Blogging with WordPress and Programatic user permissions

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Famous Royal Navy Volunteer

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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Two very different talks for September: our first talk will be about how to use WordPress for it's original purpose (blogging), and the second will be about setting up user permissions using code.


Making a Blog from Scratch

Rachel Thrum ( - Creative Producer / Designer

In this talk Rachel will share her experiences of using WordPress for the first time to set up her blog without knowing how to code. She'll share tips she wish she knew sooner, and also share some of her design experience in how to make it look good.

• where to start

• choosing a theme

• learning html/css

• my plugins

• creating an mvp

• how will this make money

• finding my voice

• making pretty pictures

Level: Beginner


WordPress User Permissions the Code Way

Oli Ward ( - Develop Me Founder, Instructor and WordPress Developer

@oliward (

There are plenty of plugins around for managing user permissions in WordPress for WordPress administrators, but there is still a case for doing this job by hand and hardcoding roles and capabilities into your theme or plugin, especially if you are web developer and building custom themes and post types.

Some of the key reasons you'll want to do this is if:

• you want the permissions to be part of the codebase, instead of stored in the database.

• you want to version manage your permissions.

• you have multiple versions of your site (local, testing, production?) and don't want to manually duplicate changes across all the sites

• you have Custom Post Types and want granular control (e.g. who can create draft posts, who can publish them)

This talk will show you how to make your own roles, set their capabilities (what the user can do) and even make your own custom capabilities to give you even more control over what users can do.

Level: Intermediate to Advanced


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 and have a graze from the buffet we provide.

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 if you'd like to say or ask something.

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. The talks usually finish around 9.00pm (ish).

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