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October WordPress London Meetup

  • Oct 29, 2015 · 6:30 PM
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Same venue, new room so keep an eye out for the orange signs when you arrive!  The room number will be on here when confirmed with the venue.  (The building entrance is still the temporary one to the left too.)

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WordPress SEO for haters.

SEO is a dirty word, tarnished by years of bad practice and self-defined 'gurus'. But should it be ignored by developers?
Keith argues the case for taking SEO seriously when building WordPress websites.  He also gives his top 'hater-friendly' tips for SEO on WordPress.  It's easier (and harder) than people might think.

Presented by Keith Devon.  Keith is a freelance WordPress developer who develops custom WordPress websites focused on business goals. If he's not coding, he's probably riding his bike.  Follow him @keithdevon

Fired Up For Business?

Your energy and productivity are crucial for business success.  Health is fundamental to your energy and productivity.

• Feel like you’re living in the fast lane?
• Energy levels on the floor?
• You’re surviving rather than thriving?

Rachel demystifies the mire of confusion about health, and shares her own “4 Pillars of Vitality” that are essential for living a healthy lifestyle.

Presented by Rachel McGuinness.  Rachel helps her clients embrace the core principles of living a healthy lifestyle without fads, gimmicks or strict regimes.  She works both with private individuals and large companies, inspiring, educating and showing them how to live healthily.  She helps them put the zest back into their lives and organisations with quick, simple and sustainable techniques.  Follow her @ZestLifestyle

Websockets + WP = Magic

WordPress and Websockets what type of dark magic is this? The darkest, with the power of WordPress and Ratchet ( http://socketo.me ), we can harness the magic of realtime and push WordPress in unforeseen directions..

Presented by Dan Westall. Dan is a developer who spends a lot of his time working with WordPress and using WordPress for Esports. Follow him @danwestall_


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  • Diane W.

    Thanks to the #WPLDN team for another fantastic event!

    November 6, 2015

  • A former member
    A former member

    The first presentation was good, but it lacked practicality. Probably the speaker could have elaborated slightly more on not only why SEO is important, but also how to get better results. This would have included discussions of plugins, recent SEO trends, etc.

    I did not find the second presentation very relevant to the nature of the group. I presume that some of the attendants felt the same way. The second talk is the main reason for the 3 stars.

    I really liked the third presentation. The speaker introduced a relevant topic, explained what it is, how to do it and why to do it. For reference I think it would be good if more presentations are like that one.

    Overall I liked the meetup. The provided food, drinks and even free gifts set this group way ahead of most on Meetup. The people are also friendly and everyone was very chatty. I will definitely come again.

    Thank you for organising it, Dan.

    October 30, 2015

    • Keith D.

      Thanks for your feedback Dimitar. :) It can be hard to find the right balance of inspiration and practicality. I personally feel that a 20 minute talk isn't enough to delve deep into the practicalities of SEO, and there are plenty of resources online for that. My aim was to convince the sceptics that SEO is important, show that it's not evil, and that the basics are easy and actually improve the site overall. Hopefully some of that came across.

      Glad you thought it was good overall tough. See you next time!

      2 · October 30, 2015

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks for getting back, Keith.

      Sure, I understand that it might be difficult to examine SEO in greater depth in the time frame of just 20 min. I like the fact that you mentioned Yoast, but it would have been even better if you could point some of the benefits of it and the fact that for the majority of Wordpress users it can significantly help with on page optimisation. The problem is that there is too much information out there and finding good resources might be a bit difficult. Pointing the guys in the right direction could save them a bit of time.

      Anyway, it was a good presentation and I appreciate the time you've put into preparing it.

      See you on the next Meetup!

      1 · October 31, 2015

  • Dåve H.

    I'm a relative newcomer to the group so I don't necessarily think it's for me to say what should and shouldn't be included, but for what it's worth, I really didn't see the point of the second talk. Obviously it had nothing to do with WordPress, and I was surprised she didn't even try to tailor it to her audience, but it was also full of a lot of pseudoscience and received wisdom. There was a slide on a traditional Inuit diet - was this something we as WordPress developers should be encouraged to try? - followed by some general ramblings about the benefits of a Mediterranean diet. Even as a talk on nutrition and lifestyle it was incoherent and badly researched. She was ultimately there to promote her business. She'll be doing exactly the same talk at another Meetup group tonight, raising the same eyebrows and carrying on regardless, and I'm certain she won't darken our doorstep again. I don't really think that's the spirit these talks are supposed to be done in.

    October 30, 2015

  • Elaine J.

    I really enjoyed the meetup. The speakers did a fantastic job presenting. A great opportunity to catchup, learn and network. Thank you!

    2 · October 30, 2015

  • Niru

    Thank you Dan, the talks were useful and engaging. Although I am a non technical user of wordpress, I still enjoyed all the talks. Apologies to Dan Westall for not being able to stay till end of his talk due to time constraints. Thanks to you and other professionals for your time. It was an interesting and engaging evening.

    1 · October 30, 2015

  • Keith D.

    Great to see everyone again! :)

    1 · October 30, 2015

  • Ravi R.

    This was my first time there and I was impressed by the whole evening. Dan compered it well, there was some time to mingle and the speakers were great.

    October 30, 2015

  • Franz V.

    Re: the second talk, which is the one that confused some of the attendees. I think it's good that there are talks like that, in a community where potentially most of the people spend their regular day sitting down in front of a screen. Some of us work from home, and when you work from home, if you don't go to a gym or something, you're barely moving.

    That being said, I did not like the presentation. To name a couple of reasons: first, she didn't adapt the talk to the audience. She could have given practical suggestions on how to create time for fitness in our busy days, for example. Second, I found some of her ideas quite dangerous. "Dieting doesn't work", "don't count calories", etc. Whilst I get what she means (it's not the diet, it's the lifestyle), if someone takes those sentences out of context, it can get pretty bad actually.

    Great talks by Keith and Dan. Super nice to meet new people, looks like the group is growing, which is awesome.

    See you lovely people in one month? :)

    2 · October 30, 2015

  • Neel P.

    Looks like a great line-up, but unfortunately cannot make it. Will the presentation be available for download or viewing if being recorded? Have a great one and hopefully see you at the next one!

    1 · October 28, 2015

  • Dan M.

    We are in a new room this month: Oliver Thomson Lecture Theatre so keep an eye out for those orange #wpldn signs. See you all tomorrow

    2 · October 28, 2015

  • Franz V.

    See you all tomorrow!

    3 · October 28, 2015

  • Diane W.

    Looking forward to seeing you all! :)

    4 · October 24, 2015

    • Gabriel

      I'll likely come after 19:00 so looking forward in catching up :)

      1 · October 25, 2015

    • Diane W.

      Yay! I will buy you a beer :)

      1 · October 26, 2015

  • Lee R.

    Looking forward to this, but, one thing puzzles me - does Rachel's presentation include any WordPress stuff?

    October 22, 2015

    • A former member
      A former member

      Her website uses WordPress, does that make it relevant enough?!

      1 · October 22, 2015

  • Graham A.

    Looking forward to coming to this one.

    October 22, 2015

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