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WordPress User Group London - May 2015

  • May 19, 2015 · 6:30 PM
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Hello WordPress Users :-)

Hope you all well.

This time around we'll have two exciting talks :-)

If you have missed our first few events, don't despair. You can find the slides of what we covered so far here http://www.meetup.com/WordPress-User-Group-London/files/

A beginners guide to web accessibility by Graham Armfield. A presentation covering the definition of what web accessibility is, why it's important, what you can do about it, and when to think about it.

Graham Armfield is a Web Accessibility Consultant with his own company Coolfields Consulting. He works with organisations to help them improve the accessibility of their websites - by testing the websites for accessibility, and advising the designers and developers on how to fix issues found. He's also a WordPress developer, and has built many accessible WordPress websites for clients. He's an active member of the Make WordPress Accessible Team and has spoken on accessibility to many WordCamps and other WordPress meetups.

Please don't forget to bring your own laptop along, WiFi available.

In the second half I'll have Nudging Good User Experiences Along Using WordPress by Tricia Okin.

Everyone keeps throwing around the term “UX” (user experience) like a new buzz word that can fix anything. HINT: You can only fix what you know about at any given time. A component of crafting a good user experience is tuning in to what people need from you and delivering it well. Thankfully, WordPress is already a great platform to do so, but we can go a bit further in helping our users along their happy paths. We also need to realize that people don’t just experience digital platforms only on desktop or mobile anymore. It’s most likely a combination of 2 - 4 different platforms: mobile, desktop, tablet & possibly kiosk. We’ll take a look at the multichannel experience and how people really use technology. 

What we'll cover:
- A basic overview of user experience in everyday life both digital and analogue.
- Look at key principles to consider when designing and developing a holistic experience for people
- Review a user's journey and key pain points that can arise
- Look at the multi-screen experience that most people have throughout the day.
- Plug-ins that can help smoothen it out for people visiting your site.
- We can take a look at few member's sites for critique if we have time as well. 

About Tricia Okin: I love learning about people, cultures, languages and why people do the things they do. I’m constantly searching for the “Why?” in a scenario. With all that, my primary love is designing (for) online communities, to connect people to others and to share in storytelling and their histories. In my spare time, I travel to experience new places and people. My work includes clients who extend across multiple industry verticals, including education, nonprofit organizations, entertainment, tech, and food & lifestyle. I'm currently a lead instructor for generalassemb.ly's User Experience Design Immersive course in both the London and New York city campuses.

Of course there will also be plenty of time for you to ask questions and network with all other WordPress users.

Agenda:
6:30pm – Sign-in and pizza
7:00pm – Welcome and news
7:15pm – A beginners guide to web accessibility by Graham Armfield
8:00pm – 15 minute break
8:15pm – Nudging Good User Experiences Along Using WordPress by Tricia Okin.
9:00pm – Wrap up and conclusion

The event will be held at the Hub Westminster, 1st floor New Zealand House, 80 Haymarket, Westminster, London, SW1Y 4TE, which is conveniently located between Piccadilly Circus and Trafalgar Square.

One of us will welcome you on the ground floor where you'll be asked to sign in and collect your pass. Please wear your pass at all times since we are part of a government building. Then make your way to the 1st floor via the lift (not the stairs, those lead to Narnia) and then follow the signs to the Strategy lab.

If you have any questions, here are two forums that can help you out. One About Meetups Discussion http://www.meetup.com/WordPress-User-Group-London/messages/boards/forum/9788972 and one for WordPress Support & Help http://www.meetup.com/WordPress-User-Group-London/messages/boards/forum/19803502

Last but not least, we are building some resources for you to consume, help yourself here under the "Table of Contents" http://www.meetup.com/WordPress-User-Group-London/about/

Look forward to seeing you soon.

Ciao

PS: If you sign up and then you can't make it to the event, please make sure you change your RSVP to let others on the waiting list to attend. We will keep a record of whose of you that will prevent others from taking part and we reserve the right to deny you access to future events, sorry.

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  • Peter J.

    Sorry I missed this one!

    Have you all seen the announcement about Automattic buying WooCommerce? http://wptavern.com/automattic-acquires-woocommerce

    1 · May 20, 2015

    • Vineeta G.

      Yes Peter. Came as a surprise to us too. :) See you at the next meet up.

      May 21, 2015

  • Anabela R.

    Great meetup, very useful information about accessibility.

    1 · May 20, 2015

    • Graham A.

      Glad you found it useful Anabela.

      1 · May 20, 2015

  • Lenara

    Would be useful to have a copy of the slides from the guest speakers from the last two meetups, are you planning on uploading them as well? That would be grand :)

    May 20, 2015

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thank you guests and speakers for excellent meetup. Most useful accessibility tips!

    1 · May 20, 2015

    • A former member
      A former member

      I meant HOSTS as well as guests!

      May 20, 2015

  • A former member
    A former member

    Fun and informative

    May 20, 2015

  • Neel P.

    Gutted I can't make it this time! Have fun and enjoy the talks!

    May 8, 2015

    • Eugene M.

      Sorry to hear that. Look forward to seeing you next

      May 10, 2015

    • Paul H.

      See you next time Need. You missed a good evening

      May 20, 2015

  • Vineeta G.

    Really informative, and friendly atmosphere

    1 · May 20, 2015

  • Alessandro G.

    Good insights and some useful ideas out of it. Would have preferred a bit more techy.

    1 · May 19, 2015

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks to all! Look forward to the next one :)

    Mike

    2 · May 19, 2015

  • Elena

    Thank you Eugene, Vineeta, Amina and WP engine team! Another brilliant evening! And thank you to Graham and Hana - really useful and inspirational information! And the pizza was such a great idea!)

    1 · May 19, 2015

    • Eugene M.

      Thanks Elena, pizza is always a winner, isn't it?!

      1 · May 19, 2015

    • Elena

      :) Nothing can beat a good pizza after a long day :))

      May 19, 2015

  • Graham A.

    An excellent evening.

    1 · May 19, 2015

    • Eugene M.

      Thanks for coming down again and we do look forward to have you again. Enjoy your trip to Leeds.

      2 · May 19, 2015

    • Eugene M.

      Don't forget to share the link to those slides please :-)

      May 19, 2015

  • Paul H.

    Great meetup. Thanks to all the sponsors and organisers and special thanks to Eugene, Graham and Hana.

    2 · May 19, 2015

    • Eugene M.

      Sorry you had to wait so long, I guess it was worth it ;-)

      May 19, 2015

  • Eugene M.

    Great to have Graham and many thanks to Hana for improvising a talk about blogging tonight.

    2 · May 19, 2015

  • Priya m.

    Great event, and great to pick up tips on improving accessibility on my blog. Also fab to hear from fellow bloggers!

    3 · May 19, 2015

  • Priya m.

    Hey, i'm a blogger - just want to check if this session will be relevant for me. I want to improve how my blog looks in terms of theme etc, get more traffic - is this the right session for me?

    Thanks
    Priya :)

    May 18, 2015

    • Eugene M.

      Hi Priya, you will definitely pick some good tips on how to make your blog more user friendly for your visitors. Despite we won't cover theme editing, there will be lots of people that could advice or point you in the right direction.

      May 18, 2015

    • Priya m.

      Great! See you later!

      May 19, 2015

  • Simon L.

    Annoyingly, I am having to cancel tonight as I have just been informed a delivery that was scheduled for this Thursday is now arriving tonight! Really sorry to give such short notice!

    May 19, 2015

  • Adrian

    hi Eugene, you might like to consider cancelling - I cant make tonight ;) business meeting. Or at least order less pizza ;) - have released my place
    Pity, Graham really hits the accessibility nail on the head, more attention needs to be given to it. Would have liked to listen to Tricia too, as in my day UX was an integral part of design
    Both essential to devs and site managers, and even for trainers - I speak from experience ;)
    Hope you can post up the resources after

    May 19, 2015

    • Eugene M.

      Adrian you'll be much missed but I look forward to have an extra slice of pizza for myself ;-)

      May 19, 2015

  • julie

    I have serious doubts whether i will be able to focus so am not sure i will attend. Usual work problems . It will be last minute decision.

    May 19, 2015

  • Graham H.

    Unfortunately I'm having motorcycle issues this morning so I'll have to skip the meetup and figure out the issue. Hope you all have a great time, I look forward to viewing the slides and seeing you next month.

    May 19, 2015

    • Eugene M.

      Sorry to hear that Graham, look forward to catch up next month and good luck with the motorcycle.

      May 19, 2015

  • Hamed

    I'm sorry I cannot make it tonight because of work. I hope to see you guys at the next Meetup.

    1 · May 19, 2015

  • julie

    hi i'm still a beginner really. I have been writing a blog for 3 years using wordpress and it is still a hobby to keep me writing but as I'm on my own with it I'm dipping in an out of the tech stuff. Meaning I'm swimming in the deep end but really don't know what half of it means. I install plug ins without fully understanding them then delete them, which brings me to m y point. can topics of interest be suggested to this group? I want to understand Seo for example and have installed a plug in Wordpress SEO and i'm not too clear what I'm supposed to do. generally not very technical which is why i have joined the group. Am I in the right place? It seemed a lot of people were in the business of website design at the 1st and only meeting I attended.
    previously i attended a few London wordpress meet ups and also attempted to start my own, but gave that up after a few months as I didn't have the time for it.

    any suggestions.?

    1 · May 15, 2015

    • Graham H.

      https://www.dropbox.co...­

      Have a look at that, maybe it makes things clearer

      May 18, 2015

    • Eugene M.

      Thanks Graham - that's a good start.

      May 18, 2015

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey everyone, I'm looking forward to meeting you on the meetup tomorrow! I'm a blogging coach and I also do blogging workshops in HUB Westminster every month (bit.ly/ztb-w2), and I hope to meet more bloggers and WordPress enthusiasts, so if you happen to be one, feel free to come and speak to me on the break. See you tomorrow!

    1 · May 18, 2015

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