WordCamp Manchester 2014 Announced

WordCamp Manchester

Saturday 28th June 2014
Manchester Metropolitan University
Registration from 8:30am ends 5:30pm

We are pleased to announce WordCamp Manchester.
The date are venue are confirmed.
More details will follow in due course, including the speakers, schedule for the day, how and when to buy tickets, the after-party etc.



January 2014 meeting notes and slides

Simon Owen has again written some great notes from the January MWUG meeting, including links to the things  mentioned during the evening. Thanks Simon.

There are a number of comments from various people, some with notes and links on our Meetup page.

Rhys Wynne has published the slides from his Introduction to WordPress SEO talk, thanks Rhys.

If anyone else has a writeup of this (or any other meetings), please let me know (via the contact form or the comments) and I’ll happily link to them from here.

Cheers, see you all next month!


WordPress 10th Anniversary Party (with cake) – 27th May

Who likes cake? Who likes WordPress? Who wants to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of WordPress with cake?

My company, Code For The People, and Human Made (from over the hills in Derbyshire), and possibly some others from west of Manchester are putting on a WordPress 10th Anniversary party, with the one, the only, Mike Little, WordPress co-founder, at The Function Room, upstairs in Odder Bar on Oxford Rd, Manchester on Monday 27th May.

We’d love to see as many of the Manchester WordPress User Group members as can come, and other WordPress users of course, so please RSVP on the Meetup page here.

So far our plans involve food, drinks, cake… and we’re working on other activities (suggestions welcome).

Hopefully see you there!

WordPress ebooks offer at Packt Publishing

For those of you who were at last Wednesday’s MWUG meeting, you may recall I mentioned Packet books when asked about learning theme development from a book.

By coincidence, a couple of days later, I received an email informing me there is currently a promotion on WordPress books over at Packt.

Packt Publishing is crowning September, WordPress Month, and celebrating its range of WordPress eBooks with exciting discounts.

As a part of this offer, Packt has slashed the prices on all its WordPress eBooks. So go select any 5 WordPress eBooks of your choice for just $49 | €39 | £31 | AUS$47

Packt Press have a considerable range of WordPress books, and I have a few of their ebooks in my collection.  Some of their recent titles include:

  • WordPress for Education,
  • WordPress Plugin Development Cookbook,
  • WordPress 3 Ultimate Security,
  • Social Media for WordPress: Build Communities, Engage Members and Promote Your Site, and
  • WordPress Mobile Web Development: Beginner’s Guide

There’s only a few days left on the promotion so hurry! Remember any 5 WordPress eBooks for £31. That’s a bargain!




No Meeting in December

As our regular hosts, MadLab  (https://madlab.org.uk) have decided to close over the holiday period, we cannot able to hold our December meeting there. The next meeting will be in January 2012.

Meanwhile, you can still keep in touch via the mailing list. If you haven’t yet joined, you can do so using the form in the sidebar.

I hope everyone has a great holiday, and I’ll see you in the new year.


WordPress developers: passwords reset required for WordPress.org site (forums, codex, etc)

This message is only applicable for: WordPress developers and those who have an account on WordPress.org site (forums, codex, etc). Or those who have any of the plugins mentioned below.

Earlier today the WordPress team noticed suspicious commits to several popular plugins (AddThis, WPtouch, and W3 Total Cache) containing cleverly disguised backdoors. We determined the commits were not from the authors, rolled them back, pushed updates to the plugins, and shut down access to the plugin repository while we looked for anything else unsavory.

We’re still investigating what happened, but as a prophylactic measure we’ve decided to force-reset all passwords on WordPress.org. To use the forums, trac, or commit to a plugin or theme, you’ll need to reset your password to a new one. (Same for bbPress.org and BuddyPress.org.)

As a user, make sure to never use the same password for two different services, and we encourage you not to reset your password to be the same as your old one.

Second, if you use AddThis, WPtouch, or W3 Total Cache and there’s a possibility you could have updated in the past day, make sure to visit your updates page and upgrade each to the latest version.

via WordPress › Passwords Reset.