Our Meetups

Diversity is what makes our group strong, so every talk is different.


    Claire Chappell and Laura HunterWhat’s your name?

    Laura Hunter and Claire Chappell (Laura is usually the one on the left!)

    What do you do with WordPress?

    We run a small business called The Digital Grapevine, based in Thornbury, South Glos. We specialise in building WordPress websites for local businesses and charities.

    We have different skillsets which means we approach a website project from different angles. We look at the content and design at the same time, making sure they flow seamlessly together. We also have long term associations with freelance designers and photographers and call on them to provide the full package, when needed. We are proud to have built up a loyal local client base and have longstanding working relationships with many, helping them as their businesses grow.

    What’s your involvement with Bristol WordPress People?

    We are among the regular faces that attend nearly every meet up! We were part of the organising team for a year, helping live tweet, occasionally hosting with Simon and just being a friendly face for people to talk to. Claire also did a talk about website content a couple of years ago as well. We have also volunteered at the two Bristol WordCamps organised by other members of the Bristol WordPress community. We were the people on reception welcoming you in!

    What’s your job?

    We are both Founders of The Digital Grapevine and run it together. Laura is the more technical of the two of us, having worked as a developer and Business Analyst in previous jobs and Claire is the copywriter writing website copy and blog posts for clients.

    How long have you been attending the Bristol Meetup?

    We think it have been about 4 years now! It has been amazing to see the group grow over that time.

    Why do you attend?

    We started attending to learn new things about WordPress and new advances on the platform. We quickly discovered that being part of the group was more than about learning. Bristol WordPress People is a great community that we really enjoy catching up with every month. When you work in a small team it is great to have a group you can chat to about problems you have, not just to do with WordPress but worries or issues with clients or your business. It really can be a great support network.

    How have you been long using WP?

    Laura first discovered WordPress in 2009 after previously creating websites by hand using HTML and CSS in Textpad! We like how its flexibility makes it a great platform to build websites on. Claire came to WordPress in 2013 through working with Laura and likes the fact the platform is user friendly even as a non-developer like her!

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

    We always enjoy sharing our work. Our favourites are often the ones where we have provided the website design, content and branding.

    • The Digital Grapevine  – We love our own website as we feel it really represents who we are.
    • Cotswold Discos  – We think this website has a really strong look and was a great collaborative process with the client.
    • Office Owls  – This recruitment website made use of graphics in an interesting way.
    • Meridan  – This is a financial services website. We wanted to look different and life affirming, whilst still providing useful information.

    Favourite WordPress feature/plugin

    This may be a controversial answer for some but we are fans of the Divi theme. It is a perfect fit for a lot of our clients.

    Anything you’d like to see in WordPress?

    The short answer at the moment is no! We feel the platform provides everything we need to deliver websites to our clients.

    Tell us something that people might not know about you

    We think most people will be surprised to know that we didn’t actually know each other that well when we started working together! Our daughters were good friends and we knew each other through them. Obviously, we are great friends now and support each other through everything. Not being close friends at the start probably made it easier to set out our working relationship.

  • Our Previous Meetups

  • This month we welcome John Blackbourn from Human Made talking about WP CLI and Sarah Pantry from Automattic talking about how to get the best results from code reviews.

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  • This month we welcome 34SP to give two talks, Kayleigh will be talking about how to clean up a hacked site and Tim will be showing us how to perform a pentest.

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  • Our third meetup of the year will no doubt be a great one! We have Ben Everard talking about The Art of Problem Solving and Rich Hill showing us how to use a visual site map and task management WordPress plugin.

    ** NEW VENUE **
    Please note we are in a new venue at Runway East. Please see the location details below. If you have any questions please contact us on any of our social media channels or add a comment here.

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  • Our second meetup of the year has a design feel to it with Michele Barker talking about CSS Grid and Liam Jay talking about form UX.

    ** NEW VENUE **
    Please note this month we are moving to a new venue, and will be at Runway East. We are in the cafe bar which can be found on the ground floor just a short flight of stairs (there is a lift) up from reception.

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  • Details

    We start off in 2019 with two speakers and talks that will help anyone who works in WordPress and web tech. David Darke will be teaching us about testing to capture web issues. And Nick Soper will be helping us to avoid burnout in our working lives.

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  • An evening which is sure to appeal to those with an interest in coding with WordPress. We’ve got two fantastic developers joining us and sharing their knowledge. Andy Bell will be talking about progressive web enhancement. Not sure what that is? Us neither, we’re looking forward to finding out more! And Nicola Heald, from Automattic will be showing us how to get started with creating our own Gutenberg blocks, which is something we think we all need help with at the moment!

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  • A night themed around page builders – we are stoked to have two fantastic speakers joining us! Anna O’Brien will share how she uses page builders to create great looking websites and Andrew Palmer will share why he thinks page builders are a useful tool even if you are a confident coder and how he uses them. We look forward to seeing you.

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