WordPress Leeds – 24th May 6pm

What’s on this month?

This month we have two speakers, Sue Fernandes and Tom Wade

Sue Fernandes – The Genesis of Things: An Introduction to the Genesis Framework

avatarAn Introduction to Genesis, the WordPress theme framework which is developed by StudioPress. In addition to offering a large range of child themes which come with great tutorials for single site owners, Genesis can also be a valuable tool for Developers, allowing custom websites to be quickly and easily built on a solid, secure foundation.

Sue Fernandes is a freelance web developer based in Stockport, Cheshire who has been working with WordPress for the last 6 years. Sue designs and builds custom websites for clients using the Genesis theme framework and is a regular member of the Manchester WordPress User Group.

Tom Wade – Getting Flexible with theme development

thumbnail_tom-wadeACF is a widely used WordPress plugin, making for extremely simple, user friendly content management in the WordPress backend beyond its default nature. It is one of the first plugins we install when it comes to theme development, saving countless hours per-project and works an absolute treat.

With the use of the Flexible Content addition I will aim to explore and explain the creation of designs that will not only be easier to code, but also be easier for the end-user to customise and have the freedom they want.

Although the talk is aimed at designers and developers this talk is open to anyone to give an insight into how themes can be developed. I will also be happy to answer any and all questions around ACF to the best of my ability!

After working at a small number of digital agencies in Leeds, Tom became a director at the creative digital agency SteadyGo. Working freelance since he could reach a keyboard, he specialised in WordPress development and all things PHP taking breaks only occasionally to play Softball and computer games.

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Agenda

  • 6:00pm: Doors open for discussion and refreshments
  • 6:15pm: Introduction and welcome
  • 6:20pm: WordPress news from Tim Nash
  • 6:30pm: Sue Fernandes – The Genesis of Things: An Introduction to the Genesis Framework
  • 7:10pm: Break for refreshments
  • 7:20pm: Tom Wade – Getting Flexible with theme development
  • 8:00pm: Event finishes

After the event, we will be heading to The Griffin pub for further discussion and drinks.

Why not speak at our next event?

We are always looking for folks to come and speak at our events. So if you have an idea for a talk, a discussion or just want to show folks what you have been working on get in touch. You don’t need to be a professional speaker or even to have spoken in a group before. If you don’t want to do a talk, but are interested in hearing about a specific subject, or have an idea/problem then why not also get in touch.

WordPress Leeds 26th April 6pm

What’s on this month?

Introduction to Web Accessibility – Andrew Macpherson

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Accessibility has always been a key goal of the Web – making information and services available everywhere, through a variety of interfaces to suit anyone.  Yet 25 years on, websites are often difficult (or impossible) for many people to use, while accessibility skills and awareness are too thinly spread across professional design and developer communities.

This session will be an introduction to web accessibility, aimed at helping designers, developers, and content managers get started on the road to building inclusive, accessible websites.  Topics will include:

  • Who benefits? A quick look at the spectrum of ability, a range of hurdles, and an amazing collection of gadgets.
  • What “semantic” HTML really means, and why it’s at the core of any accessible experience.
  • How the use of colour affects web accessibility.
  • The keyboard-only experience, and the importance of focus styles.
  • How to interact with a web page using a screen reader.
  • How the use of CSS and Javascript can help accessibility – or hinder it!

Andrew is a Drupal developer based in Leeds, and a contributor to the Drupal project where he mainly works on accessibility improvements to Drupal core software.

Second half – Q&A and open discussion.

The second half of the session will be an open discussion. Perhaps you have some interesting accessibility questions you would like to ask Andrew about, or maybe just a general WordPress question you would like answering that we can put to the whole room.

We’re going to open up online submissions for questions 1 week before the event so we can be a little more organised and hit the ground running on the night. Keep an eye out on twitter or the mailing list for more information.


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Agenda

  • 6:00pm: Doors open for discussion and refreshments
  • 6:15pm: Introduction and welcome
  • 6:20pm: WordPress news from Tim Nash
  • 6:30pm: Andrew MacPherson – Website Accessibility
  • 7:10pm: Break for refreshments
  • 7:20pm: Discussions
  • 8:00pm: Event finishes

After the event, we will be heading to a nearby pub for further discussion and drinks.

Why not speak at our next event?

We are always looking for folks to come and speak at our events. So if you have an idea for a talk, a discussion or just want to show folks what you have been working on get in touch. You don’t need to be a professional speaker or even to have spoken in a group before. If you don’t want to do a talk, but are interested in hearing about a specific subject, or have an idea/problem then why not also get in touch.