Calling all local WordPress agencies in 2021

Towards the end of 2019, we published this blog post “Calling all local WordPress agencies”. In this post we outlined our objective to double the number of WordPress Portsmouth Meetup members from 130 to 260.

Well,

  1. We didn’t quite achieve the target – membership on Jan 18th is 242.
  2. Our growth was not in response to any effort to contact local WordPress agencies.

So let’s try again in 2021.

Calling all local WordPress agencies

In 2021 we want to grow the WordPress Portsmouth Meetup group’s membership. We want to attract more members from WordPress agencies.

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.

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

WordPress Portsmouth Online Meetup – 20th January 2021 – Clinic

Join the WordPress Portsmouth Online Meetup on 20th January 2021 for a problem solving clinic.

  • Did you make a New Year’s Resolution to fix that irritating little problem with your website?
  • Do you want to improve your site’s performance, security, SEO, look and feel or content?
  • Do you want to learn how to use WordPress, a plugin or a theme to achieve a specific task?
  • Have you recently made some improvements that you’d like to share?

In this month’s meetup we’ll open the floor to solvable problems and see what we can do to answer the questions which arise.

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Why are List blocks over on the left?

Earlier today Andrew Leonard and I were playing with the columns CSS property. When we were applying it to a list block we noticed that the block was to the left hand side of the editor. We were using the Twenty Sixteen theme. We tracked it down to some CSS that set the left and right margins to small values. Normally they’re auto.

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WordPress Portsmouth Online Meetup – 16th December 2020 – Seasonal Quiz and Social

Join the WordPress Portsmouth Online Meetup on 16th December 2020 for a Seasonal Quiz and Social.

Everyone one likes a quiz, especially this time of year; where the nights are longer, in the Northern hemisphere. The meetup is open to all past, present and, new for the evening, WordPress Portsmouth Meetup members.

There will be 11 rounds on a variety of topics. Hardly any WordPress. And not too many seasonal questions either. To reduce the chance of a tie, bonus points will be available for some questions. But we’ve catered for that as well, with a spot the differences tie break.

The questions are all brand new. You won’t find them in any previous WordPress Meetup quizzes.

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WordPress Portsmouth Online Meetup – 18th November 2020 – WP Plugin Presentation

Join the WordPress Portsmouth Online Meetup on 18th November 2020 for a WordPress plugin presentation by Joe A Simpson Jr.

Lucky 7: Don’t Install ANYTHING ’til You Hear This WordPress Plugin Presentation

Joe A Simpson Jr

Most of us hit the ground running with WordPress – we have a site to build for a client or ourselves and install ANYTHING and EVERYTHING to help us achieve our goals. As a WordCamp Lead and WordPress Meetup Organizer, I often have to talk the aforementioned builders off of the ledge with the tips contained in this presentation.

I will share my Lucky Seven, a few must-have WordPress Plugins everyone should use, and why you should be using each. We will also chat about how plugins help you achieve your goals, level up, add value to your work with WordPress.

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WordPress Portsmouth Online Meetup – 21st October 2020 – Gutenberg – the block editor

Join the WordPress Portsmouth Online Meetup on 21st October 2020 to learn about Gutenberg – the block editor – from Belinda Mustoe.


A content creator’s guide to the block editor.

The new Gutenberg editor gives content creators more freedom to create layouts without programming knowledge. However there is still a steep learning curve on how to use the block editor efficiently.

Belinda will be providing an overview of the block editor in WordPress 5.5 as well as answering any questions on how to use the block editor with your site.

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WordPress Portsmouth Online Meetup – 16th September 2020 – What’s new in WordPress 5.5 and how to use it

Join the WordPress Portsmouth Meetup on 16th September 2020 to discover what’s new in WordPress 5.5 and how to use it.

By mid September 2020, WordPress 5.5 should have been live for about 5 weeks. WordPress 5.5 “Eckstine” was released on 11th August. And 5.5.1 was released on 1st September.

What’s new in WordPress 5.5

There are quite a few changes that affect the end user, including:

  • Automatic plugin and theme updates
  • Block editor changes – updated to match Gutenberg v8.5/6/7.
    • New UI design
    • Block inserter
      • Block directory and search
      • Block patterns and search
    • Image editor
  • jQuery
  • Lazy loading
  • XML sitemaps

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WordPress Portsmouth Online Meetup – 19th August 2020 – Plugin Kollektiv

Join the WordPress Portsmouth Meetup on 19th August 2020 for a series of talks given by members of the Plugin Kollektiv on their work supporting some popular plugins available from WordPress.org

About the Plugin Kollectiv

The Pluginkollektiv is a group of WordPress folks from Europe, determined to take care of some beloved plugins in the WordPress.org plugin directory. Ever heard of Antispam Bee, Statify or Cachify? Well that’s us.

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#OnlineWPMeetup – the next 6 months

For the remaining 6 months of 2020, the WordPress Portsmouth Meetup will remain online. I ( Herb ) will be creating the Events on Meetup.com and the website in due course. The proposed events are as follows.

Date Title Speakers / Notes
22 July 2020 How to build a WordPress website – Part Two Paul Tansom and Scott McKeown
19 August 2020 Plugin Kollektiv Bernhard Kau, Torsten Landsiedel and Simon Kraft
16 September 2020 What’s new in WordPress 5.5 and how to use it. PLUS
What bugs you?
The organisers.
21 October 2020 Gutenberg Belinda Mustoe
18 November 2020 WP Plugin presentation Joe Simpson jr
16 December 2020 Quiz and social With tinsel and baubles
Overview of the next 6 meetings

Apart from July’s meeting, which was postponed for a week, all are being held on the 3rd Wednesday of the month, from 7pm.

There may still be a clash with other meetups: e.g. Cheltenham, Manchester, Edinburgh. But we do start slightly later. You can, if you wish, try to attend more than one meetup in an evening. I don’t recommend attending meetings concurrently.

We’ll continue to use Zoom and will record some of the meetings. We’ll edit the videos before publishing them on YouTube. This may not be done instantaneously.