Past Meetup

WordPress Essex Meetup - March. 2018

This Meetup is past

12 people went

Anglia Ruskin University

Bishop Hall Ln, Chelmsford · CM1 1SQ

How to find us

Access by Car (Free parking), Train (11 min. walk from station), Bus or Foot. Further details in the main description.

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We're back from the winter break and will be holding another informal meetup for WordPress developers, designers, users and business owners in Essex.

## Digital Trends - A study of GenZ and how the web must adapt to their needs.

Presented by Jamie Lawrence, Elevate Account Manager at WP Engine. The WordPress digital experience platform.

## The major update coming to WordPress this year: Gutenberg

The WordPress editing interface has mostly stayed the same for many years, but that’s about to change. Later this year, a major update is coming to WordPress, called Gutenberg, which will revolutionise how you publish content on your website. It’s currently planned to launch with WordPress 5.0.

Soon, you’ll be able to create fancy page layouts and use a variety of new formatting options, simply by drag-and-dropping blocks into your page. No longer will you have to mess around with shortcodes, or have to install a page builder plugin. It’s also stirring a lot of debate in the WordPress community, for example many themes and plugins will need updating to work with Gutenberg, and users may need retraining.

Mike, from Primary Image, will lead a demo of the new WordPress editing interface, plus we’ll discuss some of the steps that webmasters will need to take.

Presented by Mike Pead ( Mike works at Primary Image, a WordPress design agency based in Southend-on-Sea, who support businesses of all sizes across the UK.

## Running Order (STC):

- Arrive from 18:30 for networking
- 19:00 - Opening remarks
- 19:10 - Digital Trends - A study of GenZ and how the web must adapt to their needs, by Jamie Lawrence
- 19:45 - wp_update_post
- 20:00 - Break
- 20:15 - The major update coming to WordPress this year: Gutenberg, by Mike Pead
- 20:45 - Closing remarks
- 21:00 - Social

/* How to find us -----*/

The Anglia Ruskin University website has a comprehensive list of way to access the venue (

• Car - The University car parks are free after 16:30. Sawyers Car Park ( is the closest, just off Hoffmanns Way.

• Train - The Chelmsford Train Station is an 11 min. walk to the venue. See this map (

• Bus - Regular bus services run to and from the venue.

/* Code of conduct -----*/

The WordPress Essex Meetup is intended to be a safe, judgmental free event for the local WordPress community to come together, share knowledge and grow. We have a code of conduct ( that all attendees, speakers, volunteers, and organisers are expected to abide by.

/* Sponsors & Supporters -----*/

This event is supported by Blue 37 ( - a strategic-thinking team of digital experts with a creative edge, and Primary Image ( - a WordPress web design agency based in Southend-on-Sea.