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Jenny Wong

Contributing to WordPress

Open source projects like WordPress thrive on the community that surrounds it. This month, Jenny will be talking about:

  • Why it is important that we all contribute
  • How anybody regardless of skill levels can get involved
  • How to get started
  • Contributor Days
Graham Armfield

Themes, Plugins and Accessibility

One of the recent WordPress accessibility initiatives has been the introduction of the ‘accessibility-ready’ tag for theme authors who wish to submit themes to the WordPress repository. The tag is used to indicate that a theme contains the best practices in web accessibility, and can form the basis of an accessible WordPress website.
But uptake has been slow.

This presentation looks at what you need to do to get your themes up to the ‘accessibility-ready’ standard – whether or not you intend to submit them to the repository. It’s not hard to do, and the benefits can be enormous for many, many people. Graham will also be looking at whether it’s worth following the ‘accessibility-ready’ steps for plugins too.

Presented by Graham Armfield – a Web Accessibility Consultant with his own company Coolfields Consulting. He works with organisations to help them improve the accessibility of their websites – by testing the websites for accessibility, and advising the designers and developers on how to fix issues found. He’s also a WordPress developer, and has built many accessible WordPress websites for clients. He’s an active member of the Make WordPress Accessible Team and has spoken on accessibility to many WordCamps and other WordPress meetups.

Mark Wilkinson

From Local to Staging to Live Using Version Control and Deployment Tools

FTP is a great tool for transferring files from computer to server. Or is it? Perhaps it is about time we changed. This presentation looks at changing your development workflow to use version control and deployment in order to improve your development cycle.

Dan Westall

Using WordPress for eSports

A few months ago Dan and a few others started They used WordPress, which allowed us to get off the ground quickly, taking advantage of a lot of newer technologies ranging from the new WordPress restful api with angular to websockets for realtime match results, but not forgetting the basics including extending the XMLRPC interface, custom post types and posts 2 posts plugin to link it all together.

Dan will be talking about building it, the problems, the solutions and were they are going next.

Jamie Marsland

Introduction to WooCommerce

In this presentation I’ll show you how easy it is to set up an online store with WooCommerce. I’ll be building a store from scratch ‘live’ in only 20 mins. I’ll show you how to set up your shop, add products (simple, virtual, grouped, affiliate and variable), add product galleries, add sections to your shop, set up checkout, how to take payment and more. We’ve been running WooCommerce on ( for the past year and I’ll give you some tips and tricks on how to optimise a WooCommerce store.

Diane Wallace

Where’s The One Click Install?

Lot’s of web hosts now offer one-click installation of WordPress, but what if your chosen host doesn’t, or if you want more control over your configuration? What if you’ve used the one-click, but it’s installed WordPress in a subdirectory and you want your blog to exist in the site root?

You can do it all yourself and it’s probably easier than you think.

In this talk I will be taking you step-by-step through installing WordPress on your web server and setting up your WordPress site.

Kirsty Burgoine

A Question of Deliverables

Before responsive design, there was “standard” design. Keeping the client in the loop with standard design was easy, you showed them a visual and then created a pixel perfect website based on that visual. But as more internet enabled devices came on the market, responsive design became more common and the practice of pixel perfect designs became increasing difficult to maintain, keeping the client in the loop using “the old ways” became impractical.

So how do we deal with this? What deliverables do we provide to the client and at what stages? There is no one-fit solution to this so instead I will tell you a few of the things I tried and how and why they failed. Hopefully you can then find a method to suit you and avoid some of the mistakes I made.

Rian Rietveld

Those who don’t jump will never fly

Changing what you don’t like in the WordPress core, a plugin or a framework is not an easy task.

Many developers don’t have a clue about what is important for accessibility. But telling developers they’re doing accessibility wrong or just posting: “this is all wrong, fix it” doesn’t always get accessibility on the agenda, or get a positive response.

But if WordPress doesn’t give you what you want, don’t just grumble or be intimidated by other developers, change it yourself – and give back to the WordPress community. You may be surprised how many people were waiting for that.

A month ago the Genesis Accessible plugin and the Leiden theme were published. Together they can make a Genesis website WCAG 2 accessible out-of-the-box. Find out how I created these things, and what the response was.

Jonathan Harris

Review of WordCamp Bournemouth

If you haven’t yet got your tickets for Bournemouth on July 12-13th get you tickets here: . It’s always a fun-filled weekend of learning and socialising!

Otherwise if you can’t make it, don’t worry because we’ll have an excellent review of the two-day conference from one of the organisers – Jonathan Harris.

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