• Cheltenham WordPress Meetup

    The Exmouth Arms,

    Happy New Year folks! We are delighted to announce that the first meet up of 2019 will be all about API's, what they are and why we use them. There will be an overview from Elliott Richmond and a couple of quick demos of how we might work with APIs from Richard Bell, including working with the WordPress API. This will then be followed by a talk from Ronald Gijsel about Google Data Studio. Refreshments and food will be available at our usual venue The Exmouth Arms so we look forward to seeing you all then.

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  • WordPress Christmas Social Meet Up Cheltenham

    Sup and Chow

    Greetings Pressers! For the month of December, we will be meeting at the Sup and Chow again for the Christmas social. NOTE! This is a week earlier than the originally planned date & people are welcome to bring their partners if they'd like to come, we'll try not to talk shop all night :) This will be a more informal social so just pop along to say hi if you like, we'll be more than happy to see you for mince pies and mulled wine :)

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  • WordPress Happiness Meet Up Cheltenham

    Sup and Chow

    Greetings Pressers! For the month of November, we will be meeting at the Sup and Chow, a temporary change to our normal venue. This meet up will be a format that we would like to call the Happiness Meet Up. Let's say you have a burning issue on your website or a bug you just can't fix! We all know how frustrating things can get when you're just not sure how to do something, not to mention the amount of time wasted trying to figure it out! The idea is that you bring along your laptops and projects and we’ll see if we can’t pair you up with someone who has the expertise to help you, be it help with code or to recommend a useful plugin, think of this as a one to one workshop that will not only help you but also provide you with a little happiness too, even if you have everything sewn up please do come along and offer your knowledge to help someone else. The usual refreshments and sandwiches will be available so even if you just pop along to say hi we'll be more than happy to see you :)

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  • Cheltenham WordPress Meet Up, Hosting and Super Tools

    The Exmouth Arms,

    The next meet up will have something for everyone, if you've ever wanted to know more about deployment and domains or what tools and apps to use to get stuff done then look no further! First up we will have Teresa Vance on Domains, Hosting and all that Jazz... Teresa was prompted to give this talk after going through some tricky situations with various website deployments in recent months involving the mistake of going live on a Friday, losing clients’ emails and negotiating domain transfers from agencies less than willing to let their business go! Then Ben Kinnaird will show us some super tools - The tools we use to get s@!t done. From project management to web development Ben will share the tools, apps and plugins he and his team use to get work done. As you can see there should be something for everyone and not to be missed - see you all on the night!

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  • Cheltenham Meet Up - Graham Armfield and Mark Wilkinson

    This month we have invited two very prominent members of the UK WordPress community to speak on subjects that we are sure will appeal to all users and developers, if you want to know what to think about when considering users with disabilities or you want to add more flexibility to your WordPress code then this one is for you. Graham Armfield - Web Accessibility Consultant & member of the Make WordPress Accessible Group Graham founded Coolfields Consulting in late 2009 after many years working as a Web Developer and Accessibility Consultant for a large financial organisation. He has more than 15 years experience of web development and over 10 years advising on web accessibility. Mark Wilkinson - How to write extensible WordPress code Mark Wilkinson is a developer and co-founder of Highrise Digital, a specialist WordPress agency focusing on custom development that is built to last. Mark has been using WordPress since late 2005, all the way back to version 2.0. He is also an active member of the UK WordPress community attending meet-ups and WordCamps in the UK, as well as getting involved in organising such events.

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  • WordPress Meetup Cheltenham Social

    Exmouth Arms

    Greetings folks, for the month of August it has been decided we will be hosting a social event and gathering of WordPress minded people so, if you have any burning questions about WordPress or you want to "share a WordPress problem" you might be having then this is the meet up for you! Equally feel free to pop along to share your knowledge so you can help others. Unfortunately, Elliott, Teresa and possibly Ronald will not be able to attend this one but Stilman has kindly offered to facilitate the gathering so if you have any questions be sure to ask him at the meet up.

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  • Cheltenham WordPress Meet Up

    Exmouth Arms

    Donna Bradshaw - more than words This talk will be about copywriting for WordPress Donna has worked in financial services for 20+ yrs primarily in sales and marketing. Worked in big corporate (FTSE 100), mid sized (100+ million market cap) and small business. Spent 10 yrs heading marketing and communications, first at an SME, where I was a director and shareholder and then at a larger financial services group with both b2b and b2c businesses in uk and continental Europe. I was responsible for all marketing material including: websites, company magazines, brochures, presentations, adverts, etc., writing significant amounts of the copy and editing all of it. I also wrote for leading trade publications and featured regularly in national press; I once edited an article for the FT (I was gobsmacked). In addition to writing copy for our company websites I wrote for Handbag.com, one of the first online magazines (what happened to them?), providing copy and doing live online advice. The ability to touch people with a few well chosen words is what great copy is about. I’m going to cover that and assess what tools can help. Rob George - An introduction to automated testing for your WordPress project As projects grow, they get more complex and testing by hand can be a tedious and inconsistent process. Rob will take a look at different approaches to testing a project and how you can automate the process. He'll share his findings on functional testing (sometimes called user acceptance testing) which is about testing a slice of functionality of a project rather than a tiny piece. He'll cover: WordPress built in testing. Unit tests vs functional tests. Why you might need automated tests. What can you test and what should you test. Introduction to the tooling. Getting started and examples. Level: Beginner to Intermediate. No testing knowledge is assumed but familiarity with html/css/php and using command line tools could be beneficial. Bio Twitter: @robgeorgeuk Rob has been monkeying around with website development for more than 15 years and is sure that he’ll get the hang of it someday. When not in front of a computer you can find him teaching kids to code, building random electronic projects or geeking out over something or other.

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  • 15 on the 15th Anniversary

    Smokey Joe's

    WordPress will be 15th years old this May 27th, 2018! On Sunday, May 27th, we're planning a global event celebrating the WordPress 15th Anniversary with WordPress community groups around the world. You are invited! We'll meet at the address listed on this event to enjoy some refreshments (and maybe even a WordPress birthday cake) and celebrate 15 years of WordPress. We'll be sharing our party photos and love for WordPress with the rest of the world via the hashtag #wp15. Don't forget to spread the word, let's make this WordPress birthday memorable :) To tie in with the 15th anniversary we will be holding 15 minute lightning sessions where users and developers will tell us about their favourite plugins or themes, a show and tell about something they've built or simply to show us some of the tools they use in day to day WordPress development - there is also a rumour of cake so you'd be mad to miss it!

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  • The May meet up is all about MAMP and Membership plus much more!

    Local website development with MAMP/WAMP + Flywheel with Richard Bell Richard is one half of Cheltenham graphic design and web development studio Maple Rock Design. He has worked in the web industry since 2006 and in that time has worked with companies of all sizes from large multi-national brands to start-ups – helping to grow their online presence using the latest technologies. Currently working predominantly with both Laravel for bespoke ecommerce/booking systems and WordPress for simple sites. In terms of WordPress development he concentrates on custom theme development with minimal reliance on plugins. We’ll be looking at: • How do websites actually work • How does Wordpress work • Web Servers • How we get Wordpress working locally • Demo with MAMP + Flywheel Level: Intermediate ------------------------------------------------------- Membership websites with Hannah Smith Hannah will talk through the joys and pains of her latest project - creating a membership site for a client. The aim of the talk is to provide an overview of the project and how it got achieved, rather than oodles of technical detail and code. She'll cover: • Some of the plugins used - WooCommerce, WooCommerce Memberships, BBPress and Advanced Custom Fields • Customising the menus for logged in members • The overall process of working with the co-founders - UX, design and project management Level: Intermediate

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  • A Gutenberg Gathering

    Smokey Joe's

    A Gutenberg Orientation with Elliott Richmond In the first session Elliott will walk through the Gutenberg experience, you will see how things will change when your site is Gutenberg enabled and demonstrate what to expect however, Gutenberg is still under development so bear in mind that things might be different in the final version. This will be an open style round table for discussion so if you have any burning questions get them prepared for the meet up and we will open them up to the members in the hope of answering some of your questions. Gutenberg: A JavaScript developer’s perspective with Andy Bell Andy is a Front-end developer trying to make everyone’s experience on the web better with his pals at NoDivide. The new WordPress editor is getting a mixed response, so Andy is going to discuss it from a JavaScript developer’s perspective. If you’re in the WordPress community, you’ve probably been thinking and talking about Gutenberg for quite a while now. There seems to be a real mix of feelings within the community which range from excitement to worry. Unfortunately, the latter seems to be more prominent at the moment. Andy is going to provide an alternative viewpoint on Gutenberg and also offer help to overcome those worries.

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