Have you ever considered the impact your website has on the environment? Tom will be looking at the benefits of a greener web. And Chris will be talking about going beyond just eCommerce with WooCommerce.
# Why a greener web is good for everyone
The internet has huge potential to move us towards a sustainable future through dematerialising products and streamlining industries. Despite its many benefits though, it is not perfect. The storage, processing and transmission of data consumes electricity and that has an impact on the environment.
The good news is that there are simple things that we can do about it, and contrary to what some may think, a green website can actually be a better website for everyone. Approaching web projects through the lens of sustainability can have benefits not just for the environment, but also in terms of improved SEO, accessibility, user experience and even cost savings.
We'll look at some practical steps to green the web and the benefits that they bring.
Presented by Tom Greenwood. Tom is a sustainability nut, designer and co-founder of the WordPress agency Wholegrain Digital.
He believes that design, technology and business can and should be used to create a better world that is truly sustainable. He is critically aware of the need to seek out the sweet spot between idealism and cold hard reality in order to drive forward progress.
When he needs to switch off, he'll be found swimming in the sea or running around the woods with no shoes on. Follow him @eatwholegrain (https://twitter.com/eatwholegrain)
## Developing for WordPress with WooCommerce
Introducing ways to use WooCommerce as a platform to build user experiences and business solutions that go beyond pure e-commerce/payment solutions in WordPress instances.
Presented by Chris Brosnan. Chris is a self-taught developer who is currently Senior Full Stack Developer at Ayre Media, a blockchain/cryptocurrency startup based in London. Chris has a particular interest in PHP and WordPress, and has shared his passion for both in different industries including the charity sector, travel, financial software and property. When not coding, Chris enjoys his passion for film, comic books, board games and watching sports. He is also a part-time postgrad student at Birkbeck College. Follow him @cd_brosnan (https://twitter.com/cd_brosnan).
Running Order (STC):
18:30 - Arrive for networking and refreshments
19:00 - Opening remarks
19:20 - Speaker - Tom Greenwood
19:55 - Break
20:10 - Speaker - Chris Brosnan
20:45 - Closing remarks
21:00 - Social
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