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  • Virtual - How to speed up WordPress & Scalablility with Bedrock and AWS

    We are delighted to invite you along to our monthly WordPress "virtual" meetup. You will be able to join us on Periscope via our twitter account when we go live at: https://twitter.com/wpchelt or you can join us on YouTube at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F8SCltJSbHM Schedule 6.00 pm - Chat and opening remarks 6.30 pm - 5 popular recommendations to speed up your website that won't work, with Q&A 7.15 pm - Scalable WordPress with Bedrock and AWS, with Q&A /* * 5 popular recommendations to speed up your website that won't work * Presented by Sabrina Zeidan - approx 30 mins * https://twitter.com/sabrina_zeidan */ If you ever Googled anything related to “how to speed up a website” you probably noticed that there are few recommendations that are repeated almost in every article over and over again. I’ve picked 5 of the most popular tips to speed up your website that don’t work. How do I know? I’ve been speeding up websites full time for the last 2 years and was able to observe the impact of different efforts on a daily basis. I will show you: • why exactly these 5 popular recommendations don’t work • how you can check out if something makes your website load faster or slows it down (be careful, you might want to stop paying for some services you’re using currently) • actionable steps you can take (whether you’re a site owner or a developer) to speed up a WordPress site After this talk, you will never waste your time again on things that don’t work. Sabrina Zeidan is a WordPress scaling fan, entrepreneur and proud WordCamp Kyiv co-organiser. She is fond of performance optimisation, WordPress Multisite and swimming. /* * Scalable WordPress with Bedrock and AWS * Presented by Jeremy Onion - approx 30 mins * https://twitter.com/balther74 */ WordPress is responsible for approximately 37% of all site of the internet so it’s a big player and a big player needs big architecture. Take a peek behind the curtain and see how we build highly available scalable WordPress solutions. From the basics of how scalable systems work to the design choices that need to be considered to see how we create resilient systems with Bedrock and AWS. Jeremy is the Technical Director for Torpedo Group, a marketing agency based in Oxford. He has a very strong grounding in the digital arena having worked in and around E-commerce for over 22 years. He has a broad breadth of experience of digital technologies and their application having worked in E-commerce (B2B & B2C), Financial Services, Cyber Security, Logistics for a leading UK hosting provider. He has also worked in a wide range of companies, from SME’s to large multi-nationals and as a Developer, Project Manager, Team Lead and now Technical Director. He has also worked and lived in Germany where he led a local development team where he had to deal with other teams based in Greece, Poland, India and the USA.

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  • Virtual - Sell more with WooCommerce & Websites that stand the test of time!

    We are delighted to invite you along to our monthly WordPress "virtual" meetup. You will be able to join us on Periscope via our twitter account when we go live at: https://twitter.com/wpchelt or you can join us on YouTube at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2WSnZwoccPA Schedule 6.00 pm - Chat and opening remarks 6.30 pm - 99 ways to sell and direct ain't one, with Q&A 7.15 pm - How to build websites that stand the test of time, with Q&A /* * 99 ways to sell and direct ain't one * Presented by Ronald Gijsel - appox 30 mins * https://twitter.com/just2ronald */ Sell more with WooCommerce by understanding some key Google Analytics metrics that will help you put some easy to implement strategies in place. It's the crystal globe you need to make the right decisions and investments to increase sales. It is an intermediate level presentation and some e-commerce and Google Analytics experience is quite useful. Ronald is the Community and Partnership Manager for YITH, which is the leading independent company in the development of WooCommerce plugins. The WordPress community is at his heart having co-organised 2 WordCamps and the co-host of the Cheltenham Meetup as well as visited countless WordCamps around the world. /* * How to build websites that stand the test of time * Presented by Mark Wilkinson - approx 30 mins * https://twitter.com/wpmark * https://www.linkedin.com/in/wpmark */ One of the major concerns for clients wanting a website is the longevity of that site. They want to clearly know how long their investment will last in order to budget correctly and get the most from their money. I have seen a lot of WordPress sites over the last 12 years or so, many of which have not and would not stand the test of time. In this talk, I am going to give away the secrets (not really!) of how I write code and build sites that do stand the test of time. Mark is the co-owner of Highrise Digital, a WordPress development agency focusing on providing websites that stand the test of time. Mark focuses on back-end development and loves tinkering with WordPress code. In his spare time, he is a keen golfer and enjoys a good run around his home town of Leyland.

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  • Virtual Meet Up - Accessibility 101 & Headless WordPress with Laravel

    With our in-person meetups on hold due to the Corona Virus outbreak, the WPChelt organisers wanted to keep the community alive. Following the the success of first MeetUp in March we are going again – this time with two talks and hosted on Zoom. We’d love you to join us! ** Please note in order to get access to this Meet Up you will need to RSVP as attending, you will be notified an hour before the event. ** Schedule 7.30pm – Welcome/Opening Remarks/Zoom Networking 7.45pm – Accessibility 101 (Stuart Nelson) 8.30pm – Headless WordPress with Laravel (Richard Bell) 9.15pm – Closing Remarks/Zoom Networking *************************************** * 7.45pm * Accessibility 101 * with Stuart Nelson * Skill Level: Intermediatee Stuart will give an overview of what web accessibility is, how it can be measured and some simple tips about improving the accessibility of your website. About Stuart Originally from Yorkshire I moved down to Bath in 2010. I'm a self taught developer and have been working professionally for about 5 years. I started out creating WordPress websites. I'm a lover of accessibility, Sass, JavaScript, & cricket. My current job is as the Frontend Engineer at Studee (https://studee.com) where I'm in charge of all things frontend. We have a simple bespoke setup for our site that has minimal dependencies allowing us to have full control over our site. @stuartjnelson / www.northernbadger.co.uk *************************************** * 8.30pm * Headless WordPress & Laravel * with Richard Bell * Skill Level: Intermediate WordPress and Laravel are both fantastic tools but what happens when you have an established website powered by Laravel but you want to implement blogging functionality? In this talk we’ll look at the processes taken to get a solution implemented and will cover: - How to approach introducing new website features - WordPress Rest API - Introduction to Laravel - Migrating a WordPress.com site to self-hosted - Introduction to creating a WordPress Plugin - Disabling the WordPress Frontend - WordPress Hooks & Filters About Richard Richard is joint director and technical lead at Maple Rock Design & Web Development based in Cheltenham. Richard’s work is split between WordPress theme development and bespoke builds with Laravel. @richard_bell

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  • Virtual Meet Up - How you can reduce your carbon emmisions, followed by a Q/A

    With our in-person meetups on hold due to the Corona Virus outbreak, the WPChelt organisers wanted to keep the community alive. So our monthly meetups will be be held virtually for the time being – opening our little meetup to a wider world. We’d love you to join us! You will be able to join us on Periscope via our twitter account or on YouTube and potentially Facebook for a streamed talk from Hannah Smith followed by a Q&A. Links to the stream will be posted live via Twitter & here on Meetup once we have them on Wednesday. Please note that this will be our first attempt at running a virtual meetup so forgive us while we find our feet (and we hope it will not be the last). Schedule 7.30 – Welcome/Opening Remarks 7.45 – How to reduce the carbon emissions of your WordPress website – Hannah Smith 8.15 – Q&A 8.30 – General hangout? This Month’s Talk How to reduce the carbon emissions of your WordPress website with Hannah Smith Skill Level: Beginner Did you know that the internet is thought to produce about the same carbon emissions as the aviation industry? And if the internet was a country it would be the sixth biggest polluter in the world. Shocking isn’t it?! With nearly 35% of all websites being WordPress websites, we have a fantastic opportunity to play a role in reducing carbon emissions and spreading awareness of the impact of our online habits. In this talk, we’ll understand how to measure the carbon emissions of your website. We’ll also look at practical techniques to lessen your impact whether you are a developer, designer or content creator. Takeaways • Learn how websites create carbon emissions • How to measure the carbon emission of your WordPress site • Ways to lessen your impact

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  • A journey of web development, remote work, freelancing and you!

    We are delighted to invite you along to our monthly WordPress meetup. We meet from 7 pm and aim to get our first speaker underway at around 7.30 pm, this gives everyone enough time to arrive, get a drink and help themselves to the sandwiches provided. If you're a newcomer don't worry, we'll keep a friendly eye open for you and introduce you to the others so you'll feel welcome. This evening will have 2 presentations each followed by questions. Between presentations, we'll take a short break followed by the closing remarks to finish the meetup. Things usually come to a close at around 9.45 pm but you will still have time to mingle and chat if you so wish. Here's what's on the agenda... *************************************** * 7.30pm * My journey ... of web development * with Kevin Simpson Basically this talk will discuss the obstacles I have encountered and how I have overcome them, advice for junior developers and how I managed to keep abreast with the latest knowledge regarding WordPress. I will draw a parallel with 'The Wizard of Oz', in essence how I have navigated my way around the strange CMS 'world'. Also, I will tell the listener how I work e.g. bootstrap for responsiveness and how to motivate yourself, regarding WordPress. https://profiles.wordpress.org/kevin-simpson/ https://twitter.com/dynamicsimpson *************************************** * 8.30pm * Remote work, freelancing, and you! * with Gabor Javorszky A personal journey of the last 5 years of remote work and freelancing for various companies navigating an ever more elaborate web of law and behaviours. Along the way, I learned some things that I wish I knew about when I started. Gabor had been involved with WordPress for the past 7 years mostly working for agencies, mostly in a remote capacity. Nowadays he's a senior engineer at typeform writing go code. Also remotely. Has an obsession with motorbikes and travelling. https://twitter.com/javorszky

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  • January WordPress Meetup - Building interactive Maps and Content Personalisation

    Firstly, Happy New Year to all WordPressers! Our next Meetup is in just over a week and we have two truly amazing speakers lined up. First up, Lucy Sloss who will share some valuable knowledge on how to 'Building interactive maps with Leaflet.js' Second, we have Paul Lacey talking about 'Content personalisation with WordPress' Each talk is about 30 mins with plenty of time to ask questions. Before, in between and after you have the opportunity to network, ask for help with your WordPress project or ask any question. The organisers are always happy to connect you with someone who will be able to give you an answer. Sandwiches are available and the bar is open till late and often a few stay behind for some drinks to catch up. Here is more information on the talks: /************************************* * Building interactive maps with Leaflet.js * with Lucy Sloss * Skill Level: Intermediate *************************************/ There are many reasons why your project may need a map, whether it is simply to show your company’s single location, perhaps to show all your national branches or as an infographic to display complex data. Leaflet.js is a lightweight javascript library for interactive maps with a long list of features, plugins and possibilities. In this talk, Lucy will cover the basics of Leaflet, as well as some possible use cases. We’ll look at: - Getting set up - Tilesets - Markers - Use cases - Displaying geoJSON data - User input - Leaflet Wordpress Plugin /************************************* * Content personalisation with WordPress * with Paul Lacey * Skill Level: All Levels *************************************/ User experience personalisation is the process of presenting a unique and tailored experience to a website visitor, based on things you already know about that visitor. For example, where did they arrive from, what pages have they visited before or on this session... are they a return visitor - and so on. In this talk, I'll show you a simple everyday scenario where this can be used to give the user a more streamlined and helpful experience, and improve conversions for the website owner. The big brands have been doing this for some time, and now we can too even for the simplest and smallest of websites. What you'll learn: - Find out what Content Personalisation is actually all about... even what it is! - Discover how personalisation isn't creepy, it's just helpful (so long as done right!) - Learn about some of the tools and plugins available to make this easy with WordPress - Consider the personal data / GDPR aspects of these techniques - Small steps to get started with content personalisation You really do not want to miss this session as I can guarantee you that it will spark some new enthusiasm for your next project. Really hope to see you on the 15th!

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  • Festive WordPress Get-together #WPCHELT

    Exmouth Arms

    An informal festive get-together at The Exmouth Arms Wednesday 18th December. Join the Cheltenham WordPress Community for an informal drink and chat. Please note there will be no speakers or buffet. Feel free to drop in with your friends, partner or colleagues. There might even be mince pies and presents. If we won't see you, please enjoy the festive period and we look forward to seeing you again in January 2020 for our regular Meetup. Best wishes from the Cheltenham WordPress Meetup team. Photo by Yutacar on Unsplash

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  • WordPress & GraphQL + Docker & WordPress for developers

    With a slight change to the usual, this meetup will be held on a Thursday and we are delighted to invite you along! We meet from 7 pm and aim to get our first speaker underway at around 7.30 pm, this gives everyone enough time to arrive, get a drink and help themselves to the sandwiches provided. If you're a newcomer don't worry, we'll keep a friendly eye open for you and introduce you to the others so you'll feel welcome. This evening will have 2 presentations each followed by questions. Between presentations, we'll take a short break followed by the closing remarks to finish the meetup. Things usually come to a close at around 9.45 pm but you will still have time to mingle and chat if you so wish. Here's what's on the agenda... /************************************* * 7.30pm * WordPress and GraphQL * with Michael Burridge * Skill Level: Intermediate *************************************/ GraphQL is a query language for requesting data from APIs. In this talk we will look at how we can use GraphQL to request data from an API and use it in our client applications. We will also look at how to set up WordPress to provide a GraphQL based API, how to ensure that our Custom Post Types and Custom Taxonomies will respond to GraphQL requests, how to add post meta to the API schema, and also look at how we can examine API schemas using the GraphiQL tool. In addition we will compare GraphQL with the WordPress REST-API and examine the benefits and drawbacks of each. Michael is... a freelance WordPress theme and plugin developer based in Bristol, Michael was the Lead Organiser of the first do_action day in Europe. A WordPress Evangelist, who enjoys reading all things about it. He is a WordCamp Europe 2019 organiser and contributes to the Make WordPress plugins team. https://twitter.com/michaelburridge http://zyriab.co.uk/ /************************************* * 8.30pm * Docker and WordPress for developers * with Peter Fisher * Skill Level: Intermediate *************************************/ WordPress sites may outgrow their build tools due to increased complexity, maintenance overheads, feature development and traffic load. At this point alternative tools for WordPress development, deployment and distribution may be required. It is important for both developers and content creators of WordPress to be aware of these complexities and to gain this understanding before it is too late. Docker is tool that could be considered to help streamline and mitigate these issues. This talk explains what Docker is and why it should be considered as a build and distribution tool for WordPress. Of course, Docker adds a level of complexity to an existing setup which needs to be justified and this is discussed in depth during the talk. Peter Fisher is... a freelance web developer and host of the How To Code Well podcast, YouTube channel and live codes regularly on Twitch. https://twitter.com/pfwd https://twitter.com/howToCodeWell https://howtocodewell.net

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  • I Made a WordPress Plugin & Migrating to Cloud

    Exmouth Arms

    We are delighted to invite you along to our monthly WordPress meetup. We meet from 7 pm and aim to get our first speaker underway at around 7.30 pm, this gives everyone enough time to arrive, get a drink and help themselves to the sandwiches provided. If you're a newcomer don't worry, we'll keep a friendly eye open for you and introduce you to the others so you'll feel welcome. This evening will have 2 presentations each followed by questions. Between presentations, we'll take a short break followed by the closing remarks to finish the meetup. Things usually come to a close at around 9.45 pm but you will still have time to mingle and chat if you so wish. Here's what's on the agenda... /************************************* * 7.30pm * I Made a WordPress Plugin! What I Learnt and Why I'm Hooked * with Ben Kinnard * Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate *************************************/ I'm not a programmer but I love programming. During the day I help people with marketing but after 4pm I just want to make stuff. In this talk, I want to share how I built a plugin for WordPress and why I'm now hooked and want to make more. I'll talk about the steps that lead to the point where I felt confident enough to do it. From our lead (and only) WP developer leaving the agency, attending WordPress meet-ups and the right project coming at the right time. This talk is for those who want to take the first step in making a plugin or even making small customisations to make your life easier. https://twitter.com/benkinnaird https://ratherinventive.com/ /************************************* * 8.30pm * Migrating to Cloud * with Leo Mindel * Skill Level: All levels *************************************/ As Founder and CEO for Sotic, a Digital Sports agency which delivers big-name sports websites on WordPress, Leo has considerable experience in both working with Cloud technology and live events. In 2015 Sotic started the journey to migrate its own data center to Cloud. Four years later Sotic is now 100% cloud-based, running a number of fast and award-winning WordPress sites, including the Six Nations Rugby, England Netball, Gloucester Rugby, Tour of Great Britain and Welsh Rugby Union. The talk will look at the journey his 30-person digital agency undertook to migrate, the pitfalls along the way and how this move has unlocked a huge improvement in SEO, web performance, employee well-being, and work-life balance. https://twitter.com/wfckeego https://sotic.net https://profiles.wordpress.org/wfckeego/

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