Call for Speakers

The WordPress Portsmouth Meetup group are looking for speakers for January 2020 onwards. If you have a WordPress related talk that you feel would be of interest to our members please contact one of the organisers by whichever means you choose: Slack, Twitter, Meetup, Email.

Our meetings in the past 12 months have been as follows

Notes:

  • Even though we are mainly about WordPress we do also cover some other web topics. e.g. copy writing, branding, GDPR, security.
  • We’re also happy to include remote speakers.
  • We enjoy a variety of formats: straight forward presentations, multi media, workshops and clinics.
  • We sometimes have a suite of lightning talks: 5-10 minutes.
  • Mostly we have one speaker; talk and Q&A taking 40 mins to one hour.

Location and meetup dates

Thanks to Scott McKeown of RedIT, for his continued sponsorship of the venue. We now have confirmed bookings at The Technopole for the following dates.

DateTopic
15th January 2020
19th February 2020

The Full Bradbury Suite can hold up to 28 attendees in conference layout, 40 in theatre. It has

  • Overhead projectors with HDMI and VGA connections
  • Free WiFi – fast reliable broadband.
  • Free on-site car parking.
  • Wheelchair accessible.
  • Easy access from the M275

Calling all local WordPress agencies

In 2020 we want to significantly grow the WordPress Portsmouth Meetup group’s membership from the current figure of 130 members to double that figure.

Starting in November (2019) we’ll be writing to local WordPress agencies to:

  • let you know we exist
  • invite you to our meetups
  • invite you to get involved in the local WordPress community

If you’re part of a WordPress agency, and we haven’t written to you, and some or all of your team are interested in finding out more about the local WordPress community, then please join the meetup group and get in touch.

And we want to increase the average attendance at our meetups

This month Graham Armfield, from Coolfields Consulting, is going to take us through a very informative presentation on accessibility. That’s something that you should be doing when you develop a client’s website. Or as Graham puts it.

It makes sense to treat accessibility as a website requirement – even if your client doesn’t specifically ask for it.

@coolfields – April 2019

Reserve your place today

WordPress Portsmouth Meetup – How to build an accessible WordPress theme

Wednesday, Nov 20, 2019, 7:00 PM

Technopole Portsmouth
Kingston Crescent, PO2 8FA Portsmouth, GB

9 Members Attending

🗣️ WHAT’S HAPPENING? Come to the WordPress Portsmouth Meetup on 20th November 2019 to hear accessibility expert Graham Armfield, of Coolfields Consulting, explain how to make your website accessible. The event starts at 7pm. There will be a social to carry on discussions and network after the meeting for any attendees who wish to go to it. Outline:…

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Let us know what you want

We want to ensure that our meetups satisfy the needs of the local community.

If you think that the WordPress Portsmouth Meetup is for you and your team then join the community and get involved.

Join our meetup

Join the Portsmouth WordPress Meetup group today.

If not, why don’t you let us know what we can do.

We want to know what you want to know.

WordUp Pompey organisers

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Fun with emoticons

They look different in the front end! These emoticons were copied and pasted from the 20th March meetup entry.


When viewed in the front end the emoticons in the left block may look different from the screen captures. The left hand side is the text part of a Media and Text block. The right hand side is the screen capture of the left hand side.

🏕️ 🗣️ 🍕

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WordPress SEO Workshop follow up

Here’s a follow up to our WordPress SEO Workshop.

Did you know that the SEO for beginners training videos by Yoast Academy are freely available from You Tube?

Andrew Leonard

Lesson 16 covers “What is structured data”.

See WordPress Portsmouth Meetup – 16 Jan 2019 – Yoast SEO webinar and workshop for the Yoast webinar video that we viewed during the workshop.

You can also see the PowerPoint slides for the Meetup. The slides contain some other useful resources.

Don’t forget that next month we’re having a series of Lightning talks.

Third Wednesday – 7pm – Technopole Portsmouth

Starting from January 2019 the WordPress Portsmouth Meetup, aka WordUp Pompey! is changing from the 4th Thursday of the month to the 3rd Wednesday.

In 2019 we’ll finalise the meetups month by month.
This website wp-pompey.org.uk will have the draft agendas and topics for forthcoming months.

We’ll try to confirm the agenda before it appears in your WordPress dashboard.

We have a couple of new speakers lined up for our meetups in the first quarter.
Watch this space.

WordUp Pompey! Live

This post was created during the Portsmouth WordPress Meetup as part of a Lean Coffee discussion on the Block Editor in WordPress 5.0 / Gutenberg. During the discussion a number of points were raised and we tried to have a look at them. We overran the 10-minutes per item by a long margin. I’m going to try to update this post to reflect most of the discussion points. Where necessary we’ll investigate whether each issue raised is a known problem and if there’s an acceptable workaround.

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Belated report from WordUp Pompey! March 2018

The WordPress Portsmouth Meetup in March 2018 took the form of a clinic where people briefly described their immediate problems then we teamed up to help solve them.

In case there were no problems I prepared 4 problems associated with our Meetup group’s websites.

Suffice it to say

  1. We didn’t need them.
  2. I have been working on them.

Here’s a sanitised list of some of the topics that were raised.

  • Migration from WordPress eCommerce to WooCommerce:
    • How to map taxonomies?
    • Should customer lists and orders be migrated?
  • Any recommendations for an RSS aggregator?
  • Do we have to read all 50 pages every time there’s some GDPR news?
  • Avada theme issues:
    • Why do image file sizes increase?
    • Is it true that related posts ignores the post’s category?
    • How do I integrate a booking form?
  • Live editing with Fusion builder:
    • How do I clone a page?
    • What happens if I save a live page as draft?
    • How should I name my image files?
    • Is there an SEO friendly way to format addresses and phone numbers
    • What’s the difference between a widget in a side bar and a widget in content?
    • What’s the best way of saying “We’re on holiday”?
  • What parts of the database needs to be encrypted for GDPR? Can it be done?
  • Who can help me with my Two Factor Authentication project.
  • Where do I learn about WP-CLI?
  • Do I still need a domain mapping plugin for WordPress MultiSite. Is Mercator much better than my current plugin?
  • How do I get in the building when I arrive late?

I’d love to hear from everyone whether or not they found solutions to their problems.