• Gutenberg Double Feature!

    Riff

    Love it or hate it, the new Gutenberg block editor is here to stay. Luckily, we are fortunate enough to have one of the developers who works directly on the Gutenberg project right here in Perth! This month, we are going to be trying something a little bit different, based on feedback from our community. Rather than try and find a 'one size fits all' topic, we will be having two talks and you can choose to attend one or the other (or both) depending on your skill level. The first talk will be aimed more at developers - with Dan Richards from Automattic showing us how to create custom Gutenberg blocks. After a break for pizza and drinks, Dan will then be giving us a broader presentation on what Gutenberg has to offer and how to best use it. The second talk will be significantly less technical in nature! Our speaker this month will be Dan Richards, who is a developer for Automattic working on the Gutenberg project. The new trial agenda will be: 6:00pm - 6:30pm: Technical Presentation 6:30pm - 7:00pm: Networking & pizza/drinks (Thanks Sponsors!) 7:00pm - 7:30pm: User Level Presentation 7:30pm - end : Q&A with the expert panel Refreshments are provided by our ongoing sponsor WP Engine, and our August sponsor House Digital. The fabulous venue where our events are held is the (recently renovated!) Riff Town Hall that is generously provided to us free of charge by Spacecubed. --- About our Sponsors --- Spacecubed is a Social Enterprise, supporting tailored coworking and office spaces, events, programs and a curated community of small businesses, sole traders, corporates and entrepreneurs. WP Engine equips you with the tools you need to build and deploy a range of online experiences from campaign sites to content hubs to ecommerce extensions. Their platform is unified by powerful technology, award winning service, and an ecosystem of partners and developers that expand the value you gain from all solutions. House Digital is a Perth-based web development agency specialising in custom WordPress websites. The company is run by this month's presenter and Meetup organiser Jo Minney, and the House Digital team love working on things that are a bit out of the ordinary such as custom eCommerce platforms, membership sites and websites for companies that are publicly listed. --- About the Presenter --- Dan’s experience building for the web began back in the UK around 10 years ago, and since then he’s helped develop web-based products for startups in the Museum, Game and Education sectors. Now based in Perth, Dan works for Automattic as a JavaScript Engineer, contributing to the open-source WordPress Core codebase, with a particular focus on the Gutenberg project. --- Volunteers Wanted! --- We have recently submitted an application to host WordCamp Perth in 2020 and we need dedicated volunteers to make this happen. If you are passionate about WordPress why not consider joining our organising committee? Have a say in what topics we choose for meetups, and reap the rewards of all the positive karma you'll gain from helping make Perth's first ever WordCamp a reality. If you're interested in helping out, please join us on Slack to be part of the conversation! https://wpaustralia.org/slack/ (Join #wpperth and tag Jo Minney or Roxanne Barney to get added to the perthorganiser channel!) Need to get your WordPress fix in between meetups? Join us on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/groups/PerthWordPress/

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  • Supercharge WordPress with Custom Post Types & Custom Fields

    One of the most powerful things about WordPress is its architecture - which is what allows developers to so easily create plugins and extend websites to do pretty much anything. This month we'll be talking about the mysterious world of custom post types (CPTs) & custom fields (CFs), and how to use them to supercharge WordPress. 90% of this talk will not be aimed at back-end developers - consider it CPTs and CFs for Dummies! The ten percent that is will talk about some of the nerdy pros and cons of the available plugins vs. hard coding. This month's topic will be presented by Jo Minney from House Digital, and this talk will be presented next month at WordCamp Brisbane. The agenda will be similar to previous events: 6:30pm - 7:00pm: Networking & pizza/drinks (Thanks Sponsors!) 7:00pm - 7:05pm: Introductions & Housekeeping 7:05pm - 7:25pm: Presentation 7:30pm - 8:00pm: Q&A with the expert panel Refreshments are provided by our ongoing sponsor WP Engine, and our July sponsor House Digital. The fabulous venue where our events are held is the (recently renovated!) Riff Town Hall that is generously provided to us free of charge by Spacecubed. --- About our Sponsors --- Spacecubed is a Social Enterprise, supporting tailored coworking and office spaces, events, programs and a curated community of small businesses, sole traders, corporates and entrepreneurs. WP Engine equips you with the tools you need to build and deploy a range of online experiences from campaign sites to content hubs to ecommerce extensions. Their platform is unified by powerful technology, award winning service, and an ecosystem of partners and developers that expand the value you gain from all solutions. House Digital is a Perth-based web development agency specialising in custom WordPress websites. The company is run by this month's presenter and Meetup organiser Jo Minney, and the House Digital team love working on things that are a bit out of the ordinary such as custom eCommerce platforms, membership sites and websites for companies that are publicly listed. --- About the Presenter --- Jo Minney runs a web development agency (House Digital) in Perth, Western Australia. She has managed the Perth WordPress Meetups for the past year and a half, and has been a regular presenter on a range of topics from Security to Page Speed. Jo is also an advisor with the ASBAS program run through Business Station which offers consulting and workshops that are heavily subsidised by government funding. Jo also helps facilitate an organization called She{codes} - Formerly Perth{web}Girls - that is aimed at getting more girls into the web industry, and wrote the WordPress tutorial that has been completed by around 300 women over the past year. With a background in process engineering and software development, Jo is a strong advocate for developing better user experiences and pushing the boundaries of what WordPress can do. --- Volunteers Wanted! --- We are submitting an application to host WordCamp Perth in 2020 and we need dedicated volunteers to make this happen. If you are passionate about WordPress why not consider joining our organising committee? Have a say in what topics we choose for meetups, and reap the rewards of all the positive karma you'll gain from helping make Perth's first ever WordCamp a reality. If you're interested in helping out, please email [masked] for more details.

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  • 10 Things NOT to do With Your WordPress Site

    In this talk Ricky will show us 10 things that should not be done with your WordPress site, some for SEO reasons, others for performance, a few for security, and a couple are just plain good sense. This month's topic will be presented by Ricky Blacker from WP Engine. The agenda will be similar to previous events: 6:30pm - 7:00pm: Networking & pizza/drinks (Thanks Sponsors!) 7:00pm - 7:05pm: Introductions & Housekeeping 7:05pm - 7:25pm: Presentation 7:30pm - 8:00pm: Q&A with the expert panel Refreshments are provided by our ongoing sponsor WP Engine, and our June drinks sponsor House Digital. The fabulous venue where our events are held is the (newly renovated!) Riff Town Hall that is generously provided to us free of charge by Spacecubed. --- About our Sponsors --- Spacecubed is a Social Enterprise, supporting tailored coworking and office spaces, events, programs and a curated community of small businesses, sole traders, corporates and entrepreneurs. WP Engine equips you with the tools you need to build and deploy a range of online experiences from campaign sites to content hubs to ecommerce extensions. Their platform is unified by powerful technology, award winning service, and an ecosystem of partners and developers that expand the value you gain from all solutions. House Digital is a Perth-based web development agency specialising in custom WordPress websites. The company is run by Meetup organiser Jo Minney, and the House Digital team love working on things that are a bit out of the ordinary such as custom eCommerce platforms, membership sites and websites for companies that are publicly listed. --- About the Presenter --- Ricky is a self taught web professional who found and fell in love with WordPress, and the community behind it while looking for a CMS platform to build websites for clients. He originally started his own web design business after being made redundant from a factory job in 2013, but now works for WP Engine as a Pre Sales Engineer, providing a Digital Experience Platform for WordPress user around the world. He is a Co-Organizer for the Sunshine Coast & Brisbane WordPress Meetup Groups, as well as the Brisbane Web Design Meetup group, and was one of the amazing team who put together the Sunshine Coast WordCamp in 2016 and WordCamp Brisbane in 2017/2018, and has spoken at WordCamps in Australia and New Zealand. Ricky is very passionate about building the WordPress community and helping others to learn how to use WordPress and what it can do. --- Volunteers Wanted! --- We are submitting an application to host WordCamp Perth in 2020 and we need dedicated volunteers to make this happen. If you are passionate about WordPress why not consider joining our organising committee? Have a say in what topics we choose for meetups, and reap the rewards of all the positive karma you'll gain from helping make Perth's first ever WordCamp a reality. If you're interested in helping out, please email [masked] for more details.

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  • How to backup your WordPress website (a bunch of ways)

    Backups are critical for every WordPress user, whether you run your own hobby site or manage multiple sites for hundreds of customers. We'll be covering a bunch of ways (including free ones!) to back up your website(s) and restore them if something goes wrong. This month's topic will be presented by Jo Minney from House Digital. The agenda will be similar to previous events: 6:30pm - 7:00pm: Networking & pizza/drinks (Thanks Sponsors!) 7:00pm - 7:05pm: Introductions & Housekeeping 7:05pm - 7:25pm: Presentation 7:30pm - 8:00pm: Q&A with the expert panel Refreshments are provided by our ongoing sponsor WP Engine, and our May sponsor House Digital. The fabulous venue where our events are held is the (newly renovated!) Riff Town Hall that is generously provided to us free of charge by Spacecubed. --- About our Sponsors --- Spacecubed is a Social Enterprise, supporting tailored coworking and office spaces, events, programs and a curated community of small businesses, sole traders, corporates and entrepreneurs. WP Engine equips you with the tools you need to build and deploy a range of online experiences from campaign sites to content hubs to ecommerce extensions. Their platform is unified by powerful technology, award winning service, and an ecosystem of partners and developers that expand the value you gain from all solutions. House Digital is a Perth-based web development agency specialising in custom WordPress websites. The company is run by this month's presenter and Meetup organiser Jo Minney, and the House Digital team love working on things that are a bit out of the ordinary such as custom eCommerce platforms, membership sites and websites for companies that are publicly listed. --- About the Presenter --- Jo Minney runs a web development agency (House Digital) in Perth, Western Australia. She has managed the Perth WordPress Meetups for the past year, and has been a regular presenter on a range of topics from Security to Page Speed. Jo is also an advisor with the ASBAS program run through Business Station which offers consulting and workshops that are heavily subsidised by government funding. Jo also helps facilitate an organization called Perth {web} Girls that is aimed at getting more girls into the web industry, and wrote the WordPress tutorial that has been completed by around 300 women over the past year. With a background in process engineering and software development, Jo is a strong advocate for developing better user experiences and pushing the boundaries of what WordPress can do. --- Volunteers Wanted! --- We are submitting an application to host WordCamp Perth in 2020 and we need dedicated volunteers to make this happen. If you are passionate about WordPress why not consider joining our organising committee? Have a say in what topics we choose for meetups, and reap the rewards of all the positive karma you'll gain from helping make Perth's first ever WordCamp a reality. If you're interested in helping out, please email [masked] for more details.

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  • Getting Started With WooCommerce

    Riff

    Learn the ins and outs of selling online with WordPress! The agenda will be similar to previous events: 6:30pm - 7:00pm: Networking & pizza/drinks (Thanks Sponsors!) 7:00pm - 7:05pm: Introductions & Housekeeping 7:05pm - 7:25pm: WooCommerce Presentation 7:30pm - 8:00pm: Analysis by the expert panel Refreshments are provided by our ongoing sponsor WP Engine, and our April sponsor Intelliwolf. The fabulous venue where our events are held is the Riff Town Hall that is generously provided to us free of charge by Spacecubed. --- About our Sponsors --- Spacecubed is a Social Enterprise, supporting tailored coworking and office spaces, events, programs and a curated community of small businesses, sole traders, corporates and entrepreneurs. WP Engine equips you with the tools you need to build and deploy a range of online experiences from campaign sites to content hubs to e-commerce extensions. Their platform is unified by powerful technology, award-winning service, and an ecosystem of partners and developers that expand the value you gain from all solutions. Intelliwolf is a Perth-based WordPress web design and development company. They specialise in custom coding WordPress solutions. The company is run by this month's presenter, Mike Haydon. If you need your WordPress website to do something and there are no plugins that do what you want, get in touch with Intelliwolf. --- About the Presenter --- Mike Haydon has been building websites since 2001 and WordPress websites since 2006, the same year as WordPress was registered as a trademark. He has taught at conferences in Australia and USA and has contributed code to the Gutenberg Project. --- Volunteers Wanted! --- WANT TO FIND OUT MORE? We're meeting at 5pm (before the meetup) to discuss the next steps in making WordCamp Perth 2020 a reality. Everyone who is interested in volunteering is encouraged to attend, or if you can't make it please email [masked] to note your expression of interest.

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  • WordPress Joe Blow - the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

    Following on from last year's "WordPress Security - the Good, the Bad and the Ugly" this year we have "WordPress Joe Blow - the Good, the Bad and the Ugly". One of our meetup members, Stuart Garner, has graciously agreed to showcase his site which he has developed using WordPress. As a regular "Joe Blow" WordPress site creator Stuart, a retired ECU Lecturer, will demonstrate what he has discovered so far and some of the decisions and challenges he faced getting there. The introduction will be followed by an analysis of Stuart's site by our panel who will put it under the magnifying scope to help him identify areas for improvement, as well as what has worked well - in short, the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly! The agenda will be similar to previous events: 6:30pm - 7:00pm: Networking & pizza/drinks (Thanks Sponsors!) 7:00pm - 7:05pm: Introductions & Housekeeping 7:05pm - 7:25pm: Presentation by Stuart Garner 7:30pm - 8:00pm: Analysis by the expert panel Refreshments are provided by our ongoing sponsor WP Engine, and our March sponsor House Digital. The fabulous venue where our events are held is the Riff Town Hall that is generously provided to us free of charge by Spacecubed. --- About our Sponsors --- Spacecubed is a Social Enterprise, supporting tailored coworking and office spaces, events, programs and a curated community of small businesses, sole traders, corporates and entrepreneurs. WP Engine equips you with the tools you need to build and deploy a range of online experiences from campaign sites to content hubs to e-commerce extensions. Their platform is unified by powerful technology, award-winning service, and an ecosystem of partners and developers that expand the value you gain from all solutions. House Digital is a Perth-based web development agency specialising in custom WordPress websites. The company is run by this month's presenter and Meetup organiser Jo Minney, and the House Digital team love working on things that are a bit out of the ordinary such as custom eCommerce platforms, membership sites and websites for companies that are publicly listed. --- About the Host --- Jo Minney runs a web development agency (House Digital) in Perth, Western Australia. She has managed the Perth WordPress Meetups for the past year, and has been a regular presenter on a range of topics from Security to Page Speed. Jo also helps facilitate an organization called Perth {web} Girls that is aimed at getting more girls into the web industry and wrote the WordPress tutorial that has been completed by around 300 women over the past year. With a background in process engineering and software development, Jo is a strong advocate for developing better user experiences and pushing the boundaries of what WordPress can do. --- Volunteers Wanted! --- We are hoping to apply to host WordCamp Perth in 2020 and we need dedicated volunteers to make this happen. If you are passionate about WordPress why not consider joining our organising committee? Have a say in what topics we choose for meetups, and reap the rewards of all the positive karma you'll gain from helping make Perth's first ever WordCamp a reality. If you're interested in helping out, please email [masked] for more details.

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  • Creating a Better End User Editing Experience

    We're back again in 2019 with more great topics, and we are excited to be bringing you a presentation this month by Jo Minney from House Digital on how to create a better user experience - for those of us actually editing a WordPress site! Jo will run through some examples of steps that she takes to help her customers easily update content on their website without getting overwhelmed or frustrated. -- Who will find this interesting? -- This topic may be particularly useful for developers who are selling WordPress websites to other people, or for users who have a WordPress website and often find themselves avoiding updating it (e.g. adding content, making simple changes...) because they find the back-end experience too overwhelming. The agenda will be similar to previous events: 6:30pm - 7:00pm: Networking & pizza/drinks (Thanks Sponsors!) 7:00pm - 7:05pm: Introductions & Housekeeping 7:05pm - 7:25pm: Presentation 7:30pm - 8:00pm: Q&A with the expert panel Refreshments are provided by our ongoing sponsor WP Engine, and our February sponsor House Digital. The fabulous venue where our events are held is the (newly renovated!) Riff Town Hall that is generously provided to us free of charge by Spacecubed. --- About our Sponsors --- Spacecubed is a Social Enterprise, supporting tailored coworking and office spaces, events, programs and a curated community of small businesses, sole traders, corporates and entrepreneurs. WP Engine equips you with the tools you need to build and deploy a range of online experiences from campaign sites to content hubs to ecommerce extensions. Their platform is unified by powerful technology, award winning service, and an ecosystem of partners and developers that expand the value you gain from all solutions. House Digital is a Perth-based web development agency specialising in custom WordPress websites. The company is run by this month's presenter and Meetup organiser Jo Minney, and the House Digital team love working on things that are a bit out of the ordinary such as custom eCommerce platforms, membership sites and websites for companies that are publicly listed. --- About the Presenter --- Jo Minney runs a web development agency (House Digital) in Perth, Western Australia. She has managed the Perth WordPress Meetups for the past year, and has been a regular presenter on a range of topics from Security to Page Speed. Jo also helps facilitate an organization called Perth {web} Girls that is aimed at getting more girls into the web industry, and wrote the WordPress tutorial that has been completed by around 300 women over the past year. With a background in process engineering and software development, Jo is a strong advocate for developing better user experiences and pushing the boundaries of what WordPress can do. Jo will be presenting this topic at WordCamp Cebu in the Philippines in early March! --- Volunteers Wanted! --- We are hoping to apply to host WordCamp Perth in 2020 and we need dedicated volunteers to make this happen. If you are passionate about WordPress why not consider joining our organising committee? Have a say in what topics we choose for meetups, and reap the rewards of all the positive karma you'll gain from helping make Perth's first ever WordCamp a reality. If you're interested in helping out, please email [masked] for more details.

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  • Accessibility for WordPress with Dr. Scott Hollier

    We're back again in 2019 with more great topics, and we are excited to be bringing you a presentation this month by Dr. Scott Hollier on accessibility for WordPress. Come and find out a bit more about what WCAG 2.1 actually is, and how it relates to our favourite CMS. The agenda will be similar to previous events: 6:30pm - 7:00pm: Networking & pizza/drinks (Thanks Sponsors!) 7:00pm - 7:05pm: Introductions & Housekeeping 7:05pm - 7:25pm: Presentation 7:30pm - 8:00pm: Q&A with the expert panel Refreshments are provided by our ongoing sponsor WP Engine, and our January sponsor (TBC). The fabulous venue where our events are held is the (newly renovated!) Riff Town Hall that is generously provided to us by Spacecubed. --- About our Sponsors --- Spacecubed is a Social Enterprise, supporting tailored coworking and office spaces, events, programs and a curated community of small businesses, sole traders, corporates and entrepreneurs. WP Engine equips you with the tools you need to build and deploy a range of online experiences from campaign sites to content hubs to ecommerce extensions. Their platform is unified by powerful technology, award winning service, and an ecosystem of partners and developers that expand the value you gain from all solutions. January Sponsor - You? Do you have an awesome business that services the WordPress community? We love supporting local businesses so please let us know if you are interested in sponsoring this event! --- About the Presenter --- Scott currently holds an Adjunct Senior Lecturer position at Edith Cowan University and has also been teaching the Professional Certificate in Web Accessibility course through the University of South Australia since its inception in 2011. Scott is also legally blind, and as such has both a professional and personal understanding of the importance of accessibility! --- Volunteers Wanted! --- If you are passionate about WordPress why not consider joining our organising committee? Have a say in what topics we choose, and reap the rewards of all the positive karma you'll gain. If you're interested in helping out, please email [masked] for more details.

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  • How to Improve Page Load Speed

    Flux (Basement)

    We will be taking a WordPress website with mediocre page speed and making it faster! Please note that the venue HAS CHANGED from our normal location at Riff, due to renovations. We will be hosted in the Flux basement (next to the Parmelia Hilton). Format as usual: 6:30 - 7:00 : Pizza & Drinks 7:00 - 7:30 : Presentation 7:30 - 8:15 : Q&A 8:30 - PACK UP There is no cost for the event as always - thanks to our amazing sponsors, WP Engine & Spacecubed!

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  • ASK US Anything!

    Spacecubed

    We've decided to shake things up a bit this month, so instead of one single expert on a specific topic... we're giving you a bunch of 'em! We will have our regular networking beverages (provided by our awesome sponsors) followed by a Q&A with a selection of experts in the areas we get asked about the most. Bring your questions. Bring your friends.

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