WordPress Leeds – February 2020

Date: 25th February, 18:00
Location: Platform

Our monthly meetup for WordPress users, bloggers and developers.

👏🏻 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!

👏🏻 🍕 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.

📅 Agenda

6:00pm: Doors open for pizza and drinks
6:15pm: Introduction and welcome
6:20pm: WordPress news
6:30pm: Rhys Wynne – A Developer’s Guide to Working with Marketing Teams
7:10pm: Break for refreshments
7:20pm: David Swallow – A web of anxiety: accessibility for people with anxiety and panic disorders
8:00pm: Q&A open discussion
8:30pm: Event finishes & Social

About the talks

🗣 A Developer’s Guide to Working with Marketing Teams

As somebody who has been both a developer and marketing team leader in my career, I’ve been able to see when projects go wrong between developers and outside or internal marketing team. In this talk, I’ll share a few areas on where relationships break down, how to avoid problems before they arise, and also tips to get marketing teams on your side so you can both serve a happy client.

About Rhys
Rhys Wynne is a WordPress Plugin developer, author and speaker. In 2013 he penned bbPress Complete and has written plugins that have been downloaded over 200,000 times. Rhys has a keen interest in commercial WordPress development, SEO, security and open source technologies, and enjoys the community that has surrounded open source technologies. He can be found on Twitter at @dwinrhys and takes on Freelance work through Dwinrhys.com

🗣 A web of anxiety: accessibility for people with anxiety and panic disorders

Anyone booking a vacation has likely encountered persuasive notifications urging them to “Hurry, only 2 tickets left!” or to “Book now as 6 other people are viewing this hotel”. We’ve all fumbled to enter our credit-card details as an ominous timer counts down the number of minutes remaining to complete our transaction. The web is awash with all manner of so-called dark patterns, designed to convert visitors and part them from their money. While such intrusions can be a source of irritation or even stress for many people, they may be complete showstoppers for people with anxiety or panic disorders. This talk will demonstrate aspects of user interface and user experience design that contribute to feelings of anxiety and panic. It will explore how we can avoid or reduce anxiety and panic triggers on the web and offer some practical guidance on how to improve accessibility for people with anxiety and panic disorders.

About David
David Swallow is a Senior Accessibility Engineer at The Paciello Group with a particular interest in user experience. Formerly he was an academic researcher in human-computer interaction at the University of York, UK. There he gained a PhD in Computer Science, investigating how to integrate accessible web development practices into the existing workflows of professional web developers. Prior to that, David was a web developer, creating usable and accessible websites for property professionals.

🤔 How do roundtables work?

The room is divided into different tables or groups, each with a different topic. While the topics will be decided on the night, in the past we’ve discussed:
– Security
– Performance
– General questions/site issues
– Development and code
– Design

Pick a table and get involved with the discussion. Move tables, meet people; it’s a great time for finding answers and networking. There is something for everyone, be it your first time using WordPress to a seasoned developer.

If you have a specific site problem you would like help with, don’t forget to bring your laptop!

📣 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.

❓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.