Thanks to all involved: WordCamp Bournemouth UK 2014

WordCamp Bournemouth UK 2014 strip logo

WordCamp Bournemouth UK 2014 took place on the sun drenched weekend of 12-13 July 2014.

As coordinator of WPUK, who produced this event, I would like to thank all of those involved:

  • All of those who attended, who ensured the weekend was lively and engaging
  • The speakers, who gave a wide-ranging and stimulating range of sessions
  • Bournemouth University – the Executive Business Centre was an ideal and modern venue
  • The WPUK Core Group, who with Alison Boyle, worked behind the scenes to ensure a smooth running weekend

As I said during at the end of the event, we are planning to move to a six month event cycle in the future – with Birmingham, the close runner up to Bournemouth in the venue selection ballot, planned to take place in the first quarter of 2015.

4 weeks until WordCamp Bournemouth UK 2014

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There’s now only four weeks left to get your tickets for WordCamp Bournemouth UK 2014.

The two day event will be held at Bournemouth University on the weekend of 12-13 July 2014, and you can still propose presentations for the running order.

Sponsorship options are open for individuals, companies and organisations.

The WordCamp Bournemouth UK 2014 logo is by Jonathan Harris.

Cranes on Queen Victoria Street EC4

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Construction work on Queen Victoria Street London EC4 at 1002 on Sunday 2 March 2014.

Half price tickets: WordCamp Bournemouth UK 2014

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£10 half price Early Bird tickets are now available for WordCamp Bournemouth UK 2014.

The event, previously known under a working title, takes place over two days on the weekend of 12-13 July 2014 at Bournemouth University.

Details of sponsorship options, and how to propose sessions, are on the WPUK site.

This is the follow-up to WordCamp Lancaster UK 2013 and is number 7 in the WordPress weekend series for WordPress publishers, designers and developers.

The WordCamp Bournemouth UK 2014 logo is by Jonathan Harris.

I went to WordCamp Sheffield 2014

Picture of WordCamp Sheffield 2014 main hall closing session

I attended WordCamp Sheffield 2014 in the imposing University of Sheffield Mappin Building on Saturday 26 April 2014.

Here’s some of the sessions I attended from the twin track running order:

  • Theme development workflow from start to finish – Jonny Allbut gave practical advice on developing bespoke themes for clients.
  • The challenges of running a multi-author blog – Samantha Deakin outlined running the University of Sheffield Enterprise blog from the content editors point of view.
  • How do I know if my WordPress website is accessible? Graham Armfield showed 16 tests to ascertain the accessibility of sites.
  • Tips for front-end performance in WordPress – Ian Parr gave an entertaining session on improving front-end site efficiency.
  • Social media law – Peter Wright detailed the many legal implications of posting online.
  • Keynote – Mike Little summarised his journey from being WordPress co-founder to the present day running; this was followed by an interview with Kimb “Paxman” Jones.

Many thanks to Kimb for organising an excellent conference.

Help decide the venue for WPUK Unconference 2014

You can take part in the ballot to select the venue for WPUK Unconference 2014 (working title).

The event, to be held on the weekend of 12-13 July 2014, is the follow up to WordCamp Lancaster UK 2013.

As for previous events in the series, participants can vote to select the venue – the year the choice is Birmingham or Bournemouth.

Find out how to vote on WPUK Discuss.

St Paul’s at night

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St Paul’s Cathedral from the junction of King Edward’s Street and Little Britain London EC1, at 0045 on 2 March 2014.

I went to the Green Man Hywl 2014

Picture of Hywl 2014 wristband

On Saturday 1 March 2014 I went to the Green Man Hywl 2014.

Christina, Des and myself have been to the Green Man Festival every year since 2011, and it was therefore logical we attended the Hywl, held to celebrate Saint David’s Day, at the Cecil Sharp House in Camden Town.

Picture of BBC Radiophonic Workshop

The event started at 1400, and we spent a disproportionate amount of time in the basement ‘refectory’ near the bar (!), but also visited the outside (very) miniature recreation of the Green Man Festival.

The main hall accommodated the bands – headlined by the most excellent BBC Radiophonic Workshop (pictured), consisting of members of the former BBC department that was Kraftwerk before Kraftwerk existed.