WordCamps are informal, community-organised events that are put together by WordPress users. They provide a friendly and relaxed environment for everyone, from casual users to core developers, to participate, share ideas, and get to know each other.
I attended WordCamp London last weekend and it was, as always, a fantastic event. This was my 4th time at WordCamp London and each time it has been held at London Metropolitan University. This provides a perfect venue, made easy by the fact that I now know my way around.
The event is held over three days; a contributor day on Friday which is a great way to contribute to the WordPress project, and talks on Saturday and Sunday. The talks take place in three tracks and include subjects related to Business, Design, Development and Community. This years hot topics were GDPR and Gutenberg (the new WordPress editor).
It was difficult to choose between talks but here are my highlights:
Accessible Design by Maja Benke
I was on the Accessibility Panel at WordCamp London 2 years ago and I try to build websites with accessibility in mind so this talk was really useful for me to gain some more knowledge and think about how different people use your website. Some things I needed reminding on such as underlining links and opening links in the same tab rather than a new tab, despite what your clients may say!.
GDPR Workshop: Of Privacy and Compliance by Toyin Agunbiade
GDPR was one of the hot topics for the weekend and this talk was well attended. Toyin explained in simple terms what GDPR is and what we need to do in our businesses to comply.
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future.css by Keith Devon
Keith’s talk was about bleeding edge CSS techniques which we will be able to use in the future. I really enjoyed this talk and was especially excited about what you can achieve with shape clipping. Keith demonstrated a video playing in the shape of a wolf which I thought was really cool.
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Mark Wilkinson’s lightening talk on Mentorships
I am currently taking part in Highrise Digital’s mentorship program and it has helped me gain confidence as a developer to take on more challenging projects. Mark’s talk explained why and how they set up the scheme and the benefits to mentors as well as mentees.
Gutenberg Development with Zac Gordon
I signed up to Zac’s course some months ago and this talk gave me a quick overview and the impetus to get on with it!
If you hadn’t had enough Gutenberg for one day, then there was a mini event called “Gutenbar” held over lunch. This was a panel discussion where business owners and agency representatives discussed how they are approaching the transition, and shared their tips for moving forward with Gutenberg.
I was reassured to learn that my plan is not dissimilar to this and that we can all support each other through this change. There was also some discussion around the benefits that Gutenberg will bring and where it will be very useful.
Build relationships not websites by Nemanja Aleksic
Nemanja’s talk started with a story about a personal relationship that he had which ended up being very one sided with him often dropping everything to help his friend and getting very little in return.
He likened this to clients who contact you at all hours to fix their website.
I was doing everything to make them happy, and getting very little in return
His message was to create a robust maintenance and support service for your clients that they are happy to pay for as you are adding value to their business.
As well as the talks it was wonderful to catch up with old friends and make new ones and it was great to meet my mentors, Mark and Keith from Highrise Digital in person.
I’ve come back from the event feeling glad to be part of a supportive and generous community with lots of ideas that will help my business.