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  • "Smashing Project Delivery With Agile Techniques" & "The Art of Problem Solving"

    Welcome to the fourth WordPress Exeter meetup, taking place on Tuesday 20th August 2019. A free, friendly and welcoming meetup for everyone in and around the Exeter area who works with, develops, uses, or is interested in, WordPress websites and web design and development in general. At this meetup we're putting aside coding and teccie subjects, to focus on methods to help you smoothly deliver projects and solve those tricky problems you might encounter along the way. Whether you are a freelancer, agency, manager, coder or designer, both talks have loads of great info relevant to web projects of all sizes. ***Important! Please note our new start time of 6.30pm, half an hour earlier than previously, so there's more time for discussion, socialising, drinks and networking after the talks.*** --- ☕️🍷 We meet in the City Gate pub so you can use the bar and facilities, bring drinks into the room, and have a drink afterwards (and eat too - the chips are great!) ⏰ Please arrive from 6pm onwards, the first talk starts at 6.30pm. 🤝 There'll be opportunities to ask questions, talk to the speakers, as well as plenty of time to meet and chat with other attendees. After the first talk we take a short break and then have our second talk. Following that, stay on as long as you like to chat, relax and socialise. --- "Smashing Project Delivery With Agile Techniques" ================================================= Hannah Smith If you work on your own, or in a small business making WordPress sites, you might think that agile project management isn’t relevant to you. After all, it’s designed for big teams who are maintaining complex software over a long time and have the budget for a dedicated project manager, isn’t it? Well, yes and no. In this talk Hannah will show you how the principles of agile are relevant to you, no matter the size and scale of what you do and whether you are in an official project management role or not. She’ll also show you how having a more agile way of working can help you deliver better websites, waste less time on redundant features and keep your clients even happier. Hannah's talk will cover: what are projects and project management; what is agile; why it’s helpful; and how to apply it to your WordPress business. --- 👩🏻 Hannah is a freelance developer, project manager, teacher and instructor based in Bristol. She co-organises the Bristol WordPress meet-up, was co-lead for WordCamp Bristol 2019 and is a strong advocate for women in tech. https://twitter.com/hanopcan https://www.operationcanopy.co.uk --- The Art of Problem Solving ========================== Ben Everard Problem solving may not sound like the most rock n roll topic for a conversation... and that might be true! But it is at the core of everything we do, a skill so universal it transcends software, job role, even occupation. In this talk we’ll explore the mechanics of problem solving, Ben will share what he's learnt from overcoming challenges, recovering from failure and seeing the opportunity in problems as a developer and design agency co-founder. --- 🧔🏻 Ben is co-founder and developer at The Idea Bureau, united with charities, social enterprises and public sector organisations worldwide, turning ideas into standout websites, apps and services that drive change. https://twitter.com/_beneverard https://theideabureau.co --- Updates and community news ============================= We also have a roundup of brief updates about what's happening in the local and national WordPress community. You are very welcome to add your own updates - if you have an announcement, an event, you're hiring, etc., please speak to one of the organisers at the start of the evening (or contact us via meetup.com) and we'll add it. --- Code of Conduct ================= WordPress Exeter has a code of conduct at https://wpexeter.uk/code-of-conduct which we ask all our team, volunteers, attendees and speakers to adhere to.

  • "User Experience: It's For Everyone" and "WP-CLI: An Introduction"

    Welcome to the third WordPress Exeter meetup, taking place on Tuesday 12th March 2019. A free, friendly and welcoming meetup for everyone in and around the Exeter area who works with, develops, uses, or is interested in, WordPress websites. At this meetup we'll dive into UX (User Experience) and take a look at the power of using WordPress from the command line. ***Important! We've moved the start time to 6.30pm, half an hour earlier than previously, so there's more time for socialising, drinks and networking after the talks.*** --- ☕️🍷We meet in the City Gate pub so you can use the bar and facilities, bring drinks into the room, and have a drink afterwards (and eat, the chips are great!) ⏰Please arrive from 6pm onwards, the first talk starts at 6.30pm. 🤝There'll be opportunities to ask questions, talk to the speakers, as well as plenty of time to meet and chat with other attendees. After the first talk we take a short break and then have our second talk. Following that, stay on as long as you like to chat, relax and socialise. --- "User Experience: It's For Everyone" ================================== Ross Wintle Not sure what user experience (UX) is? (Neither am I). Or whether it matters to you? (It TOTALLY does!) Or why it’s important? (Let’s find out!). I’m not a UX expert, but I don’t think you have to be: we should all be thinking about how people interact with the things that we make. We'll take a really (really!) simple web app, tear it apart, and realise that UX is hard, very important, and definitely worth thinking about. Expect tips, links, resources, door handles, cars, small children, and of course a little WordPress. --- 👨🏼 Ross is a freelance website developer and technology consultant who helps organisations use technology to make the world better. He blogs and tweets regularly on varied topics, both teccie and personal, from WordPress to Laravel to cycling and parenting. https://rosswintle.uk https://twitter.com/magicroundabout --- "WP-CLI: An Introduction" ========================= John Blackbourn WP-CLI is the command line interface for WordPress, and is one of the lesser-known but incredibly powerful ways to extend WordPress. In this talk, John will introduce the core concepts of WP-CLI, talk about how to use it to manage your websites, show how it can save you a lot of time, give hints and tips, and cover some interesting use cases. Whether you’ve never heard of WP-CLI before, or you’re already an experienced user, there will be something of interest for everyone in this talk. --- 👨 John is a senior engineer at Human Made. He's one of the core developers of WordPress, and he’s been building on and working with the platform for over twelve years. He is a member of the WordPress security team, and was the release lead for WordPress 4.1. John loves to travel and enjoys sharing his knowledge with others at WordCamps, meetups, and other tech events. https://johnblackbourn.com https://twitter.com/johnbillion --- Updates and community news ============================= After the talks, we'll finish off with some brief updates about what's happening in the local and national WordPress community. You are very welcome to add your own updates - if you have an announcement, an event, you're hiring, etc., please speak to one of the organisers at the start of the evening (or contact us via meetup.com) and we'll add it. --- Code of Conduct ================= WP Exeter has a code of conduct at https://wpexeter.uk/code-of-conduct which we ask all our team, volunteers, attendees and speakers to adhere to.

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  • "Going to the dark side" and "Gutenberg: where do we start"

    Welcome to the second WordPress Exeter meetup, taking place on Tuesday 15th January. A free, friendly and welcoming meetup for everyone in and around the Exeter area who works with, develops, uses, or is interested in, WordPress websites. We're covering two important and timely topics: securing your WordPress website from attack, and developing with the new block-based editor (also known as 'Gutenberg'). --- ☕️🍷We meet in the City Gate pub so you can use the bar and facilities, and bring drinks into the room. ⏰Please arrive from 6.30pm onwards, the first talk starts at 7pm. 🤝There'll be opportunities to ask questions, talk to the speakers, as well as plenty of time to meet and chat with other attendees. 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. --- "Going to the dark side, they have cookies" ========================================= Tim Nash Everyone should be a little bit worried about security of their site. In this talk Tim focuses on real examples of sites being hacked but from the attackers' perspective. We watch the entire attack: identifying targets, analysing vulnerable sites, adding malicious code, and exploiting. We see how some tools prevent certain attacks, and how clever - and indeed not-so-clever - bad actors can circumvent lots of hardening. At each step we analyse what could have been put in place to prevent and frustrate the attack and then look at how this can be implemented on your site. --- 👨 Tim Nash is the 34sp.com WordPress Platform Lead & Developer Advocate. He is responsible for the management of their WordPress platform and for keeping thousands of sites running fast and staying secure. He also helps run WordPress Leeds and writes for several publications and on his own site, on everything from security to home automation, all with a healthy dose of humour and WordPress. @tnash / https://timnash.co.uk --- "Gutenberg: where do we start?" =============================== Nicola Heald Are you a PHP developer who doesn't know where to get started with the new Gutenberg editor and blocks? Do all the options and jargon confuse you when it comes to setting up a modern JavaScript development environment? Do you get frustrated reading Gutenberg documentation that presumes you're already an expert JavaScript developer? Wondering why we need this Gutenberg thing anyway? Worried about your existing metaboxes and shortcodes? Yeah, not long ago, Nicola was here too! This intermediate level talk will take you through the easiest way to get started making Gutenberg blocks in minutes. * Writing your first React components. * The structure of a block. * The easiest way to get a development environment set up. * Writing a block - line by line! * The best resources Nicola's found to get going - the ones that took her from having very basic JavaScript knowledge to contributing to the core of Gutenberg! --- 👩🏻 Nicola Heald is a developer working at Automattic on the Gutenberg project, mainly focusing on oEmbed and looking for horrible edge-case bugs. Previously she was at IBM, HP and Canonical working on cloud-based CI environments. She likes chocolate, Radiohead and the ukulele. @notnowniki / https://mylesbian.blog --- Updates and community news ============================= After the talks, we'll finish off with some brief updates about what's happening in the local and national WordPress community. You are welcome to add your own updates - speak to one of the organisers before we start if you'd like to say something or us to announce something on your behalf. --- Code of Conduct ================= WP Exeter has a code of conduct at https://wpexeter.uk/code-of-conduct which we ask all our team, volunteers, attendees and speakers to adhere to.

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  • September 2018 Meetup

    City Gate Hotel

    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. About Graham 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.

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