This weekend I had the pleasure of representing SiteLock in our sponsor booth at WordCamp Atlanta, and it was an astounding experience. I find myself amazed at the wonderful and diverse crowd that every WordCamp draws. From speakers sharing their tips for success, to all of the individual attendees with their own stories to tell, the WordPress community at large is an endless fountain of inspiration, knowledge, and collaboration.
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This past weekend we were back in San Diego as Gold Sponsors at WordCamp San Diego. I had a blast at our sponsor booth, as well as attending and speaking at my first #WCSD.
This weekend SiteLock sponsored SNAP, a conference focused on the business of blogging for DIY creatives including modern handmade items, contemporary crafts, home-based events, and dozens of other creative entrepreneurs.
I was honored to present a roundtable session titled “Cybersecurity: Protecting You and Your Blog” about personal and website security, where I shared a checklist of tips about how to keep your personal information private, how to prevent your business blog from being hacked, and what to do if the worst happens.
SNAP isn’t your typical WordPress conference, although the majority of attendees are utilizing that platform. Every session was focused on teaching attendees how to utilize their blogs and social channels to generate a full-time income from their amazing craft-related content and tutorials.
Last weekend I had the opportunity to check out the Drupal community in San Diego, during the 10th annual SANDCamp. SiteLock protects many Drupal sites in addition to WordPress sites, so it was a joy to meet everyone in the community and learn more about the current state of Drupal.
Wait just a minute. A Joomla! event recap on a WordPress blog? Why? The better question is why not? At SiteLock, we’re big fans of all Open Source software and the amazing communities built around them. The Joomla! CMS is no exception. That’s why we sponsored and spoke at JoomlaDayFL this past weekend. It was an amazing event filled with informative sessions and a heavy focus on communicating the benefits and use cases of the software, and the larger community that surrounds it.
This weekend I flew South to the desert and joined SiteLock in their hometown state for WordCamp Phoenix 2018! This camp comes less than 4 months after WCPHX 2017, as they will now be hosting WordCamp in late February instead of in the Fall. And somehow [as someone who has helped organize 2 WordCamps myself, I literally am in awe of this] they still managed to pull off another massive and beautifully orchestrated WordCamp. For those unaware, WordCamp Phoenix is consistently one of the largest WordCamps in the country alongside Miami, and this year boasted over 500 attendees with concurrent talks across 3 tracks during the Friday-Saturday weekend. SiteLock was there in October and we were back again last weekend for another awesome info-packed event!
Since its inception in 2008, SiteLock has been committed to protecting all websites, including those built on WordPress. In 2016 we also made a deeper commitment to the WordPress community as a whole by participating in the WordPress Global Sponsorship Program. Through consistent attendance and speaking engagements at numerous WordCamps across the country over the past two years, we’ve been honored to give back to the community by sharing our knowledge and passion for WordPress and website security. As a testament to our continued commitment, I’m very pleased to announce that our presence in the community continues to grow this year with the addition of the smart and talented Jamie Schmid!
Mental health awareness initiatives have increased in the WordPress community, and in the tech community as a whole, in recent years. This has been welcomed by many, especially since 2007 when the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) surveyed adults in 37 States about their attitudes toward mental illness and found that:
The desire to be part of a community is a human instinct. Whether it’s a tribe, village, city, or even the WordPress community, we have an innate need to group together. The benefits of being in a community far outweigh being alone, but there are also challenges to operating within a group, and the worldwide WordPress community isn’t immune.