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National Cyber Security Awareness Month – What it Really Means for WordPress Users

It should come as no surprise that every day we’re immersed in the complexities of cyber security. It’s our business and also our passion. Since October is National Cyber Security Awareness month (NCSAM), we thought it would be fitting to write a bit about the overall subject of cyber security and how that applies to WordPress website owners.

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Brandee Segraves (Engaging Brand Solutions) – WordPress Community Interview

I met Brandee Segraves at WordCamp Fayetteville the day she gave her talk, “Keeping Content Marketing Authentic.” Brandee, a local to Fayetteville, Arkansas, shared with me that this was her first time speaking at a WordCamp. Brandee is the CEO at Engaging Brand Solutions, a local agency that goes beyond what you’d normally expect from an agency, as we hear in the footage. As a WordPress user, an agency owner, and a first-time speaker, I could not resist the opportunity to interview her.

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Case Study: Obsidian Group

Company Background

Obsidian Group is a human asset management firm focused on delivering results-oriented consulting services. Founder and President, John Perry, serves his clients by concentrating on four primary segments: human resource consulting, talent acquisition, marketing services and small business solutions. Perry has built his business on the belief that talent and human assets drive culture and success. With this mindset, Obsidian Group has helped its clients achieve their goals for over 13 years.

“We started Obsidian Group in 2003, primarily as a talent acquisition company in the IT, finance and accounting space,” Perry says. “During the economic turmoil of the late 2000’s, we enhanced our offers to include consulting in the HR, small business and marketing arenas. When we did this, our website had to be first class and reflect the professionalism of our firm. It is our face to the business world and critical to our success.”

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Home Sweet Phoenix – WordCamp Phoenix 2016

It’s Back!

After a yearlong hiatus, WordCamp Phoenix returned this past weekend with a vengeance. Over 400 attendees swarmed the Phoenix Convention Center to brush up on the latest WordPress news, learn new skills and network with fellow WordPressers.

#WCPHX was my third WordCamp and although I may be biased, it was my favorite yet! The event took place in the heart of downtown Phoenix and in true WordCamp form it felt like a home away from home. Our SiteLock team was proud to be a Master Builder sponsor and to take part in such an exciting event in our own backyard. We also debuted our very own SiteLock Wapuu, complete with sunglasses and a saguaro cactus.

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WordCamp Raleigh 2016 Recap

I’m writing this while at the Raleigh-Durham International airport and although I’m anxious to get back home, leaving North Carolina feels different than most of my return trips from WordCamps.

I’ve just attended #WCRaleigh where I also presented “Curating Content in WordPress” and it was an excellent event.

Although I’ve never been to Raleigh before, for some reason it felt comfortable. It felt like home. Maybe this was because nature is all around, even in the heart of the city, and that reminded me of my home state of Michigan. Or, perhaps it was the people I met.

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College Campus Data Breach

WordCamp Dallas / Fort Worth 2016

My last trip this September took me to Arlington, Texas for WordCamp Dallas / Fort Worth. The camp was hosted at the E. H. Hereford University Center of the University of Texas at Arlington and held three tracks: Blogger/Community, Business, and of course, Developer. We were particularly keen to sponsor and attend #WCDFW, in part because our friends Carrie Dils and Marc Gratch were two of the event organizers.

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Simple Contact Form Changes for Better Conversion

Imagine a stranger walked up to you in a social setting and asked: I don’t know you but…

  • What’s your full name?
  • What’s your email address
  • What’s your phone number?
  • What’s your physical address?

Then they ask why you’re here and what you’re interested in.

Your reaction might be similar to what you see below:

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Samuel “Otto” Wood (WordPress) – WordPress Influencer Interview

Finally getting to meet Samuel Wood, or “Otto” as he’s more commonly known, was a long time coming as I wrote about in my WordCamp Nashville recap. Otto is a WordPress core contributor, a staple on the .org plugin review team, and an all around nice guy.

In this episode of our WordPress Community Interview series, Otto explains how he started with WordPress, his role in creating tools for a better WordPress.org experience, and what he sees for WordPress in the future.

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WordCamp Nashville 2016 – Music City Didn’t Disappoint

I recently found myself smack dab in the middle of “Music City” attending and speaking at WordCamp Nashville. I also met a person in the community that I highly respect and that I’ve had many conversations with online but had never met in person. When I finally met him, I was a bit giddy. More on that below.

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WordCamp Pittsburgh 2016 Recap

This past weekend I spoke about WordPress security at the first-ever WordCamp Pittsburgh. The night before the event I was invited to a speaker dinner at a local maker space called TechShop, where we were provided a tour of the facilities and equipment, and given freshly-created speaker gifts hot off the laser.

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