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WPCampus 2018

WPCampus 2018: Where Website Security Meets Higher Education

This past weekend SiteLock sponsored and attended WPCampus, an event focused on the use of WordPress in higher education.

We were pleased to return to WPCampus after our experience there in 2016. Now in its third year, this event has become required for web development professionals working with WordPress in the University space.

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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 Europe 2018: The Past is Also the Future of WordPress

After a year of waiting, WordCamp Europe finally arrived last week in Belgrade, Serbia. This was the third year in a row that SiteLock sponsored #WCEU. If you didn’t know, WordPress celebrated it’s 15 year anniversary on May, 27th, just weeks before this event. It was a great look back at the beginnings of the WordPress and a look into the future of the open source software that powers over 30% of the internet.

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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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WordPress Freelancer Monthly Maintenance Plans – What, Why, and How

Are you a freelance WordPress web development provider? Have you struggled with the feast or famine cycle that comes along with your business model? Have you considered offering website maintenance plans to your clients but aren’t sure what to include and how to go about it?

In this post, we’ll discuss why you should be offering monthly maintenance plans, what they can include, and how to sell the benefits of these plans to your existing and future clients.

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WordPress Tools for GDPR Compliance

Earlier this year, a group of WordPress volunteers formed a team to introduce GDPR compliance features into WordPress core. Since then, they have been on a dedicated journey to identify all personal data stored in core, create tools to manage privacy features, and establish a central repository to act as a GDPR resource for WordPress users and developers. In this article I will discuss some of the main features and how you can start using them today on your site.

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Independent Photographer Focuses On Website Security [Case Study]

Company Background

Amanda Naor’s camera lens has a distinct purpose: “to authentically tell a story through images.” A hobby photographer turned professional, Amanda is known for her documentary-style photos of children, families, and “the beauty of the everyday.” She established her small business, Amanda Naor Photography, to pursue a career that would allow her the flexibility to start a family of her own.

Sharing her images with clients and acquiring new customers is essential to building a successful business, so Amanda created a custom website, amandanaorphotography.com with WordPress. Using a plugin specifically designed for photographers, she added galleries to showcase her beautiful photos and even installed a template to help give her website a professional, polished look. After prospective customers view her work, they can easily schedule a session through a contact form on her site. While all these features helped define her brand and made for a great user experience, Amanda’s website was missing one very important component: website security.

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