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November Meetup

Developing with WordPress and Git

by Rob Miller

Git is what's known in tech parlance as a distributed version control system, and it's all the rage. But what does it actually do, and how can it help your development — especially when working in a team?

This talk looks, without assuming any prior knowledge, at: how we use Git here at Big Fish; some WordPress-related gotchas; and some hurdles we had to overcome in the last year or so — plus some more advanced topics, like how best to deploy Git-versioned sites even to multi-server environments.

Bio: Rob Miller is head of digital at Big Fish, a Chelsea-based design, branding and marketing agency. They work with clients like Yeo Valley, Tyrrells Crisps, Dorset Cereals and others, and do everything from branding to sales promotion, from packaging design to ecommerce. They're greedy like that. Rob has been working with WordPress since the dark days of 0.72, and really doesn't know what he'd do without it.

http://digital.bigfish.co.uk/

@robmil

Tailoring WordPress To Meet Your Client Needs

by Nathan Roberts

WordPress is designed to make website administration simple. This talk covers how StudioA2 deliver projects that allow flexibility on the front end while not compromising usability on the back end.

A well designed site that functions correctly for visitors can be a nightmare for your clients if the administration is not user friendly. We've built dozens of WordPress sites, each with its own unique design, layout and content structure. We deliver a bespoke admin interface that empowers clients to take full control of site content within various layouts without needing to know the first thing about HTML/CSS.

Bio: Nathan Roberts is a self taught web developer based between Birmingham and London. His love of web started in 1998 as he read HTML in easy steps in during his summer holiday. He runs StudioA2 : a UK based WordPress development house who support agencies primarily in London, Birmingham and Manchester. Nathan started using WordPress in 2009 as an alternative to an in-house CMS and loves it so much he has built his whole business around it.

Website: http://www.studioa2.co.uk
Twitter: @studioA2uk
http://www.linkedin.com/in/nathanroberts1

WordPress 3.5 Accessibility Update

by Graham Armfield

WordPress 3.5 is currently in beta and is scheduled for release in December 2012. After my presentation on WordPress and Web Accessibility at WordCamp UK in the summer, a number of trac tickets were raised on accessibility issues found within the WP admin screens.

But what's actually happened since then? The answer is - quite a bit. This short demo will run through some of the positives in the pipeline, and some of the ones that got away.

Website: http://www.coolfields.co.uk/
Twitter: @coolfields

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  • Alex T.

    Will the videos be uploaded anytime soon? I couldn't make it - interested in seeing the Github presentation

    December 4, 2012

    • Keith D.

      They will be, as soon as I find the time to do the editing! Unfortunately the Git talk recording was cut short, I only have the first 2/3.

      December 4, 2012

  • Elzette

    Thanks for mentioning that Rory, that is where I got stuck using Git, want to able to deploy changes from local to remote without going the SSH route. Also just found this nice post: http://limeblast.co.uk/2012/04/deploying-a-git-repository-via-ftp/

    November 22, 2012

    • Elzette

      Thanks for the link. I was looking all over to find a way to make a repository on a remote server. Just couldnt find a why to make the connection work...

      November 23, 2012

    • Rory P.

      @Jevgenijs Completely agree, but most shared hosting plans (especially the cheaper ones) don't offer it.

      November 26, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    First time I've managed to get to one of these WPLDN meetups. I've been meaning to for ages. The whole event was awesome. Keith, great job man and kudos to the speakers on some superb content.

    1 · November 24, 2012

    • Keith D.

      Thanks Suleiman, I really appreciate that. Glad you enjoyed it!

      November 24, 2012

    • Nathan R.

      Thanks for the feedback Suleiman, great to hear it was of benefit.

      November 26, 2012

  • Graham A.

    There are no slides from my accessibility demo of 3.5, but I did publish a blog post that summarises what I covered: http://www.coolfields.co.uk/2012/11/wordpress-3-5-accessibility-update-november-2012/

    November 26, 2012

  • Rob M.

    Many thanks for listening for so long for me talking about Git, guys — it's much appreciated. Hopefully it was as enjoyable for you as it was for me, and hopefully I've tipped some of you from being merely curious to actually trying it.

    Now to think up the next topic to submit — if Keith will have me back!

    As a gentle reminder, and for anyone that didn't manage to get to the meetup, we're still hiring for our WordPress developer position. It's quite backend focussed, but there's a job description and application details here: http://uk.authenticjobs.com/jobs/15038/wordpress-php-developer

    November 25, 2012

    • Keith D.

      It was a great talk and we'd happily have you back Rob!

      November 26, 2012

  • Nathan R.

    I've uploaded my slides at http://www.slideshare.net/iamnroberts

    1 · November 23, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Well done to all the speakers. As a beginner who has yet to make a start with Wordpress, I thought the talks were excellent. Does anyone know whether the slides will be available for review and how I can download them?
    Have a nice weekend all,
    Bertie.

    1 · November 23, 2012

    • Nathan R.

      Hi Bertie,

      November 23, 2012

    • Nathan R.

      Hi Bertie, the videos should by Keith in the near future.

      November 23, 2012

  • Keith D.

    Three great talks and another enjoyable visit to the pub.

    November 23, 2012

  • Nathan R.

    Great talks from Graham and Rob last night thanks for your efforts guys. Good to hear someone talk about Git in a way that the masses can understand. Also interesting to listen to an accessibility expert and see a different side to our industry.

    1 · November 23, 2012

  • Graham A.

    It was excellent I learned a lot about a useful plugin and using Git.

    November 23, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I found this meetup really useful. Just trying out ACF now

    November 23, 2012

  • Jevgenijs C.

    Big thanks to Rob, Graham and Nat for sharing experiences and knowledge. THe one with git is invaluable. Actually I had and addition, but we've been thirsty so I publish it here. 1) Isolate your core for updates from WP master branch like here - http://davidwinter.me/articles/2012/04/09/install-and-manage-wordpress-with-git/ . Than manage a separate repo for your development theme or plugin once it is isolated.

    November 23, 2012

  • Graham A.

    Inspiring presentations from Nathan and Rob. That Advanced Custom Fields plugin is certainly worth looking into, and actually now feel I'm ready to dip my toe into some much needed version control with Git.

    Thanks.

    1 · November 23, 2012

  • Keith D.

    Thanks to the speakers for three great talks. See you all next time.

    1 · November 23, 2012

  • Andy C.

    Good sessions from Graham, Nathan but I missed the GIT after the break as I went off for some food.

    November 23, 2012

  • Daria

    Great evening, the talks were very interesting! The meetup has a great atmosphere, I really enjoy your events! See you for the Christmas social

    1 · November 23, 2012

  • Piers

    Thanks to the speakers - it was all very informative.

    I thought I'd offer a couple of links for the benefit of Windows users.

    TortoiseGit was mentioned in the talk, but last time I looked (admittedly some time ago), I thought this was better:

    http://code.google.com/p/gitextensions/

    Everything you need (GUI, shell extension, command line etc) is available in one GitExtensions installer, but if you just want the command line then you can get that here:

    http://msysgit.github.com/

    1 · November 23, 2012

  • Dan W.

    Great evening as always, interesting and informative talks. Good to meet new people

    November 23, 2012

  • Wesley B.

    Great informative talks.

    November 22, 2012

  • Rory P.

    Great meetup! Well done to the speakers. Here's the link for those wanting to use git when SSH access isn't an option https://github.com/resmo/git-ftp Happy versioning.

    November 22, 2012

  • Elzette

    As a longer Meetup definitely worth it! Great talks everyone! Gutted that I had to start making my way home to west London side and missed out on the pub. Will see everyone for January Meetup again!

    1 · November 22, 2012

  • Eugene

    Very noble first talk by Graham. Great work. I didn't know it was that 'easy' to get heard by WP.
    Another very interesting talk by Rob. I don't use Git but it made it sound and look like a very useful and practical tool to have in a working group. I wish I had the experience to apply for that WP developer at his place :/
    Thanks Keith for yet another very informative and educational evening about WP. Look forward to the one in January.

    November 22, 2012

  • Izzy Theodore C.

    Meeting cancelled see y'all in 45mins

    November 22, 2012

  • Izzy Theodore C.

    was really looking forward to this but I wont be able to make it. Looking forward to the video.

    November 22, 2012

  • Mark N.

    Last minute deadline! Was really looking forward to this event. Oh well, I'll just have to wait for the YouTube video.

    November 22, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Project deadline has just come in and not going to be able to make it tomorrow, really gutted! Look forward to watching the video's after :)

    November 21, 2012

    • Nathan R.

      That's a shame Jack and it was you who inspired me lest month to have a go at doing a talk. Hope your deadline doesn't stress you out too much.

      November 22, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      I was really looking forward to seeing you talk as well! Bloody deadlines...

      November 22, 2012

  • Krasimira T.

    Sorry having session at the Uni tomorrow night .

    November 21, 2012

  • Rex from 2.

    Can't make this one, but look forward to the next one

    November 20, 2012

  • David B.

    Sound like 2 great sessions there, I look forward to it. Also, Keith, thank you for letting me post on this discussion board that I'll be giving a free seminar on the "4 Phases of Digital Marketing" on the 6th December in London - people can register at http://4phases.eventbrite.co.uk/ if they want to attend!

    November 19, 2012

  • Wesley B.

    Really looking forward to the session on Git. Been on the verge ready to jump into the world of version control for a while now!

    November 19, 2012

  • Lee R.

    Can't make this one now guys. No doubt it'll be a good one!

    November 19, 2012

  • Robert M.

    Good stuff! I voted for this one. Time and time again I've heard of this enigmatic creature, Git Hub but I'm still to use it.

    October 31, 2012

  • Jamie R.

    I am there

    October 23, 2012

  • Keith D.

    RSVPs are now open for the November meetup folks!

    October 19, 2012

  • Jevgenijs C.

    Eh, Keith, it would be really good to open RSVPs a good week before Nov22, so personal plans in calendars won't have a chance to collide.

    October 19, 2012

    • Keith D.

      Oops! Thanks Jevgenijs, I thought that I'd set that last night. I think I'd had a few too many beers!

      October 19, 2012

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