• WordPress Essex Meetup - February 2019

    Anglia Ruskin University

    Join us for the first WordPress Essex Meetup of 2019! We're back after the holidays and jumping straight into WordPress security, we'll also be talking about our mental health as freelancers, solo-business owners and distributed team members. We're in our normal room in the Lord Ashcroft Building MAB 116. Find out more about the WordPress Essex Meetup at https://wpessex.org. # Going to the dark side, they have cookies Everyone should be a little bit worried about the security of their site, and at conferences, lots of security talks focus on practical steps people can take. In this talk, Tim will flip the norms and instead focus on several real examples of sites being hacked but from the attackers perspective. We will see the whole attacks from the bad actors view identifying targets, analysing vulnerable sites, adding payload, exploiting in doing so showing how sites are infected, how some tools do prevent certain attacks and how clever and indeed not so clever bad actors can circumvent lots of hardening done. Each step we can analyse what could have been put in place to prevent and frustrate the attack and then look at how this can be implemented on your site. Presented by Tim Nash. Tim is the platform lead at 34SP.com for their Managed WordPress product in addition to being the companies developer advocate. One day he will work out what either of those job titles means. Until he does he spends his day in a mix of dev, security, ops and project management as well as speaking at user groups and conferences. He also helps run WordPress Leeds and writes for several publications including his own site timnash.co.uk. Follow him at @tnash (https://twitter.com/tnash). # Together We Can #PressForward Let’s have an honest discussion about the challenges of running your WordPress business. Building your own business, no matter what size, can be one of the most rewarding, satisfying and freeing experiences you’ve ever encountered. It can also be one of the most terrifying, isolating and lonely roads to take. Having successfully started, developed and sold businesses, Dan has first-hand experience of both the positive and negative impacts on his mental health. Dan will talk candidly about some of his experiences and giving you some insight into his decision to launch the charity: WP&UP. Presented by Dan Maby. Dan is a director at Blue 37 – a WordPress specialist agency. He’s also the founder & trustee of WP&UP – a charity that supports & promotes positive mental health within the WordPress community. Follow him @danmaby (https://twitter.com/danmaby) Running Order (STC): 18:30 - Arrive for networking 19:00 - Opening remarks 19:15 - First session: Tim Nash 20:00 - Break 20:05 - Second session: Dan Maby 20:50 - Closing remarks 21:00 - Social /* How to find us -----*/ The Anglia Ruskin University website has a comprehensive list of way to access the venue (http://www.anglia.ac.uk/student-life/life-on-campus/chelmsford-campus/travelling-to-our-chelmsford-campus). • Car - The University car parks are free after 16:30. Sawyers Car Park (https://b37.co/wpEssexCar) is the closest, just off Hoffmanns Way. • Train - The Chelmsford Train Station is an 11 min. walk to the venue. See this map (https://b37.co/wpEssexTrain). • Bus - Regular bus services run to and from the venue. /* Code of conduct -----*/ The WordPress Essex Meetup is intended to be a safe, judgemental free event for the local WordPress community to come together, share knowledge and grow. We have a code of conduct (https://wpessex.org/code-of-conduct/) that all attendees, speakers, volunteers, and organisers are expected to abide by. /* Sponsors & Supporters -----*/ This event is supported by Blue 37 (https://blue37.com/) - a strategic-thinking team of digital experts with a creative edge, and Primary Image (https://www.primaryimage.uk) - a WordPress web design agency based in Southend-on-Sea.

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  • WordPress Essex Meetup - November 2018

    Anglia Ruskin University

    Join us for the last WordPress Essex Meetup of 2018! This month we'll be looking at some useful plugins when developing websites. Plus, we'll have an open discussion so you can set the agenda on the WordPress topics that matter to you. We're in our normal room in the Lord Ashcroft Building MAB 116. Find out more about the WordPress Essex Meetup at https://wpessex.org. # Plugins Uncovered We all have our favourite go-to plugins, often using them repeatedly on our client projects. We may have plugins we've used for years, or sometimes we come across handy plugins by chance. In this session, Mike Pead will demonstrate a few plugins he regularly uses, which are useful for all levels of abilities. Feel free to share your suggestions too! Presented by Mike Pead. Mike works at Primary Image (https://www.primaryimage.uk), a WordPress design agency based in Southend-on-Sea, who support businesses of all sizes across the UK. Follow him at @mikepead (https://twitter.com/mikepead). # Open Discussion We'll end the year with an open discussion on WordPress, so it's over to you! This could include ways of improving your website, streamlining your workflow, growing your business, or preparing for the imminent launch of WordPress 5.0 and the new Gutenberg editor! Running Order (STC): 18:30 - Arrive for networking 19:00 - Opening remarks 19:05 - wp_update_post 19:15 - First session: Plugins Uncovered 20:00 - Second session: Open discussion 20:50 - Closing remarks 21:00 - Social /* How to find us -----*/ The Anglia Ruskin University website has a comprehensive list of way to access the venue (http://www.anglia.ac.uk/student-life/life-on-campus/chelmsford-campus/travelling-to-our-chelmsford-campus). • Car - The University car parks are free after 16:30. Sawyers Car Park (https://b37.co/wpEssexCar) is the closest, just off Hoffmanns Way. • Train - The Chelmsford Train Station is an 11 min. walk to the venue. See this map (https://b37.co/wpEssexTrain). • Bus - Regular bus services run to and from the venue. /* Code of conduct -----*/ The WordPress Essex Meetup is intended to be a safe, judgemental free event for the local WordPress community to come together, share knowledge and grow. We have a code of conduct (https://wpessex.org/code-of-conduct/) that all attendees, speakers, volunteers, and organisers are expected to abide by. /* Sponsors & Supporters -----*/ This event is supported by Blue 37 (https://blue37.com/) - a strategic-thinking team of digital experts with a creative edge, and Primary Image (https://www.primaryimage.uk) - a WordPress web design agency based in Southend-on-Sea.

  • WordPress Essex Meetup - September 2018

    Anglia Ruskin University

    We're back after the summer break! At the WordPress Essex Meetup (https://wpessex.org) this month Lewis Cowles will be sharing examples of good user interface design, plus Dan Maby will be looking at the future of WordPress editorial. We're in our normal room in the Lord Ashcroft Building MAB 116. # Website Usability - What Makes Good/Bad User Experiences Successful websites are ones that are easy to use and avoid unnecessary complexity. Designing a simpler website experience benefits everyone, including you and your clients, plus of course your website's visitors. Lewis will share a number of user experience (UX) examples that we can all learn from. Presented by Lewis Cowles. Lewis owns and runs CODESIGN2 (https://www.codesign2.co.uk), based in Pitsea, Essex. He works with a range of software and platforms, developing and supporting a range of technology including a number of high traffic e-commerce websites, having worked in IT & development for over sixteen years. Follow him @LewisCowles1 (https://www.twitter.com/LewisCowles1). # Gutenberg - The Future of WordPress Editorial A practical and hands-on session looking at the new content editor. During this session we'll be taking a look at the new editorial experience and getting to grips with what the future of WordPress content creation may look like. Presented by Dan Maby. Dan is a director at Blue 37 (https://blue37.com) - a WordPress specialist agency. He's also the founder & director of WP&UP (https://wpandup.org) - a charity that supports & promotes positive mental health within the WordPress community. You'll find him organising WordCamps and Meetups throughout the UK. He thrives on business development and project management, as well as having a passion for seeing success within others. Follow him @DanMaby (https://www.twitter.com/DanMaby). Running Order (STC): 18:30 - Arrive for networking 19:00 - Opening remarks 19:10 - First speaker - Lewis Cowles 19:45 - wp_update_post 20:05 - Break 20:15 - Second speaker - Dan Maby 20:50 - Closing remarks 21:00 - Social /* How to find us -----*/ The Anglia Ruskin University website has a comprehensive list of way to access the venue (http://www.anglia.ac.uk/student-life/life-on-campus/chelmsford-campus/travelling-to-our-chelmsford-campus). • Car - The University car parks are free after 16:30. Sawyers Car Park (https://b37.co/wpEssexCar) is the closest, just off Hoffmanns Way. • Train - The Chelmsford Train Station is an 11 min. walk to the venue. See this map (https://b37.co/wpEssexTrain). • 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 (https://wpessex.org/code-of-conduct/) that all attendees, speakers, volunteers, and organisers are expected to abide by. /* Sponsors & Supporters -----*/ This event is supported by Blue 37 (https://blue37.com/) - a strategic-thinking team of digital experts with a creative edge, and Primary Image (https://www.primaryimage.uk) - a WordPress web design agency based in Southend-on-Sea.

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  • WordPress Essex Meetup - July 2018

    Anglia Ruskin University

    At this months WordPress Essex Meetup (https://wpessex.org) we'll be hearing from Chris Butterworth about when is the right time to use a plugin. We'll also be running an Open Q&A session, so come with your unanswered WordPress questions and we'll do our best to resolve them for you. We're in our normal room in the Lord Ashcroft Building MAB 116. # There's A Plugin For That There's a plugin for that but does it need to be? Whether it's performance or conflicts having too many can cause a lot of issues; with a few examples this talk will show a couple of simple ways to remove and replace plugins with your own stripped down code fully integrated with your theme to help stop these issues from arising. Presented by Chris Butterworth. With a career spanning nearly 10 years working with WordPress, Chris has experienced a lot when it comes to the the great, the good and the not so good parts of WordPress development. As the Head of Digital for the District in Cambridge, Chris leads the day to day development as well as constantly learning and trying to pass on the knowledge he has. Follow him @chris__butters (https://twitter.com/chris__butters). # Open Q&A Session This is an opportunity for you to bring those unanswered questions you may have about WordPress, whether that's the business of WordPress, the development side, maybe you want to know more about contributing or need to get to the bottom of how to get yourself setup? We'll cover a wide variety of topics. Running Order (STC): 18:30 - Arrive for networking 19:00 - Opening remarks 19:10 - First speaker - Chris Butterworth 19:45 - wp_update_post 20:05 - Break 20:15 - Open Q&A 20:50 - Closing remarks 21:00 - Social /* How to find us -----*/ The Anglia Ruskin University website has a comprehensive list of way to access the venue (http://www.anglia.ac.uk/student-life/life-on-campus/chelmsford-campus/travelling-to-our-chelmsford-campus). • Car - The University car parks are free after 16:30. Sawyers Car Park (https://b37.co/wpEssexCar) is the closest, just off Hoffmanns Way. • Train - The Chelmsford Train Station is an 11 min. walk to the venue. See this map (https://b37.co/wpEssexTrain). • 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 (https://wpessex.org/code-of-conduct/) that all attendees, speakers, volunteers, and organisers are expected to abide by. /* Sponsors & Supporters -----*/ This event is supported by Blue 37 (https://blue37.com/) - a strategic-thinking team of digital experts with a creative edge, and Primary Image (https://www.primaryimage.uk) - a WordPress web design agency based in Southend-on-Sea.

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  • WordPress Essex Meetup - June 2018

    Anglia Ruskin University

    It's true first impressions count, that's why we're looking at the website homepage this month at #WPESSEX. This will be a hand-on session for you to share knowledge and learn new techniques. **ROOM CHANGE** We're back to our normal room in the Lord Ashcroft Building MAB 116. ## What Makes A Good Website Homepage? Your homepage is the most important area on your website. You must give visitors a great first impression. You need to clearly tell visitors what your business offers them. If you don’t get your home page right, there’s a high chance people will exit your website without going any further. Mike Pead, from Primary Image, will lead this hands-on, practical session on good design practice when it comes to creating website homepages. We’ll look at some examples, good and bad, and of course have the chance to look at your own websites too. Presented by Mike Pead. Mike works at Primary Image (https://www.primaryimage.uk), a WordPress design agency based in Southend-on-Sea, who support businesses of all sizes across the UK. Follow him @mikepead (https://twitter.com/mikepead) ## Running Order (STC): - Arrive from 18:30 for networking - 19:00 - Opening remarks - 19:10 - Speaker - Mike Pead - 19:45 - Break - 20:00 - TBC - 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 (http://www.anglia.ac.uk/student-life/life-on-campus/chelmsford-campus/travelling-to-our-chelmsford-campus). • Car - The University car parks are free after 16:30. Sawyers Car Park (https://b37.co/wpEssexCar) is the closest, just off Hoffmanns Way. • Train - The Chelmsford Train Station is an 11 min. walk to the venue. See this map (https://b37.co/wpEssexTrain). • 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 (https://wpessex.org/code-of-conduct/) that all attendees, speakers, volunteers, and organisers are expected to abide by. /* Sponsors & Supporters -----*/ This event is supported by Blue 37 (https://blue37.com/) - a strategic-thinking team of digital experts with a creative edge, and Primary Image (https://www.primaryimage.uk) - a WordPress web design agency based in Southend-on-Sea.

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  • WordPress Essex Meetup - May 2018

    Anglia Ruskin University

    At the WordPress Essex Meetup this month we're getting hands-on with our WordPress sites. We'll be looking at plugins, discussing functionality and discovering if there's a better way to accomplish tasks in our sites. We'll also be tuning up our wp-admin at our WordPress Clinic, so bring your questions, issues and general advice. **ROOM CHANGE** We're in the Sawyers Building room SAW 001, access via The Lord Ashcroft Building. ## Plugin Updates In this session we'll discuss our go-to plugins, highlight new & interesting discoveries, as well as find alternatives solutions to common issues. This will be an opportunity for you to get involved, so come prepared with your favourite plugins. Presented by Dan Maby. Dan is a Director at Blue 37 (https://blue37.com/) a creative digital agency. He thrives on business development & project management, as well as having a passion for productivity & marketing. When not in front of a screen, you'll find him organising events. Follow him @danmaby (https://twitter.com/danmaby). ## WordPress Clinic We'll have an informal session to review and suggest improvements to your own WordPress websites. This means you'll have some practical advice to takeaway, or pickup some inspiration by looking at what others are doing, or simply learn what tools you can use to run your own checks. If you have any specific WordPress questions, you're also very welcome to share these with the group. Our WordPress Essex group covers all abilities, from beginners to advanced users, so don't be shy! In this session, we can also demo some methods used to audit websites, such as mobile-friendly testing, loading speed testing, SEO (search engine optimisation), etc, as well as critiquing design and content. (Optional - if you want to send Mike your website's URL in advance, he'll also be able to carry out a more in-depth analysis to share during the evening). Presented by Mike Pead. Mike works at Primary Image (https://www.primaryimage.uk), a WordPress design agency based in Southend-on-Sea, who support businesses of all sizes across the UK. Follow him @mikepead (https://twitter.com/mikepead) ## Running Order (STC): - Arrive from 18:30 for networking - 19:00 - Opening remarks - 19:10 - Plugin Updates - 19:45 - Break - 20:00 - WordPress Clinic - 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 (http://www.anglia.ac.uk/student-life/life-on-campus/chelmsford-campus/travelling-to-our-chelmsford-campus). • Car - The University car parks are free after 16:30. Sawyers Car Park (https://b37.co/wpEssexCar) is the closest, just off Hoffmanns Way. • Train - The Chelmsford Train Station is an 11 min. walk to the venue. See this map (https://b37.co/wpEssexTrain). • 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 (https://wpessex.org/code-of-conduct/) that all attendees, speakers, volunteers, and organisers are expected to abide by. /* Sponsors & Supporters -----*/ This event is supported by Blue 37 (https://blue37.com/) - a strategic-thinking team of digital experts with a creative edge, and Primary Image (https://www.primaryimage.uk) - a WordPress web design agency based in Southend-on-Sea.

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  • WordPress Essex Meetup - April 2018

    Anglia Ruskin University

    This month at the WordPress Essex Meetup we're having a GDPR themed night. With the imminent implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) almost every development agency, design studio, freelancer and website owner will be impacted by the changes to the law enforced from 25 May 2018. ## Open GDPR Workshop This will be an opportunity as a collective to raise questions, get to grips with the potential impact, understand how we can ensure our sites are compliant and generally develop a deeper understanding of GDPR. We'll also look at some of the plugin options to help manage data. If you're willing to share your own websites, we can also use these as case studies during the evening. Presented by Dan Maby (https://twitter.com/danmaby). Dan is a Director at Blue 37 (https://blue37.com/) a creative digital agency. He thrives on business development & project management, as well as having a passion for productivity & marketing. When not in front of a screen, you'll find him organising events. Follow him @danmaby (https://twitter.com/danmaby). ## Running Order (STC): - Arrive from 18:30 for networking - 19:00 - Opening remarks - 19:10 - wp_update_post - 19:20 - The GDPR Workshop - 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 (http://www.anglia.ac.uk/student-life/life-on-campus/chelmsford-campus/travelling-to-our-chelmsford-campus). • Car - The University car parks are free after 16:30. Sawyers Car Park (https://b37.co/wpEssexCar) is the closest, just off Hoffmanns Way. • Train - The Chelmsford Train Station is an 11 min. walk to the venue. See this map (https://b37.co/wpEssexTrain). • 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 (https://wpessex.org/code-of-conduct/) that all attendees, speakers, volunteers, and organisers are expected to abide by. /* Sponsors & Supporters -----*/ This event is supported by Blue 37 (https://blue37.com/) - a strategic-thinking team of digital experts with a creative edge, and Primary Image (https://www.primaryimage.uk) - a WordPress web design agency based in Southend-on-Sea.

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  • WordPress Essex Meetup - March. 2018

    Anglia Ruskin University

    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 (https://twitter.com/mikepead). 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 (http://www.anglia.ac.uk/student-life/life-on-campus/chelmsford-campus/travelling-to-our-chelmsford-campus). • Car - The University car parks are free after 16:30. Sawyers Car Park (https://b37.co/wpEssexCar) is the closest, just off Hoffmanns Way. • Train - The Chelmsford Train Station is an 11 min. walk to the venue. See this map (https://b37.co/wpEssexTrain). • 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 (https://wpessex.org/code-of-conduct/) that all attendees, speakers, volunteers, and organisers are expected to abide by. /* Sponsors & Supporters -----*/ This event is supported by Blue 37 (https://blue37.com/) - a strategic-thinking team of digital experts with a creative edge, and Primary Image (https://www.primaryimage.uk) - a WordPress web design agency based in Southend-on-Sea.

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  • WordPress Essex Meetup - Nov. 2017

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    For this month's WordPress Essex Meetup (https://wpessex.org) we'll be exploring how to make our websites faster and discussing how we can improve our sites for 2018. We'll be holding another informal meetup for WordPress developers, designers, users and business owners. Waterfall & Unicorns "I want my site to load fast" - every site owner. Getting a site running fast even with lots of visitors is something that plagues most sites at some point. No one wants to see a 502 error page or simply a whitescreen while the page is loading. Tim will take you through some of optimisation tips and tricks to increase concurrency and real time load times. He will also look at tools and services and why sometimes worrying about getting good metric results can often be detrimental to load times. Presented by Tim Nash (https://twitter.com/tnash). Tim is the WordPress Platform Lead and Developer Advocate for 34SP.com (https://www.34sp.com/), one day he will find out what he is meant to actually be doing. He is also a author, blogger at timnash.co.uk (https://timnash.co.uk/), videographer and has even been known to give the occasional talk. He codes too, but not as much as he would like.. Follow him @tnash (https://twitter.com/tnash). The Year That Was... As this will be the last formal event for 2017, we'll be taking a look back through the year that was and see what's worked, what's not and how we can improve our websites for 2018. This will be an interactive group discussion, looking at all areas of our WordPress sites. Examples of topics we'll be discussing include: hosting, support, SEO, design and anything else that's relevant to your site. Running Order (STC): 18:30 - Arrive for networking 19:00 - Opening remarks 19:10 - First speaker - Tim Nash 19:45 - wp_update_post 20:05 - Break 20:15 - Group Discussion - The Year That Was... 20:50 - Closing remarks 21:00 - Social /* How to find us -----*/ The Anglia Ruskin University website has a comprehensive list of way to access the venue (http://www.anglia.ac.uk/student-life/life-on-campus/chelmsford-campus/travelling-to-our-chelmsford-campus). • Car - The University car parks are free after 16:30. Sawyers Car Park (https://www.google.co.uk/maps/dir/51.7406998,0.4749204/51.7407143,0.4749204/@51.7406645,0.4742392,18z/data=!4m2!4m1!3e0) is the closest, just off Hoffmanns Way. • Train - The Chelmsford Train Station is an 11 min. walk to the venue. See this map (https://www.google.co.uk/maps/dir/Chelmsford+Station,+Chelmsford/Anglia+Studentpad+Accommodation+Services,+Ashby+House,+Bishop+Hall+Ln,+Chelmsford+CM1+1SQ/@51.7386093,0.4676955,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m14!4m13!1m5!1m1!1s0x47d8ebda18666257:0x5fda23216901c2c5!2m2!1d0.4686795!2d51.7364604!1m5!1m1!1s0x47d8ebdf45cedec7:0xee840230c6261d00!2m2!1d0.4743125!2d51.7412074!3e2). • 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 (https://wpessex.org/code-of-conduct/) that all attendees, speakers, volunteers, and organisers are expected to abide by. /* Sponsors & Supporters -----*/ This event is supported by Blue 37 (https://blue37.com/) - a strategic-thinking team of digital experts with a creative edge.

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  • WordPress Essex Meetup - Oct. 2017

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    The WordPress Essex Meetup (https://wpessex.org) has moved dates, we're wanting to be as inclusive as possible and following feedback from the first event we have discovered that the second Thursday of the month prevented some from attending. We will be holding another informal meetup for WordPress developers, designers, users and business owner. This month it's all about speed and proposals! I propose to you The humble proposal. We all want a yes but how do we get it. Let's run through some of the key factors in winning new business through your proposal. Presented by Dan Maby (https://twitter.com/danmaby). Dan is the MD at Blue 37 (https://blue37.com/) a creative digital agency. He thrives on business development & project management, as well as having a passion for productivity & marketing. When not in front of a screen, you'll find him organising events. Follow him @danmaby (https://twitter.com/danmaby). Why website speed matters and how to make your WordPress website faster Looking at the basics of how webpages travel across the internet to reach your web browser; how poor web design can cause slow loading times; and how you can measure your website’s performance. Presented by Mike Pead (https://twitter.com/mikepead). Mike runs Primary Image (https://www.primaryimage.uk/), a WordPress web design agency in Southend-on-Sea, Essex. He works with a variety of clients, from small local businesses, to large organisations such as Network Rail and National Express.. Follow him @mikepead (https://twitter.com/mikepead). Running Order (STC): 18:30 - Arrive for networking 19:00 - Opening remarks 19:10 - First speaker - Dan Maby 19:45 - wp_update_post 20:05 - Break 20:15 - Second speaker - Mike Pead 20:50 - Closing remarks 21:00 - Social /* How to find us -----*/ The Anglia Ruskin University website has a comprehensive list of way to access the venue (http://www.anglia.ac.uk/student-life/life-on-campus/chelmsford-campus/travelling-to-our-chelmsford-campus). • Car - The University car parks are free after 16:30. Sawyers Car Park (https://www.google.co.uk/maps/dir/51.7406998,0.4749204/51.7407143,0.4749204/@51.7406645,0.4742392,18z/data=!4m2!4m1!3e0) is the closest, just off Hoffmanns Way. • Train - The Chelmsford Train Station is an 11 min. walk to the venue. See this map (https://www.google.co.uk/maps/dir/Chelmsford+Station,+Chelmsford/Anglia+Studentpad+Accommodation+Services,+Ashby+House,+Bishop+Hall+Ln,+Chelmsford+CM1+1SQ/@51.7386093,0.4676955,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m14!4m13!1m5!1m1!1s0x47d8ebda18666257:0x5fda23216901c2c5!2m2!1d0.4686795!2d51.7364604!1m5!1m1!1s0x47d8ebdf45cedec7:0xee840230c6261d00!2m2!1d0.4743125!2d51.7412074!3e2). • 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 (https://wpessex.org/code-of-conduct/) that all attendees, speakers, volunteers, and organisers are expected to abide by. /* Sponsors & Supporters -----*/ This event is supported by Blue 37 (https://blue37.com/) - a strategic-thinking team of digital experts with a creative edge.

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