WordPress Meetup events are a great way to help you improve your knowledge with WordPress, as well as meet and network with other WordPress developers, designers, bloggers, marketers, enthusiasts, experts and novices. A couple of weeks before I attended the WordPress Oxford Meetup for June 2020, I attended the Cambridge WordPress Meetup (read about it here). As with the Cambridge event, I attended it via Zoom, as did everyone else due the Coronavirus pandemic.
Here is what I learnt about the WordPress Oxford Meetup:
A good method to learn and get better is to simply ‘play’ around with WordPress templates and its files. Dive-deep into the core of WordPress and see how it works. Some developers don’t use frameworks, however, some such as myself do, and either is fine.
The Meetup also had a brief discussion regarding Gutenberg and the pros and cons of it. It was discussed that whilst there has was some resistance to the layout at first and with some reverting back to the classic layout, many are warming to it. Gutenberg has introduced block development to WordPress within pages, much like there is Drupal, and the aim for WordPress in the upcoming years is to become a key player in the website builder market next to platforms such as Wix, as well as still being a top development CMS for web developer and bloggers.
Custom Post Types – a very useful tool that allows developers to create unique post pages based on a set-list of categories and values.
Autoptimize – This plugin aims to help improve your site and page speed by compressing style sheets and JS files, adding styling to the page head, optimising lazy-load images, optimising Google Fonts and much more.
Query Monitor – A tool that is very useful for developers. It has the ability to debug database queries and PHP errors. It is perhaps most useful for depicting page calls and speeds. This is useful for knowing what calls are being made on a particular page as to trace any issues regarding page-loading for example.
Lastly, it was good to see an old college mate at this event – one of the co-hosts, Lee.