"There's a plug in for that... but does there need to be?" by Chris Butterworth


Whether it's performance or conflicts, having too many plug ins can cause a lot of issues; with a few examples this talk will show a couple of simple ways to remove and replace plugins with your own stripped down code fully integrated with your theme to help stop these issues from arising.

Presented by Chris Butterworth

With a career spanning nearly 10 years working with WordPress, Chris has experienced a lot when it comes to the great, the good and the not-so-good parts of WordPress development.

As the Head of Digital for the District (https://www.thedistrict.co.uk/) in Cambridge, Chris leads the day to day development as well as constantly learning and trying to pass on the knowledge he has.

Follow him on twitter @chris__butters (https://twitter.com/chris__butters) or connect via LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/chrsbutterworth/

Aimed primarily at developers and confident fiddlers with code, this talk gets you thinking about when to use a plugin or when a plugin is simply overkill. With examples varying from the simple to the complex this talk isn't about giving instruction - although there are snippets - but to get you thinking about making your next project better.


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
4.1 Pres

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, soft drinks & networking: We should leave by about 21:45 at the latest.