• Social, WordCamp Brighton debrief and big welcome to all new members.

    This month is an informal meetup to debrief after WordCamp Brighton and welcome new members. *Please note that we are not in our usual venue - we are at The Walrus* In particular, we will: 📣Discuss some of the talks/workshops from WordCamp Brighton conference 🤓Give feedback to the organisers 👋Say hello and network to the local WordPress community 💪Get involved in the community (like WordUp Brighton and WordCamps) 🙌 A huge thank you to our sponsors 34sp & Pragmatic! See you there!

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  • WordUp June 2019: Writing your first Gutenberg block

    🗣 Nicola Heald - Writing your first Gutenberg block. This talk is aimed at folks who want to get up and running writing their own custom Gutenberg blocks as quickly and easily as possible - all you need to get started is some basic JavaScript knowledge. We’ll look at using a zero-configuration tool and learn a bit of JSX to help us create a brand new block… and there’s even a live demo! Nicola is a software developer with 20+ years of experience. Ex-Canonical, HP, IBM, currently at Automattic working on exciting additions to the block editor. She's enthusiastic about blocks, helping new developers getting to grips with Javascript, transparency, communication, inclusion and Radiohead. Give her chocolate. 🍕Catch up with the WordPress community in Brighton, with drinks and pizza courtesy of our lovely sponsors 34sp.com & Pragmatic! ⏱ AGENDA - 6:00 - 6:30 pm - Welcome and networking. - 6:30 pm - Talk begins. - 7:30 pm - Pizza, drinks and networking. - 8:45 pm - Start leaving the venue and if anyone wants to continue the chat and informal networking, head to 'Seven Stars' pub on Ship St. 😋 FOOD - Please let us know if you have any dietary requirements when you RSVP. 🏢 VENUE - Pragmatic, 3rd-floor, Chandos House, 26 North Street, Brighton, BN1 1EB - Main entrance on Meeting House Lane across from Riddle & Finns. - Please ring the 3rd-floor buzzer and someone will let you in. 🤔 OTHER INFO - Find us on Twitter @WordUpBrighton (#WordUpBTN) or join us on Slack, in the channel #wordup-brighton. Do you have a topic for the WordPress Brighton Meetup that you would like to help arrange or could possibly speak at? Get in touch, we'd be delighted to hear from you.

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  • WordUp May 2019: How fast-growing agencies win business

    🗣 Simon Cooke - How fast growing agencies win business Simon tells his story of becoming a salesperson after 20 years as a designer. Now heading up the Commercial team at Pragmatic, one of Europe’s largest WordPress agencies, he reveals how agencies experiencing rapid growth can win business and retain valuable clients. For agencies and freelancers who want a professional approach to sales with a creative touch, Simon shares practical advice on positioning your business, pitching digital solutions, and creating a unique value proposition, with a sprinkle of sales presentation tips to ensure you stand the best chance of success. Simon is a Design, Digital Marketing and Sales specialist with over 20 years of industry experience, having co-owned a creative agency for 14 years, which merged with Pragmatic in 2016. Nowadays, Simon heads up the Commercial Department at Pragmatic, the UK’s largest WordPress Agency with big plans for the future. Simon is also a jury member of the Automattic Design Awards and co-creator of PACE, a marketing technology conference held in London. 🍕Catch up with the WordPress community in Brighton, with drinks and pizza courtesy of our lovely sponsors 34sp.com & Pragmatic! ⏱ AGENDA - 6:00 - 6:30 pm - Welcome and networking. - 6:30 pm - Talk begins. - 7:30 pm - Pizza, drinks and networking. - 8:45 pm - Start leaving the venue and if anyone wants to continue the chat and informal networking, head to 'Seven Stars' pub on Ship St. 😋 FOOD - Please let us know if you have any dietary requirements when you RSVP. 🏢 VENUE - Pragmatic, Chandos House, 26 North Street, Brighton, BN1 1EB - Main entrance on Meeting House Lane across from Riddle & Finns. - Please ring the 3rd-floor buzzer and someone will let you in. 🤔 OTHER INFO - Find us on Twitter @WordUpBrighton (#WordUpBTN) or join us on Slack, in the channel #wordup-brighton. Do you have a topic for the WordPress Brighton Meetup that you would like to help arrange or could possibly speak at? Get in touch, we'd be delighted to hear from you.

  • WordUp April Meetup : Accessibility

    Pragmatic

    🗣 Graham Armfield - Accessibility Hacks: This presentation has a look at some small tweaks that developers can make when building WordPress sites. Together these tweaks can improve the accessibility of the sites they're building for themselves or their clients. The first part explores using SVG images in a way that ensures that screen reader (and other AT) users can access them successfully. Then we'll progress to some CSS techniques that are useful for improving accessibility in websites – during the development stage, for content authors, and for the benefit of your site visitors. Where possible, Graham will be demoing some of the techniques covered. 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 - testing the websites for accessibility and advising the designers and developers on how to fix issues found. He has written detailed training courses on accessibility for developers which he presents on a regular basis. He's also a WordPress developer and has built many accessible WordPress websites for clients – both large and small. He has contributed to the Make WordPress Accessible Team and has spoken on accessibility to many WordCamps and other WordPress meetups. Outside of work you're likely to find him playing his guitar, recording his next album or performing at local open mic evenings. 🍕Catch up with the WordPress community in Brighton, with drinks and pizza courtesy of our lovely sponsors 34sp.com & Pragmatic! ⏱ AGENDA - 6:00 - 7:00 pm - Welcome and Networking. - 7:00 pm - Talk begins. - 7:30 pm - Pizza, Drinks and Networking. - 8:45 pm - Start leaving the venue and if anyone wants to continue the chat and informal networking, head to 'Seven Stars' pub on Ship St. 😋 FOOD - Please let us know if you have any dietary requirements when you RSVP. 🏢 VENUE - Pragmatic, Chandos House, 26 North Street, Brighton, BN1 1EB - Main entrance on Meeting House Lane across from Riddle & Finns. - Please ring the 3rd-floor buzzer and someone will let you in. 🤔 OTHER INFO - Drinks available - Find us on Twitter @WordUpBrighton (#WordUpBTN) or join us on Slack, in the channel #wordup-brighton. Do you have a topic for the WordPress Brighton Meetup that you would like to help arrange or could possibly speak at? Get in touch, we'd be delighted to hear from you.

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  • Going to the dark side, they have cookies.

    🗣 Tim Nash - 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. Tim is the 34SP.com WordPress Platform Lead & Developer advocate. He is responsible for the management of the WordPress platform and keeping thousands of sites running fast and staying secure. He is also known to give the odd talk here and there and when he can blog and appear randomly on Youtube. Tims own site is timnash.co.uk and he writes about everything from security to home automation with a healthy dose of WordPress and humour. 🍕Catchup with the WordPress community in Brighton, fuelled by drinks and pizza courtesy of our lovely sponsors 34sp.com & Pragmatic! ⏱ AGENDA - 6.00pm - 7.00pm - Welcome and Networking. - 7.00pm - Talk begins. - 7.40pm - Pizza, Drinks and Networking. - 8.45pm - Start leaving the venue and if anyone wants to continue the chat and informal networking, head to 'Seven Stars' pub on Ship St. 😋 FOOD: - Please let us know if you have any dietary requirements when you RSVP. 🏢 VENUE SPONSOR: Pragmatic Pragmatic, Chandos House, 26 North Street, Brighton, BN1 1EB - Main entrance on Meeting House Lane across from Riddle & Finns. Please ring the 3rd-floor buzzer and someone will let you in. Once inside head up to the 3rd floor. 🤔 OTHER INFO: - alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks available. - find us on Twitter @WordUpBrighton (#WordUpBTN) or join us on Slack, in the channel #wordup-brighton. Do you have a topic for the WordPress Brighton Meetup that you would like to help arrange or could possibly speak at? Get in touch, we'd be delighted to hear from you.

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  • Mental Health in the WP Community.

    Pragmatic

    🗣 Dan Maby - Mental Health in the WordPress Community. 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. WP&UP supports & promotes positive mental health within the WordPress community. 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. 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. 🍕Catchup with the WordPress community in Brighton, fuelled by drinks and pizza courtesy of our lovely sponsors 34sp & Pragmatic! ⏱ AGENDA - 6.30pm - 7.00pm - Welcome and Networking. - 7.00pm - Talk begins. - 7.30pm - Pizza, Drinks and Networking. - 8.45pm - Start leaving the venue and if anyone wants to continue the chat and informal networking, head to 'Seven Stars' pub on Ship St. 😋 FOOD: - Please let us know if you have any dietary requirements when you RSVP. 🏢 VENUE SPONSOR: Pragmatic Pragmatic, Chandos House, 26 North Street, Brighton, BN1 1EB - Main entrance on Meeting House Lane across from Riddle & Finns. Please ring the 3rd-floor buzzer and someone will let you in. Once inside head up to the 3rd floor. 🤔 OTHER INFO: - alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks available. - find us on Twitter @WordUpBrighton (#WordUpBTN) or join us on Slack, in the channel #wordup-brighton. Do you have a topic for the WordPress Brighton Meetup that you would like to help arrange or could possibly speak at? Get in touch, we'd be delighted to hear from you.

  • Join us for the first WordUp Brighton January 2019!

    Join us for the first WordUp of 2019 at Pragmatic's office on Monday 28th January. 🗣️Simon Batchelar will be speaking with a talk called: “Stop talking to your customers about WordPress” 🍕Catchup with the WordPress community in Brighton, fuelled by drinks and pizza courtesy of our lovely sponsors 34sp & Pragmatic! ⏱ AGENDA - 6.30pm - 7.00pm - Welcome and Networking. - 7.00pm - Talk begins. - 7.30pm - Pizza, Drinks and Networking. - 8.45pm - Start leaving the venue and if anyone wants to continue the chat and informal networking, head to 'Seven Stars' pub on Ship St. 😋 FOOD: - Please let us know if you have any dietary requirements when you RSVP. 🏢 VENUE SPONSOR: Pragmatic Pragmatic, Chandos House, 26 North Street, Brighton, BN1 1EB - Main entrance on Meeting House Lane across from Riddle & Finns. Please ring the 3rd-floor buzzer and someone will let you in. Once inside head up to the 3rd floor. 🤔 OTHER INFO: - alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks available. - find us on Twitter @WordUpBrighton (#WordUpBTN) or join us on Slack, in the channel #wordup-brighton. Do you have a topic for the WordPress Brighton Meetup that you would like to help arrange or could possibly speak at? Get in touch, we'd be delighted to hear from you.

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  • 🎄 Festive Social & WordCamp Meetup 🎄

    North Laine brewhouse

    *Please note that we are not in our usual venue - we are in the North Laine brewhouse* 🤶 Its the final WordUp Brighton of 2018 and we hope you'll all be able to join us for a few drinks to celebrate a brilliant year! 🏕️ There will also be a WordCamp 2019 meeting from 6 - 7 pm so make sure to come along if you're interested in becoming an organiser for next year. We'll be looking at assigning roles and scheduling our regular WordCamp catch ups (separate from monthly meetup). 😃 If you've never been to one of our monthly meetups before why not make this the perfect time for your first visit. Our meetups are for everyone with an interest in WordPress and you'll be very welcome. 🙌 We'd also like to take this opportunity to say a massive thank you to our incredible sponsors 34sp, Pragmatic, Platf9rm and The Skiff for their support over the last year! 🎄 See you there!

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  • WordUp Brighton - November 2018

    The Skiff

    🗣️ Jenny Wong - Why & How to do a Site Health Check Maintenance of your website is important but can be confusing. Jenny will be sharing with us why site health checks are important, the consequences that can happen and how you can perform a review yourself. Jenny is a Community Engineer at Human Made. Her love for development goes beyond the screen & she is an advocate for both the PHP and WordPress communities. As a speaker, open source community evangelist, and event organiser, you can usually find her loudly cheering people on to share knowledge & contribute back to their communities. 🏕️WordCamp Brighton 2019 As we mentioned at the last WordUp, we'll be holding a WCBTN huddle at this month's meet up. During this mini session, we'll gauge who is interested in leading one of the areas (ie Marketing, Design, Website, Volunteers, Sponsors). We're going to aim to have two people leading each area: one lead and one deputy. We'll also need volunteers to support the different areas too. If any of these sounds interesting, please do join the huddle this month. 🍕Catchup with the WordPress community in Brighton, fuelled by drinks and pizza courtesy of our lovely sponsors 34sp & Pragmatic! ⏱ AGENDA - 7.00pm - 7.30pm - Welcome and Networking. - 7.30pm - Talk and WordCamp Brighton Group begins. - 8.45pm - Start leaving the venue and if anyone wants to continue the chat and informal networking, head to 'The Prince George' pub, at the bottom of Trafalgar Street 😋 FOOD: - Please let us know if you have any dietary requirements when you RSVP. 🏢 VENUE SPONSOR: The Skiff The Skiff, 30 Cheapside, Brighton, BN1 4GD - Main entrance on Blackman Street 🤔 OTHER INFO: - the venue is accessible for wheelchair users. - alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks available. - find us on Twitter @WordUpBrighton (#WordUpBTN) or join us on Slack, in the channel #wordup-brighton. Do you have a topic for the WordPress Brighton Meetup that you would like to help arrange or could possibly speak at? Get in touch, we'd be delighted to hear from you. We're also looking for sponsors! If you'd like to help support your local WordPress community please contact us for more information.

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  • Gutenberg: Case studies showing the good, the bad & challenges faced!

    📰 Gutenberg Case Studies One of our new organisers, Tommy Ferry, will be speaking about his experiences on two recent Gutenberg projects at Pragmatic. The rationale for using Gutenberg "early", the challenges faced, and some key takeaways. 🍿Catchup with the WordPress community in Brighton, fuelled by drinks and snacks courtesy of our lovely sponsors Pragmatic! ⏱ AGENDA - 7.00pm - 7.30pm - Welcome and Networking - 7.30pm - Talk Start - 8.45pm - Start leaving venue and if anyone wants to continue the chat and informal networking, head to 'The Prince George' pub, at the bottom of Trafalgar Street 😋 FOOD: - Please let us know if you have any dietary requirements when you RSVP. 🏢 VENUE: The Skiff The Skiff, 30 Cheapside, Brighton, BN1 4GD - Main entrance on Blackman Street 🤔 OTHER INFO: - the venue is accessible for wheelchair users. - alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks available. - find us on Twitter @WordUpBrighton (#WordUpBTN) or join us on Slack, in the channel #wordup-brighton. Do you have a topic for the WordPress Brighton Meetup that you would like to help arrange or could possibly speak at? Get in touch, we'd be delighted to hear from you. We're also looking for sponsors! If you'd like to help support your local WordPress community please contact us for more information.

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