• Google Tag Manager and a story of going from WordPress zero to VIP

    This month we have two great speakers lined up to ease you into autumn. Zach will be giving us an introduction to Google Tag Manager (GTM) and Ian will be joining us to share his experiences of using WordPress for the first time. --- 1. Beginners GTM: adding events to your Analytics - Zach Goldie Skill Level: Beginners This will be a gentle introduction to Google Tag Manager, showing how to use it to add information to Google Analytics. GTM allows you to easily track interactions such as: - Form submissions - mailto: link clicks - Video plays - Slider interactions Once you have added GTM your site, you can track all this (and more!) without having to add anything into your site's code - no hard coding required. About Zach I run conversion optimisation tests. The first step is always to set up the data collection, something that's lacking on many sites. www.zachgoldie.com --- 2. From Zero to VIP: a story of experienced developers using WordPress for the first time - Ian Jenkins Skill level: Beginner A little over a year ago we found ourselves pitching for a large scale, enterprise, e-commerce platform. What we weren't expecting, was that months after that pitching session was to be deep in the world of WordPress and WooCommerce... but that's exactly what happened! We had never worked with WordPress or WooCommerce before but here we were faced with a large build with Automattic VIP as our partner. In this talk I'll go in to detail as to how we ended up in this situation, how we levelled up our WordPress knowledge, what it's like working on the VIP platform, as well as an objective view on both WordPress and WooCommerce. Things we'll cover... * Working with WordPress for the first time * Working on the VIP platform * Things we struggled with * Things we really liked * Comparisons with other ecosystems that we've encountered * Our introduction to the WordPress community About Ian I'm a Principal Developer at Box UK, an agile software agency based in Cardiff. Typically I've worked on enterprise software solutions using an array of technologies but much of my recent work has been using the PHP framework Symfony. @jenko ----- 🍴 We provide a free healthy buffet, that appeals to those with a wide range of dietary requirements (veggie, vegan, gluten-free and lactose free) thanks to our generous sponsors, 34SP.com and Atomic Smash. 🍻 There is a well-stocked and licensed bar at the venue, so please feel free to buy a drink to enjoy at our event. If you would like water, think of the environment 🌍 and bring a bottle 🙂 Located in the heart of Bristol, just on the edge of Bristol Bridge, our venue Runway East is easy to get to. 🚂 From Bristol Temple Meads it is a 10 minute (flat!) walk 🚘 For those in the car, there are pay and display spaces right outside the venue on Redcliff Street at a cost of around £3 for the evening. Alternatively there is an NCP on Queen Charlotte Street (five minute walk) costing a fixed £4.50 for the evening (5pm - 2am). 🚲 If you're on a bike, there are plenty of bike stands just across the road on the other side of Victoria Street. ⌚Please arrive from 6.30pm. You will be greeted by our friendly and knowledgeable volunteers who will give you your name badge and get settled in. Talks start around 7pm so there's plenty of time to meet our other members. Before the talks, we usually do a few updates about what's happening in the local and national WordPress community and members are welcome to add their own updates. After the first talk we take a break and then have our second talk. Following that if you want to stick around for more chat you are welcome to. The talks usually finish around 9.15pm (ish) and we aim to leave by 9.45pm (ish). *If you find you can no longer make this meeting please do change your RSVP. As we provide food for these events it is helpful for us to know what number to cater for and of course to ensure that the waitlist is kept as short as possible. Thanks.

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  • Supercharging WordPress Development and Defensive coding

    This month we welcome Adam to talk about supercharging WordPress development and Gabor will be talking to us about defensive coding: what it is, and why you need it? --- 1. Supercharging WordPress Development Adam Tomat Skill Level: Intermediate/Advanced Often WordPress themes are not easy to change, maintain or fun to work on. This can rule WordPress out as a viable option for bespoke, non-trivial websites. In this technical talk we’ll dive into how this happens & look at how we can benefit from software engineering techniques to help make your code easier to change. I’ll also show how using Lumberjack, a powerful MVC framework built on Timber, can be used to power-up your themes. About Adam Lead developer at @Rareloop - The Digital Product Studio. Advocate for progressive enhancement, accessibility, collaboration, OSS and making code easy to change. @adamtomat --- 2. Defensive coding: what it is, and why you need it? Gabor Javorszky Skill level: Intermediate During most of our jobs as developers we are asked to implement an API, to talk to other parts of a system, or to process some data that comes from somewhere. We tend to code up for all the success paths - what happens when data is as expected. But what do you do when the data is not what you expect, or even better, when an API that should be there just... isn't? About Gabor Gabor's been doing commercial WordPress development since 2013. He specialises in large ecommerce stores, particularly around the security and performance of them. Outside of work, he enjoys reading, long walks on the beach, travelling, and board games. @javorszky ----- *If you find you can no longer make this meeting please do change your RSVP. As we provide food for these events it is helpful for us to know what number to cater for and of course to ensure that the waitlist is kept as short as possible. Thanks. ----- In the heart of Bristol , just on the edge of Bristol Bridge our venue Runway East is easy to get to. It is a ten minute walk from Bristol Temple Meads 🚂 and a five minute drive from the end of the M32. For those of you driving there are Pay and Display spaces 🚘 right outside the venue on Redcliff Street at a cost of around £3. Alternatively there is an NCP 🅿 on Queen Charlotte Street costing a fixed £4.50 for the evening (5pm-2am). This car park is a five minute walk from Runway East. Please arrive from 6.30pm. You will be greeted by our friendly and knowledgeable volunteers who will help you get your name badge and get settled in. We aim to start the talks at around 7pm so there's plenty of time to meet our other members, get a drink 🍻 and have a graze from the buffet 🍴 we provide thanks to our generous sponsors. We usually start the night off with some updates about what's happening in the local and national WordPress community and members are welcome to add their own updates. After the first talk we take a break and then have our second talk. Following that if you want to stick around a few of us usually hang around for another drink and chat. The talks usually finish around ⌚ 9.15pm (ish).

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  • Introduction to WP-CLI, code reviews and contributing to open source

    This month we have a bumper edition of talks for you with three speakers. --- 1. WP CLI: An Intro and Interesting Use Cases John Blackbourn Skill Level: Intermediate WP-CLI is the command line interface for WordPress. In this talk, John will introduce the core concepts of WP-CLI, talk about how to use it to manage your websites, and cover a few interesting use cases for it. If you’ve never heard of WP-CLI, or you’re an experienced user, hopefully there will be something of interest for you in this talk. About John John is a core committer to the WordPress open source project, and he's been working with the software for over twelve years. He works as an engineer at Human Made, a WordPress specialist development agency. He's always happy to chat with people about web technologies and open source. @johnbillion --- 2. Code review done right (lightning talk) Sarah Pantry Skill level: All levels When done right, code review is a great tool for levelling up developers and sharing knowledge, but when done wrong it can have a hugely negative effect, causing stress, demoralisation and burn out. In this talk, we're going to take a look at some simple ways to ensure you get more from code review and it becomes a tool for good. About Sarah Coming from a self-taught background, Sarah got her first break into commercial development at a large London ISP when the dev manager found out everyone was playing an online PHP game she had co-written. After that, she worked at several agencies, developing sites for FTSE 250 clients, developing a love of WordPress, and working with Symfony. Now, as a developer on the WordPress.com VIP team at Automattic, she is responsible for looking after sites for many well-known global brands, as well as developer hiring for the team. Outside the technical world, Sarah is a big fan of both beer and homebrewing. She is a qualified beer judge and enjoys teaching people about beer and brewing. @anigelUK ----- 3. Contributing to Open Source Francesca Marano Skill level: All levels If you think one of the programs that you use could be better and the code is open source you are in luck! You can make it better for everyone or change it completely and release it with the same license. Let's go through the first steps to start contributing to Open Source and WordPress. About Francesca Francesca is the WordPress Community Manager at SiteGround (https://siteground.com), web hosting company. She is part of the WordPress community team, organizing meetups and WordCamps in Torino and taking part in many other WordPress events worldwide. She founded C+B, a blog with an editorial staff of more than sixty authors offering daily advice for Italian female creative entrepreneurs. Francesca is a passionate speaker and you can find her in Italy and around the world talking about WordPress, community, open source, women in tech, and small businesses. @FrancescaMarano // https://www.siteground.com ----- *If you find you can no longer make this meeting please do change your RSVP. As we provide food for these events it is helpful for us to know what number to cater for and of course to ensure that the waitlist is kept as short as possible. Thanks. ----- Please arrive from 6.30pm. You will be greeted by our friendly and knowledgeable volunteers who will help you get your name badge and get settled in. We aim to start the talks at around 7pm so there's plenty of time to meet our other members, get a drink 🍻 and have a graze from the buffet 🍕 we provide thanks to our generous sponsors. We usually start the night off with some updates about what's happening in the local and national WordPress community and members are welcome to add their own updates. After the first talk we take a break and then have our second talk. Following that if you want to stick around a few of us usually hang around for another drink and chat. The talks usually finish around ⌚ 9.15pm (ish).

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  • How to clean up a hacked site and how to perform a pentest

    This month we welcome 34SP to give two talks, Kayleigh will be talking about how to clean up a hacked site and Tim will be showing us how to perform a pentest. --- 1. How to clean up a hacked site 👩 Kayleigh Thorpe Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate Kayleigh will be giving a step by step guide on how to clean up a hacked website. Offering advice and tips on how to take back control. About Kayleigh Thorpe Kayleigh is a WordPress Specialist at 34SP.com. You’ll often find Kayleigh socialising at tech meetups throughout the UK. When she’s not learning about WordPress, Kayleigh loves to travel and is passionate about the WordPress community @kayleighthorpe --- 2. How to perform a pentest 👨 Tim Nash Skill level: Intermediate, Advanced Tim will be talking about performing a pentest (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Penetration_test) on your website. To see how your site copes with it and where any weaknesses might be. About Tim Nash Tim is a well known member of the WordPress community and a regular attendee of our local Manchester WordPress User Group as well as being a co-organiser of the WordPress Leeds user group (the oldest in the country). He is also an established speaker at WordCamps and tech conferences both in the UK and abroad. @tnash ----- *If you find you can no longer make this meeting please do change your RSVP. As we provide food for these events it is helpful for us to know what number to cater for and of course to ensure that the waitlist is kept as short as possible. Thanks. ----- Please arrive from 6.30pm. You will be greeted by our friendly and knowledgeable volunteers who will help you get your name badge and get settled in. We aim to start the talks at around 7pm so there's plenty of time to meet our other members, get a drink 🍻 and have a graze from the buffet 🥪 we provide thanks to our generous sponsors. We usually start the night off with some updates about what's happening in the local and national WordPress community and members are welcome to add their own updates. Speak to one of the organisers wearing a red name badge before we start if you'd like to say or ask something. After the first talk we take a break and then have our second talk. Following that if you want to stick around a few of us usually hang around for another drink and chat. The talks usually finish around ⌚ 9.15pm (ish).

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  • WordCamp Bristol

    University of Bristol School of Chemistry

    ** IMPORTANT ** THIS IS NOT A STANDARD MEETUP - TICKETS MUST BE PURCHASED FROM https://2019.bristol.wordcamp.org/tickets/ We’re happy to announce that WordCamp Bristol 2019 is officially on the calendar! Friday 17th May 2019 to Sunday 19th May 2019. Saturday 18th May – Sunday 19th May 2019 – two days of talks, meeting other WordPress people and getting new ideas. This will be held at the University of Bristol School of Chemistry. Friday 17th May 2019 – contributor day (location tbc) We have lined up 24 amazing speakers who will be covering a wide range of topics. No matter your interest in WordPress you will find talks for you. You can see the full schedule here: https://2019.bristol.wordcamp.org/schedule/ 🎟 Tickets are just £35! https://2019.bristol.wordcamp.org/tickets/ 🎟 For that you get 2 days of fantastic talks on WordPress and web related topics, good lunches 🥪 and refreshments ☕, Saturday party 🎉, access to products – Oh, and the wonderful company of WordPressers from all over the country and abroad. Plus, an extra day on the Friday to take part in actually working with the setup of the World wide WordPress community. Please visit https://2019.bristol.wordcamp.org to find out more and purchase your ticket! ** IMPORTANT ** Please note RSVP'ing to this event will not get you entry, you have to purchase a ticket (https://2019.bristol.wordcamp.org/tickets/) for entry :)

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  • The art of problem solving and Using a visual site map plugin

    Our third meetup of the year will no doubt be a great one! We have Ben Everard talking about The Art of Problem Solving and Spencer Pickett showing us how to use a visual site map and task management WordPress plugin. ** NEW VENUE ** Please note we are in a new venue at Runway East. Please see the location details below. If you have any questions please contact us on any of our social media channels or add a comment here. --- 1. Visual Site Map and Task Management plugin 👨 Spencer Pickett ** update ** Spencer will be doing this talk in place of Rich who is unable to attend. Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate We've just a released a new plugin for Mind Doodle specifically for WordPress. It provides a visual site map, so you can see exactly what your website looks like. There's also a tool for adding tasks for pages, which can be viewed in a kanban style task board. I'll give a full demo, and explain the advantages of using it for WordPress projects, both for site creators and clients. The plugin is easy to use, but useful for all levels of WordPress user. About Spencer Pickett Spencer is CTO of Mind Doodle, which provides streamlined design, communication and project management for website developers and creatives in the WordPress community. Passionate about software development, especially software that adds value to end-users, enabling them to be more productive, Spencer has been working in tech for 25 years. Spencer also enjoys writing computer games, sports (especially basketball!) and spending time with his family. --- 2. The Art of Problem Solving 👨 Ben Everard Skill level: Beginner, Intermediate Problem solving may not sound like the most rock and roll topic of conversation… and that might be so, but it’s at the core of everything we do, a skill so universal it transcends software, job role, even occupation. In this talk we’ll explore the mechanics of problem solving, I’ll share what I’ve learnt from overcoming challenges, recovering from failure and seeing the opportunity in problems as a developer and design agency co-founder. About Ben Everard Ben is a developer and co-founder of The Idea Bureau, working with charities, social enterprises and public sector organisations worldwide, turning ideas into standout websites, apps and services that drives change. @_beneverard ----- *If you find you can no longer make this meeting please do change your RSVP. As we provide food for these events it is helpful for us to know what number to cater for and of course to ensure that the waitlist is kept as short as possible. Thanks. ----- Please arrive from 6.30pm. You will be greeted by our friendly and knowledgeable volunteers who will help you get your name badge and get settled in. We aim to start the talks at around 7pm so there's plenty of time to meet our other members, get a drink 🍻 and have a graze from the buffet 🍕 we provide thanks to our generous sponsors. We usually start the night off with some updates about what's happening in the local and national WordPress community and members are welcome to add their own updates. Speak to one of the organisers wearing a red name badge before we start if you'd like to say or ask something. After the first talk we take a break and then have our second talk. Following that if you want to stick around a few of us usually hang around for another drink and chat. The talks usually finish around ⌚ 9.15pm (ish).

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  • Building Layouts with CSS Grid and Form UX: Design & coding a user-friendly form

    Our second meetup of the year has a design feel to it with Michele Barker talking about CSS Grid and Liam Jay talking about form UX. ** NEW VENUE ** Please note this month we are moving to a new venue, and will be at Runway East. Please see the location details below. If you have any questions please contact us on any of our social media channels or add a comment here. --- 1. Building Challenging Layouts with CSS Grid 👩 Michelle Baker Skill level: Beginner, Intermediate When it comes to crafting layouts on the web, CSS Grid is more powerful than anything we’ve had available to us before. In this talk I’ll walk through an example of harnessing the power of Grid to build complex, responsive, two-dimensional components, and demonstrate how we can use CSS variables to keep our Grid code DRY, reusable and maintainable. About Michelle Baker Michelle is a front end developer with a passion for CSS and a background in design, illustration and events management. By day she builds UX-driven experiences for Ordoo, a mobile ordering startup. She is a prolific writer on her blog, CSS {In Real Life}, and has authored articles for several other publications, including CSS Tricks, Smashing Magazine and the Pastry Box Project, to name a few. @mbarker_84 --- 2. Form UX: How to design & code a user-friendly form 👨 Liam Jay Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate Forms aren't normally hip and trendy aspects of web design, but almost every website has them, so getting them right is crucial. A form with great UX is easy for your visitors to work though, simple to understand, and looks professional. My talk will cover how to design and code a great looking form that's accessible and easy to use. About Liam Jay Designer / Front-End Developer at Love Creative UK. Plays too much badminton. @liamjay66 ----- *If you find you can no longer make this meeting please do change your RSVP. As we provide food for these events it is helpful for us to know what number to cater for and of course to ensure that the waitlist is kept as short as possible. Thanks. ----- Please arrive from ⌚ 6.30pm. You will be greeted by our friendly and knowledgeable volunteers who will help you get your name badge and get settled in. We aim to start the talks at around ⌚ 7pm so there's plenty of time to meet our other members, get a drink 🍻 and have a graze from the buffet 🍕 we provide thanks to our generous sponsors. We usually start the night off with some updates about what's happening in the local and national WordPress community and members are welcome to add their own updates. Speak to one of the organisers wearing a red name badge before we start if you'd like to say or ask something. After the first talk we take a break and then have our second talk. Following that if you want to stick around a few of us usually hang around for another drink and chat. The talks usually finish around ⌚ 9.15pm (ish).

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  • Automated testing for WordPress and Occupational Burnout

    Famous Royal Navy Volunteer

    We start off in 2019 with two speakers and talks that will help anyone who works in WordPress and web tech. David Darke will be teaching us about testing to capture web issues. And Nick Soper will be helping us to avoid burnout in our working lives. --- 1. Automated testing for WordPress 👨 David Darke Learn how to start running automated tests to capture issues before pushing work live. No previous knowledge of testing required. Skill level: Beginner, Intermediate About David Darke Co-founder and Technical Lead at Atomic Smash. @david_darke --- 2. Occupational Burnout 👨 Nick Soper The tech industry is full of motivated, passionate people. We are proud of our work and we are prepared to go the extra mile to achieve our goals. But life as a driven, dedicated person can have a more insidious side. Nick will be talking about his experience of burning out and what is doing to address it. Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate About Nick Soper I've been a professional geek since 2005 when I graduated from Exeter University with a degree in Computer Science. I started my career as a logistics analyst at the MOD, creating and using analytical tools. I then moved to the Higher education sector and then spent a few years in fintech consultancy with Scott Logic. Now I'm at Rocketmakers, working with innovative startups and honing my cross platform mobile skills. @devsoper ----- *If you find you can no longer make this meeting please do change your RSVP. As we provide food for these events it is helpful for us to know what number to cater for and of course to ensure that the waitlist is kept as short as possible. Thanks. ----- Please arrive from ⌚ 6.30pm. You will be greeted by our friendly and knowledgable volunteers who will help you get your name badge and get settled in. We aim to start the talks at around ⌚ 7pm so there's plenty of time to meet our other members, get a drink 🍻 and have a graze from the buffet 🍕 we provide thanks to our generous sponsors. We usually start the night off with some updates about what's happening in the local and national WordPress community and members are welcome to add their own updates. Speak to one of the organisers wearing a red name badge before we start if you'd like to say or ask something. After the first talk we take a break and then have our second talk. Following that if you want to stick around a few of us usually hang around for another drink and chat. The talks usually finish around ⌚ 9.15pm (ish).

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  • Progressive web enhancement and developing Gutenberg blocks

    Famous Royal Navy Volunteer

    An evening which is sure to appeal to those with an interest in coding with WordPress. We've got two fantastic developers joining us and sharing their knowledge. Andy Bell will be talking about progressive web enhancement. Not sure what that is? Us neither, we're looking forward to finding out more! And Nicola Heald, from Automattic will be showing us how to get started with creating our own Gutenberg blocks, which is something we think we all need help with at the moment! --- 1. The Power of Progressive Enhancement 👨 Andy Bell We dive into why progressive enhancement is important and how we can leverage the power of Vanilla JavaScript, Web Components and modern CSS to deliver a hack-free, lightweight and progressive experience for our users. Skill level: Intermediate About Andy Bell An independent designer and front-end developer with a focus on progressive enhancement and accessibility. @hankchizljaw / https://andy-bell.design/ --- 2. Gutenberg: Where do we start? 👩 Nicola Heald Are you a PHP developer who doesn't know where to get started with Gutenberg and blocks? Do all the options and jargon confuse you when it comes to setting up a modern JavaScript development environment? Did you get frustrated reading Gutenberg documentation that presumed you're already an expert JavaScript developer? Wonder why we need this Gutenberg thing anyway? Yeah, not long ago, Nicola was here too. This talk will take you through the easiest way to get started making Gutenberg blocks in minutes. We'll cover: * Writing your first React components. * The structure of a block. * The easiest way to get a development environment set up. * Writing a block - line by line! * The best resources Nicola's found to get going - the ones that took her from having very basic JavaScript knowledge to contributing to the core of Gutenberg! Skill Level: Intermediate About Nicola Heald Hello! I'm Nicola Heald, professional developer and tall person. I started writing PHP back in version 3, and have done development and sysadmin roles at companies like Canonical, HP, IBM, and I'm now at Automattic, uncovering horrible edge case bugs in JavaScript and PHP. I like chocolate, Radiohead, the ukulele, and efficient Continuous Integration pipelines. JavaScript is cool. PHP's ubiquitousness is awesome. There's little more beautiful that an well optimised SQL query. @notnownikki / https://www.linkedin.com/in/nicola-heald-800682106/ ----- *If you find you can no longer make this meeting please do change your RSVP. As we provide food for these events it is helpful for us to know what number to cater for and of course to ensure that the waitlist is kept as short as possible. Thanks. ----- Please arrive from ⌚ 6.30pm. You will be greeted by our friendly and knowledgable volunteers who will help you get your name badge and get settled in. We aim to start the talks at around ⌚ 7pm so there's plenty of time to meet our other members, get a drink 🍻 and have a graze from the buffet 🍕 we provide thanks to our generous sponsors. We usually start the night off with some updates about what's happening in the local and national WordPress community and members are welcome to add their own updates. Speak to one of the organisers wearing a red name badge before we start if you'd like to say or ask something. After the first talk we take a break and then have our second talk. Following that if you want to stick around a few of us usually hang around for another drink and chat. The talks usually finish around ⌚ 9.15pm (ish). We will be upstairs in the function room, here is a handy video showing you how to get there: https://www.instagram.com/p/BGy9lM_wC_w/

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