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WordPress London September Meetup

  • Sep 18, 2014 · 6:30 PM
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New venue, new fantastic speakers and an exciting meetup ahead! 

Speakers will be announced over the coming weeks, but our first presentation is...

From Local to Staging to Live Using Version Control and Deployment Tools

FTP is a great tool for transferring files from computer to server. Or is it? Perhaps it is about time we changed. This presentation looks at changing your development workflow to use version control and deployment in order to improve your development cycle.

Presented by Mark Wilkinson. Mark is a freelance WordPress developer and secondary school teacher from Lancashire. Using WordPress for over 7 years now, Mark as built lots of sites, including bespoke themes and plugins. He is passionate the WordPress platform, using it to create online opportunities for small to medium sized businesses. http://markwilkinson.me/


Themes, Plugins, and Accessibility

One of the recent WordPress accessibility initiatives has been the introduction of the 'accessibility-ready' tag for theme authors who wish to submit themes to the WordPress repository. The tag is used to indicate that a theme contains the best practices in web accessibility, and can form the basis of an accessible WordPress website.
But uptake has been slow. 

This presentation looks at what you need to do to get your themes up to the 'accessibility-ready' standard - whether or not you intend to submit them to the repository. It's not hard to do, and the benefits can be enormous for many, many people. Graham will also be looking at whether it's worth following the 'accessibility-ready' steps for plugins too.

Presented by Graham Armfield - a Web Accessibility Consultant with his own company Coolfields Consulting. He works with organisations to help them improve the accessibility of their websites - by testing the websites for accessibility, and advising the designers and developers on how to fix issues found. He's also a WordPress developer, and has built many accessible WordPress websites for clients. He's an active member of the Make WordPress Accessible Team and has spoken on accessibility to many WordCamps and other WordPress meetups.

Contributing to WordPress

Open source projects like WordPress thrive on the community that surrounds it. This month, Jenny will be talking about:

• Why it is important that we all contribute

• How anybody regardless of skill levels can get involved 

• How to get started

• Contributor Days

Presented by Jenny Wong. Jenny is a web developer at Human Made. Her love for development goes beyond the screen & is an advocate of both the PHP and WordPress communities.
As a WordCamp speaker, PHP North West organiser and PHP Women evangelist, she loudly cheers people on to share knowledge & contribute back to both communities. 


P.S. Because we sometimes serve beer to kick off the night, this meetup is restricted to people over 18.


P.S.S PLEASE if circumstances change please change your RSVP to let others on the wait list attend.

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  • Michael T.

    quick query - I had a Meetup message saying I was on the 'Waiting List' for this so assumed the event was full - was that the case? - I don't get 'Waiting List' responses from other Meetup RSVPs

    September 19, 2014

    • Ngaire

      Hi Michael, the meetup filled up extremely fast last month and caused a large waiting list. Best thing to do is keep an eye on the event on meetup.com in the days leading up, then if someone changes their RSVP to no, the people on the waitlist get to come. Unfortunately its difficult to find an excellent large venue, so that is why we have to limit the number to attendees.

      September 23, 2014

  • Graham A.

    The slides for my presentation on Themes, Plugins and Accessibility are now on Slideshare at http://www.slideshare.net/coolfields/themes-pluginsaccessibility

    1 · September 22, 2014

    • Eugene M.

      Thanks Graham, I had to leave before your presentation so this comes in very handy. Many thanks for the video links as well.

      September 23, 2014

  • Graham A.

    Videos for Septembers presentations are now available on YouTube. Why not pop over and check them out.

    Mark Wilkinson:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eoRe1l_yrxc

    Jenny Wong:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0qAxkVHOkrI

    Graham Armfield:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XUuoqyOvze0

    Enjoy...

    1 · September 22, 2014

  • George Nahlis E.

    Sorry was unwell, and wanted to come along as usual, see you next time...

    September 19, 2014

  • Diane W.

    Hi Everyone, so sorry to change my RSVP at such a late time, I'm really feeling under the weather :( Hope you all have a fabulous time.

    September 18, 2014

    • Graham A.

      Yes I wondered where you were. Sorry to hear you're not well.

      1 · September 18, 2014

    • Diane W.

      Aww, thanks Graham & Esme. I'm well looked after and it's just a cold really, I'm just a bit feverish and achy. See you at the next one x

      September 19, 2014

  • Jean

    Interesting talks. Mark - thanks for sharing your development process. I picked up some useful tips.
    Jenny - very positive talk and gave me confidence "to have a go". Graham - sorry I had to leave and missed your talk.
    Look forward to the next meeting.

    September 19, 2014

  • Jenny W.

    Big thanks to the organisers for running the event & the attendees for turning up. Any feedback to my talk would be awesome. :)

    3 · September 19, 2014

    • Eugene M.

      I'm a keen trainer, but there is always something new to learn, I didn't know about the modules, so I particularly enjoy that part of your talk. Thanks again :-)

      September 19, 2014

    • Paul R.

      Didn't realise there are so many ways to contribute and will definitely be taking this further. make.wordpress.org looks a great place to start.

      September 19, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Still at my desk :( Have fun

    September 18, 2014

    • Graham A.

      You going to WCEU Nathan?

      September 18, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Not going to be able to make that either, but hopefully I won't still be at my desk :D

      September 19, 2014

  • Eugene M.

    Great talks as usual covering different areas of the WP technology. Good venue, nice to bump into some old faces and meet new people. I just wish I could come on a regular basis. Many thanks.

    September 19, 2014

  • Charl A.

    Very useful topics!

    1 · September 19, 2014

  • Steve W.

    Great content, confident funny and knowledgable speakers. Awesome nuggets taken away from this meetup.

    1 · September 19, 2014

  • Esme

    Can't make it to the meeting tonight but have made a last minute decision to attend Wordcamp Europe, so see some of you in Sofia!

    September 18, 2014

    • Graham A.

      Look forward to seeing you there Esme (Europe that is)

      1 · September 18, 2014

  • William C.

    Hi guys. Sorry - running late on circle line. Will be there before 7pm. Any chance I can still get in?

    September 18, 2014

  • Charl A.

    There are a number of us waiting at reception. Is someone coming to pick us up?

    September 18, 2014

  • Punal C.

    Hey Guys, I'm on the waiting list, is there anyone else bailing out?

    September 18, 2014

    • Steve W.

      Looks like you should be good, few people have cancelled

      September 18, 2014

    • Punal C.

      Yeah i just got the confirmation.

      September 18, 2014

  • Neil M.

    Sorry guys. I've just dropped out so there is a space spare.

    September 18, 2014

  • Peter J.

    Sorry, have to bail out at the last minute because of a client issue.

    September 18, 2014

  • Pedro H.

    So So!!! disappointed to get confirmed after being on a waiting list and then getting sick. I hope someone takes my place instead. enjoy the event guys.

    September 18, 2014

  • Sam

    I am excited to learn about new plugins tonight. Then hopefully apply it to my new blog! For those that are WP Gurus, feel free to critique functionality and flow of blog. Below is the URL. http://www.youngwildandbroke.com

    It is a blog about living in London while on a budget.

    Would love to hear about any ideas or thoughts you have on this idea.

    September 18, 2014

  • Stewart W.

    Hi all. I am coming for the first time tonight. Just wanted to get a better idea of what to expect; What time do the talks start? How long does each talk typically last for? What time does it all end? Thank you in advance.

    September 18, 2014

    • Ngaire

      Hi Stewart, talks are about 20-25mins plus a few minutes of questions. We kick off usually with a few nibbles and drinks and get into the talks by 7pm, but doors will be shutting 6:45 and there is limited seating so don't come too late! It should finish around 9pm and then we usually pop down to a pub for a bit more networking and chatting.

      1 · September 18, 2014

  • Manuel

    Hi guys, I've promoted the event on CampusBoard => http://goo.gl/PqnKYO

    See you there!

    September 13, 2014

  • Keith D.

    Hi guys. This probably isn't the right place for general chat and questions - it's spamming everyone's inboxes! Head over to the 'Discussions' section for this kind of thing. :)

    4 · September 1, 2014

  • Fernando B.

    If you are in London and looking to learn WordPress from scratch. I have put up a comprehensive WP with SEO course at the Online Marketing HQ: http://www.onlinemarketinghq.co.uk/ also shoot me up with any questions and I would like to help you.

    September 1, 2014

  • Christopher L.

    What's your usual server/vps setup to optimize speed for your WordPress? OpCache? Memcache? What caching tools/plugins do you use?

    1 · September 1, 2014

    • Christopher L.

      It could be it's caching object data to the disk which could slow performance down if it's on a mechanic drive.

      September 1, 2014

    • Richard A.

      Thanks for the suggestion. My host replied that it should not be affected as they are not 'SSDs' I am in German phrase book territory now, just repeating phrases with no idea what they mean, so time for a tactical withdrawal!

      September 1, 2014

  • Paul R.

    Since RSVP'ing earlier this morning I'm getting multiple invitation/confirmation e-mails being sent to me. Anyone else having this problem?

    1 · August 28, 2014

    • Ngaire

      Sorry to hear that! I've looked at the settings and you should only get a reminder one week out. Let me know if this keeps happening - maybe check your settings also - you may have it set to get emails every time I change the event description ie. add a new speaker.

      August 28, 2014

    • Paul R.

      Thanks for that Ngaire. Haven't RSVP'ed this quickly before so am probably catching your event changes. This meetup group is getting very popular!.

      August 28, 2014

  • Ryan J.

    Would have loved to go to Sept meetup but it's on the only day I'm not in London next month!

    1 · August 28, 2014

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