.

    As for pub suggestions the closest is the Blueberry but no `real` ales I'm afraid.

    May 16, 2012

  • Keith D.

    Last minute call for pub suggestions! What do you think? There are a few really close but I've never been to any of them.

    May 16, 2012

  • Scott C.

    Hiya Wayne, Yes I noticed it closed at 6pm but was hoping there would at least be a seating area of something were we can gather before the event.

    May 16, 2012

  • Wayne H.

    Hey Scott, I'll be in the area for 6 so could meet up, it's my first meet so would be good to meet a few of you earlier. I thought the google cafe closes to the public from six and only 24/7 for members, which maybe ok as we are attending the meet?

    May 16, 2012

  • Scott C.

    Ah OK I didn't realise there was a café there. In that case then, any early attendees can find me there :)

    May 16, 2012

  • Keith D.

    Hey Scott. I'll be there around 6:30. We could meet in the café if you like?

    May 16, 2012

  • Scott C.

    I finish work at 6 tonight and the venue is 1 minute away from where I work. If anyone is going to be there early like me, and wants to talk WordPress before the event then drop me an email and we can meet up.

    May 16, 2012

  • Bassu M.

    Thank you Keith, for confirming the wheelchair access for me, I really appreciate it. Cheers!

    May 2, 2012

  • Keith D.

    @bach2006 To confirm, this is what I received from Google:

    "Hello Keith, Campus is indeed wheelchair friendly, with lifts to all floors.

    If you need any specific details then do let me know."

    Looking forward to having you along!

    May 2, 2012

  • Bassu M.

    Brill! I am looking forward to attending

    May 2, 2012

  • Tony S.

    @bach2006 You should be OK in terms of wheelchair access at Google Campus.

    May 2, 2012

  • Bassu M.

    Hopefully, there won't be any wheelchair access issues this time. I was just about to give up on the Wordpress meetups.

    May 1, 2012

  • Lee R.

    Good to see we're discussing very important WP centric issues here.

    ;)

    May 1, 2012

  • Chris S.

    My pub vote goes to The Griffin on Leonard St. http://g.co/maps/uy6dt It's pretty grotty and full of Shoreditch hipsters, but the beer is cheap and they have real ales.

    May 1, 2012

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