Talks and workshops announced for WordCamp Birmingham – Updated

I will be pretty busy at WordCamp Birmingham in February because, as well as being part of the organising team, I will be giving a talk and running a workshop on theme development using Advanced Custom Fields.


The organising team from left to right: Jonny Albut, Pauline Roche, Rachel McCollin, Me, Nathan Roberts. Photo by Drew Kirkland

If you are thinking of coming along to either, below is an outline of what I have planned:



Talk: Catering for WordPress

A case study of how WordPress was used to create a recipe building / menu planning tool for the catering industry.

During this talk I will be covering how custom post types, custom taxonomies and custom fields were used to create an intranet system for the catering industry helping them to plan, manage and cost their menus. I will also discuss some of the challenges, pitfalls and where things worked well.

You will need a good understanding of PHP, advanced theme development and knowledge of jQuery for this talk.

Update: you can view the slides from my talk here:


Workshop in full swing

Workshop in full swing

Workshop: Using Advanced Custom Fields

Run in conjunction with Nathan Roberts from Studio A2 this workshop will take a look at the Advanced Custom Fields plugin from Elliot Condon and how to integrate it into your WordPress theme to add new functionality and options to build more complex, data driven websites.

This workshop assumes you are comfortable with WordPress theme development, PHP and possibly some jQuery as well. Ideally you will have a fresh local install of WordPress and the ACF plugin.


Nathan and I working hard before our workshop on ACF (I’m sure he will thank me for using this one ~ grin!). Photo by Drew Kirkland

Earlybird tickets for the weekend have now sold out but you can still grab a ticket at the full price of £25 here:


Announcing WordCamp Birmingham 2015

If you design, develop, or manage websites using WordPress then you will want to be at this. A whole weekend of talks and workshops dedicated to WordPress! And, as one of the core organising team I can say that it is definitely going to be much fun. 🙂

No matter whether you are beginner and what to learn how to blog effectively, set up your own site or perhaps dig into some more advanced theme development techniques, there will be something for you.

If you have never been to a WordCamp before then you are in for a real treat. As well as awesome, insightful talks from very talented folk, it is the perfect opportunity to get to know the UK WordPress community a little better. There are some truly awesome people, doing some amazing things with WordPress in the UK.

Early bird tickets are only £15 for the whole weekend, including a social the Friday night and mid conference party Saturday night too. You can find out more and purchase tickets at: