Introduction to WP-CLI, code reviews and contributing to open source

Bristol WordPress People
Bristol WordPress People
Public group

Runway East Bristol

1 Victoria Street · Bristol

How to find us

We are in the cafe bar which can be found on the ground floor just a short flight of stairs (there is a lift) up from reception.

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This month we have a bumper edition of talks for you with three speakers.


1. WP CLI: An Intro and Interesting Use Cases
John Blackbourn

Skill Level: Intermediate

WP-CLI is the command line interface for WordPress. In this talk, John will introduce the core concepts of WP-CLI, talk about how to use it to manage your websites, and cover a few interesting use cases for it.

If you’ve never heard of WP-CLI, or you’re an experienced user, hopefully there will be something of interest for you in this talk.

About John

John is a core committer to the WordPress open source project, and he's been working with the software for over twelve years. He works as an engineer at Human Made, a WordPress specialist development agency.

He's always happy to chat with people about web technologies and open source.



2. Code review done right (lightning talk)
Sarah Pantry

Skill level: All levels
When done right, code review is a great tool for levelling up developers and sharing knowledge, but when done wrong it can have a hugely negative effect, causing stress, demoralisation and burn out. In this talk, we're going to take a look at some simple ways to ensure you get more from code review and it becomes a tool for good.

About Sarah

Coming from a self-taught background, Sarah got her first break into commercial development at a large London ISP when the dev manager found out everyone was playing an online PHP game she had co-written. After that, she worked at several agencies, developing sites for FTSE 250 clients, developing a love of WordPress, and working with Symfony. Now, as a developer on the VIP team at Automattic, she is responsible for looking after sites for many well-known global brands, as well as developer hiring for the team.

Outside the technical world, Sarah is a big fan of both beer and homebrewing. She is a qualified beer judge and enjoys teaching people about beer and brewing.



3. Contributing to Open Source
Francesca Marano

Skill level: All levels

If you think one of the programs that you use could be better and the code is open source you are in luck! You can make it better for everyone or change it completely and release it with the same license.

Let's go through the first steps to start contributing to Open Source and WordPress.

About Francesca

Francesca is the WordPress Community Manager at SiteGround (, web hosting company. She is part of the WordPress community team, organizing meetups and WordCamps in Torino and taking part in many other WordPress events worldwide.

She founded C+B, a blog with an editorial staff of more than sixty authors offering daily advice for Italian female creative entrepreneurs.

Francesca is a passionate speaker and you can find her in Italy and around the world talking about WordPress, community, open source, women in tech, and small businesses.

@FrancescaMarano //


*If you find you can no longer make this meeting please do change your RSVP. As we provide food for these events it is helpful for us to know what number to cater for and of course to ensure that the waitlist is kept as short as possible. Thanks.


Please arrive from 6.30pm. You will be greeted by our friendly and knowledgeable volunteers who will help you get your name badge and get settled in. We aim to start the talks at around 7pm so there's plenty of time to meet our other members, get a drink 🍻 and have a graze from the buffet 🍕 we provide thanks to our generous sponsors.

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 updates.

After the first talk we take a break and then have 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 ⌚ 9.15pm (ish).