We’re pleased to announce that Heart Internet is again sponsoring WordCamp Manchester, happening on October 27th and 28th at the Manchester Metropolitan University Business School.
A regular favourite on the WordCamp calendar, WordCamp Manchester is a great opportunity for the northern WordPress community to join up and discuss ideas, share knowledge, and show off their love of WordPress.
If you’re just starting out or run hundreds of WordPress sites, a WordCamp is a great place to get more involved with the WordPress community.
With tracks covering a wide range of topics, there’s plenty to see and talk about. Here are just five that we’re excited about:
Transitioning to a Block-Based Editor in a Pre-Gutenberg World by Mark Wilkinson
Track 2, 9:15 – 10:00
With Gutenberg imminent, and page builders and “block-based” layouts becoming more popular, WordPress designers and developers need to know how to transition to this way of editing content while still enjoying the technology stack we currently use. Mark will discuss a plug-in his company created, how it works, and how it provides value to their clients.
Forensically Analysing Cornerstone Content by Rhys Wynne
Track 2, 10:00 – 10:45
Sure, everyone knows they have to write great content, but what does that actually mean? Rhys will show examples of blog posts that have generated traffic, what was done to get it ranking in search engine results, and what happens when you actually get traffic.
Should I poke the bear or stroke the bear: A guide to setting client expectations by Hannah Smith
Track 2, 13:30 – 14:15
When providing good service to your clients, it’s easy to fall into the trap of being too quick to say yes and then not being able to deliver said promises. Hannah will talk through why it’s important to set expectations upfront, how to push back effectively, and maintaining the balance between an angry bear and a happy bear.
There’s a plugin for that by Chris Butterworth
Track 2, 14:15 – 15:00
There may be a plug-in for everything you want to do, but the performance issues and possible conflicts can cause problems. Chris will show a couple of ways to remove and replace plug-ins, stripping down code that fully integrates with your theme.
Come to the Dark Side, We have Cookies by Tim Nash
Track 1, 16:00 – 16:45
A lot of security talks focus on the practical steps people can take to avoid being hacked. Tim will instead show you several real examples of sites being hacked – from the attackers’ perspective. Learn how bad actors identify targets, analyse vulnerabilities, and exploit them, and learn what could have been put into place to prevent this from happening.
Add to that the delightful social event on Saturday, the Contributor Day on Sunday, 28 October, and the wide range of sponsors, and it’s two days of fun WordPress activity.
Tickets are now available, and only £35, so get yours now!
And if you’re a Heart Internet customer, definitely come and say hi!