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.
Gutenberg is the new WordPress editor and it went live at the end of 2018. We’ve now had a few months to explore it and so some of us are sharing what we have learnt. Our previous blog post about the introduction of Gutenberg has some useful links you may wish to check out.
Lightning talks on Gutenberg by members of WordPress Cambridge
Our speakers on 11 February 2019 include:
David Thorne on the ‘Basics of Using Gutenberg as a sitebuilder’
Jonathan Whiteland is giving a few simple examples of how they’re beginning to successfully use Gutenberg at YTKO now; and show some of the more hair-raising things Gutenberg can cope with; then finish with talking briefly about how they plan to use Gutenberg going forwards
Elisabeth Klaar with a live demo/overview of Gutenberg from a ‘user’ (rather than developer) point of view
Some useful links
Elisabeth shares an excellent page featuring a compare/contrast between the old editor and the new editor (great if you find you’re stuck trying to do something in Gutenberg that you used to do easily/fast in the Classic Editor). And another super useful overview of all the blocks with explanations of how they work and tutorials on how to use each different kind.
Chris spoke on using WordPress to create a Minimum Viable Product to test the market. His quick approach to get a service/product to market was inspiring. Chris’s full presentation is available for you to look through.
Simon spoke about how to use plugins in a super clever way to patch together a site offering a complex product. For reasons of client confidentiality he has shared a redacted version of his talk.
December 6, 2018, WordPress.org will update the core of WordPress with the new editor, ‘Gutenberg’.
It’s a little controversial and makes some big changes to how the ‘back end’ of your WordPress site will look once you have updated WordPress. Your hosting company may delay updating the new version of WordPress until later (often predicted to be January 2019) to give the various people and organisation in the WordPress community a chance to debug it. So, you may find it’s the same for a bit and then changes in a few months, depending on the hosting you use.
We’ve rounded up some helpful links so you can get some background, find some tutorials and prepare yourself. We’ll also be running some meetups about this in 2019 – so join WordPress Cambridge Meetup and get notified of all our meetings.
WordPress Cambridge has a forthcoming meeting where you can bring your own questions, concerns, and ask other people who are there – or you can be someone who gets up and answers or makes suggestions to others! It’s on December 10 2018 at the Bradfield Centre and you can see details on our meetup.com site.
Personally I would strongly not recommend people update to this straight away. Most commercial hosting companies are likely to wait until they update sites (I’ve been told WP Engine don’t plan to roll out 5.0 until Jan). By mid-Jan there will be bug releases and plugins like ACF (which is not currently 100% compatible) should be stable.
He provides the following useful links for background:
Jonathan Whiteland of YTKO, and an active member of WordPress Cambridge, is proceeding cautiously too – scaling back the eagerness of his nightly auto-updating scripts and looking out for plugin problems too.
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.