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February WordPress London Meetup

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Smart tips and tricks for managing freelancers

Freelancer is the ‘new employment’. Most organisations use freelancers for some tasks but some even build an entire business model on using freelancers. It’s not all ‘legal free’. Freelancers in the UK have a whole range of rights – and some, despite their label are not really freelancers at all but turn out to be employees. How do you plot your way through this territory and arrive at profitable and reliable relationships with the freelancers you pay – with no nasty surprises from the tax man? In this talk Annabel explores the status of freelancers, how labels can be deceiving and suggests ways to approach hiring freelancers that will protect your business from harm.

Presented by Annabel Kaye ( Annabel started her career with a brief stint in PR at the British Red Cross Society, before joining the Consumers Association (Which?). She left the Consumers Association to become HR for Bastable Advertising and Marketing and also worked for Bastable Personnel Services where she worked for numerous trade associations and corporate clients before leaving to found Irenicon Ltd in 1980. Since then she has continued to work with individuals and businesses – large and small – always offering a fresh perspective. In 1989 she also founded KoffeeKlatch – devoted to exploring and supporting the way we work today in a freelance and global online economy. | Follow her @AnnabelKaye (

Running Multiple WordPress sites under NGINX

Some details of how I run multiple separate WordPress installations under NGINX on one VPS or dedicated server.

Presented by Mike Little ( Mike is the co-founding developer of WordPress, the website building software that powers more than 23% of the web. He started it in 2003 with Matt Mullenweg and went on to work with a small band of volunteer developers to build and improve the software. WordPress is now developed by a huge world-wide community. He now runs (, his WordPress specialist company providing web development, training, and consultancy services. He is a long-term software developer with many programming languages, many disciplines, and many years under his belt. He lives in Stockport, UK with his family. Follow him @mikelittlezed1 (

Building a WordPress Github Plugin Updater

Lets take a look at how we can get WordPress to look for plugin updates from private Github repositories. This talk covers why we need such a thing, how to look through WordPress source code to find an entry point to hook our custom updater, how we can get information from Github to tell us there are updates and writing some code to put everything together from what we have learnt so far.

Presented by Scott Cariss ( Scott is a full time developer at Big Fish working with clients such as Yeo Valley, Dorset Cereals and Tyrrells Crisps. Scott is passionate about technology and gadgets. In his spare time he likes to tinker with computer hardware and software to automate as many things as possible. Follow him at @l3rady (

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