November meetup: An evening with Make Do. Weds 15th, 6.30-9pm, Madlab

Novembers Manchester WordPress User Group – run by WordPress co-founder Mike Little and Siobhan Hancock – takes place at MadLab (http://madlab.org.uk) on the third Wednesday of the month; the 15th from 6.30pm to 9pm.

Note: This month we’ll be having a shorter clinic format. Please feel free to stay behind though and have drinks with us after 🙂

This month we have an evening with Make Do – WordPress Agency

Timings and Agenda:

  • 18:30 — Prompt start –  WordPress news
  • 18:45 — Talk – Dave Green on Boilerplating WordPress
  • 19:15 — WP clinic – bring your laptop and get the hands on help you need
  • 19:45 — Talk – Kimb Jones on Gutenberg: The new core WordPress editor

In this talk Kimb will be showing progress of Gutenberg, the new content editing experience for WordPress. He’ll be doing a little history around the how’s and why’s, looking at the impact of this change for new and existing WordPress sites, and, most importantly, how you can get ready for the arrival of Gutenberg when it finally makes it into WordPress Core.

  • 21:00 — End

Anyone with any experience of WordPress is welcome, whether you’ve only heard about it and want to know more, you’re an experienced WordPress user or developer, or anything in between; you are welcome to our meetings.

If you fancy coming along, please let us know at our Meetup page.

Mike Little (https://mikelittle.org), co-founder of WordPress, runs MWUG so come along to discover how WordPress can benefit you or your organisation, and get specific advice on any WordPress questions you have.

See you at MWUG!

 

October 2017 Meeting: Wednesday 18th, 6.30-9pm, Madlab

Octobers Manchester WordPress User Group – run by WordPress co-founder Mike Little and Siobhan Hancock – takes place at MadLab (http://madlab.org.uk) on Wednesday, the 18th from 6.30pm to 9pm.

Note: this month we are continuing with the successful clinic format to try to help more of you in the ways you’ve asked us.

Timings and Agenda:

  • 18:30 — Prompt start –  WordPress news
  • 18:45 — A look at WordCamp Manchester 2017
  • 19:00 — WP clinic – bring your laptop and get the hands on help you need
  • 20:15 — Talk – Getting Sassy with WordPress theme development (Sue Fernandes)
  • 21:00 — End

Anyone with any experience of WordPress is welcome, whether you’ve only heard about it and want to know more, you’re an experienced WordPress user or developer, or anything in between; you are welcome to our meetings.

If you fancy coming along, please let us know at our Meetup page.

Mike Little (https://mikelittle.org), co-founder of WordPress, runs MWUG so come along to discover how WordPress can benefit you or your organisation, and get specific advice on any WordPress questions you have.

See you at MWUG!

 

Tell us your WordPress stories in 2018

In 2018 we’re looking to make Manchester WordPress User Group more varied towards all of our members. We’re very proud to say MWUG sees WordPress people of all abilities. From developers, to designers to bloggers, we love having you all and we’d be very happy for to join our regulars.

So how do you communicate to such a wide audience? Well lately Siobhan has been off recording videos of the WordPress community on a completely separate project and has learned more about the people she thought she knew.

You have the power to inspire people. We’d love to help give you a platform to tell your WordPress story and maybe we’ll learn something in the process too. So please let us know if you would like to share your WordPress story at one of our meet ups. If all goes well we may feature a short show and tell night next year 🙂

Thanks guys!

This month at MWUG:

Also don’t forget to get your ticket to WordCamp Manchester 2017. We haven’t long to go now: https://2017.manchester.wordcamp.org/tickets/

To see a preview of Sue Fernandes ‘Getting ‘Sassy’ with WordPress theme development’ WordCamp talk, make your way down to MWUG this month and learn with us. Announcement post to follow…

 

August 2017 Meeting: Wednesday 16th, 6.30-9pm, Madlab

We hope to see you at August Manchester WordPress User Group, run by WordPress co-founder Mike Little. It takes place at MadLab (http://madlab.org.uk) on Wednesday, the 16th from 6.30pm to 9pm.

Note: this month we are continuing with the successful clinic format to try to help more of you in the ways you’ve asked us.

Timings and Agenda:

  • 18:30 — Prompt start –  WordPress news
  • 18:45 — Discussion tables night – 20 minutes per themed table
  • 20:00 — WP clinic – bring your laptop and get the hands on help you need
  • 21:00 — End
Anyone with any experience of WordPress is welcome, whether you’ve only heard about it and want to know more, you’re an experienced WordPress user or developer, or anything in between; you are welcome to our meetings.

If you fancy coming along, please let us know at our Meetup page.

Mike Little (https://mikelittle.org), co-founder of WordPress, runs MWUG so come along to discover how WordPress can benefit you or your organisation, and get specific advice on any WordPress questions you have.

See you at MWUG!

Public Speaking as a WordPress User

There are a lot of exciting plans for WordPress in 2017 and we do look forward to telling you about them and hearing what you are excited about with WordPress. Thank you very Much to Jonny A and John Cooper for kicking off 2017 with their amazing January talks and opening our eyes to new ways of using WordPress, also we had a great turnout, you both did an amazing job

Photo of public speaking at MWUG at Madlab in 2017

Public Speaking

The great parts about having new speakers at MWUG is how we all perceive WordPress and use it in our day to day lives. John Cooper spoke to us in January about he uses WordPress with podcasts and how you can make a business out of this. Needless to say his talk went down a treat and we’re very glad to see you back at MWUG in February!

An often misconception is that in order to speak publicly about WordPress you need to specialise in a certain area of it. That couldn’t be further from the truth. We all attend WordPress user groups for different reasons. We’re developers, designers and most importantly users of WordPress. We know what we like and we enthuse about the good parts and the parts that need improvement. The one thing we can unite on is the WordPress user and the experience of using WordPress.

It’s so important for us all as attendees to learn a thing or two about what people want from WordPress, to know we’re all on the right track together and to make sure we’re their because we want to utilise WordPress to it’s full potential. For many historic years WordPress was perceived as a blogging platform, it’s still an amazing tool for that purpose but we’re so far beyond that logic now, WordPress is much much more than that. It’s amazing opensource collaboration, a tool for building dreams.

At MWUG we like to have a mix of User experience talks and tech talks too. January saw Johnny A talk about smarter WordPress menus, this was also an incredibly fascinating talk and very good for UX. We’re open to all kinds of talks and if you want to give it go we’re happy to give you some ideas too.

So to round it up thank you to both our January speakers, you were both thoroughly enjoyable to watch and we had many attendees openly express what they learned from you both. 2017 is about actively encouraging you as WordPress users to share your experiences, how you use WordPress, what’s important to you, what you are excited about, what you like and what you’d like to see improvements in. We’d love to hear from you!

Thank you to everyone who filled in our venue sponsors survey Madlab. As ever we’ll see you on Wednesday!

December 2016 Xmas party: Wednesday 21st, 6.30-9pm, Madlab

December’s Manchester WordPress User Group Christmas Meetup, run by WordPress co-founder Mike Little and this year is being hosted be Siobhan Hancock and Tom J Nowell. Come and join us! It will be taking place at MadLab (http://madlab.org.uk) on Wednesday, the 21st from 6.30pm to 9pm.

Agenda:

As it’s our Christmas Doo, the agenda will be a little different this year. We will be having a quick talon’t have any talks but will be using this chance to socialise and meet your fellow attendees, over pizza, beer and mince pies, kindly provided by local hosting company 34SP.com

We will still be holding our WordPress clinic. Feel free to bring your laptops and share your problems and we will be happy to help. All WordPress enthusiasts are welcome. Come and join us whether it’s your first time or you are a regular, we look forward to celebrating a great year in WordPress together!

Graphic of Snowflakes and the WordPress logo