October 2019 – Guest Speaker & 5th Birthday Celebrations!

Thanks for coming along to the October edition of Staffs Web Meetup.

Thanks to everyone who has joined us, spoken and volunteered over the past year.

A massive thank you to our sponsors – My Clever Group, Dataflexnet, Codeweavers, VesselsValue and Kanuka Digital.

Talk

The future of the web

Paul TebbattHead Of Learning, My Clever Group

An interactive session lead by Paul Tebbatt, Head of Technical Learning at My Clever Group.

Looking at the technologies and trends shaping the future of the web. Servers or lack of, deployments, back end data storage, front-end, JavaScript native apps, user interfaces, Alexa, VR and chatbots (AI).

September 2019 – Lightning Talks

Thanks for coming along to the September edition of Staffs Web Meetup.

A massive thank you to our sponsors – My Clever Group, Dataflexnet, Codeweavers, VesselsValue and Kanuka Digital.

Talks

Big Data Quality

Louise BradshawSenior Data Analyst, VesselsValue

In an ever expanding data environment, data quality management is becoming more important and challenging than ever. Louise will look at data quality principles and what to think about when designing new products.

Improving your UX approach

Natasha WylieUX/Front-end Developer, VesselsValue

Slides

In this talk I aim to outline the complexity of UX and the responsibilities required to achieve a good UX approach. I will demonstrate key ways to help you improve the UX of a service, application or website and show you how to go about creating user personas and journeys to ensure better understanding of your customers and identify areas which require improvements. I will also discuss the benefits of performing UI and usability testing with your users to confirm whether these improvements are successful.

August 2018 – Lightning Talks

Thanks for coming along to the August edition of Staffs Web Meetup.

A massive thank you to our sponsors – Codeweavers and Kanuka Digital.

Talks

CSS is dead, long live CSS

Elliot Evans

In the fast paced world of web development, new standards are made and there are new architectures to follow and it seems writing vanilla CSS is no longer common practice. Despite this CSS is always considered as a styling language which does not do as much as you want, form the early days of the internet proposing new standards to the modern day where developers are using different languages to enhance there ability to style websites.

The talk explore why CSS is no longer being used such as: why there has been a huge shift in recent years away to other languages such as SCSS? What is CSS-in-JS and why it exists? Future of CSS / CSS Working drafts and to conclude why the language is not dead.

How to build what your customers want

George Wilde

User stories are a tool that helps software teams understand what a customer needs. So what happens when they are written badly, or misleading? The wrong things get built, there is confusion and wastage. Find out how to write great user stories that get everyone working together to build the things that your customers want.

July 2018 – Web Security and SEO Mythbusting

Thanks for coming along to the July edition of Staffs Web Meetup.

A massive thank you to our sponsors – Codeweavers and Kanuka Digital.

Talks

Going to the dark side, they have cookies

Tim Nash

Everyone should be a little bit worried about security of their site, and at conferences lots of security talks focus on practical steps people can take. In this talk Tim will flip the norms and instead focus on several real examples of sites being hacked but from the attackers perspective.

We will see the whole attacks from the bad actors view identifying targets, analysing vulnerable sites, adding payload, exploiting in doing so showing how sites are infected, how some tools do prevent certain attacks and how clever and indeed not so clever bad actors can circumvent lots of hardening done.

Each step we can analyse what could have been put in place to prevent and frustrate the attack and then look at how this can be implemented on your site.

SEO Mythbusting: Our 5 Most Common Misconceptions

Chris Munday

Being relatively new to client side digital marketing means I’m witnessing for the first time the initial flurry of questions that we’re peppered with during on-boarding.

And while SEO has come a long way since the black hat, link farming days which focused on quick wins and short term planning, some misconceptions have survived, particularly with businesses that are not traditionally found online.

Here are 5 of the most common questions and misconceptions put to us from clients, with some fixes and solutions for dealing with them.

June 2018 – Lightning Talks

Thanks for coming along to the June edition of Staffs Web Meetup.

Our sincerest thanks to both iWeb and TopCashback for all their support over the years.

Talks

Cyber crime

Matthew Hough-Clewes

The landscape of fraud and hacking. How to implement the basics to prevent a data breach. Common trends in the cyber crime world and how to spot them.

Bootstrap 4: What is it good for?

Natasha Wylie

An overview of Bootstrap 4, highlighting its positives and negatives. As well as looking at what Bootstrap 4 has to offer compared to good old Bootstrap 3.