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WordPress User Group London - September 2015

  • Sep 22, 2015 · 6:30 PM
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Hello WordPress Users,

Hope you all had a nice summer.

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/

Since we've been away for so long we'll have a light restart based on networking and a walk through a theme modification talk.

More often than not we don't have the time to build a theme from scratch and/or have the budget to ask someone to do it for us. Buying an off the shelf theme and customise it to branding requirements have become a common practice. Some of you might be lured by a very engaging demo theme but find it difficult to adapt your content around the newly purchased item. Some other might want to change more than just the colours and fonts. Well I'll try my best to show you what are the best ways to go about and deliver a well balanced, cost efficient, original website.

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

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, pizza & network
7:00pm – News & Latest
7:30pm – 15 minute break
7:45pm – Walk through a theme modification
8:45pm – 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.

    An excellent session last week. Previously I had been totally against bought in themes having built my own with Artisteer. However, Artisteer is being replaced with Themler which although more powerful is riddled with bugs, is difficult to use and has poor support. I would not now recommend either product.

    I've just build two new sites using the RED FOLIO theme. For one I have had a child theme developed for some enhancements. Everybody who has seen these sites (still under development) loves them.

    So, although I have reservations about premium themes (lock in and bloat ware) I really now think there is little alternative unless you want to have a fully custom theme built (expensive and even more lock in).

    I am converted.

    All the best...Peter

    2 · September 30, 2015

    • Eugene M.

      Hi Peter, thanks for sharing your experience with everyone, very informative.

      September 30, 2015

  • Simon L.

    Useful Child Theme tutorial here (obviously you can ignore the bit about the image) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-wNApNN5_dY&index=72&list=WL

    September 28, 2015

    • Eugene M.

      Thanks for sharing Simon :-)

      September 29, 2015

  • The C.

    Thank you for the insightful session on Tuesday.
    As we are a website that done by and for people with dyslexia, we look forward to the next one that talks about the accessibility.

    1 · September 24, 2015

  • Simon L.

    Another excellent session!

    1 · September 23, 2015

  • Clive V.

    I too found the session yesterday extremely useful. Most of the content was new to me. Yet I understood it all. Thanks.

    1 · September 23, 2015

  • Matt M.

    I learnt a tonne, really useful!

    1 · September 23, 2015

  • Rex from 2.

    Great discussions yesterday night. I meant to mention another model and I also thought not enough emphasis was put on the themes that are available for free within the WordPress site: https://wordpress.org/themes
    I really don't think there is any noticable difference between the best of the free themes and the mediocre/single purpose themes you find in premium theme sites like ThemeForest.
    Everything you talked about regarding modification applies just as equally to them, and I feel that people starting out on theme modification should not dismiss the available themes on https://wordpress.org.
    Having said that, you are likely to find better support from the premium theme contributors (after all you have paid so it should be expected).

    1 · September 23, 2015

    • Rex from 2.

      The other model I meant to mention echos the comment by one of the User Group about functionality being the plugin's job, not the theme's.
      I have used a free theme called GeneratePress [https://generatepress....­] for a number of small sites recently.
      This theme is given away free and is on https://wordpress.org/...­, but the developer of the theme makes his living by offering a set of paid for plugins which enhance the customisation of the theme.

      There are a couple of benefits to this approach
      1. Theme updates can be pushed out through WordPress's built in updater.
      2. Users can choose which plugins they want to install - there is less of the bloat that plagues all-in-one themes like Avada.
      3. It encourages reuse of the theme as it does not need to be relicenced for each project

      Looking forward to coming again.

      Rex

      September 23, 2015

  • Derrick B.

    Not to the level of Wordpress Development I was expecting, it was a very basic level.

    1 · September 22, 2015

    • Derrick B.

      Sorry I thought "user group" meant a type of club focused on the use of a particular technology, usually (but not always) computer-related. Now if you attach the word "Beginners, Intermediate or Advance" tothe words "user group", then that's a clue :) Please don't get me wrong Eugene did a great job covering the topic at hand within the time he had. I suppose I got the impression it might be a more hands-on evening considering there was internet access and pretty much everyone had a laptop to follow along. This was my 1st WPUG event and I just saw the words "Bring your laptop" and "Theme Modification" I thought hmm interesting!.

      September 23, 2015

    • Eugene M.

      Hi Derrick, I'm sorry if it wasn't as you expected it. I stand by what Adrian had to say. I just wanted to raise awareness and show you the way. There are lots of great tutorials out there to guide you through if you like and freelance developer that can help you if you get stuck.

      September 23, 2015

  • Priya m.

    Hi Eugene, It looks like i'm going to be stuck at work tonight (booo!) so I am going to have to miss out. Will the slides be available as i'd like to hear about theme modification as my blog does need a revamp!

    Thanks
    Priya

    September 22, 2015

    • Eugene M.

      Hi Priya, we all need work after all and sometimes we get to spend more time than we wish ;-) you can find the slides here http://files.meetup.c...­ - let me know if you have any questions

      September 23, 2015

  • Jack R.

    have to cancel, not feeling great. i have a cold that i don't really want to share with everyone. Enjoy though, customising themes is great fun! :D

    September 22, 2015

    • Eugene M.

      Sorry to hear that Jack, hope you'll feel better soon.

      September 23, 2015

  • Eugene M.

    last but not least a particular thank to Adrian, Peter, Angus, Simon, Clive, Kenny & Chris for their interventions. That's what makes a usergroup worthwhile :-)

    September 23, 2015

  • Eugene M.

    hello again - can someone leave a star rating please? I would do it but it might come across as biased ;-)

    September 23, 2015

  • Eugene M.

    hello everyone - thanks again for coming down last night, I particularly enjoyed it.
    The slides are now available at this link http://files.meetup.com/8376732/WPUGL-M07-Sept15.pdf or under the menu More --> Files.
    Please let me know if you have any questions

    September 23, 2015

  • Kenny

    Thanks for hosting a great session tonight Eugene.

    1 · September 22, 2015

  • Peter J.

    Excellent session by Eugene on theme customisation

    1 · September 22, 2015

  • Chris A.

    Very informative meetup, more intermediate than beginner but no fault of organisers as modifying a theme is not something for absolute beginners anyway

    1 · September 22, 2015

  • Priya m.

    Hi, just wondering if there was any further information on the agenda and what they'll be talking about in the theme talk? I am unsure if I will be able to make it so wanted to make sure it is fully relevant.

    Thanks
    Priya

    September 18, 2015

    • Priya m.

      Thanks Eugene, I may get stuck at work today as it is a busy time, i'm hoping to come but will have to confirm around lunchtime - hope that is okay?

      September 22, 2015

    • Eugene M.

      sure - no pressure - being busy at work it's good ;-)

      September 22, 2015

  • Jack R.

    it's been a while, started a pretty full on AV job but i miss the wordpress tinkering!

    1 · September 17, 2015

  • julie

    On 28/10 i am reducing my hours at my job to 4 days a week. I will be able to fit in word meet up groups among other things.
    I have a suggestion (perhaps for new year when Eugene steps down?) the group is very mixed and I thought it would be a good idea to have a sort of speed w/p evening. where (like speed dating) you talk one to one about your abilities and aims . then exchange feedback at the end of the evening. it may be a way forward to see who's going to lead the group and the direction of the group.
    I did start my own meet up group for w/p beginners and found it difficult to get off the ground, hence i joined this group . Compared to W/P London meet up it's a lot more relaxed and I can grasp some of the content.
    Saying that, we are all of different levels and have our individual aims. it would be great for the group to continue. so just throwign this out to group.

    see you October. BW Julie.

    September 11, 2015

    • Eugene M.

      Hi Julie, sure we can do that in November :-)

      September 16, 2015

    • julie

      Appreciated Eugene. Thanks

      September 16, 2015

  • Paul H.

    So sorry, I'm not going to be able to make it this evening. Have a great meeting. See you in October.

    September 15, 2015

    • Eugene M.

      Sorry to hear that Paul - see you the time after next :-)

      September 16, 2015

  • Dominic R.

    Sounds like exactly what I'm looking to do at the moment. I've bought a theme, but being really new to WP, custom fields, sub-themes etc. seem a bit daunting. Hopefully you can clear some of the fog!

    September 5, 2015

    • Adrian

      If you can write CSS at least, then creating/customising child themes aren't so bad. Knowing PHP, you can do more. Either way some code knowledge is involved (unless I am to learn something new that night)

      1 · September 5, 2015

    • Dominic R.

      CSS is where I stumble to be honest. I'm fine with PHP, strong with SQL (although mainly Oracle), but I struggle with CSS.

      September 5, 2015

  • Gary J.

    Do events tend to always be on a Tuesday evening?

    August 31, 2015

    • Eugene M.

      Hi Gary, I'm afraid yes or at least until the next year. Sorry if you are not able to make it.

      September 1, 2015

    • Adrian

      At least Tuesdays don't clash with the other WP events that are on each month. Difficult sometimes, I know

      September 5, 2015

  • julie

    Whats on the agenda?

    September 2, 2015

    • Eugene M.

      Agenda:
      6:30pm – Sign-in, pizza & network
      7:00pm – News & Latest
      7:30pm – 15 minute break
      7:45pm – Walk through a theme modification
      8:45pm – Wrap up and conclusion

      1 · September 3, 2015

  • Neel P.

    Wow, it has been a long time - unfortunately I can't make it as am away, but would love to see the slides afterwards. Have a great one!

    August 31, 2015

    • Eugene M.

      Sorry to hear that Neel, it's been awhile since we met. Look forward to have you around next.

      September 1, 2015

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