So last night (Wednesday 13th May 2015) I officially popped my WordPress Meetup cherry at the Birmingham event.

A monthly meetup for people who like, well, errr, WordPress.

Being engrossed in the depths of WordPress, seemingly never seeing daylight and working alone can sometimes be a struggle – and although the many WordPress Community Forums and fantastic resources such as WPMU Dev (which I will come to later) are a great help with day to day WordPress issues – it’s always nice to talk to another human WordPress Designer or developer directly to their human face.

The meetup is the work of Nathan Roberts @nathan_roberts and Rachel McCollin @rachelmccollin and normally held at Cafe Costes in Birmingham.

The guest speakers

First speaker of the night was Renaldo Edmonton, talking around the murky waters of multi-channel ecommerce. A great insight into how central ecommerce repositories can ‘push’ a set of products to a number of online marketplaces (i.e. eBay, Shopify etc) all from a single dashboard.

Next up was an insight into the world of @raewilsonwrites, the Blog Editor at @wpmudev, who was visiting all the way from Tasmania, via Melbourne.

WPMU Dev is a great WordPress resource and Raelene gave us some details on how content for the website is decided upon, what the most popular articles were (seems a lot of people are still lost when trying to find their wp login page!) and some inspiration to assist with the WordPress community. Big thanks to Raelene for the Tasmania advice – I will be there soon for a visit!

ShropGeek

I had the opportunity to talk with @kirstyburgoine, a wordpress developer, designer, speaker and all round nice soul doing some great things including looking after ShropGeek – a tweetup, come social, come conference for coders, designers and hackers in the Shropshire area.

Code Club

And Tim Wilson, who is working on an exciting project – Code Club, which is looking to create a national network of volunteer led, after school coding clubs for kids aged 9-11.

Was a great evening – which I unfortunately had to leave early – but very excited about the next event!

To find out more about WordPress Birmingham Meetup, go to http://www.meetup.com/BirminghamWordPress/