It’s safe to say that WordPress is an institution. Used by over 60 million websites and powering a total of 23% of the web, you’ll be hard pushed to find a more popular—and more effective—open-source CMS (WP is #1!).
At any given time you won’t be too far away from the church of WordPress. You’ll find their meet-ups all over the world; from Brisbane to Birmingham, and everywhere in-between, there are WordPress fanatics getting together and discussing things like operation, development, updates, and scaling.
Looking closer to home, WordPress UK groups generally meet during the evening and convene on a monthly basis. Leeds and London are two places which have their own meet-ups—London with several different groups—and it’s these meet-ups which we are going to look at in more detail.
Leeds WordPress Meet-up
WordPress Leeds is, in their own words “an informal organisation to help promote WordPress and Blogging events in Leeds and West Yorkshire”. They host a main event, held monthly, where Bloggers, Journalists, Designers, Developers and anyone interested in the blogosphere and Digital Publishing get together and talk WordPress. Talks can get quite technical, and entry is free but ticketed due to capacity restrictions.
Organisers: Matthew Haines-Young, Samantha Miller, Tim Nash, Dave Pullig, Steph Walker
Group Twitter: @wpleeds
Details: Their main get together is held 6:00pm on the 4th Tuesday of the month at DLA Piper.
London WordPress User Group Meet-up
London WordPress User Group (WPUGL) is a free, informal meet-up based in central London, which places an emphasis on encouraging everyone to share what they know—not just developers—and learn from each other.
Each of their events is focused on one specific aspect of WordPress, chosen by its attendees, and often includes hands on ‘peer to peer’ workshops, advice from WordPress professionals, and of course the chance to network with fellow WordPress users.
Organisers: Eugene and Peter J.
Group Twitter: @wpugl
WordPress London, held the last Thursday of every month, is a development focused meet-up for both developers and users of WordPress. Here the meet-ups usually take the form of 2-3 talks, an open Q&A session, and the occasional trip to the pub.
Organiser: Dan Maby
Group Twitter: @wpldn
Details: Meetings normally every third Thursday of the month.
London Greenwich WordPress Meet-up
WordPress User Group Greenwich, or ‘WUGG’ is “A local group where WordPress users commune and share knowledge about WordPress and related activities such as blogging, social media, image editing, and general web skills.”
Entry here is restricted too, but for different reasons. WUGG want to keep the conversation focused around running high-traffic, high-volume enterprise WordPress websites, so they have a policy in place to evaluate member requests on a case-by-case basis.
WordPress Weekend Conferences
If you want to immerse yourself in WordPress for more than just one night, get yourself to a WordPress conference. WordPress UK conferences last one or two days and usually take place over the weekend. Or for the more adventurous, you can take a trip to Vienna for WordCamp Europe. Here’s the details of the next UK conference coming up early next year, along with WordCamp Europe:
A Day of REST 2016 takes place on Thursday 28 January 2016 in London.
WordCamp Europe 2016 takes place on 24-25 June 2016 in Vienna, Austria.
Let us know which meetups and WordCamps you like to go to – maybe we’ll see you there!