Month: August 2016 (Page 1 of 3)

WordCamp Vancouver 2016

This weekend I took my first ever trip to Canada for WordCamp Vancouver. This one-day WordCamp took place at the downtown campus of British Columbia Institute of Technology. Among the city skyscrapers, mountain peaks could be seen soaring up in practically every direction. A beautiful city, for sure.

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WordCamp Columbus 2016

I recently found myself in Columbus, Ohio for another amazing WordCamp. #WCCBUS had a wide variety of speakers, topics and attendees and also offered a full day workshop on Friday.

It was held at the Columbus State Conference Center. This turned out to be the perfect location. The main hall and the breakout rooms were all close enough together but emptied into another main room allowing attendees a chance to meet and interact.

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website security

What is Cross-Site Request Forgery (CSRF)?

More often than not, when people think of a hacker, they think of someone technologically infiltrating a network and stealing mass amounts of sensitive information sitting behind it. In actuality, hackers tend to employ methods that take advantage of individual users, often in tandem with some form of social engineering.

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Mike Hansen (Bluehost) – WordPress Influencer Interview

We sat down with Bluehost‘s Lead WordPress Developer Mike Hansen at WordCamp Orange County to talk about what it means to be a core contributor and his role at Bluehost. Mike shares some tips on how those interested in becoming WordPress contributors can get started and a little about his experience contributing.

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WordPress and the Dark Side of Defacements

A special thank you to Yvonne Conway-Williams for her time and participation in the interview for this article.

At a recent WordCamp, I met Yvonne Conway-Williams, a social media marketing expert and front-end web developer. She approached our sponsor booth inquiring about website security. That’s when she said; “I wish I had found SiteLock two years earlier.” Struck by the comment, I asked her what had happened. Conway-Williams shared that on January 30, 2015, she and her husband returned home from a long day to find her client’s website, a local car club, defaced. Instead of her client’s homepage, the website featured a front page promoting and recruiting for ISIS, the terrorist organization.

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sitelock reviews

Bluedge Business Solutions Seeks Help From SiteLock [Case Study]

Company Background

Darin Wilson founded Bluedge Business Solutions in 2010 after several friends and colleagues reached out to him for help with their businesses. Bluedge is a comprehensive marketing and business development firm specializing in marketing, branding and planning for companies of all sizes. Wilson stands by the Bluedge philosophy for each of his clients: create an effective three-tier marketing plan by synchronizing the client’s goals, sales plan and tactics.

Wilson’s website, bluedgebiz.com, is the face of his firm. The site provides visitors with information about the company’s services and project portfolio. Prospecting clients visit bluedgebiz.com to read and request information. It is very important to Wilson’s business that the site is available to his visitors at all times.

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Case Study: Smallbizapalooza

Company Background

Smallbizapalooza.com is one of three websites founded and run by Ivana Taylor. Taylor brings a passion for small business marketing to her many pursuits, striving to share with others the tools and tips she has learned. The concept for Smallbizapalooza was to create a platform where entrepreneurs could engage with brands and experts who are committed small business success. Taylor describes her goal, “The idea was to open a space where experts could share their success strategies, answer small business questions and entrepreneurs could learn about the best books, brands, tools and strategies that could help them succeed.”

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Houston Smith (Loyola University) – WordPress Community Interview

In this edition of our WordPress Community Interview series, we chatted with Houston Smith, a Loyola University student. WordCamp New Orleans was the first WordCamp he’s ever attended and because of that, had a unique perspective to share.

Whether you attend WordCamps regularly or considering your first, you’re sure to find inspiration in the short video below.

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College Campus Data Breach

Prevent Data Breaches from Hitting Your College Campus

The new school semester has begun and is off to a great start. Your students are engaged, prepared and full of spirit. Ready for their first test, they log in to their online student portal to access the exam. Just as the test is about to begin, the website crashes. Panic ensues among the students, who instantly turn to twitter and email for help.

Here’s what happened: The school did not have proper website security in place and consequently was the target of a data breach that shut down its website. Higher education institutions are attractive and lucrative targets to cybercriminals. In 2015, the education sector was among the top three sectors breached, behind healthcare and retail. College campuses store a wealth of confidential student and faculty data, including medical records, financial information and intellectual property for products and prescription drugs. Some of the most common attacks cybercriminals use to breach higher education institutions are hacking, malware and DDoS attacks.

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Robby McCullough – WordPress Influencer Interview

While at WordCamp Toronto we were fortunate to spend time with Robby McCullough, Co-founder of Beaver Builder, one of the most popular page builders for WordPress.

In this edition of our WordPress Community Interview series, you’ll learn how he started with WordPress and his opinion on the future of the platform, challenges and all.

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