• Cambridge WordPress: An Evening with Gutenberg

    The Bradfield Centre, Central Working Cambridge

    Have you delved into the depths of Gutenberg, the new(-ish) WordPress page/post editor? Maybe you have just dipped your toe in and want to know what the fuss is about. Maybe you have been using the editor for a while now and want to create something more custom? Maybe even look into building your own blocks? From new Gutenberg user to plugin developer or agency, the Cambridge WordPress meetup would like to invite you to an evening with Gutenberg. We have four talks by four different people, covering how to use the Block Editor(aka Gutenberg), and three ways you can build your own. Talk 1: A tour of Gutenberg and building pages & posts using Blocks. Elisabeth Klaar of Oak Tree Studio is a marketing and fundraising specialist and has worked with a number of charities and organisations across Cambridgeshire. She has also helped many individuals and SMEs use their websites with greater confidence, and delivers training on many aspects of the WordPress platform. Talk 2: Building a custom block using BlockLab. Chris McMahon of verysimplesites.co.uk has been helping small businesses and non-profits get better with WordPress since 2010. Chris has kindly volunteered to talk about his experiences with BlockLab, a plugin which allows you to build custom Gutenberg blocks. Chris will share how far he got in building a working block, and what his likes and dislikes about the plugin were. Talk 3: Building a custom block using JavaScript and React Chris O'Dell of Foxdell Folio has been writing software for over 20 years, and his talk will cover what goes into making up a custom block, and give some code 'recipies' for making your own using the native technologies used to build a Block. Don't worry if you don't understand JavaScript or React as this talk will cover strategies for building blocks with little knowledge of these technologies. Talk 4: Building a custom block using Advanced Custom Fields (ACF). Jonathan Whiteland has been a member of the WordPress meetup group since 2015. A master of the [shortcode] Jonathan has been exploring other avenues for building blocks outside of using JavaScript. As a fan of ACF, he has recently been exploring the use of the ACF extension which allows you to build a custom blocks. His talk will cover how you can use the ACF extension to build a fully working block to display custom data on the front end of your website. ~~~ This meeting is sponsored by Twin Dots (http://www.twindots.com/) the leading branding, design and development agency in Newmarket. Twin Dots has clients like Cambridge Marketing College, 450 GSM, Racing Welfare, and Devam the jewellers. Schedule: 18:45: Networking over a couple of beers in the foyer, & chat, mingle etc. 19:15 start: Everyone introduces themselves: 20 seconds max, mainly describing their involvement with WordPress. 2. Up to 3 * 3 minute pitches. Share discoveries, useful tips, requests for help with charitable projects. 3.1 Introduction to the talks being given tonight: Chris O'Dell 3.2 A tour of Gutenberg and building pages & posts using Blocks : Elisabeth Klaar 3.3 A tour of Gutenberg and building pages & posts using Blocks Q & A 3.4 Building a custom block using BlockLab : Chris McMahon 3.5 Building a custom block using BlockLab Q & A 3.6 Building a custom block using JavaScript and React : Chris O'Dell 3.7 Building a custom block using JavaScript and React Q & A 3.8 Building a custom block using Advanced Custom Fields : Jonathan Whiteland 3.9 Building a custom block using Advanced Custom Fields Q & A 4. Clinic: Bring along a problem, and the audience will offer advice. If we can't, maybe we'll have a solution by next meeting. Aiming to finish the formal part by about 21:00, depending on everyone's enthusiasm to chat & discuss. 5. Beer & networking: We should leave by about 21:45 at the latest.

  • Cambridge Wordpress: "Life's a game...Play it Well!"

    The Bradfield Centre, Central Working Cambridge

    Many of us have played digital games in one form or another from Candy Crush to Minecraft, they all have in common the ability to quickly engage the player. For games it is imperative that the user interface is easy to learn so that players can immerse themselves in the game, with compelling gameplay to encourage the player to come back for more. So can we learn from this and build some of these principles into our business-to-consumer and business-to-business web applications? Josh Hart, CTO at yulife(https://www.yulife.com/) will be exploring these ideas with us and tell us how he has used gaming UX design to increase product sales and build a compelling product offering at yulife. He will also be taking us on a journey comparing different approaches to product design, and ideas which have helped him in the past. Josh Hart is a serial entrepreneur, and has set up numerous businesses across EdTech, Mobile and now the InsureTech world. Having created digital experiences used by millions, Josh’s mission is to make all digital interaction fun. As co-founder & CTO of yulife, Josh has been re-imagining the world of insurance, building a company which focuses on helping people to be their best selves; mentally, physically and financially. Prior to yulife, Josh was a co-founder of Chelsea Apps Factory and key in the development of the organisation, which consulted FTSE 250 companies and grew to well over 100 people, servicing customers such as Google, Standard Life and Waitrose. -- == -- This meeting is sponsored by Twin Dots (http://www.twindots.com/) the leading branding, design and development agency in Newmarket. Twin Dots has clients like Cambridge Marketing College, 450 GSM, Racing Welfare, and Devam the jewellers. The usual format: 18:45: Roll up for a couple of beers in the foyer, & chat, mingle etc. 19:15 start: Everyone introduces themselves: 20 seconds max, mainly describing their involvement with WordPress. 1. Up to 3 * 3 minute pitches. Share discoveries, useful tips, requests for help with charitable projects. 2. Presentation: "Life's a game...Play it Well!" - Josh Hart 3. Clinic: Bring along a problem, and the audience will offer advice. If we can't, maybe we'll have a solution by next meeting. Aiming to finish the formal part by about 21:00, depending on everyone's enthusiasm to chat & discuss. 4. Beer & networking: We should leave by about 21:45 at the latest.

  • Cambridge Wordpress: Something marvellous

    The Bradfield Centre, Central Working Cambridge

    We'll update this when we've found a topic and a speaker. We'd welcome suggestions This meeting is sponsored by Twin Dots (http://www.twindots.com/) the leading branding, design and development agency in Newmarket. Twin Dots has clients like Cambridge Marketing College, 450 GSM, Racing Welfare, and Devam the jewellers. The usual format: 18:45: Roll up for a couple of beers in the foyer, & chat, mingle etc. 19:15 start: Everyone introduces themselves: 20 seconds max, mainly describing their involvement with WordPress. 2. Up to 3 * 3 minute pitches. Share discoveries, useful tips, requests for help with charitable projects. 3: WordPress News with our star reporter Ben Attenborough. 4. Presentation 1: To be decided 4.1 Presentation 2: 5. Clinic: Bring along a problem, and the audience will offer advice. If we can't, maybe we'll have a solution by next meeting. Kinda aiming to finish the formal part by about 21:00, depending on everyone's enthusiasm to chat & discuss. 6. Beer & networking: We should leave by about 21:45 at the latest.

  • Cambridge Wordpress: Going to the dark side, they have cookies (2019 Edition)

    The Bradfield Centre, Central Working Cambridge

    Going to the dark side, they have cookies (2019 Edition) Presented by Tim Nash. 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. About Tim Nash :- 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. This meeting is sponsored by Twin Dots (http://www.twindots.com/) the leading branding, design and development agency in Newmarket. Twin Dots has clients like Cambridge Marketing College, 450 GSM, Racing Welfare, and Devam the jewellers. The usual format: 18:45: Roll up for a couple of beers in the foyer, & chat, mingle etc. 19:15 start: Everyone introduces themselves: 20 seconds max, mainly describing their involvement with WordPress. 2. Up to 3 * 3 minute pitches. Share discoveries, useful tips, requests for help with charitable projects. 3: WordPress News with our star reporter Ben Attenborough. 4. Main talk by Tim Nash 5. Clinic: Bring along a problem, and the audience will offer advice. If we can't, maybe we'll have a solution by next meeting. Kinda aiming to finish the formal part by about 21:00, depending on everyone's enthusiasm to chat & discuss. 6. Beer & networking: We should leave by about 21:45 at the latest.

  • Cambridge Wordpress: Something interesting

    The Bradfield Centre, Central Working Cambridge

    We'll update this when we've found a topic and a speaker. We'd welcome suggestions This meeting is sponsored by Twin Dots (http://www.twindots.com/) the leading branding, design and development agency in Newmarket. Twin Dots has clients like Cambridge Marketing College, 450 GSM, Racing Welfare, and Devam the jewellers. The usual format: 18:45: Roll up for a couple of beers in the foyer, & chat, mingle etc. 19:15 start: Everyone introduces themselves: 20 seconds max, mainly describing their involvement with WordPress. 2. Up to 3 * 3 minute pitches. Share discoveries, useful tips, requests for help with charitable projects. 3: WordPress News with our star reporter Ben Attenborough. 4. Presentation 1: To be decided 4.1 Presentation 2: 5. Clinic: Bring along a problem, and the audience will offer advice. If we can't, maybe we'll have a solution by next meeting. Kinda aiming to finish the formal part by about 21:00, depending on everyone's enthusiasm to chat & discuss. 6. Beer & networking: We should leave by about 21:45 at the latest.

  • Cambridge Wordpress: Something pretty good

    The Bradfield Centre, Central Working Cambridge

    We'll update this when we've found a topic and a speaker. We'd welcome suggestions This meeting is sponsored by Twin Dots (http://www.twindots.com/) the leading branding, design and development agency in Newmarket. Twin Dots has clients like Cambridge Marketing College, 450 GSM, Racing Welfare, and Devam the jewellers. The usual format: 18:45: Roll up for a couple of beers in the foyer, & chat, mingle etc. 19:15 start: Everyone introduces themselves: 20 seconds max, mainly describing their involvement with WordPress. 2. Up to 3 * 3 minute pitches. Share discoveries, useful tips, requests for help with charitable projects. 3: WordPress News with our star reporter Ben Attenborough. 4. Presentation 1: To be decided 4.1 Presentation 2: 5. Clinic: Bring along a problem, and the audience will offer advice. If we can't, maybe we'll have a solution by next meeting. Kinda aiming to finish the formal part by about 21:00, depending on everyone's enthusiasm to chat & discuss. 6. Beer & networking: We should leave by about 21:45 at the latest.

  • Cambridge Wordpress: Something fun for Christmas

    The Bradfield Centre, Central Working Cambridge

    We'll update this when we've found a topic and a speaker. We'd welcome suggestions This meeting is sponsored by Twin Dots (http://www.twindots.com/) the leading branding, design and development agency in Newmarket. Twin Dots has clients like Cambridge Marketing College, 450 GSM, Racing Welfare, and Devam the jewellers. The usual format: 18:45: Roll up for a couple of beers in the foyer, & chat, mingle etc. 19:15 start: Everyone introduces themselves: 20 seconds max, mainly describing their involvement with WordPress. 2. Up to 3 * 3 minute pitches. Share discoveries, useful tips, requests for help with charitable projects. 3: WordPress News with our star reporter Ben Attenborough. 4. Presentation 1: To be decided 4.1 Presentation 2: 5. Clinic: Bring along a problem, and the audience will offer advice. If we can't, maybe we'll have a solution by next meeting. Kinda aiming to finish the formal part by about 21:00, depending on everyone's enthusiasm to chat & discuss. 6. Beer & networking: We should leave by about 21:45 at the latest.