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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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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
While at WordCamp Kansas City 2016, we ran into Frankie Jarrett manning the Happiness Bar, helping new WordPress users get started with the platform and answering advanced questions. Frankie is known in the community for his role at GoDaddy, advancing Managed WordPress products and helping educate WordPressers at various WordCamps through one-on-one conversations and more formal talks, such as the one at #WCKC.
In our interview with Frankie, we chat about all kinds of WordPress-related things, including how he got started with WordPress and what keeps him up at night.
This past weekend I represented SiteLock at WordCamp New Orleans. I was also chosen as a speaker and presented Creating a Digital Download Business – What to Sell, How to Sell It and Shortcuts to Success.
Large scale events, whether in sports or music, take a host of people to make sure things run smoothly. However, making sure things go smoothly is not limited to the organizers. Bigger events that draw crowds of enthusiasts and supporters from across the globe can also, unfortunately, draw in some from the criminal element. It is important to apply the lessons learned from past experiences and breaches to our daily activities. Attendees of any large events should remain vigilant by implementing these tips to help protect their information on site.