Welcome to the first WordPress Exeter meetup! For everyone in and around the Exeter area who works with, develops, uses, or is interested in, WordPress websites.
We've got two great talks lined up with the opportunity to ask questions, as well as time to meet and chat with other attendees before and after each talk.
We meet in the City Gate pub so you can use the bar and facilities, and bring drinks into the room.
1. Running 90 WordPress websites with a small team
What's it like running 90 busy WordPress websites with a small team and a limited budget? What approach do you take? What challenges do you face? How do you evolve to be prepared for and make best use of future developments?
Tom Dixon is Devon County Council's Digital Communications Manager. He'll be giving a fascinating insight into their experiences of using WordPress in a public sector organisation at scale, how their approach has evolved over the last eight years, what they have learned, how they keep an open mind about the future, and what their next steps are.
Tom and the DCC team would love to hear your questions, comments and critiques of their approach, so we'll be providing time for this after his talk.
@Tom_S_Dixon / @DevonCCDigital / https://new.devon.gov.uk
2. Useful (and free!) tools for accessible website development and testing
The recognition of the importance of building accessible websites has rightly increased over recent years. But knowing where to start with accessibility testing can be challenging. Graham Armfield will look at a selection of useful and free tools to help you ensure the accessibility of your WordPress website, including browser extensions and WordPress plugins. He'll explain why accessibility testing is important, how different tools are designed for testing particular aspects of accessibility, and how using them can actually improve the accessibility of your WordPress website.
The session will contain many live demos to illustrate how the tools can be used, and there will be time for questions afterwards.
Graham Armfield is a website accessibility consultant, a member of the 'Make WordPress Accessible' group and a regular and popular speaker at WordCamps. He runs Coolfields Consulting.
@coolfields / https://www.coolfields.co.uk
After the talks, we'll finish off with some brief updates about what's happening in the local and national WordPress community and members are welcome to add their own updates. Speak to one of the organisers (we'll be wearing name badges) before we start if you'd like to say something or us to announce something on your behalf.
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.
Code of Conduct
WP Exeter has a code of conduct at https://wpexeter.uk/code-of-conduct.htm which we ask all our team, volunteers, attendees and speakers to adhere to.