WordPress Portsmouth Meetup – 20 November 2019 – How to Build an Accessible WordPress Theme

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.


With legal cases like the recent one involving Dominos Pizza in the US, focus is sharpening now around ensuring that your own website, or your clients’ websites have a good level of accessibility.

But if you’re building a site using WordPress for yourself – or someone else – how do you go about ensuring its accessibility? Is just following the WordPress accessibility themes guidelines enough? When is the right stage to think about accessibility?

In this presentation, Graham will be pulling together all the different threads that make up accessible WordPress sites, and compiling them into a useful accessibility checklist that can be used on any project.


Graham Armfield, Coolfields Consulting

Working as a Web Accessibility Consultant, Graham runs his own company Coolfields Consulting. He works with organisations to help them improve the accessibility of their websites – testing the websites for accessibility, and advising the designers and developers on how to fix issues found. He has written detailed training courses on accessibility for developers which he presents on a regular basis.

He’s also a WordPress developer, and has built many accessible WordPress websites for clients – both large and small. He has contributed to the Make WordPress Accessible Team and speaks on accessibility at WordCamps and WordPress MeetUps. He has also supported the WordCamp London 2019 team in a review of website accessibility.

Outside of work you’re likely to find him playing his guitar, recording his next album or performing at local open mic evenings.


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 Meet and greet – networking
19:30 How to Build an Accessible Theme with Graham Armfield, @coolfields
20:45 Wrap up
21:00 Social at Sovereigns


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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  • If you would like to help organise the WordPress Portsmouth MeetUp, offer a talk or sponsor an event, let us know in the #meetup-portsmouth Slack channel for the UK WordPress community.


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.