I love going to WordCamps, they really are excellent events and WordCamp Bristol was no exception. Held from Friday to Sunday, there really was something for every WordPress user and I learnt so much and was inspired by so many things.
This weekend just gone was the no annual WordCamp London weekend, were members of the UK and world-wide WordPress community gets together to discuss all things WordPress.
This event was another resounding success thanks for a number of people, but most notably the excellent organisation of the event from the WordCamp London organising team. Thanks to them and all the speakers and volunteers for making it a great weekend.
I have been attending WordCamps for a long time now. My first was back in 2009 for WordCamp UK in Cardiff, my most recent WordCamp Manchester 2018. More recently there has been the trend of filming the talks and these are then placed on the WordPress.tv website.
Filming talks is a great idea and allows attendees to see videos from the alternative tracks available as well as allowing people who could not attend the event to view the talks. However recently it seems to be taking a long time to get things onto WordPress.tv. With that in mind, I set about trying to find a quicker solution that still produced a good quality video and did not cost the earth in terms of hardware and post-production time.
The weekend started with a train journey up to the Scottish capital. I managed to get some first-class tickets for a reasonable price. I must admit there is something about first-class that is a bit better. I light lunch, larger seats, free WiFi and a beer make all the difference, for the right price of course.
Arriving just before tea time I chilled out in my room for while watching some TV and catching up on some emails. My room, at a city centre Travelodge, was clean and tidy but extremely small with the only window point directly at a brick wall of the building opposite. Still, it served its purpose as I was not going to be spending much time there at all.
WordCamp Manchester has been going for a few years now. In fact I have spoken at a number of events over the years and this years event was no different. My talk, titled “Transitioning to a block-based editor in a pre-Gutenberg world” was selected.
How do we move towards a block-based admin UI in a pre-Gutenberg WordPress?
With the rise of page builders and ‘block-based’ layouts, and the imminent arrival of Gutenberg – WordPress’ new block-based editor – we needed a solution for transitioning towards this new way of editing content while sticking with the mature and stable technology stack that we know and love.
We, therefore, set out to find another solution and this led to the development of the HD ACF Blocks plugin that we use on most sites today.
This talk introduces the plugin, how we built it, how it works, and how it provides value to our clients and our business.
The weekend always starts early on a Friday morning. In fact it could start on a Thursday as there is a contributor day (where you can help contribute to the open source WordPress project) on the Friday. However this would mean just too long away from the family.
Getting Together with Colleagues
The weekend started on the Friday as Keith travelled up from Kent to stay with us over the course of the weekend as our base for the conference. It is not often we get to “physically” see each other with this remote working and therefore I was looking forward to the visit.
I am currently sat on a Trans Pennine Express train from Edinburgh to Preston station having spent a thoroughly lovely weekend away at WordCamp Edinburgh. Like other WordCamp events this is a great opportunity to learn new things and met new people. This weekend was additionally special however as it was the first time I had the opportunity to meet some of our new team at Highrise Digital.
This weekend saw the next in a series of conferences about WordPress (the software I use to build websites with) happening in Bristol. This weekend was the very first WordCamp Bristol and was an opportunity to visit a city which I have not been to before.
Having booked a lovely looking AirBnB house this time I decided to have a little road trip, picking up a friend and fellow WordPress enthusiast Jonny. The journey down to Birmingham to collect Jonny and also onward to Bristol was wonderful with no traffic issues. We have one stop near to Bristol to get some lunch.