With WordPress as my go-to web platform and WP North East providing detailed WordPress Training in the Newcastle area it is important to me to be part of and contribute to the WordPress community. This was my second year attending WordCamp London a three day event in April 2018.
And my fourth WordCamp event to date.
WordCamp London is the premier UK WordPress conference that focuses on all things WordPress and Web Design. WordCamps are informal; community organised events that are put together by WordPress users. This year was as busy an event as last year with 600 attendees and many outstanding volunteers keeping the event running smoothly. As ever the event was highly inclusive, with a childcare facilities, live captioning for every talk, quite rooms, faith rooms, breastfeeding areas and disabled access. Everyone is welcomed and included.
Highlights from WordCamp London 2018 - Day 1.
The event was located, as usual, at the London Metropolitan University, in the London Borough of Islington. The event started with a welcome and the Opening Remarks, a warm introduction for everyone that was attending and an breakdown of what to expect for the main two days of the event. The pre-event day is called Contributor Day where volunteers can answer your WordPress questions. I attend the main two days.
After the opening remarks, I headed off to see the first Lighting sessions in Track C. These are short 10 minutes presentations. First up was the awsome Lee Jackson, who I know well from his podcast and online community. Lee and I have met remotely by video and talked about business and web development, so it was a pleasure to meet him in person and listen is talk about Agency life. His talk was followed by Kayleigh Thorpe, Marco Chiesi talking about debugging and using Grunt respectively. All three lighting talks were highly informative.
Next up was Securing SVG Uploads in WordPress by Daryll Doyle. The SVG format is becoming a must-have for many websites. So it was great to get some insider knowledge on making them secure in WordPress. If you want to know more about SVG [Scaleable Vector Graphic] check out this breakdown. Scaleable Vector Graphic.
The final talk before lunch was Security Is a Process, Not a Plugin by Thomas Vitale. This was a highly useful breakdown on adding various layers of security to your WordPress website set up including hosting, updates, user, and content. All highly useful knowledge that I can bring to my client's website projects. I've even blogged about it myself [The importance of backup and security for your WordPress website]
The areas covered were:
- Manage security risks
- Be reluctant to trust
- Practice defence in depth
After lunch on day one was an interesting presentation about Enterprise Level WordPress whilst working alongside secondary CSM systems.
When One Size Doesn’t Fit All: Leveraging A Secondary CMS presented by Jim Bowes and Jon Bird. This talk focused on how WordPress can be used at an Enterprise level and how it works alongside additional CMS systems such as Adobe Experience Manager. Jon Bird heads up Enterprise Sales and Strategic partnerships for WP Engine and offered a great resource on Enterprise Level WordPress.
• There is a great article from WP Engine - WordPress Success Among Enterprise CMSs: The Stats - >>
The last highlight of day 1 was UI that ROCKS: A practical introduction to Gestalt principles applied to web design by Piccia Neri. Also, someone, I have met online, it was great to meet her in person. Picca Neri talked about design and User Interfaces from Gestalt principles. From my long-standing design background, I found the talk thoughtful and highlighted many of the principles I follow for my website design projects.
Next up in Track A was a great presentation into the new Gutenberg editor. Anatomy of a block: Gutenberg design patterns by Tammie Lister. This talk was clear and gave me the insight I need around the new base editor in the WordPress dashboard.
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Highlights from WordCamp London 2018 - Day 2.
Day one was long and inspiring, so I didn't attend the Saturday night social and wanted to catch up with my family in London who I probably haven't seen since WordCamp 2017. An excellent fresh start for day two started with a panel discussion – Applying Design To Complex Problems with Richard Copping, Melanie Machan, Sarah Semark, Gabe Karp. Then over to Track C for 1:1 with customers – a troubled approach, with a happy end by Stef Mattana
After lunch on day two, the next key talk for me was from Nemanja Aleksi, build relationships, not websites. This was great emphasis on developing a partnership with a client to deliver more than a website, providing support, additional creative services and digital insight.
Getting your privacy notices ready for GDPR by Heather Burns. This was the fourth talk I've seen by Heather Burns of WebDevLaw. She spoke recently at the Newcastle WordPress Meet Up. Always very clear and informative, this talk shed a great deal of light on GDPR and how this can affect website policy and information. Check out Heather's resources over on webdevlaw.uk
Lightning Session from Francesco Canovi talked about maximising remote teams and creating an efficient workflow for a distributed community. His session had some great insight and take-ways.
WordPress benefits from a global community of enthusiastic designers, content creators, developers and digital experts. Insight that blends seamlessly into your website and digital project. As an open source project, WordPress provides the flexibility you need to create a powerful online presence.
A global community of enthusiastic designers, content creators, developers and digital experts. The insight that blends seamlessly into your website and digital project. It is evident that WordPress is a robust platform and foundation on which to build complex and manageable websites, working well at an enterprise level