Building a plugin as a business and speeding up WordPress

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17-18 King Street · Bristol BS1 4EF

How to find us

We are in the function room upstairs - see full details for more info and a video

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This month we have two talks: Building a plugin as a business by Jack McConnell and Speeding up WordPress by our very own Simon Pollard. They should be two interesting topics in which you're sure to learn a lot about WordPress.


Running a WordPress Plugin as a Side Business
Jack McConnell - Web Designer & Front-end Developer at Made with Fuel

In my talk I’ll cover the following subjects:

• Giving Back to WordPress
• Plugin Idea, Research, Roadmap
• Providing Excellent Support (and dealing with cross people)
• Creating a Website for the Plugin
• Documentation
• Automation
• Revising Readme / Website Wording
• Releasing & Pricing Add-ons
• Transparency Reports

Level: Intermediate


Speeding up WordPress
Simon Pollard - Lead Web Developer at SHIFT Active Media

I'll be looking at ways to speed up your WordPress site and reduce load times for pages. I'll cover things like minification of css and javascript, caching and CDNs (Content Delivery Networks). Believe it or not I will actually recommend some plugins as well!

Level: Beginner / Intermediate


You'll be welcomed on arrival by our friendly and knowledgable volunteers where you can grab your name badge and get settled in. We aim to get started at around 7pm so give yourself plenty of time to get a drink as the bar downstairs can get busy.

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 update. Just speak to one of the organisers before we start.

After the first talk we take a break before our second talk. Following that if you want to stick around a few of us usually hang around for another drink and chat.

We will be upstairs in the function room, here is a handy video showing you how to get there...