June Sunday Workshop – Craig West
Progressive Web Apps

Craig did a talk on Progressive Web Apps back in November 2019. This is a follow on workshop. You can find the full syllabus for the workshop here.

If you’re unfamiliar with Progressive Web Apps (PWA), this library of tools turns your web app into a mobile one.

…and A Beginner’s Guide To Progressive Web Apps

May 2020 – Craig West
What is the WP REST API and how can I use it to make forms and pages that don’t need to do be reloaded?

During this talk, we will look at what the WP REST API is, how to modify existing ‘endpoint’s as well as creating our own custom endpoints.

We will also make a small WP REST API site that carries out GET and POST requests for forms and pages as well as use the WP-Nonce security mechanism.

These references contain the working examples shown in the video:

We are not alone….

In all the nonesense around COVID-19, it is reassuring to know that we a not alone. While Brighton may have been slow to WordUp Online, the rest of the community has been beavering away, as ever. Check out these links if you need a WordUp fix:

We are back in action, so keep watching the WordUp meetup group.

Hello 2020!

Same WordUp, under new management.

This year we say thank you to Tom Ferry and Tom Chute who have been organising the WordUp’s in Brighton since 2018. Welcome to Jon Morgan-Jones, who will coordinating things this year (and anyone else who wants to volunteer…).

It’ll be on the same day each month (Last Monday of the month), same venue and at the same time. We may change the format for some of the events, but we’ll keep you posted and hope that you’ll feed back with what you’d like to see and feedback on what we’re doing.

This is very much an Open Source and community based meetup, so Jon is going to need help with:

  • Organising events
  • Finding speakers for the events
  • Suggestions for events, both in terms of content and format

Follow and contribute on the Slack channel – #meetup-brighton

Press Releases from 23rd May

Much later than planned, here’s a short write up of the sites that were presented on the 23rd May’s meet up. For those that don’t know, the concept is that each person has up to four minutes to present a piece of WordPress related work, inspiring awe and praise from the rest of the group. Everybody gets the opportunity to ask questions and then (starting from this month) it gets recorded in a blog post so anyone can have another look at the work they liked and promote it on their blogs, twitter, Facebook etc.

Hazlitt Eastman kicked off proceedings, by walking us through the site he built for Microzone, a company producing molecular biology products, the details of which go way over my head! However, I do like the animated GIF in the top right, and the site’s design brings a fun element to what could otherwise be fairly dry content. Hazlitt explained the site used custom post types, some jQuery for hiding and displaying tables of product information and the WP-Blocks plugin to create editable sections of content on the pages in a similar way to Drupal or Joomla.

David Pomfret presented the impressive looking site for Simple as Milk, a graphic design agency David founded. Although James (Simple as Milk’s web  designer) admitted to preferring to use Ruby on Rails for client sites, he’s done a great job of developing this bespoke theme. Sporting a number of satisfying little features, the theme includes a navigation bar appearing when the user scrolls down the page, custom web fonts and CSS3 techniques like text shadow and animations when rolling over a member of the team’s profile picture.

We had a last minute cancellation, so after giving his presentation for the first half of the meeting, our guest speaker John O’Nolan stepped in to show us all around the redesign of his site. Based on the Show Off theme, available from a project that John is involved with called Bio Themes, it uses custom post types for the various pieces of content and he gave us a look at the heavily tailored admin area used for selecting layouts etc.

If you like this work, please promote it in any way you can. If you’re blogging, it’s best that you link to people’s sites directly rather than client work, just so they get the credit from the search engines. Feel free to tweet about it, post a link on Facebook, chat down the pub, or write a letter to an old school friend. It’s important that people realise the great work you are all doing with WordPress, and that you hopefully get a little recognition for it!

Also, if you’ve read this and think you would like the opportunity to present some work at the next meeting, then we’d love to hear from you. Get in touch and we’ll discuss the details.