WordPress Portsmouth Online Meetup – 20th April 2022 – Lightning talks

Join the WordPress Portsmouth Meetup on 20th April 2022 for a series of Lightning talks from meetup members.

In November 2021 our lightning talks focused on SEO related tools, with Steve Wood introducing Ubersuggest, Mike Murphy demonstrating a number of Chrome Extensions and Herb looking at Google Site Kit. Videos and slides reproduced below.

This month we hope to cover a few more SEO related topics that may include:

  • Google Analytics – GA4 replacing Universal Analytics
  • Rank tracking
  • SEO PowerSuite
  • Yoast SEO premium plugins: Premium, Local, WooCommerce, News & Video

We look forward to a number of live demonstrations from members and discussions of each tool’s capabilities.

We expect each talk to last between 10 and 15 minutes… Enough time to get the gist but not enough to go into detail.

If we run out of SEO related stuff we can open the floor to other topics.

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WordPress Portsmouth Online Meetup – 16th March 2022 – Clinic

Join the WordPress Portsmouth Meetup on 16th March 2022 for a WordPress Problem Solving Clinic.

  • Did you make a New Year’s Resolution to fix that irritating little problem with your website? Have you fixed it yet?
  • 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.

The event starts at 7pm BST (6pm UTC). We will be providing a Zoom link for you to connect to the online Meetup.

To get the link, please register to attend this #OnlineWPMeetup.

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WordPress Portsmouth Online Meetup – 16th February 2022 – Performance – improve your Core Web Vitals

100 performance Core Web Vitals

Join the WordPress Portsmouth Meetup on 16th February 2022 for some tips on “Performance – Measuring and improving your Core Web Vitals”

We’ll take a holistic view at the top 10 tips to improve WordPress performance.

Using continuous improvement techniques we’ll see what can be done to get our website to peform better.

Caveat: This is not about improving performance of high traffic websites. It’s about getting the best you can on your shared hosting.

The event starts at 7pm BST (6pm UTC). We will be providing a Zoom link for you to connect to the online Meetup.

To get the link, please register to attend this #OnlineWPMeetup.

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Follow up to What’s new in WordPress 5.9

This is a follow up post to What’s new in WordPress 5.9. It mostly addresses some of the unanswered questions raised during the demo. Where necessary we’ll be raising issues and/or provide feedback to Marketing, Core Editor and other contributor teams, as relevant.

WordPress 5.9 and demo slides and video

WordPress Portsmouth Online Meetup – Part one – the slides
WordPress Portsmouth Online Meetup – Part two – WordPress 5.9 demo

For the timeline view the video in YouTube. Also consider enabling Subtitles / closed captions.

Follow up items

Here are some of the questions from the demo. Some of which have been answered.

Q: Is a child theme provided?

No. Not for Twenty Twenty-Two.

FSE theme generators

Generate FSE child theme

I ( Herb ) didn’t mention this experimental code since I hadn’t written it! I started writing the plugin the day after the meetup.

Block theme generator

Carolina Nymark’s fullsiteediting.com website is packed with useful information about Full Site Editing.

Automattic’s Create Blockbase Theme plugin

Available from Github.

https://github.com/Automattic/create-blockbase-theme

11:35 Q. Hamburger icon. Why only the bun?

The hamburger icon for the navigation menu only has two horizontal lines. It’s deliberate but we don’t know why. Maybe it’s a gluten free bun.

Q. Is some of the style being cached?

Mike Murphy was following the demo in real time, viewing cwiccer.com as I was making the updates. He commented that whereas I was seeing the correct output his view was incorrect. He questioned whether or not he needed to clear a cache. The answer is that WordPress is caching the stylesheet in transients. They clear after a minute. This explains what he saw.

21:35 Q. What’s the purpose of these width adjusting bars?

31:26 Q. Are these patterns part of the page or template?

They become part of the template.

42:27 Q. Can we use these blocks in a classic theme?

Other follow ups

Steve Wood reported a White Screen of Death (WSOD) attempting to use the Site Editor with a test site on Heart Internet. We analysed the issue in
https://github.com/bobbingwide/bobbingwide/issues/49

See also https://core.trac.wordpress.org/ticket/54553

WordPress Portsmouth Online Meetup – 26th January 2022 – What’s new in WordPress 5.9

Join the WordPress Portsmouth Meetup on 26th January 2022 for an overview of the changes in WordPress 5.9, including the new default theme Twenty Twenty-Two.

The event starts at 7pm BST (6pm UTC). We will be providing a Zoom link for you to connect to the online Meetup.

To get the link, please register to attend this #OnlineWPMeetup.

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WordPress Portsmouth Online Meetup – WordPress plugin development 101 – for beginners – 15th December 2021

Join the WordPress Portsmouth Meetup on 15th December 2021 for an introduction to WordPress plugin development, with Herb Miller and Andrew Leonard.

WordPress plugin development 101 – for beginners

Herb and Andrew will take you through the development of a WordPress plugin, written in PHP, to develop a shortcode to display upcoming meetings.

The plugin, eBPS Meetings, is a bespoke plugin for the British Pteridological Society’s website https://ebps.org.uk.

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WordPress Portsmouth Online Meetup – 17th November 2021 – Lightning talks – SEO related tools

Join the WordPress Portsmouth Meetup on 17th November 2021 for a series of Lightning talks on SEO related tools from meetup members.

At last month’s meeting we discussed Search Engine Optimization. This involves a number of processes:

  • Keyword research
  • Rank tracking
  • Analytics

This month we’ll be introducing a number of tools to help with each of these tasks. We look forward to a number of live demonstrations from members and discussions of each tool’s capabilities.

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