WordPress Portsmouth Meetup – 17 Jul 2019 – Migrating our WordPress business to the cloud

Come to the WordPress Portsmouth Meetup on 17th July 2019 to hear Leo Mindel’s presentation

“Migrating a WordPress business from self-managed hardware to the Cloud”

with Leo Mindel @WFCKeego

followed by a Q & A then

“An introduction to live streaming”

also with Leo Mindel

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.

Leo Mindel is the founder of Sotic, a multi award-winning Digital Sports Agency that uses WordPress CMS as the platform to deliver large-scale websites for major sporting rights-holders.

Established in 2002, Sotic adopted WordPress as its preferred CMS in 2015 and has discovered a home in the WordPress community.

Leo has been a member of WordPress London since 2016 and has regularly livestreamed this Meetup.

He is an active contributor to the WP Community, supporting Meetups and WordCamps with talks and support and part of the Communications Team for WordCamp London 2019, which took place in April 2019. He is also involved with others on Documentation on livestreaming and Video on Make WordPress.


Our attendees come from Hampshire and West Sussex. The venue has free parking. All levels of experience of WordPress and website publishing welcome. We are a learning and development group. We welcome WordPress beginners.

Spaces are limited. Please sign-up if you really do intend to attend the MeetUp. If you are new to the group, please can you complete your MeetUp profile to help us plan topics.


Time Item
19.00 Welcome and Networking
19.30 Migrating our WordPress business to the Cloud – Leo Mindel
20:00 Q & A
20:15 An introduction to live streaming – Leo Mindel
20:45 Wrap up
21:00 Social at Sovereigns

Migrating a WordPress business from self-managed hardware to the Cloud

As Founder and CEO for Sotic, a Digital Sports agency which delivers big name sports websites on WordPress, Leo has considerable experience in both working with Cloud technology and live events. In 2015 Sotic started the journey to migrating its own data centre to Cloud. Four years later Sotic is now 100% cloud based, running a number of fast and award winning WordPress sites, including for the Six Nations Rugby, England Netball, Tour of Great Britain and Irish Rugby.

This talk will look at the journey his 30-person digital agency undertook to migrate, the pitfalls along the way and how this move has unlocked a huge improvement in SEO, web performance, employee well-being and work life balance.

You can connect with: @wfckeego / sotic.net / wfckeego on WordPress.org

Watch the recording

See the slides

An introduction to live streaming

Leo was responsible for the Live streaming of each session in three separate streams at WordCamp London 2019. In the future, once we’ve learnt how to do it, and got the necessary kit, some of our WordPress Portsmouth Meetups may also be live streamed. In the second session Leo will give us an introduction.

Note: the first session was live streamed to 4 channels:



Catch up with the WordPress community in Hampshire and West Sussex and enjoy refreshments. Please let us know when you book if you have any special dietary restrictions. This information will only be used to help arrange refreshments.


  • The event venue is a University of Portsmouth building and is accessible for wheelchair users.
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Thank you to our group sponsors RedIT and 34SP for supporting us with a venue and refreshments.

Thanks to Non Stop Business Support, Bobbing Wide, and Drew Westcott for their in-kind sponsorship of this WordPress MeetUp.