WordUp Brighton in September: GDPR & more!

Last month we celebrated the WordPress Brighton community at WordCamp Brighton 2017, so we skipped the August meetup.

This month, we’re back! At the beautiful PLATF9RM, a creative coworking space in the heart of Brighton.WordUp Brighton July Meetup at Platform 9.

Sign up to join us on our meetup.com page.

6.30 – 7.00 – Welcome and networking

7.00 – 8.00 – Intro, Presentations & QA

Simon Cooke – Marketing Director, at Pragmatic

Tom Still – Account Manager, at Pragmatic

8.00 – 8.45 – Informal discussion and networking on ‘Organising WordUp Brighton: how can we make it better, and more collaborative‘.

8.45 – Start leaving venue and head to the local pub for more informal networking. We’ll be going to The Dorset which is a few minutes walk from Platform9.

There will be pizza, beer and nibbles sponsored by our kind friends at Pragmatic.


Please ring up to floor 21 on the buzzer directly outside the venue, and someone will let you in. Once inside the building, take the elevator to floor 6.

Other info:

– The venue is accessible for wheelchair users.

– There’ll be alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks available.

– You can also find us on Twitter @WordUpBrighton (#WordUpBTN) or join us on Slack, in the channel #wordup-brighton.

February Brighton WordPress Meetup

I’ve just got back from WordCamp London. It was great to see so many from Brighton up at WCLDN.

Well done to Dave, Tammie and Jenny who were all heavily involved. If there are others sorry I’ve not mentioned you!

It was amazing to see the WordPress community alive and well across the country.

So what about that February talk

Well, it reminded me I hadn’t written up about the WordUp talk I gave in February at the Skiff. So here goes.

I talked about how we build our themes and what tools we use.

The Themes

We use a child theme of WooThemes Canvas. I discussed the importance of child themes and how it can:

  • Keep you organised
  • Let you update your parent theme

We call our child theme Bambino and it works as complimentary structure to Canvas. You can download it free from GitHub.

You can use your own blank child theme. I suggest using the one click child theme plugin if you are going to do that.

Styling with Sass

Bambino is styled with Sass. If you can use CSS you can use Sass. It gives you more flexibility and let’s you have lots of separate files to keep your code organised.

This can them be compiled and minified with a program called CodeKit. The Bambino theme includes the CodeKit config files that make it work.

Separate out functions.php

The same happens with the functions file in Bambino. We split functions.php into separate files such as widgets, hooks and scripts which again help you keep things organised.

Keeping things ninja simple

Those at the talk (or going through the slides) will notice I had a heavy Ninja theme going on! Throughout our processes we tried to keep everything:

  • consistent
  • simple
  • speedy

Just like a Ninja!

It’s one of the reasons I put a lot of stress in keeping organised with your Sass files and functions files. So there is a consistent approach which is simple and fast.

The Tools we use

I also mentioned some of the tools we used. We are on Mac’s so you might need to find alternative tools if you are on PC’s

  • Coda 2 for editing files
  • Tower for managing GIT
  • Desktop Server for the local development environment
  • CodeKit for compiling and minifying JavaScript and Sass Style files

Listen to the talk

I recorded the talk and have put the slides up on our website. Click the link to find out more about building your own custom WooTheme.

Today was a good day for WordPress in Brighton and Hove

Today there was a contribution day held in Brighton and Hove. As part of this the community got together and had a meeting about the future of meetups and the community in Brighton and Hove. Awesome things happened and this post is our way of letting everyone know.

Our day was broken up into sections so everyone could get a taster of contributing in a few areas.

  • Theme Review morning session which saw a few new reviewers.
  • Lunchtime talk about the future of the Brighton and Hove WordPress community.
  • Afternoon session lead by Paul Gibbs about how to create patches and what trac is.
  • BuddyPress discussions and talk about tickets.

A big thanks to WP Engine for keeping us fed whilst we contributed.

New meetings and focus

First up, we’re excited to announce a new meeting along with more focus for our old monthly one. We’re going to have 2 meetings a month. One will be focused on talks with a speaker (or two), lightning talks and also networking at the end. Our new second meeting will be discussion focused with networking at the end.

Quarterly contribution days

Yes you read that right! We are planning on holding regular quarterly contribution days like we had today in Brighton and Hove. Thanks to Pragmatic Web we have a venue too!

This site is back as a blog

We aim to get this site to become a good resource for anyone in the Brighton and Hove WordPress community. We are going to be adding BuddyPress so we can really give you a chance to communicate as a community. We’re going to announced all events and meetups here; putting slides and summaries after so you don’t miss the good stuff. Along with this we also plan to regularly post articles from members of the community. If you’ve got something you’d like to add just let us know!

And more….
We have a lot more planned as we all work towards making this a great community! Here’s to the Brighton and Hove WordPress community.

WordUp Brighton – reboot

It’s Saturday and some of Brighton’s WordPress enthusiasts have gathered for the first even Brighton WordPress Contribution Day.

In between learning about contributing to the Theme Review and BuddyPress projects, we talk about how we can help grow the WordPress community in Brighton.

A website seems like a good start!

So here it is! Formally a website to promote WP-Brighton, a one day WordPress event, we’ll now use the site as a hub to promote and organise WordPress in Brighton & Hove.

Join in. Come along.

WordUp Brighton May

As you might be able to tell we’ve been struggling to find speakers for WordUp which is probably more to do with our time rather than a lack of interesting WordPress people in Brighton. This is something we really want to sort out for future events by harnessing the power of you lot to help suggest speakers and topics. However, this time round we’re going to run a WordUp special.

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