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Intro to Wordpress & 2) w3 Total Cache presentation +Discussion about this group

Will Hall will present "Up and running on Wordpress in 15 minutes", as people who've never touched Wordpress are very welcome.

I'll talk around speeding up page load times with w3 Total Cache plugin. I'll endeavour to explain what each setting actually does, which value to select, and which bits are important. I'd be delighted if this talk became a general discussion around w3TotalCache, and speeding up Wordpress in general.

There should be a projector.

If anyone would like to present then please let me know. I'm only speaking because I haven't found anyone else. Hopefully in future members would like to present around themes, plugins, & tools, sharing opinions, insights & expertise.

BTW, the BoatHouse is opposite Staples and has a car park.


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  • Caroline D.

    Great job Simon! See you at the next one.

    1 · November 18, 2015

  • Christian M.

    Really interesting meetup - thanks to Simon for organising. I'm sure I'll be a regular attendee.

    I think the idea of splitting the meetup into two halves was a good one, with a beginners / user focussed first half and then a more technical second half. It would also be good to have a break between the presentations if possible. I'm very interested to hear about other people's essential plugins in upcoming meets. I know what mine are, but it would be great to know what I'm missing.

    Thanks again Simon, looking forward to seeing you all in January

    1 · November 18, 2015

  • Chris O.

    It was a good meeting, thanks to both Will and Simon for presenting you both did a great job. I think the meetup has promise but I think it does need to be more accessible to new users. From some comments toward the end of the session I think even assuming someone knows anything about how the web works might be a bit of a stretch just because they use WordPress. I think one of the main challenges of the group will be to cater for all levels because there is a huge range of experiences. IMHO this is a good thing as the wider the diversity the better the melting pot of points of views and ideas.

    Anyone reading this and thinking of going I would encourage to come along, as the more people attend the more everyone gets from the meetup.

    I look forward to seeing everyone next time.

    November 18, 2015

  • Melanie de S.

    Sorry I missed it - will come to next one

    November 18, 2015

  • Helen

    Really interesting evening, thanks for organising and looking forward to the next one!

    2 · November 17, 2015

  • Will H.

    Really good to see everyone yesterday and hope that everyone had something of value to take home with them. I have done a quick write up and also posted the slides from my presentation yesterday. (http://www.willhallonline.co.uk/blog/wordpress-and-running). Look forward to seeing people next time.

    3 · November 17, 2015

  • Andy B.

    Great first meeting. Nice to have the opportunity to discuss the platform at various levels. Look forward to the next one

    November 17, 2015

  • Jim H.

    Very promising group. I will return.

    1 · November 17, 2015

  • Chris W.

    A great start - hope this group grows (and caters for absolute novices like me!)

    1 · November 17, 2015

  • Ben A.

    Very good to network. Perhaps could be more accessible to beginners / non-developers. But I'm sure the group will develop.

    1 · November 17, 2015

  • Simon B.

    Well I thought it worked quite well, although little biased.

    2 · November 17, 2015

  • Pamela W.

    I use Muse, not Wordpress, but still learned stuff. Nice job Simon

    November 17, 2015

  • Steven W.

    Nice to meet y'all. For WordPress tips, tricks and advice follow me on twitter @bboywattsy @newtlabsuk @wpshrug

    November 16, 2015

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks for this evening. As a relative noob I'd be very interested in learning more about themes and plug-ins in later sessions if that's possible.

    1 · November 16, 2015

  • Will H.

    Just finished my slides. Looking forward to seeing people later. I should be there from 7, so I can get projector set up as well.

    November 16, 2015

  • Peter B.

    It would be great if someone could talk about SEO. I know how to create tags in posts to improve SEO. But what about static pages?

    November 6, 2015

    • Ben A.

      I'd recommend using the SEO by Yoast plugin, it adds fields to your posts and pages to boost your SEO. For example it adds a key word field, description field and more and gives you advice on what to put it each field. Have a look here: https://en-gb.wordpres...­

      November 6, 2015

    • Peter B.

      Thanks Ben, I've installed Yoast and now starting to learn how to use it.

      November 10, 2015

  • Adam M.

    Happy to present at some point in the future... I've been using WP since version 2, and most of my work revolves around scratch building specialist themes and plugins, mostly for medium/large clients. Would rather talk around theme development, plugin development, and more technical issues, if there's any interest?

    November 5, 2015

    • Simon B.

      Interesting thought. It is a good plugin, I suspect better than securi. I've been trying out WordFence (pro) as well, which blocks and throttles IP addresses, depending on their behaviour. Maybe we could put together a set of security presentations? Would be even better if another member wanted to talk about a different security plugin as well.

      November 6, 2015

    • Ben A.

      I'd certainly like to know more about security. I wondered also about something on hosting and DNS servers? We're using WPEngine as a host and it seems to be really good - especially as it lets you run a staging server to test new plugins and changes to code before pushing them live. However it is an expensive choice.
      I would also be interested to know if there is an accepted workflow for creating and updating WordPress sites. I've been using Desktop Server, which is built on the Xamp environment, in order to develop locally.

      1 · November 7, 2015

  • Anne M.

    I'm interested in attending the meeting on 16 November. As I'm a theatre critic covering East Anglia, it depends on whether or not I've a Press night performance on that date.
    FYI I'm struggling to establish my own WordPress.org site after being ditched as East Anglian regional editor after ten years by the new owners of WhatsOnStage.com. It's a case of trying to do a lot with very little money, so any help I can be offered and any tips I can pick up will be both welcome.
    At the moment I'm struggling with SEO and traffic analytics plug-ins...

    October 25, 2015

    • Christian M.

      Another vote for Yoast SEO. Simple to use - and possibly even a bit addictive!

      1 · November 6, 2015

    • Massimo G.

      I use "All SEO for wordpress" since day 1, on all of my sites which works also very well

      November 6, 2015

  • Peter B.

    Also I would welcome help with Permalinks. The last time I tried changing them it seemed to mess up all the links. I don't want wp/?page_id=769.

    November 6, 2015

    • Christian M.

      If you change your permalinks (settings > permalinks menu) it will update all the dynamically created links across the site, such as those within the menus, but it won't update links you've created within post content. However even with permalinks updated, the ?page= style link should still work. If you're having more general problems, it may be that your .htaccess file isn't writeable on your webserver (or more geneally, I think Windows hosting struggles with permalinks sometimes)

      1 · November 6, 2015

  • A former member
    A former member

    Really glad to have found this group cant beat learning from others. I have been teaching myself to use WP and and see this as an extremely flexible web development tool for both blogging and website design going forward. Am really keen to understand more about what it can do and SEO / plugins etc..

    November 5, 2015

  • Ben A.

    Hi all, I've been working with WordPress professionally for just over four months now, so still have a lot to learn! I was looking for a WordPress group a while back and I'm delighted one has finally formed in Cambridge.
    I've got a fair bit of experience but I'm very excited to meet other WordPressers and to learn from them.

    November 5, 2015

  • Glenn

    I'm happy to share my basic experience to any small businesses/ freelancers on the use of off the shelf templates (studiopress etc) - e.g. my website here www.mylocaleconomy.org - whilst I'm not an IT person, I'm a small business who wanted a very professional looking website that I could easily edit and integrate with social media (wordpress fit the bill perfectly). I've probably only used 2% of the potential of wordpress - so am interested in what else I could do.

    1 · November 2, 2015

    • Simon B.

      Dear Glenn, Appreciate your offer, and looks like I should be scheduling future meetings. Would like to hear your opinions of the Magazine Pro theme.

      November 2, 2015

    • Simon B.

      Hope to see you on the 16th. With best regards, Simon.

      November 2, 2015

  • Tony S.

    Your group details (replacing the old group) have been listed here http://wpuk.org/events/local/south/#cambridge

    The next meeting will be flagged in the November 2015 WordPress UK local meetings update, to be published by the end of the week on http://discuss.wpuk.org/

    Tony
    WPUK Co-ordinator
    http://wpuk.org/

    October 26, 2015

  • Will H.

    I'd be happy to contribute at this meetup or future ones. Personally, I've been involved with the Cambridge Drupal meetup for about 5 years and also the Cambridge PHP meetup. As part of my company, Will Hall Online and Cambridge Digital Academy, we do both development for Wordpress and training on Wordpress so would be keen to help in any way that we can.

    1 · October 24, 2015

    • Simon B.

      Looking forward to meeting you. Thank you for your offers. Do you have a projector? There was an attempt to set up a wordpress group about 18 months ago, although it appeared to fizzle out. There must be enough people around town for a wordpress group, as the Birmingham wordpress group has 500 members.

      1 · October 24, 2015

    • Will H.

      Hi Simon, I have a projector that I can bring. It only has VGA input is that going to be ok?

      October 26, 2015

  • Will H.

    I have been in contact with the "other" Cambridge Wordpress Group for some time, but seems like there is little interest on there part for re-starting it.

    October 24, 2015

  • Christian M.

    Hi Simon, thanks for setting up this meetup. I'd be happy to speak in future on anything WordPress related. Any suggestions for topics to cover?

    October 23, 2015

    • Simon B.

      Delighted you've joined. Kinda depends on the who rolls up and what they think. A lot of the "advice" on the website about good plugins, themes, tools is IMHO pretty dodgy, as there is usually an affiliate marketing relationship. So, most of the social media plugins are deeply knobbled. Some people know themes e.g. Avada, others using starter frameworks e.g. _s, all of which might make reasonable topics. Hopefully suggestions will emerge.

      1 · October 23, 2015

    • Simon B.

      edit - I meant advice on the web.

      October 23, 2015

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