#PHPNW15 review. What went down.

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Our Director of Development, Liam Wiltshire, recently joined a distinguished program of speakers at this year’s PHP North West conference in Manchester.

The annual North West conference is now in its eighth year and took place from 2nd - 4th October 2015 at the Manchester Conference Centre, attracting over 400 delegates, speakers and sponsors.

Liam Wiltshire – armed with his team of developers– headed up to Manchester to deliver two talks; one on the basics of server management in a Linux environment and the other on website usability.

Liam’'s session on Linux SysAdmin (which you can find here) covered a variety of issues including server monitoring and troubleshooting and the setting up of a standard LAMP and LNMP stack. He was fortunate to have award-winning hosting server UKFast supporting him, who provided free hardware for attendees.

His second talk, which focused on the usability of a website (available here), gave the audience an insight into why devs should make usability a key focus of their website development. Liam highlighted the importance of testing and measuring website usability, focusing on effectiveness, efficiency, satisfaction and suitability.

Both talks were very well received by the audience:

“Good examples and attention for the ‘whole class’.”  “There were some good tips and tricks. “  “A nice talk with some good points.”  “Good points that I’m going to take back to work!”


This is exactly what Liam wanted to achieve. By giving a detailed, hands-on introduction to Linux SysAdmin, Liam wanted to enable PHP developers to connect to their server, investigate and rectify simple tasks they’d otherwise have to leave to a senior developer. And by stressing the importance of website usability he underlined the important relationship between UX design and development.

But it wasn’t all work and no play for Our Director of Development. Liam and the Absolute development team attended talks and sessions throughout the weekend and have returned with new tips and tricks to introduce to future projects at Absolute including Website Deployment using Docker and lots of really useful thoughts and insights into PHP 7 - which is just around the corner!

If you want to find out how our developers can transform your website, contact Absolute’s Director, Dave Ellis at dave.ellis@absolute-design.co.uk.