March 2019 Meetup Summary

After our more informal meetup in January we gathered at Liip Arena yesterday for our second meetup of the year. Close to 40 people showed up, which is pretty cool! Thank you all for attending!

At this point, I also want to thank our sponsors, Liip and Haptiq, for making this event possible!

An hour or so before the meetup there was a power outage here in Zurich, so we were initially a bit worried that we would have to cancel the event. However, luck was on our side and power came back just in time.

Note: Our next meetup is most likely to happen at the end of May. Let us know if you would like to present something or help us with organizing a meetup.

Announcements

To kick things off, we highlighted how there are now 11 WordPress meetups in total in all of Switzerland, which is quite impressive. Just a few years ago, this number was much lower. We also did a small announcement regarding WordCamp Zurich 2019, which is an entire conference around WordPress:

There’s a tentative date set, and we are happy to announce that WordCamp Zurich will take place on September 14, 2019. More information is yet to come, but we’ll let you know here and on our @wpzurich Twitter account once we have more things to share. You can also subscribe for updates on the WordCamp Zurich website.

If you’d be interested in helping out with organizing the conference, please let us know! You can also check our community page with information about the WordPress Switzerland Slack channel (chat) and more.

WordPress vs Website Builders

In our first talk of the evening, Andreas Feuz, self-employed WordPress consultant & author, took a look at website builders like Wix, Duda, and Squarespace. He tried to answer the question “Is WordPress doomed?”

The presentation sparked an interesting discussion about website builders, but also page builders and all-in-one themes like Divi. We could probably do an entire meetup about these 🙂

In case you are interested to learn more, here are his slides:

Web Policies and Reporting

Our second speaker of the night, Felix Arntz, provided an introduction to a couple of new web technologies — Feature Policy and Reporting API — and how you can use them in WordPress.

Felix is a Developer Programs Engineer at Google, where he has been working on two WordPress plugins that allow you to use Feature Policy and Reporting API already today, despite them being still under development.

If you want to learn more about them, I recommend you to check out his introductory blog post to the whole topic.

January 2019 Meetup Summary

Today was the first WordPress Zürich meetup of 2019 at Liip Arena. We didn’t really have a talk tonight, so it was about things to come this year in terms of WordPress events and potential topics for the future meetups.

Thank you all for coming and don’t forget to check our community page with infos about the WordPress Switzerland Slack channel (chat) and more.

We will try to host a meetup at least every other month this year, so the next one will be in March or earlier. Let us know if you would like to present something or help organizing a meetup.

The slides

Slides from the January 2019 meetup with some links

Additional links mentioned:

Potential meetup topics

  • Migrating a heavily customized site to the block editor.
  • How to migrate pages, settings and features from live to staging and back. How to preview content changes with clients.
  • Plugins night flash talks, what are your favorite plugins and why?
  • Support table: Bring your problems and questions – we will try to solve as many as possible.
  • WordPress and security, how to secure your site.
  • Performance matters: Progressive Web Apps (PWA), caching plugins and strategies, user perception of speed.
  • Block editor (Gutenberg) phase 2.
  • Case studies of client sites.
  • WordCamp Zürich 2019 (September)

A big thank you to Liip for the venue and Haptiq for the drinks & snacks ❤️

We’re on TV!

Our fellow meetup member Marc Wieland has been portrayed by Romansh Television (RTR) about smart ways of working in the digital age.

As he’s often working remote from all around Europe, he’s the perfect candidate. And since he happened to attend our most recent meetup  when they were filming, there are now some recordings and interviews from that night in the video. So we’re now officially the first Swiss WordPress meetup on TV 😎

You can check out the whole video “Lavurar smart – Tge è quai?” on the RTR website.

WordPress 5.0 Meetup Recap

Yesterday we held our big WordPress 5.0 meetup at Liip, which was probably our last one for this year. Besides some general announcements and a recap of recent happenings in the WordPress universe we also focused on search engine optimization.

As for the next meetup, we’ll try to organize another one in January, after the holidays. If you have any topic suggestions for the new year, please let us know.

Announcements

We kicked things off by looking at what has been going on in the last few months, as well as some announcements about new and exciting things. Some key takeaways:

  • We now have a brand new website, which you’re reading this post on!
  • The WordPress Zurich Meetup is now on Twitter: @wpzurich
  • Everyone is encouraged to attend WordCamp Europe 2019 in Berlin
  • Everyone is welcome to join our group and help organize meetups.

And now the biggest announcement of them all: plans are being discussed to organize a an official WordCamp Zurich at the end of 2019! If you want to learn more about it or help make it happen, please get in touch with us either via the comments, the contact form or on Slack.

SEO Tips

In our first talk of the evening, Michael shared some practical on-page SEO tips for website owners. On top of that he even gave away a book to one of the attendees, which was very well received from what I’ve heard 😀

For anyone who missed it, Michael has shared the slides on his website. There’s also another book recommendation in his post, so go check it out!

The new WordPress editor

WordPress 5.0, due out on November 19, comes with a new block-based editor (code name Gutenberg), which drastically changes the way we write content with WordPress. Naturally, this leads to lots of open questions and some uncertainty.

In a live demo / Q&A we tried to answer any questions people might have about this new development. Of course we used the new WP Zurich website as an example, because why not!

What you need to know:

  • WordPress 5.0 is planned to be released on November 27, with January as a fallback.
  • The new release features a new default theme called Twenty Nineteen, which you can see in action on this website right now.
  • Your existing content is safe. You don’t have to worry about the new editor breaking your site or similar. Many themes don’t yet support all its features, but it’s just a matter of time.
  • If you don’t want to use the new editor just yet, you can install the Classic Editor plugin. That plugin will be officially supported until December 31, 2021.
  • Want to learn more about extending and working with Gutenberg? There’s an extensive handbook, with more content to come.
  • Popular plugins like ACF, Yoast SEO and Elementor already work very well with the new editor. Some other plugins are still working on that.

Other

Jane Schindler mentioned that Stillhart Konzept are looking for a developer. If you’re interested, let them know!

In other news, a camera team from Radiotelevisiun Svizra Rumantscha (RTR) were at the meetup yesterday to interview a few people about more modern working methods like working remote. I’m very much looking forward to seeing that on TV.

Fun Fact: WordPress can be used in Rumantsch as well! If you speak the language and want to help translate the software, please let me know in the comments.