Past Meetup

WordPress London Meetup - March 2018

This Meetup is past

60 people went


25 Lavington St SE1 0NZ · London

How to find us

Nearest Underground stations are: Southwark ~ 6 min walk, London Bridge ~ 12 min walk, Waterloo ~ 12 min walk.

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**NEW VENUE** Yes the WordPress London Meetup is moving to a new home: we're pleased to be partnering with Cloudflare and using their meeting space for #WPLDN events. This is the building you'll be looking for: There will be a slightly lower number of space available for attendees, so if for whatever reason you can't join us, please do free up your space. This month we'll be learning some of the challenges of adding cloud services to WordPress, we'll also be hearing about the 2018 Rugby 6 Nations Match Centre developed on WordPress and scaled for millions of concurrent users.

## The Joys and Hardships of Adding Cloud Services to WordPress

In this talk Nic will step through both the product and engineering challenges of tightly integrating a complex cloud services product with WordPress. At Bibblio ( we provide advanced machine-learning recommendations to a wide sector of the publishing industry. Surely this should include WordPress, the biggest publishing platform on The Internet. But how does one provide a clean experience that feels like WordPress when the vast majority of the heavy lifting is happening off-site on our API? What kind of UX challenges arise from a workflow complicated by distributed systems?

Presented by Nic Young. Nic is Head of Product at Bibblio, where he focuses on product development and algorithm implementations. He has over ten years experience as a software developer and has worked in a number of programming languages across a variety of industries, mostly at startups.

## NatWest 6 Nations Match Centre on WordPress

Following on from our work with the British & Irish Lions tour of 2017, Sotic were engaged to use Wordpress as an enabling tool to deliver a new live match centre experience for the NatWest 6 Nations of 2018 (

The system brings together live statistics, live blogging, digital asset management and video in one live experience meeting on demand high spikes of traffic in a multi-lingual environment.

Presented by Dan Drave. Dan joined Sotic ( in 2016 and leads the front-end development team, who deliver our fantastic websites. He has lived and breathed web development all of his professional career. Since working at Sotic, Dan and his team have delivered sites for a wide variety of our clients from Aberdeen FC to Six Nations and London Scottish to the Lions Rugby Tour of New Zealand. He actively contributes to the WordPress community and has recently spoken at exclusive WordPress events. Follow him @danieldrave (

Running Order (STC):

18:30 - Arrive for networking and refreshments
19:00 - Opening remarks
19:20 - Speaker - Nic Young
19:55 - Break
20:10 - Speaker - Dan Drave
20:45 - Closing remarks
21:00 - Social

Follow #wpldn ( on Twitter for all the latest and join the Facebook Group ( to take the conversation further. Have a talk you'd like to present? We'd love to hear from you.

The WordPress London meetup is supported by a team of volunteers: Annabelle (, Dan ( and Gary (