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July WordPress London Meetup

  • Jul 23, 2015 · 6:30 PM
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We are a week early again this month, back to the last Thursday of the month from Aug.  Missed a #wpldn recently?  Catch up at 

Catering for WordPress - Building an online integrated information and support system for the catering / hospitality sector.

The catering industry has very few tools available to help them create/store recipes, plan menus and work out costings that can be shared with members of staff and other branches of a chain.
This talk would cover one solution to this, showing how WordPress has been used as an intranet for businesses in the restaurant/catering industry. Features include working as a tool to itemise ingredients, help plan and budget dishes and menus, work out costings for bulk recipes down to individual portions and include other factors such as VAT and a variable gross profit.
All of this has been set up using a combination of WordPress MU, custom plugins, custom post types, custom fields and a bespoke theme with all of the necessary maths functions built in. There will be some knowledge of PHP, theme development, plugin development and jQuery assumed for this talk.

Presented by Kirsty Burgoine.  Kirsty is a web designer / WordPress developer living in Shropshire. She has been working within the web industry in one way or another for ten years and running her own web business (imaginatively called Kirsty Burgoine Ltd.) for 5 years. She specialises in building bespoke WordPress websites for clients large and small and as the only 'official' employee in her company she is proud to be employee of the month EVERY month!
A self confessed geek, Kirsty is also one of the founders of Shropgeek, organising events for geeky people in Shropshire including (R)Evolution 2015. A full dat conference of web and technology talks: Follow her @KirstyBurgoine

Using AWS to super charge your WordPress site and scale to 100,000s of users. 

The talk will be about how to scale WordPress in Amazon web services and which plugins help you achieve this. The main aim is to let the audience know how to interoperate with cloud based services to really enhance their WordPress experience and achieve performance boosts but offloading core tasks to SaaS/PaaS/IaaS services where possible.
Using AWS to super charge your WordPress site and scale to 100,000s of users. 
Topics Covered:
• Installing CoreOS in EC2
• Using Github for code storage
• Running you Container
• Elastic Load
• Balancers + SSL offload
• RDS for databasesS3 (Also the new EFS Service as an alternative to S3)
• CloudFront for assets and the main site
• Elastic Search and Google Search

Presented by Ric Harvey.  Ric has worked in linux and windows administration/architecture for over 10 years. Previous roles have included working at ticketmaster and channel 4 television, both very high load environments. He now runs his own consultancy and managed service business Ngineered ltd where he deals with a very varied array of clients. During his time at channel 4 Ric lead the new media team who were responsible for deploying all the microsites to support TV shows and series, this resulted in over 200 new sites per year, many of which were wordpress.  Follow him @ric_harvey

Is the wp-admin interface dead?

With the rise of WP-API and WP-CLI plugin developers can no longer assume that a user is interacting with WordPress from the admin interface. In this talk Tim looks at new approaches to developing plugins in our new potentially admin less world and asks the question, do we even need the admin interface?

Presented by Tim Nash.  Tim is an author, consultant and trainer, best known for his work with WordPress. He writes for the occasional magazine, publishes videos and occasionally podcasts. His site and his work within the WordPress is funded through corporate patrons and individuals. With their funding he is able to travel the UK giving talks.  Follow him @tnash

Follow #wpldn on Twitter for all the latest and like us on Facebook to take the conversation further.  Have a talk you'd like to present?  We'd love to hear from you: [masked]

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  • Gerard S.

    Hi there! Maybe you would like to check out this group using a hands-on format focused on Angular. Last meetup was about getting started with AngularJS 2. Sweet! =)

    1 · August 13, 2015

  • Kirsty B.

    Hi Guys, thanks so much for having me. As always the meetup was really awesome! :) Here is a link to my slides:

    And if anyone is interested, earlybird tickets for #revolutionconf are on sale until tomorrow evening:

    1 · August 6, 2015

  • Lisa

    Hi Kirsty great presentation would it be possible to
    Send us a link to your slides my + one could not make it on Thursday ? 😀

    July 27, 2015

  • Diane W.

    This is always a great night. Nice mixture of socialising and excellent talks. Great graphics too! ;)

    2 · July 25, 2015

  • A former member
    A former member


    1 · July 24, 2015

  • Matthew B.


    1 · July 24, 2015

  • Nick H.

    Excellent - very high quality speakers. Very kind of them to spare the time to travel and talk to us.

    3 · July 24, 2015

    • A former member
      A former member

      Should be fixed now.

      1 · July 24, 2015

    • Dave C.

      Yep. Thanks.

      July 24, 2015

  • Patrick W.

    Really enjoyed both talks, thanks a lot for sharing.

    2 · July 24, 2015

  • Ross T.

    It was really interesting with lots of great people

    1 · July 24, 2015

  • Dan M.

    As always a huge thanks to the speakers, sponsors, venue & you, the attendees! Next #wpldn 27 Aug.

    3 · July 24, 2015

  • Dave C.

    Excellent evening. Really enjoyed the talks. Sadly, I had to leave before the Q&A session.

    One small suggestion for next time, could you please correct the location. You meet in the main building og City University, not the College Building. I walked right past the main building to get to the College Building only to have to retrace my steps.

    Thanks for organising it. Hope to get to another one soon.

    I'm just off to start playing with Docker :-)

    2 · July 23, 2015

  • Paul H.

    Sadly, due to pressure of work, I cannot now make it tonight. Hopefully next month.

    July 23, 2015

  • Lisa

    Confirming my attendance 😀

    1 · July 22, 2015

  • Graham A.

    Sad to be missing this one - looks good.

    July 22, 2015

  • Lisa

    Hi there is there a cost to attend ? Thanks

    July 21, 2015

    • Paul S.

      It's free to attend.

      July 22, 2015

  • Lisa

    Please Could you tell me how much ? Thanks

    July 21, 2015

  • Dåve H.

    I sent an email to [masked] last week and got no response. (I'd like to take five minutes to demo and recruit beta testers for a new premum theme - testers get a free licensed copy and massive amounts of gratitude. I don't know if that's possible or would be welcome.) I'll see you all there, but if any of the admins get this, can you have a hunt for my email ("a brief thing for the next..." sent 16:20 on 11/7/15)? Otherwise I can resend. Thanks.

    July 21, 2015

    • Gary J.

      Try pinging @danmaby or @wpldn on Twitter :-)

      July 21, 2015

  • Raythomp

    Wish i had found out sooner . Really wish I could attend. definately make it to the next one.

    July 19, 2015

  • Keith D.

    Gutted to be missing this - it looks like an awesome meetup. :(

    July 10, 2015

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