WORDCAMP London 2018 an inspiring event for WordPress Community

 

wordcamp londonLast weekend I had the pleasure to participate as volunteer to Word Camp London 2018 at London Metropolitan University.  I was pleasantly surprised by the logistic involved in this event, even if it was the 5th  edition if I am not wrong. I met a lot of people from all around the world proving once again how WordPress works as a community CMS where every contribute to it’s further development. I managed to attend to a few very interesting and well prepared presentations. A list of the full schedule can be found at: WordCamp London 2018 . Because of my volunteer duties I was able to attend to only some of the session, and could not be in two places at the same time. I got a better input on GDPR: Of Privacy and Compliance (Workshop) run by

Toyin Agunbiade

An IT Programme Management consultant who had delivered multiple end-to-end projects in the Retail, Finance and Utilities sector.

She spoke about : Data audit, Data Map Show, Documented Proof, Ability To Report Data Breaks. The 8 Consumer rights, – consent, contract, legal obligation, vital interest, public task, legitimate interest, – for more details you can contact here at www.wincura.com .

The presentation that managed to draw most of my attention, as I plan to get involve in this feature project was :  Community Impact – 48 websites for 48 nonprofits in 48 hours

by Adam Walker a husband, father of 5, digital agency co-founder / owner and nonprofit co-founder / executive director. I’m a digital marketing strategist at heart, though I have a background in design and development as well. I have been working with WordPress since 2005 and started an agency dedicated to custom WordPress design and development in 2010. I love to speak at WordCamps and Meetups and geek out talking about digital marketing strategy.

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However I was not particulary impressed by : How We’re Using WordPress as a Headless CMS  by

Benjamin Read

“As a writer I was initially put off by the internet revolution, but 8 years ago I got back into coding after stints as a print & logo designer, office administrator and tea boy

 

 

1. What is a headless (or decoupled) CMS
2. Why use WordPress as a headless CMS
3. Tools and process of building a headless site
4. A basic example and some gotchas we found
5. The Future is (probably) headless

In my opinion speed optimization can be achieved using plugins inside wordpress withouteneed of using other external platforms.

Tired of building disposable websites? Learn to build with maintenance in mind  by Anca Mosoiu founder of Tech Liminal, where people with various skills and backgrounds come together to learn and build using technology was another very well documented presentation. This are just some of the topics covered :

WordPress as a critical tool for business (not just as a workaround to IT policies)
Themes and plugins and custom development (how not to paint yourself into a corner)
Ownership through collaborative construction (how to avoid hand-offs that disappoint)

By far the best visual presentation for me was Empathy for Introverts

Here is the summary of another interesting presentation : What does Gutenberg mean for design? 

What are the features our new designs are going to have to accommodate, and for that matter what about our old ones?

Is there such a thing as too much flexibility? How can Gutenberg help us and our clients to create better designs together?

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What does the introduction of Gutenberg suggest to us about how we should approach design in the future?

Hero CSS blends, custom backgrounds and responsive typography in WordPress with Advanced Custom Fields

Repo with ACF / PHP demo code in:
https://github.com/stevehoneyman/Boilerplate/blob/master/header.php

Layouts:
http://stevehoneyman.co.uk/project/

Second day I have attended the following:

Setting up and Running a WordPress Mentorship Programme

Starting from scratch – my journey to becoming a developer

Git in 10 minutes

Speakers

Borek Bernard

Georgia Cottle

Mark Wilkinson

Gutenberg Development with React (Workshop) – ZaC Gordon  gave a impressive workshop that introduce us to React basics and how React works inside of WordPress and Gutenberg. And he show how to build several blocks using React, including advanced blocks with server side goodness like meta box integration. A quick mention of webpack, babel and npm.

Pascal Birchler – a student, software engineer, and WordPress Core Developer based in Zurich, Switzerland, explained the concept behind internationalisation, localisation, and why we need to do more than just “making things translatable”. Highlighting existing tools, interfaces, and best practices to get internationalisation right in the UIs we create and the code we write, no matter if it’s PHP, HTML, CSS, or JavaScript

Matt Brunt – organiser for the PHP East Midlands user group showed a demo of attacks a CSP will block, you’ll see a site broken by a CSP, show what the different CSP directives & options will do and be introduced to some of the tools available to help with implementing a CSP on any sites!
David Lockie – a WordPress specialist introduce us to the possible applications of the blockchain, such as e-commerce payment gateways, identity management, and content monetisation.
I totally enjoyed the event,  meeting WordPress professionals from all corner of the world (USA, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Canada, and so on),  made a few contacts maybe even a few new friends. There was only one down side to it (at least for me), I would’ve like to see at least one presentation on SEO and Woocomerce.
This was my first presence to such an Inspiring event, and hope to get back next year, who know maybe as a presenter this time.
Ps. I do have to mention that I am not a professional writer, and english is not my first language. Once again thank you all for the invite.
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