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January WordPress London Meetup

  • Jan 28, 2016 · 6:30 PM
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Happy New Year to you all!  The next #wpldn is going to be a busy one with four speakers for the night.  (The building entrance is still the temporary one to the left.)

WordCamp London 2016 will be closing the Call for Papers this Monday, 18th January 2016!

Get your submissions in now or get in touch with the organising team who can help you settle on a topic: [masked]

If you've got questions about speaking or applying to speak, take a look at their FAQ

Ticket sales open on the 25th January 2016 - so keep your eyes peeled for announcements!

Missed a #wpldn recently?  Catch up at wpldn.uk

Tidy Up Your WordPress Site for the New Year!

Now is the perfect time to give your WordPress website some quick housekeeping and get it into shape for the New Year.  Do you need that new Twenty Sixteen theme?  Have you updated the copyright date in your footer?  When did you last optimise your database to remove old saved revisions?  Have you recently checked your SEO keyword rankings?  This presentation will give you a basic checklist of some practical things you can do on your own WordPress website.

Presented by Mike PeadMike runs Primary Image, based in Westcliff-on-Sea in Essex, which predominantly specialises in WordPress web design, support and hosting.  Mike has a particular interest in WordPress security and speed optimisation.  Follow @primaryimage for business and web design tips.

Preparing Your Plugin for a .org Release

How do you get a plugin onto the WordPress.org repository? What steps do you need to take? Are there any specific requirements?

These are just some of the questions this talk, aimed at anyone who wants to push a plugin to the WordPress.org repository will answer. We will go through the steps you need to take in order to prepare your plugin, some best practices in the plugin code and how to submit it to .org.

Presented by Mark Wilkinson. Mark is a Freelance WordPress developer working from home in Lancashire and a former secondary school teacher of Computing. He builds both large and small WordPress sites for clients and agencies across the UK and blogs about WordPress at markwilkinson.me. Mark is particularly interested in using WordPress in different ways, getting away from a CMS or blog.  Follow him @wpmark

10 Step Guide to doing your own thing (with WordPress)

I'll share the 10 most important things I've learned since I started to use WordPress and the experiences faced in starting a WordPress-focused web development agency.

I'll share stuff on how focusing on a single path and managing your ideas, risks, fears and failures will make you better at what you do. I'll also include my own personal mantra about why I chose to go 100% WordPress, quite simply: “You’re either a genius or an idiot if you build your own CMS, choose wisely”.

My hope is that everyone can take something away from this talk. In the spirit of open-source and WordPress I feel that we should always be open and share our career paths if only to inspire the next generation not to make the same mistakes!

Presented by Kimb Jones. Kimb is the co-founder of UK-based WordPress agency Make Do. In a previous life he worked in the corporate surroundings of the NHS for over 10 years working in both IT and Marketing. He promises it wasn’t as boring as it sounds (mostly).

He’s been running a local WordPress meetup in Sheffield (UK) for over 5 years and is the main co-ordinator of WordCamp Sheffield and was on the WordCamp Europe 2014 (Sofia) organising team and has been speaking & involved with WordCamp’s since 2009.

You can find out more about Kimb at his site: http://kimb.me or follow him @mkjones

Building themes with the WP Customizer API

If you’re not already using the customizer to add custom ‘options’ into your themes, then this talk will help you get started! Dave will cover the fundamentals of getting your theme ready for customizer action before showing you how to add settings, controls, sections and panels. Then the talk will touch on more advanced topics such as enabling live updates to preview your changes, exercising control over your website’s colours and finally how to add your own custom controls.

Presented by Dave GreenDave is a Yorkshire tea drinking web developer from sunny Manchester specialising in front-end development, WordPress and WooCommerce. He has been developing websites using WordPress for the last five years and is one of the main cogs in the machine known as Make Do: a team of engineers and designers specialising in WordPress development. Follow him @davetgreen


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  • Ade A.

    Excellent

    1 · January 29, 2016

    • Dan M.

      Thanks Ade

      January 29, 2016

  • Ben N.

    Very good - I got something out of all 4 presentations!

    1 · January 29, 2016

    • Dan M.

      That's fantastic to hear Ben! Feedback like this is really appreciated, I'm sure Mike, Mark, Kimb & Dave would agree

      January 29, 2016

  • Cristiano Z.

    It has been a great come back , interesting talks, nice mood, nice people :)

    1 · January 29, 2016

    • Dan M.

      It was great to meet you Cristiano :) glad you enjoyed it.

      January 29, 2016

  • Dan M.

    As always thank you to the speakers, sponsors and you the attendees for another great #wpldn. As I mentioned, I'm looking for people within the community to get involved in building a new http://wpldn.uk I would like this to be a community project resulting in the theme (& plugins if built) made available in the w.org repo. Along with presentations made to #wpldn about how this project is designed, developed and managed. If you are interested ping me a message and we can discuss further. Save the date: 25 Feb. for the next meetup.

    January 29, 2016

  • Eugene M.

    It was so good to be back at the WPLDN after months. Very interesting talks, sorry I missed the last one but I had a long day at the "Day of REST". Thanks a lot to the sponsors for the pizza, the beer and the ... socks (I thought I would never have to say that) - look forward to the next one :-)

    4 · January 28, 2016

  • Robert F.

    Sadly, running too late to be able to make it tonight.

    January 28, 2016

    • roɃΞrt

      ...you need to update your emoticon!

      1 · January 28, 2016

  • Dan M.

    We have been able to get a larger room for tonight's #wpldn so feel free to come if you are on the waiting list or grab a friend! It's going to be a big one :)

    2 · January 28, 2016

    • Dan M.

      We will be in the Oliver Thompson Lecture Theatre tonight. Keep an eye out for the orange #wpldn signs when you arrive.

      January 28, 2016

    • Kimb J.

      Dave and I are on our way now 👍

      January 28, 2016

  • David B.

    Polishing my glasses, clearing my ear and opening my mind, that's me getting ready for later.

    2 · January 28, 2016

  • Dan M.

    Tonight is a busy meetup with 4 speakers. Doors open 18:30 for networking, food & drink (thanks to SiteGround, WP Engine & MakeDo). Talks will start 19:00 (maybe even a little earlier tonight). For those still on the waiting list; please feel free to come along tonight. If you can't make it please free up your spot.

    1 · January 28, 2016

    • Kimb J.

      Looks packed as well! Quite a few at Day of REST after tickets if there's any spare.

      2 · January 28, 2016

    • Dan M.

      Working with the venue to see if we can get into a bigger room! :)

      1 · January 28, 2016

  • julie

    Be too burned out from work to be able to even sit up straight tomorrow. let someone else take my space.
    Looking forward to resume with Wordpress Meet Up at The Hub Westminster.. what's happening there??

    1 · January 27, 2016

  • Clyde J.

    Freed up my spot too...sorry not able to come when I made alternative plans when I was on the waiting list.

    January 27, 2016

  • A former member
    A former member

    Freed up a spot ;)

    January 27, 2016

    • Cristian

      My guest is ill so one more open.

      January 27, 2016

  • Kimb J.

    Hi Borek,

    Dave (Green) and I will be at Day of REST and travelling over with a couple of other attendees to speak. The events are not linked though, we'll be heading BACK to the Day of REST after-party once we've done our talks but potentially catching up later so both events can mix at a 'common' event at some pre-pre-venue. My guess is this will be organised on the day so just keep an eye on Twitter.

    January 18, 2016

    • Graham A.

      Where is Day of Rest taking place, and where is the after event taking place?

      January 20, 2016

    • A former member
      A former member

      It's being held in Conway Hall. https://feelingrestful...­

      I'm coming from Denmark along with a colleague for the conference.

      January 20, 2016

  • Borek B.

    Hi, is this somehow connected to https://feelingrestful.com/ ? I know those are two separate events but is there a common afterparty planned or something like that? Many interesting people will be in London that evening..

    January 18, 2016

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