Join us Wednesday 19th July at The Apothecary for an evening of talks. There is free food and a drink waiting! We’ll be there from 6pm with talks starting at 7pm.
We saw a great turnout for June’s meetup. Thanks to everyone who came along to see our new venue and learn about mobile first SEO.
An Arbitrary Number Of Things You Should Know About Mobile First SEO
When Google’s Gary Illyes revealed plans to create a ‘mobile-first’ index in November 2016, it sent the SEO world into a tizz. But really there wasn’t any need. Fast forward seven months and we’re still waiting for Google to confirm when it will be fully rolled out.
So, while we wait, let’s address some of the fundamentals:
- What the heck does ‘mobile-first’ even mean?
- What can we do to prepare?
- And how can we use to our advantage?
In May we were lucky to be joined by a number of speakers prominent in the WordPress community. We also said goodbye to the venue which has hosted us for the past two and a half years. The Bean enCounter has been a truly wonderful home for Staffs Web Meetup and we wish Jonathan, it’s proprietor; all the best in his new venture.
Designing for accessibility
In this presentation I will outline a few key points to keep in mind when you are designing your next beautiful website or theme. I will illustrate the points with some good (and bad) examples.
Good design and web accessibility can go hand in hand – come and find out how.
Key message: It’s not just developers that need to think about accessibility, it’s designers too.
Practical WordPress Security
So we have all been to the scary WordPress security talk or indeed any security talk where Tim or someone else frightens you to death, but its not too dire, in those talks there is a theme that everything is beyond despair and very little helps. So this talk, which is low on scary tales and high on simple practical tips to improve your sites security. On their own they might not be the silver bullet but they all add up. Tim will guide you through things anyone of any ability level can implement to improve their sites security. While focusing on WordPress these tips can on the whole be used anywhere.
March saw a fantastic turnout – thanks to all who came along and made this night memorable. We welcomed Martin Kearn, our guest speaker for the evening. He presented his talk on machine learning; complete with a live demonstration.
Machine Learning for Muggles
Martin Kearn – Microsoft
Artificial Intelligence is the latest hotness. Machine Learning sits behind artificial intelligence and on the surface it may seem like a deeply technical, scientific topic. We are here to tell you that it is more accessible than you think. We’ll look at some of the basics around the Azure Machine Learning service. We’ll also look some of the Microsoft Cognitive Services APIs which make it very easy to implement artificial intelligence ‘smarts’ into your application with simple, standard REST calls.
Thanks for those who came to March’s meetup focussed on productivity – we had a great turn out.
A big thanks to Paul and Andrew for speaking and Trevor for hosting the open discussion.
The Toyota Way in Action
At Codeweavers we live and breathe The Toyota Way philosophy. This talk will show you how we have used this philosophy, originally from the car manufacturing world, and how it has impacted every corner of our IT business from development to sales to client support. It doesn’t matter what field your business is in, The Toyota Way will help you improve and reach your goal.
Herding Cats in the Digital Age
In this Information Age demands are increasing. Organising a busy work schedule and a home life is a skill in itself. Here’s how I manage it using software and a few special techniques.