Past Meetup

WordPress North East May 2015

This Meetup is past

18 people went

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Are you a WordPress user, designer or developer? Use WordPress to manage your personal or business blog? Join us at our informal WordPress meet up at the fantastic Campus North building in Newcastle upon Tyne.

Newcomers always welcome, no matter your level of experience with WordPress.

18:00: introduction, beers and soft drinks thanks to Campus North <3

18:15: "Campus Messaging" by Mike Sales (

This presentation is a case study of the new WordPress-based digital signage platform recently rolled out across 120 screens at Newcastle University. With the existing system lacking both up to date content and editorial staff, it was gradually becoming less relevant as an internal communications medium. Senior management decided that a new system was required along with a service owner and regular content editors. Whilst a third party solution would have been the safe choice in terms of support, none of the platforms evaluated offered the levels of flexibility required in terms of content distribution and customisation.

The bespoke WordPress platform now in use offers multiple channels of content, allowing screens to display news, events and high-priority messages, or define a mix of locally and centrally sourced information. Content can be uploaded and made visible within minutes and a flexible theme allows schools and departments to add their own brand customisations. The system also supports video and the display of social media content.

18:45: 'Help Session' by Steven Jones (

Seems like there is slightly more demand for a help session than there was for my talk on working on your local machine. So instead of giving a presentation this will be a general help session however if you want to get setup locally then we can help you do this.

19:30 - whenever: We're a sociable lot, so why not join us for a beer after the event too! We'll probably be heading to the Warerooms around the corner.

Thanks, as ever, to our sponsors, Campus North ( for the venue (check out their sponsors here (

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