Member spotlight on Hannah Smith

Hannah SmithWhat’s your name

Hannah Smith

What do you do with WordPress

I mainly build and support sites for SMEs (small to medium enterprises). Over the past three years I have also instructed courses in Bristol aimed at developers wanting to learn WordPress, mainly through

What’s your involvement with Bristol WordPress People?

I’ve been regularly attending the group since 2015 and between 2016 and 2019 was group secretary. I’ve now stepped down as a group organiser but am still very much a part of the community.

I first starting attending because I needed to learn about WordPress. I have always found the meet-ups great for sign posting me to features or tools that I hadn’t heard of before. I soon found myself helping to organise the group and became enthralled with the Bristol WordPress community but also the community wider afield. I now consider many of the people I have met through the group as good friends. My WordPress skills are more advanced now so I continue to attend to pay back some of the knowledge I took from the group, and to socialise and network.

What’s your job

A freelance WordPress developer.

How have you been long using WP

I did my first freelance project using WordPress in December 2014.

Any sites you’ve built that you’d like to share?

My favourite site is, for a few reasons. They make fabulous pies, which I have always loved ever since they first started business in 2003. They’re also a great Bristol brand who have stayed to true to their roots and are absolutely lovely people to work with. They came to me with a site and online shop that hadn’t been updated in nearly two years. It’s been great working steadily with them over time to get the site’s performance better (we’ve still got a lot to do!), makeover the site so it’s on brand and continue to support the marketing team with the things they want the site to do.

Another one of my favourites is, another Bristol based firm. I love this website because I think the design is very clean and simple. It also draws the majority of the site’s content in form a third party system using APIs which was a lot of fun to build.

And one more… Many of you will know that the environment and sustainability are things very close to my heart. I was delighted when I got to build this site as I think the organisation is doing truly wonderful work. They raise awareness about how so many of our electronics end up in landfill because they are not designed to be repaired and are pushing for legislation changes around Europe to stop this. The site was a quick and cheap build and was one of the first builds I did using 100% Gutenberg. I also support a few sites for one of their main partners who are also absolutely brilliant. I wish I had the time to arrange a repair party here in Bristol because I know we’d love it here.

Favourite WordPress feature / plugin

It’s got to be Advanced Custom Fields. I think Elliot Condon deserves a medal for that plugin, especially as the plugin allows you to create Gutenberg blocks so easily. I use it on every single site I build and support – it’s an absolute must!

Anything you’d like to see in WordPress?

More conversation and discussion about the impact (both good and bad) of WordPress on the environment and how WordPress could play a role in tackling climate change. I think there are some people in the WordPress community who realise that the internet and poorly performing sites do have an environmental impact, but I would like to see more consideration paid to it in all aspects of the open source project.

Tell us something that people might not know about you

The main reason I am a freelancer is so I can take time out to travel and enjoy the great outdoors. My main passion is snowboarding and for the last three winters I have been away in the Italian Dolomites, nestled deep in mountainous valleys getting my groove on with nature.


Member spotlight on Piers Tincknell

What’s your name

Piers Tincknell of Atomic SmashPiers Tincknell

What do you do with WordPress

My studio Atomic Smash are an Enterprise WordPress / WooCommerce studio based in Bristol. We do everything with WordPress, we love it. Our projects involve strategy, UX, Design & Development and we focus on WordPress as the technology platform so all of our project thinking stems around that. What does WordPress do out of the box, what extra functions do we need to build / extend, how can we deliver the best possible WordPress site for this client within their time / budget available. I focus on the strategy / planning side of things, having used WordPress on many projects and supporting a number of large WordPress sites I am able to think practically about how WordPress can provide the best solution to solve the clients problems.

What’s your involvement with Bristol WordPress People?

I have been involved for just over a year now, I am part of the organising group alongside the other super awesome team members. After being a long standing attendee I jumped at the opportunity to be more involved and I am keen to help make the WP groud the best it can be.  My favourite bit is meeting new people at the events and understanding the different ways people use WordPress, it’s fascinating.

Atomic Smash has been a sponsor of Bristol WordPress People for over a year now. I take my turn at presenting and project managing the events. In the near future I will be stepping up to assist with the finances side of things.

What’s your job

Managing Director at Atomic Smash, my role is to make sure clients are happy, staff are happy and that we have a full pipeline of work to ensure everyone is nice and busy but not too busy. It’s quite a fine balancing act but I am lucky to have an awesome team who help make everything possible!

How have you been long using WP

We have been using WP for 9 years now, it’s come such a long way it’s been amazing to see how it’s grown and how the community are still driving to make it better and better. We made a conscious decision to focus on WordPress because we knew it was going to be popular, it had all the key ingredients for success. Good UX / UI back then compared to many other CMS solutions, good customer base as it was already being adopted quickly back in 2011 and also it had a really strong developer community behind it.

Any sites you’ve built that you’d like to share?

Yes! We have been super lucky to work on some lovely WordPress sites. I am a big fan of this one,

Positive news

For many reasons,

  1. Their content is really really interesting and especially in these times everyone needs some good news in their lives.
  2. The project was very complicated with a large membership migration piece, we have also heavily customised WooCommerce to work with Positive News’ magazine distribution house. The project took around 8 months from start to finish.

Another site I love that we have built is

Bristol Pride

We did this site partly as a donation to the festival and it’s one of my favourite sites. I love the design and some of the interactive elements really make it stand out.

How long have you been attending the Bristol meetup

More than 3 years now!

Why do you attend

To try and meet as many new people as possible. If you see me at the next one (whenever that is) please do say hello!

Favourite WordPress feature / plugin

  • My favourite feature at the moment is the WooCommerce subscriptions plug-in because it’s been having such a big impact for a number of our clients allowing them to take recurring revenue easily.
  • We are also loving Gutenberg now and are very excited about how we can make our clients site editing experiences the best they can be going forwards!
  • My favourite other favourite WordPress plug-in is Metorik, it really is a must have for anyone running WooCommerce as it makes the customer information much easier to digest and run reports on. It also allows you to experiment with automation / upselling and cross selling of products online. All very cool stuff!

Anything you’d like to see in WordPress?

I am really excited to see how we can bring more machine learning into WordPress, using the power of AI / ML to make our sites as smart as possible. There are so many opportunities from automatic content suggesting, auto image captions for accessibility as well as the chance to build a more personalised experience for everyone.

Tell us something that people might not know about you

I once drove from Goodwood Racetrack to Ulaanbaatar in Mongolia for charity in a Suzuki Carry 1.3, it took us 4 weeks and we covered 9,000 km


Member Spotlight on Rob George

About Rob George

Rob GeorgeHi I’m Rob George and I’m a freelance WordPress and PHP developer 👋 I’ve been building web sites and other web based solutions for about 20 years now, I tend to focus on sites that need complex bespoke elements that can’t be delivered using off the shelf plugins. I also build other types of management systems using the PHP framework Laravel.

I started using WordPress probably about 10 years ago having made the jump from a little known CMS called CMS Made Simple which I thought was amazing at the time, it’s still around today but let’s just say I don’t think it’s quite so amazing anymore. It does have a built in front-end template engine though, hint hint WordPress 😉

I’ve been attending the Bristol meetup since Jan 2015 which was the 4th ever one. I’ve linked to it below and you might recognise one or two familiar faces. It’s fair to say that the meetup was a tad smaller in those days. I now assist in organising the event each month so you may recognise me.

Setting up WordPress and general Q&A

Wednesday, Jan 21, 2015, 7:00 PM

54-56 Park St, BS1 5JN Bristol, GB

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** UPDATED **DateWednesday 21st January at 7:00 PM – confirmedTopicSticking with setting up WordPress and covering some best practices and tips and tricks etc…Still looking for anyone to do a talk, any level welcome.VenueThe lovely people at Deckchair have offered the use of their office – its on Park Street and pretty easy to find.Or…

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Most of you probably don’t know that I was on The One Show recently… Well kind of.
They briefly showed a photo of me but the piece was really about my lovely wife Amanda who has set up a ‘Scrub Hub’ in Bristol. This is volunteer organisation to make scrubs for the medical profession as they are in short supply. She is currently juggling around 150 volunteers and has orders for nearly 1000 sets of scrubs. She doesn’t need any more volunteers but has run out of money to buy any more material. If you’d like to help then please see this link to gofundme.