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WordCamp Los Angeles 2018 in Review

WCLAX 2018 University Campus

View of the campus from our 3rd floor perch at WCLAX

Last week we rolled into LA for WordCampLAX and were greeted with sunny skies, palm trees, and lots and lots of talented, smart WordPressers. Held on the breezy 3rd floor terrace of the Golden Eagle ballroom at Cal State, it was one of the most unique WordCamp venues I’ve seen, perfectly suited to the dreamy LA weather.

WCLAX Talks

There were three tracks this year, along with a full Beginner’s Day on Friday. It was so successful that they repeated a few of the Beginner’s talks over the rest of the weekend, as Friday completely sold out. There was also an unconference-style Barcamp on Sunday that encouraged audience participation with a selection of topics up for discussion. This is something you don’t see at many WordCamps, but I hope it inspires more organizers to include them because it’s a great way to hear new voices in the community.

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SiteLock WordCamp Sacramento 2018 recap

WordCamp Sacramento 2018 in Review

This year’s WordCamp Sacramento was full of great speakers, interesting topics and lots of enthusiastic attendees. Again held right downtown at the Sacramento Convention Center, it was 2 days of three tracks, including a dedicated Beginner’s track.

SiteLock was a Gold sponsor this year and Michael I were hanging at our sponsor booth spreading the word about security for WordPress!

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SiteLock Reviews WordCamp Minneapolis 2018

WordCamp MSP spanned three days this year, with the first day dedicated to blocks of 2-hour workshops. This gave the speakers and attendees the opportunity to engage in their topics more deeply and leave with both a great understanding of the topic, and many real-world actionable tasks to put into place immediately.

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3 Ways to Create a WordPress Staging Website

Test Plugin and Theme Updates Without Breaking Your Live Site!

Here at SiteLock, we often tell site owners about how keeping your site updated is one of the most basic security practices you can and should adopt. Earlier this year we talked about using a staging site for WordPress updates, and how it can help ensure your site updates don’t break your live site. In today’s post, we’re going to cover a few ways to create a staging site so you can make those changes without the terror that comes with pushing the update button and possibly breaking Live!

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WordCamp Denver 2018: WordPress is People!

“WordPress is People.”

That was the underlying theme of this year’s WordCamp Denver, but it’s also the theme of the WordPress community in general. Many of us who consider this amazing community “family” (myself included!) have our own stories of the odd, unexpected, serendipitous journey that led us here.

WCDenver 2018 coffee speaker's gift

The speakers gift coffee label made me laaaauuugh!

Many of us worked for years with WordPress, isolated on our own proverbial island, before we even discovered the WordPress community exists! But whether it was finding an answer in the .org forums, reading a helpful tutorial posted by someone who’s been there done that, or just referenced the Codex to learn the inner workings of a theme function: we’ve all benefited from community contributions in some way. And that experience is what drives many of us to give back to the community ourselves.

There were so many thoughtful and personal touches that went into this year’s camp, it was obvious the organizers and volunteers have a deep connection and love for the community.

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Top 5 Reasons PHP7.2 is Recommended for WordPress Websites

WordPress is an open-source content management system, that uses a number of programming languages to run. One of those languages is PHP.

Your PHP Version is Important

PHP is an open-source programming language that WordPress uses to run internal functions and process database information. It is installed directly on your web server and managed by your web host. PHP is a living project, and like WordPress, is constantly being updated and patched for bug and security vulnerabilities. Newer PHP versions fix these vulnerabilities and optimize the processing and delivery of your website content.

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Choosing an SSL Certificate for Your Website

Nowadays, it’s easier than ever before to get an SSL certificate for your site. Virtually all managed hosts offer it right from the dashboard, some even providing a free SSL certificate, so check with your host before looking into third-party certificates. If they don’t offer a free one, they may still sell and offer configuration of third party SSL certificates. But as with most other things, the price and complexity of configuration depends on your specific use case. In this article we take a look at the types of SSL certificates that are out there, so you can decide what is right for you.

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Demystifying SSL and HTTPS: Why You Need This Simple Security Feature on Your Site

Recently, ServerPress released a huge update to their DesktopServer local development environment software: Native support for SSL and PHP7. Next week, look for an interview with ServerPress partner Marc Benzakein on these features and the journey of building this highly anticipated release.

Now, let’s take a closer look at SSL and HTTPS to understand why this was such an important feature to support, and why you should have HTTPS enabled on your website no matter your CMS or business case.

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GDPR for WooCommerce Sites

Last week at WordCamp OC, I gave a talk on Security for WooCommerce sites. As ecommerce sites are much more complex and typically handle sensitive data through digital payment transactions, there are a lot more points of potential security breach. The same goes for GDPR compliance: all of these extra information processing steps must be vetted and checked for security, transparency in responsible data handling and opt-ins to collection.
This article will walk you through the extra steps you must take to ensure GDPR compliance for your WooCommerce website.

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WordCamp OC: Wizards, Paladins & Rogues, Oh My!

So WordCamp OC, pulling out all the stops this year!
Michael, CJ and I met up in Irvine, CA on June 9th & 10th to sponsor, speak, and just generally throw down at this year’s WordCamp OC, held again at the University of California Irvine.

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