The WordPress Cambridge Meetup is a monthly get together for developers and users of WordPress, held at The Boathouse usually on the second, or third Monday of the month.
You can usually expect to see 2-3 talks and an open Q&A session, followed by drinks in the pub.
Find out more about WordPress, whether you’re trying to decide if you should use it, or if you’re an expert that wants to keep on top of the latest features, or anywhere in between – everyone is welcome.
So come along to see how WordPress can benefit your organisation, and get specific advise on any WordPress questions you may have.
Simon Bragg of website and design agency Sibra gave a talk on Monday about the .htaccess file. This file is found in the root directory of websites running on Apache web servers (so check what server software you are using if the htaccess is missing). It controls access to pages on the site, handles redirects and can be used for security and optimisations.
The resources below accompany the talk on accessible website design, from both user and developer perspectives, given by Zuzana Kunckova and Elisabeth Klaar at the March 2018 meeting of Cambridge WordPress Meetup.
Reasons for making your site accessible to everyone
Disability affects 1 in 5 of the UK population – that’s 12.9 million people who will find it easier to be your customers or site user if your site is accessible to them. An infographic from A Bright Clear Web gives further facts and figures to motivate you to make your site accessible. Fully referenced at the bottom of the page.
The UK Government has produced some fantastic posters about accessibility and website design, indicating the various ways the users with different impairments can benefit from tweaks in use of colour, in particular.
There are particular considerations for sharing information with people who have a learning difficulty, and the technique of Easy Read has been developed to help with this.
Here are some useful WordPress courses. Do you have any others you’d like to add? Let us know!
General WP Courses
WPShout – described as “In-Depth WordPress Tutorials for Developers”
Free Code Camp (free, natch) – Very accessible and of course free, so if you don’t get on with it you don’t lose anything. I don’t think there is a lot of WordPress conent (feel free to correct me on this!) But it does have a tonne of JS and React stuff
WP101 – Described as Easy WordPress video tutorials for beginners. I’ve heard this is the go to place for beginners. Haven’t tried it myself though
Press Ups – A more personal way to learn WP? (Again I haven’t tried it). Looks like lots of short free WordPress screencasts
KnowTheCode (paid) – A huge resource of videos for developers, including a selection of free ones. I found the delivery style of the videos a bit difficult. But it’s probably the most comprehensive resource out there. Learn how to build themes and plugins “the right way”. Learn local development as well. Seemed to have a bit of a bias towards building sites using the Genesis theme as a framework.
Gutenberg Development Courses (online, paid for) featuring instructors Zac Gordon and Joe Casabona. Joe teaches users about how do use the new Gutenberg interface and Zac teaches developers how to develop for Gutenberg, including how to upgrade an older site to be compatible with Gutenberg.
The course will cost you $79 (about £55) but there is a discount for ($49) if you use the discount code earlyadopter (see WP Tavern)
I’ve done courses with Zac before and found them very friendly and useful.
Creatorcourses – Another Gutenberg specific course. One of our members has enrolled so should have some feedback soon. There’s also a discount via the Gutenberg Courses above.
Matt Mullenweg goes into some detail about why learning JS deeply will be important for developers in this video:
So, does anyone have any good suggestions for how to learn JS deeply?
I’ve been doing the Advanced Web Developer Bootcamp (online, paid for) on Udemy, which isn’t WordPress specific but does have an excellent section on the latest JS (ES2015 / 16 / 17) and a section on React (you need to know the latest JS to develop for react because it makes heavy use of modern JS features).
Jakson – Short YouTube videos that tackle many aspects of WordPress development.
Here’s a taster:
24 resources for learning WordPress
Here’s a timely article from regular speaker and co-organiser of the WordPress Cambridge Meetup group, Steven Watts of Newt Labs on some of the best resources for learning WordPress. Includes a selection of some of the best WordPress courses, blogs and Youtube channels for 2018.
If you have any course suggestions for wither users or developers? Let us know!