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Writing coherent web content and lightning talks

We're treating you to four talks in October: our first talk will be on writing coherent content followed by three lightning talks*.

As always we'll be in the upstairs room of The Famous Royal Navy Volunteer from about 6.30pm with talks starting at 7pm. You'll be welcomed on arrival by our friendly and knowledgable volunteers where you can grab your name badge and get settled in.

There'll be plenty of chance to chat and network with our other members and to ask questions if have them before, after and during the talks.

We hope to see you there!

* Never heard of a lightning talk? It's a very quick talk that usually lasts no more than 10 minutes (including questions) and is aimed at giving you a flavour of something rather than a detailed guide on how to do something.


How to Create Easy Outlines for Writing Coherent Content

Zach Goldie - Copywriter and USP Creator

Do your or your client end up writing a stream of consciousness to somehow include on a site? Well don't worry - you're not on your own!

Zach will guide the group through an easy way to create a custom set of questions, laying out a set of prompts to help you or your client get the text straight. For a homepage, this might be a series of questions like:

• Where am I?

• What outcome is on offer?

• How will they manage this?

• Why should I trust them?

• If I like it, what should I do next?

With this, you can write out the answers happy that the text follows a natural progression through the site & can be easily split into small chunks.

In the session, you’ll learn how to create these prompts for a range of pages, including subtle ways to word the questions to ensure your writing is clear to your visitors, or to make clients think you're a goddamn magician!! 

Level: Beginner +


Custom post meta the code way - lightning talk

Simon Pollard - Lead Web Developer at SHIFT Active Media

Showing you how to add custom meta fields to posts using your own reusable code and no need for plugins.

Level: Intermediate +


Dealing with database problems - lightning talk

Michael Burridge - Website designer/devel­oper specialising in WordPress

How to deliver a good user experience when your database server goes down.

Level: Beginner +


WordPress Multisite - lightning talk

Hannah Smith - Freelance agile doer: web developer, project manager and organiser

An introduction to WordPress Multisite which allows you to host multiple sites (on different domains) with just one installation of WordPress.

Level: Intermediate +


We will be upstairs in the function room, here is a handy video showing you how to get there...

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  • Zach G.

    As promised, I've written up my talk into a lil' booklet that you can grab here:

    2 · October 7

    • Elliott P.

      Very kind of you Zach thank you. Really enjoyed your talk.

      October 7

  • Mani S.

    sorry I'm lost in time! Just noticed it's October!?! and meetup was this week!

    October 6

  • Matt T.

    Sorry, calendar failure! Sorry for the late drop-out too, have a good evening everyone.

    1 · October 4

    • Simon P.

      No worries Matt, hopefully we will see you next time.

      October 6

  • Peter H.

    Apologies for not making it last eve, sounds like a good meet.

    October 5

    • Simon P.

      Shame you couldn't make it, hopefully we will see you at the next one.

      October 6

  • Laura H

    Great meet-up. Very informative and was nice to meet such a friendly and helpful bunch of people. Hope to be at the next one.

    1 · October 5

    • Simon P.

      We hope you can make it next month (it's going to be a great talk) :)

      October 6

  • Simon P.

    Great talks last night, really like the structured ideas from Zach and learnt something I had no idea about from Michael

    1 · October 5

  • Judi

    Sorry for late drop out but I've got a stinking cold. Is it being streamed/recorded by any chance. Am v interested in first talk.

    October 4

    • Hannah S.

      Sorry Judy we didn't video last night but Zach's slides will be available soon with a little booklet he is going to write up that covers the content too!

      1 · October 5

  • Hannah S.

    Hi lovely Bristol WordPressers - there's been a lot of interest in next week's meet-up so we've put the attendence limit up to 35. This really is the max limit as we tried it as 40 last month and the room was probably a bit too full! Can we please request that if you or your +1 can no longer make it that you update your RSVP so others can have your spot.

    See you all next week :0)

    2 · September 27

  • Kevin S.

    Looking fwd to hearing and seeing Michael B's presentation.

    September 22

  • Hannah S.

    The eagle eyed amongst you might have noticed we've just added another lightning talk to the night's agenda! Michael will be talking to us about Dealing with Database problems. If anyone else is keen to have a go at doing a lightning talk let us know - we might well be able to squeeze another one in! Lightning talks are very short afterall :0)

    Look forward to seeing you all there!

    September 20

  • Shelley

    Hi guys sorry will have to miss this one I'll be away.

    September 13

    • Hannah S.

      Sorry that you won't be there Shelley - hope you will be away somewhere exciting!

      September 14

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