• Behaviour Driven Development testing using Behat with WordHat - Chris O'Dell

    We are delighted to invite you along to our monthly WordPress "virtual" meetup. This month we will be hosting Chris O'Dell from The Codesmiths Anvil.

    Chris O'Dell started cutting code at the age of 15 on a ZX Spectrum, since then hasn't looked back for the last 37 years. Primarily writing code using the Microsoft stack of technologies, he has also written some WordPress plugins over the past 10 years as well as implementing a number of bespoke WordPress sites.

    Automated testing can bring many benefits to both plugin and theme development. In this talk Chris will talk about some of the key concepts behind Test Driven Development and Behaviour Driven Development. He will then go on to demonstrate how customer stories written using Behaviour Driven Development techniques, such as writing requirements using Gherkin syntax and using a Cucumber implementation, can be converted into automated tests for plugins.

  • Letting themes be themes - Tammie Lister

    Online event

    WordPress 5.8 comes with a new mechanism to configure the editor that enables a finer-grained control and introduces the first step in managing styles for future WordPress releases.

    What full site editing means for themes? Tammie Lister will be covering her passion for Global Settings & Styles and the new theme.json configuration, what changes and why....

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  • Show & Tell

    Online event

    We are delighted to invite you along to our monthly WordPress "virtual" meetup. This month we will be hosting a "Show & Tell"

    Let's share our ideas and experiences, we'll nominate 10mins with a 5min Q&A per "Show & Tell" slot, spaces will be limited so be sure to comment below, DM me or reach out on twitter @wpchelt if you want a slot before the event so I can schedule you into the mix for the meetup.

    It could be a useful tool you use for debugging, a block editor top tip, a favorite plugin you use, how to build something... anything you like, as long as it has something to do with WordPress :)

    Hope you can join us or better still share something with us.

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  • Lightning fast WordPress sites & CUBE CSS Methodology

    Online event

    We are delighted to invite you along to our monthly WordPress "virtual" meetup. This month I'm pleased to announce we have two very prominent speakers from the community...

    Mark Wilkinson - 7.15pm (approx)
    Mark is the co-owner of Highrise Digital. A WordPress development agency building blazing fast, easy to use websites that stand the test of time. Mark focuses on back-end development & loves tinkering with WordPress code. In his spare time, he is a keen golfer & enjoys a good run around his home town of Leyland. Follow Mark @wpmark and checkout https://highrise.digital

    The secrets to building lightning fast WordPress sites
    At Highrise Digital, we focus hard on building WordPress sites for our clients that are lightening fast. A fast website is better for everybody - visitors, editors, and of course SEO.
    In this talk I am going to share some of the tips and tricks we use to build websites that load really fast.

    Andy Bell - 8pm (approx)
    Freelance designer & developer with a focus on progressive enhancement and accessibility. He runs https://piccalil.li and is the co-author https://every-layout.dev

    The CUBE CSS methodology
    CUBE stands for Composition Utility Block Exception, and CSS stands for, y’know, CSS (Cascading Style Sheets). The CUBE methodology is very much an extension of good ol’ CSS, rather than a reinvention. This mantra is very seriously maintained too, as the cascade and inheritance particularity play a big role.

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  • Looping again

    Online event

    Continuing to talk about how WordPress works with data, we would like to talk about the Template Hierarchy, THE LOOP. Getting data the WordPress way can be rather daunting, so how to debug things is essential especially when what is going on under the hood remains there, hidden from sight.

    If you are intrigued or wish to add to the conversation then please join us.

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  • In the loop with WP data

    Online event

    Greetings all,

    firstly, apologies for letting the regular schedule slip in recent months, the current situation has challenged us all for sure and that includes organising meetups!

    Anyhow, we're back and this one will be slightly different, we'd like to treat this meetup as more of a conversational journey about how WordPress works with data, we have a rough idea about what to talk about but we would encourage all to get involved and lets see where the conversation leads us. If you've ever wondered how things work under the hood or if you know about how things work under the hood you're all most welcome to get involved.

    The purpose for this meetup is to talk about how WordPress works with data, we'll talk about the Template Hierarchy, the loop, how to get data in the WordPress way, how to debug things if you're not sure whats going on under the hood plus other things, to be honest we really don't know where this conversation will take us so if you are intriged or wish to add to the conversation then please join us.

    We will start at 7 and end around 8ish depending on where the converstion takes us.

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  • Virtual - Customising WordPress

    Online event

    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=NlrHmZ6XU10

    For those that wish to join in the conversation, there will also be the opportunity to join in Zoom calls at the start and end of this month's talk.

    Schedule
    18.30 - 19.00 – Zoom social. The link will be emailed to those who RSVP 15 mins before the event, feel free to join in or you can wait for the Live Stream.
    19.00 - 19.30 – Live Stream (Periscope/YouTube) presentation from Stilman
    19.30 - 20.00 – Zoom QA / Social. For those that wish to join in the discussion, the link will be emailed after the main stream to those who RSVP

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    * Customising WordPress
    * Presented by Stilman Davis - approx 30 mins
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    How can you customise your WordPress installation to look as
    you want it? There are three possibilities: a) use WordPress
    customisation from the dashboard b) create your own WordPress Theme c) create a Child Theme. I would like to suggest a Child Theme and give you some of the reasons I take that course.

    About Stilman
    Stilman Davis experienced the explosion of the internet as he
    worked with a small technology publisher, where he created its website
    and worked with database publishing. With a contract ten years ago he
    has concentrated his work as a webmaster using WordPress as the tool of choice. Before his commercial career, he studied philosophy and
    theology, concentrating on hermeneutics -- the interpretation of texts.

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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

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    * 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.

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    * 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

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    * 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.

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    * 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

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    * 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

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    * 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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