Why WordCamp London Helps Your Business Website

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My second year attending WordCamp London a three day event in April 2018. And my fourth WordCamp event to date. WordCamp London is the premier UK WordPress conference that focuses on all things WordPress and Web Design. If you haven't heard of them before, WordCamps are an informal, community organised events that are put together by WordPress users. This years WordCamp London was as busy an event as last year with 600 attendees and many outstanding volunteers keeping the event running smoothly.

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This years WordCamp London 2018, the two day conference about all things web and WordPress has many elements that benefit your business website. With the shared knowledge from across a global digital community and a focus on collaboration you benefit from your project being run by a team of people who are keen to understand the latest insight and thought leadership in the web design sector. You benefit from the insight we gain by attending these events. Bringing to you up-to-date methods and practices that really bring your online presence to the forefront and help power conversions and ROI.

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Highlights from WordCamp London 2018 - Day 1.

The event started with the Opening Remarks, a warm welcome to everyone that was attending and an introduction about what to expect for the main two days of the event. The pre-event day is called Contributor Day where volunteers can answer your WordPress questions. I usually attend the main two days and haven't yet made it to the Contributor Day.

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After the opening remarks, I headed off to see the first Lighting sessions in Track C (There are three tracks of talks running over the two days - Track A, Track B, Track C). Lightening sessions are short 10 minutes presentations. First up was Lee Jackson, someone I know well from his podcast and online community. We have met remotely by video, so it was a pleasure to meet him in person and listen is talk about Agency life. His talk was followed by Kayleigh Thorpe, Marco Chiesi talking about debugging and using Grunt retrospectively. All three lighting talks were highly informative.

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Next up was Securing SVG Uploads in WordPress by Daryll Doyle. The SVG format is becoming a must-have for many websites. So it was great to get some insider knowledge on making them secure in WordPress. If you want to know more about SVG [Scaleable Vector Graphic] check out this breakdown. Scaleable Vector Graphic.

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The final talk before lunch was Security Is a Process, Not a Plugin by Thomas Vitale. This was a highly useful breakdown on adding various layers of security to your WordPress website set up including hosting, updates, user, and content. All highly useful knowledge that I can bring to my client's website projects.

The areas covered were:

  1.  Manage security risks
  2. Be reluctant to trust
  3. Practice defence in depth
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After lunch on day one was When One Size Doesn’t Fit All: Leveraging A Secondary CMS presented by Jim Bowes and Jon Bird. This talk focused on how WordPress can be used at an Enterprise level and how it works alongside additional CMS systems such as Adobe Experience Manager. Jon Bird heads up Enterprise Sales and Strategic partnerships for WP Engine and offered a great resource on Enterprise Level WordPress.

• There is a great article from WP Engine - WordPress Success Among Enterprise CMSs: The Stats - >>

• International Study Shows WordPress At Top Of The CMS Market Among Enterprise Organisations - >>

• Infographic link ->>

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The last highlight of day 1 was UI that ROCKS: A practical introduction to Gestalt principles applied to web design by Piccia Neri. Also, someone, I have met online, it was great to meet her in person. Picca Neri talked about design and User Interfaces from Gestalt principles. From my long-standing design background, I found the talk thoughtful and highlighted many of the principles I follow for my website design projects.

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Next up in Track A was a great presentation into the new Gutenberg editor. Anatomy of a block: Gutenberg design patterns by Tammie Lister. This talk was clear and gave me the insight I need around the new base editor in the WordPress dashboard.

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Highlights from WordCamp London 2018 - Day 2.

Day one was long and inspiring, so I didn't attend the Saturday night social and wanted to catch up with my family in  London who I probably haven't seen since WordCamp 2017. An excellent fresh start for day two started with a panel discussion – Applying Design To Complex Problems with Richard Copping, Melanie Machan, Sarah Semark, Gabe Karp. Then over to Track C for 1:1 with customers – a troubled approach, with a happy end by Stef Mattana

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After lunch on day two, the next key talk for me was from Nemanja Aleksi, build relationships, not websites. This was great emphasis on developing a partnership with a client to deliver more than a website, providing support, additional creative services and digital insight.

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Getting your privacy notices ready for GDPR by Heather Burns. This was the fourth talk I've seen by Heather Burns of WebDevLaw. Always very clear and informative, this talk shed a great deal of light on GDPR and how this can affect website policy and information. Check out Heather's resources over on webdevlaw.uk

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Lightning Session from Francesco Canovi talked about maximising remote teams and creating an efficient workflow for a distributed community. His session had some great insight and take-ways.

Vibrant Community

Your website project benefits from a global community of enthusiastic designers, content creators, developers and digital experts. Insight that blends seamlessly into your website and digital project. As an open source project, WordPress provides the flexibility you need to create a powerful online presence.

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After the conference, a short wait in the stunning Kings Cross station. Following refurbishment in 2012. The steel structure of the roof has been described as being "like some kind of reverse waterfall, a white steel grid that swoops up from the ground and cascades over your head. A pleasant environment to watch the world go by whilst waiting for the train home. Also the home to Platform 9 3/4, made famous by Harry Potter.

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A good haul of swag is the sign of a great conference. Conference sponsors give the event a great vibe.

The Takeaway.

This is why WordCamp London helps your business website. Your project can benefit from the insight gained from a global community of enthusiastic designers, content creators, developers and digital experts. This insight blends seamlessly into your website and digital project. It is evident that WordPress is a robust platform and foundation on which to build complex and manageable websites, working well at an enterprise level, a platform that gives your website the stability and extendability you need.

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Heading home to the North East of the UK from Kings Cross London. After a busy but highly enjoyable weekend, time to watch Star Wars The Last Jedi again whilst relaxing on the train .

About Belinda White

Belinda White, Website Consultant, Digital Strategist and award winning Designer with over 25 years’ experience of developing and creating successful brand, print and digital campaigns for her clients. Belinda knows upcoming industry trends, best practices and a talent for interpreting her client’s businesses, both on and off-line. Past creative industry experience includes working on creative projects for BP, Shell, P&G, Marks & Spencer, Nike, WH Smiths, Master Foods, Co-op, Argos and Sage to name a few. Expert in Life Science Web Design and Digital Consulting. Crafting all aspects of print design, branding development, front-end web development, user experience design, search engine optimisation, email marketing campaigns and 10x content creation.