WordPress Leeds – April Event

Date: 23rd April, 18:00
Location: Platform

Our monthly meetup for WordPress users, bloggers and developers.

๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป Our venue sponsor
A big thank you to Platform (https://bruntwood.co.uk/our-locations/leeds/platform/) who let us use their fantastic venue for free!

๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป ๐Ÿ• Our refreshment sponsor
Thanks to the lovely folks at 34SP.com (https://www.34sp.com/), there will be pizza for everyone at the start of the event.

๐Ÿ“… Agenda

6:00pm: Doors open for pizza and drinks
6:15pm: Introduction and welcome
6:20pm: WordPress news from Tim Nash
6:30pm: Mark Wilkinson – Building blocks without writing Javascript
7:10pm: Break for refreshments
7:20pm: TBC
8:00pm: Q&A open discussion
8:30pm: Event finishes & Social

Mark Wilkinson – Building blocks without writing Javascript
When the new block-based editor was released earlier this year, WordPress development was about to get a lot harder. Instead of the low barrier to entry PHP we are used too, along came React and javascript based development practices.

How are โ€œtraditionalโ€ developers like me supposed to keep up? Well, fear not as I will show you in this talk the ways in which I build WordPress sites, using the block editor, developing custom blocks which meet the clientsโ€™ needs.

I will outline how we standardised our block-based development into a plugin which we use on many of the sites we build today.


Mark is a developer and co-founder of Highrise Digital, the tiny WordPress agency with big ideas, providing WordPress development excellence, without the layers of management associated with larger agencies.

Mark has been using WordPress since late 2005, all the way back to version 2.0.

๐Ÿ“ฃ Why not speak at a future event?

We are always looking for people 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, please get in touch. You don’t need to be a professional speaker or even to have spoken in a group before.

โ“Request a talk

If you don’t want to do a talk, but are interested in hearing about a specific subject, or have an idea/problem, please get in touch and we will try and find someone who can help.